Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence
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Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence

Tools for Making the Possible Real

Robert A. Baron

The field of entrepreneurship has long pondered the following question: Why, despite their high levels of motivation, effort and commitment, do so many entrepreneurs fail? This innovative volume tackles the complex question of entrepreneurial success, identifying the essential tools necessary for converting ideas into reality and offering concrete means for acquiring and strengthening those tools.
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Chapter 4: From desire to achievement: the crucial role of self-regulation

Tools for Making the Possible Real

Robert A. Baron


Self-regulation: its basic nature Why self-regulatory skills may be especially valuable to entrepreneurs Self-control: doing what we should do, and refraining from doing what we should not Focus and persistence: having clear goals—and working consistently to reach them Managing emotions and restraining impulses: why waiting is often better Regulating impulsivity: resisting the urge to do it now Delay of gratification: trading time for greater rewards Metacognition: understanding and directing our own thoughts

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