How Introverts Can Succeed in Business, Life & Work There is a huge misconception about entrepreneurs and it’s that in order to be one you must be an extrovert well you’d be surprised to know that 25 to 40 of the population are introverted but in reality more than 40 percent of people feel like they are introverts according to a survey done by the myers-briggs company in the uk nine out of ten people feel like society pressures them to behave in an extroverted manner and that’s no big surprise i mean we always reward people that are outspoken.
direct charismatic and straight to the point and in business we do the same we always see those extroverts publicizing their success talk about their wealth and sharing very personal information with no worry we often miss this fact the only reason why entrepreneurship and business appear to only be suitable for extroverts is that extroverts make all the noise while introverts keep their success private however this is a false perception to be successful in business you don’t have to be extroverted you don’t even have to have that strong social media presence the greatest.
entrepreneurs are introverts take a look at mark zuckerberg and elon musk they’re both introverts and still they’ve achieved massive success so the goal of this video is to help you understand how you can leverage some of your strengths as an introvert and how you can win in the world of businesses despite not being outspoken and loud we provide content every other day on personal finance business entrepreneurship and so much more
the problems with being an introvert now being an introvert has some pros and cons i’m going to talk about the advantages that you have in business over extroverts in a minute but first let’s talk about the disadvantages these are the three main things that will slow down introverts in business i’m also going to give you practical advice on how to overcome these issues ready good the
1. first one is you don’t feel comfortable sharing your life on social media the leading platforms right now are instagram tick tock and facebook if you’re younger you probably mainly use the first two however if you’ve spent any time on instagram or tick tock you’ve noticed.
how easy it is to fall into the trap of consuming too much of other people’s lives they all publicize their successes and some even their failures they seem to have a great time and people often feel pressured to share their life on social media if everyone does it especially in business you’ll feel the need to do it too now there are three things that i want you to understand one social media is counter productive unless you use it for growth.
if you’re not using instagram or tick tock to grow your brand gain expertise or provide services you won’t grow in business with it it will just be a huge distraction all businesses from all industries can benefit from social media presence but it isn’t mandatory for success if you really want that social media advantage for your future business you could wait until you can hire someone to take care of.
it however it’s important that you understand that it’s a tool you can use for good and bad another situation where social media could be productive is when you offer services related to social platforms such as marketing social media management and so on
2. social media is counter productive unless you use it for learning yes you can literally use instagram for learning even tick tock there are countless pages on a wide variety of topics if you’re passionate about something there probably is someone talking about it on social media since you’re here you’re obviously using youtube for learning and you could do the same with all social media platforms simply stop following your friend jake who talks about his weekends and start following some useful people who teach you stuff you’re interested in
3. you are already more public than you think it doesn’t really matter what you do people are going to judge you anyway they’re always going to be haters and in a competitive world like the world of business you can’t avoid confrontation and pressure you see most people are afraid of social media because they’re afraid of what other people might think of them so here are two tips for you to overcome the fear of what people think of you
understand that nobody cares this might sound a little harsh but it helped me as an introvert with my social media anxiety i used to be afraid to post videos of me talking about my opinions but when i understood this it was much easier people don’t care about you or your life unless they’re your friends or family do you really think that mr strawberry75 on instagram cares about you just because they hated your content they do not after 30 seconds they’ve already moved on probably hating on somebody else
hatred comes from pain and self-doubt people that feel the need to hate other people aren’t happy instead of replying to mr strawberry75 with offensive language and angry emojis you should feel sorry for him and ignore it if someone is spending their time on social media hating on everyone else and talking about how good they are they have serious issues and probably are in pain for some reason or another remember hatred and judgment have nothing to do with you it has to do with them
you don’t want to tell people what you’re up to this one is similar to the first one but it has nothing to do with social media it has to do with sharing your thoughts experience and feelings with other people introverts often struggle to talk about their life even with close friends a solution to this is to create a very small group of people with the goal of sharing experiences
on a daily basis i used to call this an accountability group because you won’t just use it to get used to being more open about your successes and failures you can also use it to hold yourself accountable you must declare your goals to this small group of people and you’ll feel positively pressured to take action aimed at achieving the goal
you don’t like selling in business you either know how to sell or you don’t sell it’s a fundamental skill that everyone needs in order to succeed in business you just can’t do well without it but this doesn’t mean that you have to do sales presentations and cold calls every day for the rest of your life actually maybe you don’t need to make.
cold calls at all hear me out there are many ways of selling yourself your product or your service instead of selling over the phone you could sell in print that’s copywriting one of the most important skills for introverts it allows them to sell even if they feel uncomfortable doing it in person advantages of being introverted in business so being an introvert also has some advantages in business let’s go over those now
1.you’re a good listener
Introverts have a personality trait that’s very good at listening to others and understanding them you are probably good at understanding the emotions of others and where they’re coming from and this is very very important in business since in order to sell.
Properly you need to understand the pain point of your customers this also makes you a good leader the type of person that’s loved by people even if you’re in a position of power that’s because you lead them from the back extroverts have a hard time listening to others and understanding them as they’re very loud and often talk so much that they overwhelm others
2. you process information before taking important decisions
Sometimes in business it’s very good to listen to your gut fast decision making is important but in the real world you need to be the master of your emotions and really think things through before making any decision there’s this quote that says never reply when you’re angry never make a promise when you’re happy and never make a decision when you’re sad
3. they’re more comfortable with loneliness
As an introvert probably you feel better working on things by yourself this is a very common trait among entrepreneurs for one of two reasons one you feel like groups drain your energy or that they’re stressful thus you don’t find them productive two you want to be the master of your project you want full responsibility and control over stuff.
Now working with other people having a team and delegating is important but very often the world of business can feel quite lonely most people don’t understand what it takes to build a business it’s a very lonely road and if you can’t stand working late nights by yourself you won’t succeed.
So here’s what i want you to keep in mind most business people are introverts or at least ambiverts ambiverts are people who are introverts most of the time but they also know how to behave as an extrovert in certain situations you must leverage your strengths and don’t use the excuse oh i can’t succeed because i’m an introvert that’s not the case at all
1. leverage your strength
Now we don’t have much time left but i have some extra tips for you to build a career as an introvert here are a couple one leverage your strength what are you good at what skills are you a master at in business especially in the beginning you’re going to wear multiple hats you’re going to be the founder the ceo maybe even the janitor you’ll do a whole bunch of stuff in the beginning you don’t really have a choice.
but later on you may have to start delegating the art of delegation is very important if you want to scale and many introverts struggle with this as they want full control over their business if you know you have weaknesses or you don’t like doing something in your business delegate if you can
2. leverage your tools
the internet is offered so many opportunities for introverts heck you can make a six-figure income without ever showing your face or talking to a lot of people it’s all possible thanks to technology a remote workforce and much more.
I mean take a look at mark zuckerberg the guy is worth 101 billion dollars and apparently he’s socially awkward use your tools in a way that benefits you now you have no more excuses you’ve got the knowledge go apply it before you go take a look at this video copywriting is one of the most in-demand skills for introverts you can work from the comfort of your home maybe even in pajamas and make a very very good income so have a look.
I’ll leave a link in the description box why companies are writing huge checks to those with this one skill and also watch this one the psychology of free why this word is so powerful.