If there is one thing every business owner or entrepreneur share, it’s a strong desire to see their business succeed. As the captain of your company’s ship, your success or failure depends a lot on you. While there is no fool-proof formula that every business owner can follow, there are a few things that almost all successful entrepreneurs have in common:

1. They set realistic goals.

Dreaming big is great! But, to get big results you have to take smaller, manageable steps. It’s important to not only know what you want but make a plan to get there. Setting one big goal can make you feel like a failure when progress seems small. Break things down into smaller goals and get to work!

2. They are open to feedback and advice.

It may be true that no one knows your business better than you, but that doesn’t mean that someone else’s perspective isn’t valuable. Don’t shut out feedback from your employees or customers, and don’t underestimate the benefits you might find in seeking advice before making tough decisions.

3. They invest their time in others.

You alone can’t ensure the success of your business. Make sure to provide positive feedback, coaching and promote collaboration among your team. Treating your employees as valuable members of your crew will help to create a positive environment and foster loyalty, both things that are shown to improve productivity and lower turnover.

4. They look towards the future.

It’s important not only to take care of the day-to-day but to keep an eye on the big picture. Investing in continuing education for yourself and passing on your knowledge to your employees helps make sure that you stay ahead of trends and can change your processes and products to meet the ever-changing needs of your market.

5. They remember to give themselves a break.

It can be difficult not to let running your business run your life. That’s a pitfall that many entrepreneurs fall into, but it’s vital for the health of your business that you don’t. Remember to keep work-life balance in mind, and don’t stretch yourself too thin.

6. They try to be good people.

As a business owner, you will invariably be faced with tough choices. If you want your business to thrive, don’t forget to conduct yourself with integrity and humility. Your employees (and your customers!) need to be able to count on you to deliver on what you say. Being able to be humble, ask for help when you need it and own up to mistakes will ultimately help to promote trust and honestly in your organization.

7. They know when to take a risk.

Successful businesses evolve. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Just because something works for the moment, doesn’t mean it will work forever. Never forget to assess your processes and know when to shake things up and take calculated risks.

Owning your own business can be challenging, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Establishing habits and behaviors aimed for success can make that road just a little easier.