How was your week? Take a quick moment to write about your highlights of the past seven days – I’d love to read about them!
As I am writing to you, it is 04:30 in the morning. I am holding a cup of organic lemon ginger tea because – aside of loving its aroma and flavor – I have been naughty with my diet recently, and I need help getting rid of that layer of fat in my stomach. A training session I have scheduled in about two hours should help with that too.
As you are reading this… what are you drinking?
I got to be honest, this is my favorite time of the day. Waking up at 03:45 AM and putting in about two-and-half hours of work before everyone else wakes up gives me a sense of accomplishment.
And I’m not gonna lie – I love the Zen that this time of day carries. Which brings me to my point today.
Is introversion an obstacle in business?
Some of my friends have wanted to make the jump from being employees to becoming freelancers or entrepreneurs. But they are afraid that their introverted nature will get in the way of being successful.
Now, I have a balance of introvert and extrovert tendencies. Which makes me part of the largest group of people when it comes to this personality trait.
I see myself as a friendly, uninhibited, outward-looking person who enjoys the company and knows how to make friendships with a variety of people. But at the same time, I enjoy being alone with my thoughts and prefer to keep my feelings on the inside.
So, having recognized that I have some – if not a lot – of an introverted personality within me, I will answer the question: Can you become successful in business while being an introvert?
The answer is yes.
How to succeed as an introvert in business
Look, business is about connectivity and communication. The more people take your message, the more leverage you get to making money. That’s why being an extrovert seems to be beneficial to business.
But then you look at people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Hillary Clinton, and even President Obama. They all have been successful “despite” being introverts.
Introversion is not a dreadful thing. It is great to know that you enjoy time with yourself. But you need to know how to employ that personality trait to your advantage.
The one advice I would give you is to find ways to communicate your message and connect with others in ways that make you feel comfortable.
Here are some suggestions I have for you:
- Write articles for different publications
- Launch a website
- Publish a blog on your website
- Present yourself with business cards
- Get orders with direct mail
- Publish a book or eBook
- Send an email newsletter to your prospects
- Send out press releases
- Promote yourself with paid advertising
When there is a will, there is a way
Don’t let the fact that you feel like keeping to yourself keep you from succeeding.
Find a way to get around your introverted nature and promote whatever ideas you have. Because if people like Bill Gates could succeed, you can too.
Now, let me know your thoughts on the topic. And add more choices for introverts to communicate with prospects.
Thank you for time. Have a wonderful week!