CAN AN INTROVERT BUILD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS?
YES!! IT’S A BIG YES!!
I am an introvert and I have realized that people make a mistake of thinking that introversion is a disability.
When you are an introvert you like being alone, most introverts are socially unfriendly, as they don’t enjoy talking, but they can do almost everything that an extrovert can do. The difference is; it is extremely scary for an introvert to express themselves through speaking in public, instead they are very good at putting down their thoughts in writing,
As an introvert, you likely have the gift of being able to listen to what other people are saying and absorb the relevant points.
Can this trait be good for business?
Let us find out.
As a business owner, you need charisma to lead a team, negotiate with partners and engage with them regularly. In addition, you need to network with new people and improve your client relationships. This is a nightmare if not a horror movie to an introvert but it does not mean that you cannot overcome this weakness. You don’t have to sacrifice success just because you’re an introvert. You can take steps to channel your introverted personality in such a way that you achieve your business goals.
11 STEPS TO ENSURE THAT YOUR INTROVERTED NATURE DOES NOT AFFECT YOU SUCCESS.
Accept that you are an Introvert
Know and understand yourself. Accept that there is nothing wrong with you, God fearfully and wonderfully created you that way for a purpose. You have your own strengths and weaknesses and while you may have some extra challenges to overcome in business ownership, you’ll also have some extra advantages.
Never ever try to be an extrovert or to be someone you’re not. Instead, try to develop a business model that fits the real you and learn to be comfortable with who you truly are. Most importantly, believe that you’re as capable as any other person at succeeding in business.
Follow your passion
I am an introvert, dare you give me something that I am passionate about, I became unstoppable. Doing things that you hate on a regular basis is a good recipe for your failure.
Focus on your strengths
You are a great listener, a deep thinker too and think before you speak. Those are positive traits that can help you succeed in business. Being a good listener can carry you a long way in your business with peers, employees, and partners.
Focus on your skills
Most introverts are creative because they’re inside their own head so much. That creativity can benefit you in business, especially when it comes to advertising. The best way to avoid getting overlooked in your business as an introvert is to boost your reputation based on your positive qualities.
Put down your thoughts in writing
Your strength lies in your ability to communicate your thoughts with the written word. Use written communication as much as possible. Use positive language in your written communications, so your readers never mistake your intent.
Practice Practice Practice
Before pitching your idea, take time to prepare, talk to yourself, talk to your children if possible, and speak self-affirmations. Preparation is the key to delivering a good speech. That’s true for almost anyone, including extroverts. For an introvert though, it’s even more important when you do have a speech to deliver.
Neither extroverts nor introverts are guaranteed to succeed in the business world. It takes hard work to be successful .Your success is determined by the actions you take, not by who you are as a person.
Be proud of yourself
Remember, there’s nothing “wrong” with you, enjoy being quite, you are not an out spoken person but you are a good listener.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean entrepreneurship is impossible for you, and it doesn’t even mean it has to be difficult. It just means you have a different set of skills and a different disposition that must be considered when you’re building your team and your business.
Be in the right business
Right means the one that accommodates your nature. One that relate to your personality, mental and emotional needs. You cannot be in communication business if you are an introvert. Unless you will be the thinking tank and someone else will do the speaking. You have to consider the limits of practicality and what will work best for your business,
You are not alone
There are as many introverts as extroverts in this world, together they make the world.
This is what Bill Gates said about introversion.
“If you’re clever, you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area. Then if you come up with something, you better learn what extroverts do, you’d better hire some extroverts and tap into both sets of skills.”
So, if you are an introvert and considering starting your own business but unsure if you can build a business, I am here to tell you that you can. I never dream that I would be able to do what I do now, but here I am.
Introverts tend to prefer quieter, solitary environments; but does that mean it’s impossible for them to be successful entrepreneurs?
Now after reading the article can you answer this question?