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When I wrote about the things I hate about entrepreneurship, someone asked me to talk more about being an introvert in entrepreneurship. I had very little information so I did my research by talking to Dr. Google and some of my friends who are successful introverted entrepreneurs. Some of the people have mastered the art of being an introvert in entrepreneurship are Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and J.K Rowling. Here are some of the ways they were able to survive in the world of entrepreneurship.
Focus on the benefits of being an introvert
Being an introvert has it’s perks so make sure you can use them to the maximum. An introvert always knows their sorroundings and can’t help but notice people’s needs. We also like to bury ourselves in books and art. These are great weapons to use in creating relationships and innovations. Turn you introvert antennae if you ever want to hack being an introvert in entrepreneurship. My super talent is always being able to tell what people need and this has helped me in icebreaking and also in deciding what business venture to take.
Be creative about how you manage your time
We, introverts, love our quiet time. It is sacred so make sure you always have it. It’s easy to keep working and running after opportunities because of the thrill. But always remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup. Schedule enough self care, it’s vital. Being an introvert in entrepreneurship doesn’t mean you deny yourself some recharge. Always remember this. I personally struggle with this, I let the wheel keep spinning and then I face the worst burn out which always difficult to come out of. This is especially for people who work in sales; you can create short breaks or have a relaxing ritual to help you recharge.
Practice more self accountability and less self criticism
Introspectiveness often allows most introverts better decisions makers. But sometimes that’s where our troubles begin. We start to analyze our every move and struggle to let it go when we mess up eg When doing a pitch presentation and l stumble on my words, I often feel humiliated yet in truth no one really knows what I had been rehearsing. I am learning to be kinder to myself when this happens and also remember that no one can really see my thoughts. Also remembering that everyone is just as worried about their impression just as you can be comforting. Nail this and you will be a pro at being an introvert in entrepreneurship!!
Make your entrepreneurship more introvert friendly
Customize entrepreneurship to your introvert. Find ways to communicate about your brand or a product like the introvert you are. It could be through art, writing, singing, etc. I personally love to write and create eye-catching posters. Since you are the boss, you can also always delegate the tasks that just drain you to your extrovert (if you can afford it). You can also come with really innovative ways of doing things eg Mark Zuckerberg found a way to have a hundred friends and still have your space. Maybe just being introverted is the catalyst you need to come up with the next big thing. Allow your introvert in being an introvert in entrepreneurship.
Learn to be uncomfortable
Networking, public speaking, and small talk often lie in the box of things I don’t like doing. Every time I network, I feel like I spent hours cutting my soul in pieces for everyone to take a piece. I shake like a feeble twig each time I have to do a presentation. You already know what I am going to say about small talk, I just hate it. I loathe them but I suck it up and whisper to myself why I love my ventures until it’s all over. Then I go home, buy myself the biggest samosa, and sitting quietly as I enjoy it. I have found a way to accept that these things make me uncomfortable as an introvert but I understand that I have to do them so I find a way to do them.
I hope this helps you. You can contact me via email or messenger and I can help you personalize solutions to your struggles of being an introvert in entrepreneurship.
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