If you consider yourself a creative entrepreneur you are likely a creative, goal-oriented individual who has a dream of starting their own business or growing an existing one.
You might also identify yourself as an introvert and find challenges aligning your business message with your personality.
Recently I have been working on a big project for a new client and a lot of emotional learning lessons have come up. Many times, when we are taking new actions in our life and business, resistance will show up in interesting and surprising ways to keep us in habits that we are familiar with.
These may seem like self-sabotage, but they are also amazing opportunities to evolve and really master yourself under pressure.
Diamonds are known for their rarity since most rocks would be crushed under the pressure that it takes to shine as brightly as they do. As such, to be a successful introvert in business you need understand what it takes.
In this article I will share how I am up leveling my identity as an introvert in business. As well as what I have learned it takes to be a successful introvert in business.
A self-identified introvert
Recently, while working on lots of new projects with clients, one of the biggest resistances that is coming up is my identity as an “introvert.” A usually self-identified title, but still an important one to me.
I usually pride myself in being hard to read, mysterious and, well, an introvert.
However I am discovering that recently having to be social, talking with people and having to be generally more available to people is compromising my identity as an introvert.
While meditating on this challenge it seems that it is really about my understanding, on a deeper level, of what it means to be an introvert.
As it seems I am unwilling to sacrifice my identity as an introvert, I have had to do some soul searching around this way of looking at myself and it occurs to me that an introvert is not what we imagine it is at face value.
What makes an introvert?
Similar to a monk in deep meditation, an introvert is someone whose focus is always on their internal compass.
Instead of focusing on the external cues to dictate their response, an introvert is able to stay in touch with themselves no matter how outside circumstances present themselves.
An introvert is a self-aware individual who finds their energy levels recharged when they spend time alone. Therefore, successful introverts know how to manage their schedule to find time for their base needs.
An introvert is a reflex of a person’s character. Each of us has learned coping mechanisms in life and through the beauty of diversity, we all approach it differently.
What an introvert is not
If being an introvert is only a convenient excuse for not wanting to talk to people, or open up, you are like a fake diamond and will be crushed under the real pressure of everyday demands, especially in business.
An introvert is not someone with a “disability”. Introverts are fully functional in society and are highly respected when they learn how to respect their own needs.
In addition, an introvert is not a negative thing. Period.
To put it in other words, real introverts are truly rare. Since most people are looking for excuses to sure up their own insecurities. An introvert is very unlikely to want to involve people in their own personal matters.
Simplicity within social situations is an introvert’s best friend.
The aspects of a real introvert
- Can handle social situations, because they don’t lose touch with selves over conformity.
- They are resilient under pressure because they are aware of their own shortcomings and flaws.
- They learn how to sure up these flaws with creativity, skills, and talents.
- They focus on self-development over societal acceptance, which can in certain situations make them seem like outcasts. However, in other situations they are sought out, since people usually appreciate their input and wisdom.
Being an introvert is something to celebrate, especially in business.
However you may not want to invite too many people to your coming out party.
How do you identify yourself, as an introvert of an extrovert?
Do you find challenges aligning this identity with your business goals?
Leave a comment below or share this post if you know an introvert.
Thank you for reading.