While there are certainly some things that entrepreneurs think that they need, that perhaps they really don't, there are some things that I would argue they DO need. One of these thoughts came to my mind a while back while talking to a good friend of mine about how his startup is going. He is in the grind of it at this time, for sure. While trying to take his company from staying alive to thriving and making big profits, he finds himself down in the dumps more often simply due to the volume of work and stress that sometimes dominates his mental state. While volume of work and stress may be a fact of life when it comes to starting a business, at the same time, I reflected on the question of, "why we are doing this to ourselves in the first place?" Most of the time, we are talking about the concept of the good 'ol American pursuit of happiness. So what have we found that successful and happy entrepreneurs share as traits?