Grow your business & skillset by being more resourceful

What does it mean to be resourceful and how can you benefit from growing and embracing this skillset in your business?

Resourceful – adjective

Having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.

People who are resourceful know how to use what they have to their advantage, and possessing this ability can help you achieve goals in the face of adversity.

I deeply believe that being told that you are resourceful is a GREAT compliment.  After all, we all have ideas but those of us who can creatively execute them, well that is something else.

Just Figure It Out, Gina!

A very big part of my career has been entirely built on being resourceful.

I explain my background story more here and here but in short: one of my earliest (and super impactful) career memories was being told to “figure it out, Gina”.

At 20 years old, boy did that annoy the heck out of me.

But now, I know that is such a huge driver of what I’ve done in my career and in my life. That SINGLE moment helped define me and my drive. 

Now, I love the moments when I get the opportunity to teach myself something and learn from my mistakes, dig deep into my network to get advice and learn, too.

I’ve learned so much more in a practical sense from this in my life. I taught myself to code because of it 🙂

How to identify the traits of a resourceful person?

Luckily for you, we have put together a list of our top 5 resourceful character traits among entrepreneurs and business leaders, take a look for yourself. Many of these traits can be developed once you are more aware of them.

#1 Proactive Approach

You can’t put your dreams on hold if you want them to come true.

Resourceful people are always putting themselves out there, whether it’s networking, creating or solving, you will never see a resourceful person just waiting for life’s great idea to drop into their lap.

#2 Confident Stance

You must believe in yourself, your ideas or your business.  Believe that you are capable of dealing with issues as and when they arise.  Believing in yourself means you trust yourself and your own judgment. You know your worth because you have taken the time to look back on your past success and achievements.  Be confident in what you do.

Be confident in what you do.

Confidence also means learning what you may not already know. And enjoying that process makes you more confident, too.  It means you are living in constant beta, iterating, making mistakes, learning, and growing. All the while, having the confidence in the process you go through.

#3 Knowing When You Really Need Help

While having the confidence to figure things out and learn is one thing, resourceful people also know the limits and are not afraid to ask when they really need help. Beng resourceful also means resourcefulness in your network and circle. You never know what you can learn from those you turn to for advice or support. This is certainly not a weakness and resourceful people understand that.

Beng resourceful also means resourcefulness in your network and circle. You never know what you can learn from those you turn to for advice or support. This is certainly not a weakness and resourceful people understand that.

#4 Being a Rule Bender

On occasion, rules and tradition can hold back your progress. Resourceful people are known to bend the rules in favor of moving forward at that time. Sometimes, that means understanding that for things to grow or change, tradition isn’t always the best way to get there and that innovation comes with breaking the rules.

#5 Imaginative

The ability to conjure many possibilities and practical outcomes from whatever you’re faced with. Be creative with what you have, whether it’s a problem or a solution, think outside the box.

What about you? 

Now you know some characteristics of resourcefulness, do you recognize any of these in yourself? Can you actively be mindful to use some of these points and build yourself a strong character tool-kit and be more prepared?

Take a look at this great article from Forbes, The Top Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

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Who am I? 

I'm Gina Dunn, Brand Strategist and CEO of iGina - and my mission is to help entrepreneurs to define and build brands. Let's bring your brand to life!

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