Emotional IQ and Entrepreneurship

Article by Jeanmarie Tenuto


Have you heard of emotional IQ?  It’s fairly popular.  Emotional Intelligence Quota or E-IQ extends beyond the personality and the cerebral IQ.  It acts in concert with those two but many would say it rules the roost.  As studies have proven, for those who are considered top performers versus others, E-IQ is the dominant factor.  E-IQ is something that is within our personality that relates to competence and navigating social complexities, personal decisions, mental attitude and managing personal behavior.  It could be the secret sauce of how to generate sustainable success as an entrepreneur.

Most entrepreneurs will tell you their success factor had much to do with belief in themselves and confidence in their idea. When faced with adversity, failure or that waiting period between the proposal delivery and the “Yes!” from a prospective client, emotional IQ defines those who will hold steady and those who have an outburst.

At first, entrepreneurs are always optimistic.  They exhibit the guts to try something new or convinced their ideas will change the world for the better.  This is the entrepreneurial spirit and watch out, because it is contagious.  However, it does come with a price and much of that price relates directly to risk, stability, self-motivation, stress and financial pressures.  However, emotional IQ relates to psychological challenges.

As you make these decisions to open your own business and grow your own business, remember the challenges facing you are actually you.  Emotional IQ will be essential in the following areas (as outlined by John Maxwell, author of Developing the Leader Within You).

As an entrepreneur, emotional IQ will be essential in managing the psychological challenges related to:

  1. Defining yourself
  2. Operating under little guidance
  3. Intense feelings all at once
  4. Stress management
  5. Financial strain

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About the Author:


Jeanmarie Tenuto is the founder of Centaur Strategies and marketing communications consultant. Jeanmarie works with the NJSBDC team to promote essential resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start-up, grow and succeed. Follow Jeanmarie on LinkedIn at


















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Monday, February 13, 2017  |  Every Great Dream – Harriet Tubman

Beautiful view of the Statue Of Liberty and Port of Jersey City on moonlight seen from Brooklyn Bridge.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  —  Harriet Tubman

Monday, January 30, 2017  |  Success Represents – Soichiro Honda

A thin blanket of snow covers the beach at the Jersey Shore

“Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.”  —  Soichiro Honda

This image of a wooden bridge is from NJ, in the fall of 2013.

“Good, better, best; never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.”  —  St. Jerome

Monday, November 14, 2016  | No Secrets to Success – Colin Powell

This image of a wooden bridge is from NJ, in the fall of 2013.

“There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”  —  Colin Powell

Monday, October 31, 2016  | You Can – Stephen King


“You can, you should and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”  —  Stephen King

Monday, October 3, 2016  | Greatest Glory – Confucius

Little Red Lightouse Big Gray Bridge

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  —  Confucius

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  Build a Reputation – Henry Ford

From the sea silhouette of New Jersey port with fire sunset sky

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”  — Henry Ford

Monday, September 12, 2016  |  Winning and Losing – Walt Disney

wooden bridge leading into the lake with a beautiful sunset

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting”  — Walt Disney

  Monday, August 15, 2016  |  Give it Everything – Vince Lombardi

An in-camera multiple exposure photo of grain and grass stalks.

“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.”  —  Vince Lombardi

  Monday, August 1, 2016  |  Keep on Walking – Buddhist Proverb

Long exposure at sunset of pier pilings in the Delaware Bay at Sunset Beach, Cape May, New Jersey.

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”  —  Buddhist Proverb

  Monday, July 18, 2016  |  Hard to Beat – Babe Ruth

Landscape image of the New Jersey Pine Lands in Summer.

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”  —  Babe Ruth

Tuesday, July 5, 2016  |  Get the Oyster – Andrew Carnegie

NJSBDC Monday Motivation - Andrew Carnegie

“The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.”  —  Andrew Carnegie

Monday, June 20, 2016  |  Cross the Sea – Rabindranath Tagore

Late summer flowers bloom in a New Jersey park.

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”  —  Rabindranath Tagore

Monday, June 13, 2016  |  A Smooth Sail – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Barnegat Lighthouse

   “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”  —  Franklin D. Roosevelt


Monday, June 6, 2016  |  Don’t Count the Days – Muhammad Ali

American Goldfinch (male), in bright Summer plumage perched in Backyard Flower Garden

“Don’t count the days.  Make the days count.”  —  Muhammad Ali


Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Think You Can – Henry Ford

Newark, NJ cityscape by night

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”  —  Henry Ford

Monday, May 16, 2016  |  Success and Rest – Russian Proverb

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“Success and rest don’t sleep together.” — Russian Proverb

Monday, May 2, 2016  |  If You Wish to Move Mountains – African Proverb

Motivational Quote IMAGE - if you wish to move mountains (african proverb)

If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.”  — African Proverb

Monday, April 25, 2016  |  Hard to Fail – Theodore Roosevelt

NJSBDC Monday Motivation - Hard to Fail (Theodore Roosevelt)

“It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”  —  Theodore Roosevelt


Monday, April 18, 2016  |  Do What You Have to Do – Epictatus

Motivational Quote IMAGE - do what you have to do (epictatus)

“First say to yourself what you would be and then do what you have to do.”  —  Epictatus


Monday, April 4, 2016  |  On the Right Track – Will Rogers

NJSBDC Monday Motivation - On the Right Track (Will Rogers)

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”  —  Will Rogers


Monday, March 28, 2016  |  The Best Way Out – Robert Frost

Motivational Quote IMAGE - The Best Way Out (Robert Frost)

“The best way out is always through.”  —  Robert Frost

Monday, March 13, 2016  |  Ant on the Move – Lao Tzu

Motivational Quote IMAGE - ant on the move (lao tzu)

“An ant on the move does more than a dozing oz.”  —  Lao Tzu



Monday, March 7, 2016  |  If There’s No Wind – Latin Proverb

NJSBDC Monday Motivation - If There's No Wind (Latin Proverb)

“If there’s no wind, then row.”  —  Latin Proverb

Monday, February 29, 2016  |  Great Believer – Thomas Jefferson

NJSBDC Monday Motivation - Faith Looks Up (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“Sorrow looks back.  Worry looks around.  Faith looks up.”  —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 22, 2016  |  Great Believer – Thomas Jefferson

Motivational Quote IMAGE - great believer (thomas jefferson)

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  —  Thomas Jefferson

Monday, February 15, 2016  |  We Can Succeed – Abraham Lincoln

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“We can succeed only by concert.  It is not can any of us imagine better but can we all do better.”  —  Abraham Lincoln


Monday, February 8, 2016  |  Excellence is a Habit – Aristotle

NJSBDC Monday Motivations - Excellence is a Habit (Aristotle)

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then is not an act but a habit.”  —  Aristotle

Monday, February 1, 2016  |  Afraid of the Light – Plato

This tiny plant was still standing out on the snow covered ground. Taken at Wharton State Forest in the NJ Pine Barrens.

“We can easily forgive a chile who is afraid of the dark.  But the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  —  Plato

Monday, January 25, 2016  |  Resolution to Succeed – Abraham Lincoln

NJSBDC Monday Motivations - Resolution to Succeed (Abraham Lincoln)

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”  —  Abraham Lincoln

Monday, January 18, 2016  |  Courage to Continue – Winston Churchill

The sun goes down over a field on a cold Winter day in Freehold New Jersey.

“Success is not final.  Failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill




Monday, January 11, 2016  |  Nothing is Impossible – Audrey Hepburn

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NJSBDC Monday Motivation – Nothing Is Impossible (Audrey Hepburn)





Monday, January 4, 2016  |  Plant A Tree – Chinese Proverb

Motivational Quote IMAGE - plant a tree (chinese proverb)

NJSBDC Motivation – Plant A Tree (Chinese Proverb)




Monday, December 14, 2015  |  Too Much Time Thinking – Bruce Lee



Motivational Quote IMAGE - too much time thinking (bruce lee)

NJSBDC Motivation – Too Much Time Thinking (Bruce Lee)




Monday, December 7, 2015  |  Well Done – Benjamin Franklin



NJSBDC Monday Motivation - Well Done (Ben Franklin)

“Well done is better than well said.”  —  Ben Franklin


Monday, November 30, 2015  |  Attitude Not Aptitude – Zig Ziglar

Fall foliage at Lake Topanemus Park in Freehold, New Jersey


“Your attitude not your aptitude will determine your altitude.”  —  Zig Ziglar


Monday, November 23, 2015  |  Create It – Peter Druker

Bayonne Bridge at dusk. The Bayonne Bridge,the 5th longest steel arch bridge in the world, spans the Kill Van Kull and connects Bayonne, NJ with Staten Island, NY

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  —  Peter Drucker


Monday, November 16, 2015  |  Nothing Works – Maya Angelou


NJSBDC Monday Motivation: Nothing Works - Maya Angelou

“Nothing will work unless you do.”  — Maya Angelou



Monday, November 9, 2015  |  Dream – Malcom Forbes

The George Washington Bridge spans the Hudson River from Fort Lee, New Jersey to the Washington Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in the city of New York, New York.

“When you cease to dream, you cease to live.”  —  Malcom Forbes


Monday, November 2, 2015  |  Impossible – Nelson Mandela

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NJSBDC Monday Motivations – Impossible (Nelson Mandela)

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  —  Nelson Mandela

Monday, October 26, 2015  |  Destination – Jimmy Dean

NJSBDC Monday Motivations - Destination (Jimmy Dean)

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”  —  Jimmy Dean

 Monday, October 19, 2015  |  Build A Door – Milton Berle

Monday Motivation QUOTE - Build A Door (Milton Berle)

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”  —  Milton Berle

Monday, October 12, 2015  |  A Little Extra – Jimmy Johnson

Quote - Schuller (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)

Quote – Schuller (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)

Monday, October 5, 2015  |  Take Off Against the Wind – Henry Ford

Delaware River



Monday, September 28, 2015  |  Problems are Not Stop Signs – Robert H. Schuller

Quote - Schuller (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)

Quote – Schuller (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)


Monday, September 21, 2015  |  You Have to Win It – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Monday, August 24, 2015  |  If You Can’t Run – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quote - Martin Luther King, Jr. (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)

Monday, August 17, 2015  |  Adjust Steps – Confucius

NJSBDC Motivational Quote IMAGE - goals reached (confucius)

Quote – Confucius (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)

Monday, August 10, 2015  Most Important Days – Mark Twain

NJSBDC Motivational Quote - two most important days (mark twain)

Quote – Mark Twain (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)

Monday, August 3, 2015  I Am An Entrepreneur – Jacqueline Teo

Quote - Jacqueline Teo (NJSBDC Monday Motivational)

Quote – Jacqueline Teo (NJSBDC Monday Motivations)


















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