Success and the Shy Girl Podcast

10 Ways Your Introversion Gives You An Advantage in Entrepreneurship

Episode

Aug 12, 2018

Boy, oh boy. So many of us introverts have been taught by society that introverts can not be successful in business. We know that’s not true – there are loads of amazingly successful entrepreneurs that are introverts. But you may be struggling to see your quiet nature as an advantage in business. Read on to see how you really do have an edge in business!

your non-impulsive nature

It’s true – introverts are generally less impulsive than their extrovert friends and family. While some may see this a barrier to quick action, it can be a huge advantage. You’re less likely to make rash decisions because you’ll have questioned each option to make rational choices when it comes to your business. When you’ve carefully weighted the choices and made your pros and cons list, your decision is far more likely to be successful because you’ve carefully planned for it and have probably plotted the path to success strategically.

YOUR ABILITY TO WORK ALONE

It’s so true! You pretty much can be left alone and get a whole lot of work done. In fact you’re most productive when you’re left alone. No need to have a team in place to keep you motivated – this is perfect when you’re a brand new entrepreneur and probably don’t have the capital yet to hire a team. In fact, you may find by the time that you need a team to keep up with the workload, you’re still going to want to spend time alone when working because that’s when you’re going to be most effective.

Your rich inner world

Us introverts, we pretty much live in our heads most of the time. Guess what happens when you live in your head a lot? Creativity – a lot. Now, being an introvert doesn’t necessarily make you a creative soul, but living in your head a whole bunch does make for a great imagination and great ideas can come from great internal monologues. So go ahead and have those internal conversations with yourself because your million dollar idea might be hiding up there!

Your ability to process and store information

Hey, did you know this?! It’s a pretty spectacular advantage over our extroverted friends! Introverts tend to have an ability to take in great amounts of information at once and store that information for later retrieval. Our frontal lobes are highly active – this is where we process, store, learn and plan. You are far more likely to remember small details that could be critical to a project you’re working on which puts you at a great advantage. Go brain go!

Your ability to process and store information

Hey, did you know this?! It’s a pretty spectacular advantage over our extroverted friends! Introverts tend to have an ability to take in great amounts of information at once and store that information for later retrieval. Our frontal lobes are highly active – this is where we process, store, learn and plan. You are far more likely to remember small details that could be critical to a project you’re working on which puts you at a great advantage. Go brain go!

your capacity for human connection

We can hear you right now “but I’m an introvert!”. Just because you don’t prefer large crowds, this doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable of human connection. Quite the opposite in fact. You have an amazing capacity for building real depth in any relationship you wish to cultivate because you actually prefer deep connection with a select few rather than a plethora of shallow connections. And we believe that real, genuine human connection is the beating heart of entrepreneurial success. So go out, build relationships and watch your business soar.

self-motivation

Introverts are natural self-starters and don’t require someone else standing over them to boss them around to find motivation to get their hustle on. Introverts have spent some time (by some we mean a lot) understanding what they want – they may be a bit fuzzy on how to get there, but they know they are getting there. They don’t need external motivation – they’ve got their own in spades.

you are detail oriented

This goes back to number 4; your ability to remember details. On a project you’re working on, you are going to be highly detail oriented, examining nuances and putting contingency plans into place when things go sideways. You recognize that the bigger picture is built on many much smaller building blocks and you want to make the foundation is solid.

your humility

So – this one is pretty general and you’ll find that some introverts are far more humble that others. So – in general – introverts demonstrate a great ability to be humble. This is an incredibly important trait to embrace; it will serve you well as a leader in business. Despite being an introvert, you are going to need the help of others on your climb to success. When you can genuinely recognize that it was a team effort to achieve massive goals, you demonstrate to your team that they matter and that their contributions are just as important as yours. They are going to be engaged in their work. And nothing beats an engaged team when you’re working towards a common goal.

your listening abilities

Have you ever had a conversation where you couldn’t get a word in edgewise? Yeah, us too. Have you ever thought to yourself that if that person would just shut their mouth and just listen, they’d have their answer? Yeah, us too.

And this leads us to discussion around what we see as the biggest advantage that introverts have in entrepreneurship – the ability to listen. Introverts are incredible listeners. They understand emotion and nuance and, as an entrepreneur, this can serve you very well. When you listen closely, clients or potential clients are telling you what their problems are and if you cut them off unnecessarily, you are going to lose out on the opportunity to truly provide value to them.

have we convinced you?

We really hope that this list shows you how amazing being an introvert really is and encourages you to step into your power as an entrepreneur. We believe in you and we need YOU to believe in you because you’ve got something to share with the world!

We’d love to have you pop over to our Facebook page to give it a like and find additional tips for success as an introverted entrepreneur!

Wishing you success – you deserve it!

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