If you prefer staying home over going out with someone, listening over talking, and introspective thinking over social interaction, there’s a good chance you’re an introvert. And if you’re also interested in becoming an entrepreneur, this is the article for you.
THE LEADER INSIDE YOU
People tend to think of introverts as incapable of standing up and guiding others. But it just so happens that some of the best leaders in history were introverts. Names like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and George Washington; all of them had to fight through their introversion to make their “weaknesses” work in their favor.
And it doesn’t even stop there, some of the greatest entrepreneurs of today are also introverts:
- Bill Gates is the founder and former leader of Microsoft Corporation, one of the world’s wealthiest people. Is known for his role as an entrepreneur in the technological revolution that brought computers to our homes. As he puts it, it’s key to make a team that merges skills from both introverts and extroverts to achieve success.
- Mark Zuckerberg is a billionaire and philanthropist that with his shyness and introversion co-founded Facebook, the largest social networking site. When you put that way it sounds ironic, but it’s one of the best proofs that introversion can take our way to communicate and engage in relationships to a whole new level.
- Elon Musk, who once was so shy he struggled to talk with anybody, found the potential hidden inside his introversion and put it to work, developing his socialization skills in order to inspire and transmit his world changing ideas. He’s been involved in many companies, co-founding X.com (later PayPal) and Tesla. He also founded SpaceX, showing how far you can go embracing your hidden capabilities.
INTERNET IS KEY FOR THE INTROVERT ENTREPRENEUR
You may have noticed, technology and the internet seem to be key features when it comes entrepreneurship between introverts, and there’s a reason for that:
Introverts find it easier to work and socialize through the internet.
It makes sense, right? It’s easier to communicate in the comfort of your home, eliminating many of the social stress you may experience outside.
Also, introverts are well-suited for technology or internet related work. They are great engineers and programmers, but basically any job can be done online these days. In case you’re interested, we made an article about how to build passive income a while back, featuring many ways to make money online.
HOW YOU CAN MASTER ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Tips for the Introvert Entrepreneur
- Don’t play up the extroverted
If you’ve done this you probably already know it doesn’t work and that it’ll leave you exhausted. Remind yourself that introversion doesn’t have anything bad attached to it, stay true to yourself!
- Find your way to socialize
Being introverted doesn’t mean you can’t communicate. Practice your conversation skills, look actively for your own way to engage with others and aim for quality over quantity! Maybe you’re not into meeting dozens of people during an event, but you could walk out of there with 1 or 2 new and fruitful contacts. You can organize one on one meetings, ask for introductions, master social media: you’ll see how time and practice will help you socialize.
- Be the leader
As an introvert you’re probably already good at listening, supporting others, or thinking laterally so it’s the time to put that into practice and make yourself a great leader. Along with your communication skills set a clear mission, make your team fall in love with the goals you’re chasing, and work hard. Introvert leaders are great supporting proactive employees, use that in your favor!
- Make a balanced team
We are not perfect, so working with others is the key to success. You can always look for a colleague to compensate for your weaknesses, like a charismatic extrovert to help you with marketing and networking.
- Remember to give yourself some time when you need it
It can be challenging for an introvert to venture into the world of entrepreneurship, but it’s through this hard work that so many brilliant people have achieved their dreams.
In case you want to see how an actual introvert entrepreneur gives a great speech you can check Susan Cain, writer and former Wall Street lawyer, sharing her thoughts on The Power of Introverts in her TEDTalk from 2012 or, if you want to put your socializing skills to practice, check Charisma on Command, a YouTube channel that’ll offer you the tools to work on your charisma and confidence. You can start with this lesson on networking.
FIND THE BEST YOU
No one said it was going to be easy. But at the end of the day, it’s the same for all of us. It comes down to ourselves: to exploit our strengths and work on our weaknesses.
No charismatic speaker is born, no leader is born, and no entrepreneur is born; they’re all made by themselves into who they are. If they could, there’s no reason to believe you can’t. Go ahead and become the best introvert entrepreneur!!
I hope this has been helpful for you, and if it was I would love to hear about it. Do you have another example of an Introvert entrepreneur killing it? If you are an introvert please comment saying which one of these Tips is the most helpful to you.
Or, if you are an extrovert, please tell me how do you feel about the introvert entrepreneur. Just leave me your comments below!!
Thank you so much and see you in our next article!!