I often hear that people think that because they are introverted that they can’t be an entrepreneur. They assume that you need to constantly be meeting new people and going to networking events. That is partially true. But there is more to it than that.
First, there are plenty of introverts that are entrepreneurs. The internet makes it easy to build a successful business without having to physically meet a ton of people.
When creating your idea, it is important to keep in mind how you are wired before you go too far doing something that is not a good fit for you.
Here is a personal example of my own mistake with this.
I happen to be an extrovert. I love being around people and meeting new people. Networking events and live events are exciting for me (most of the time).
In fact, I love working WITH people. I enjoy bringing fun to a project and inspiring people to meet big goals.
When I transitioned out of my day job into my dream job I didn’t realize how lonely I would be. I was so fixated on getting out of the job I couldn’t stand that I forgot to take into account the blessing I had of working with great people that I really enjoyed being around.
I wasn’t in a toxic environment or at a bad organization. It was just the field I was in that wasn’t a good fit.
Now, I have a team of people working with me, but we are all virtual. I don’t have the physical presence of people- which is something I realized is very important for me.
Since I’m building an internet-based business, most of my networking is done online. Once again taking away the desire for meeting people in person rather than virtually.
Don’t get me wrong- I love meeting people either way. But I am most fulfilled with live, in-person interaction.
Once I realized this void, I made more of an effort to participate in live networking events and meeting other entrepreneurs for coffee a few times a month. I also created a meet-up group and started doing more local workshops.
This helped bring more fulfillment into my work. The initial efforts were not staying true to my wiring. The key here is to be clear on how you are wired and what your strengths are.
In the beginning, I built a business that is ideal for an introvert. I hardly had to leave my house or meet anyone at live networking events. Everything I did was one sided. Videos, podcasts and blogs are usually one sided activities (unless you are interviewing someone).
Speaking, live events, and training are more extroverted activities. And that’s what I transitioned my focus to.
In order to keep you fulfilled while you build your dream job, here are 3 ways to make sure you are staying true to your personality and strengths:
- Be clear on how you are wired. There are many personality assessments out there. I highly recommend the DISC profile. It is simple to understand, easy to remember and very accurate. I have had people with over 20 years of experience with personality assessments write to me about the Moved by Purpose DISC assessment stating that this is the best assessment they have come across in their twenty years of study.
Why is it so important to be clear on your wiring? One, it helps you understand the gift you bring to everyone. There have been many people that have taken this assessment that have cried when they saw that it was OK to do the things they do that may have gotten someone else mad. It gave them permission to embrace themselves for who they are and to stop trying to be someone they are not. For example, say a parent would comment that they wish their child were more quiet, or would talk so much. Or perhaps they wished their child would move at a faster pace and stop analyzing things so much and just make a decision. So that child grows up trying to make faster decisions or maybe to not talk as much when its in their nature to be those things.
An assessment will highlight these things for you, and hopefully help you see that these are not defects, they are gifts. Everyone brings something valuable to the table.
- Know what you like: In order to ensure that you will have lasting fulfillment in your business, you need to know what it is that you like. If you like to travel, than have goals where you are able to travel in your business. Learn the ways you can incorporate what you enjoy into your business goals and plan.
If you like being around people, make sure that your goals get you around people. If you like being alone, make sure you create a model where you can be alone more often.
- Know what you don’t like: Just as important as knowing what you like, you need to be clear on what you don’t like. You probably don’t need to think too hard about this. However, when you build a business there may be things that you try or do that teach you that you don’t like.
For example, as much as I love live events, I do not like coordinating all the details involved with making that event happen. I already stated that in previous posts that I thought I wanted to be an event planner in the past.
Then I interned as one and quickly learned that there was a lot of pressure involved in event planning. Many details are involved and you need to be crazy organized.
My wiring and strengths are in building trust and rapport with new people and influencing them to take action. Other personalities are great at details and are super organized. While I’m not saying I have no organizational skills- I am saying that some personalities are just naturals at it.
Building a business takes a lot of effort and skill. While all the effort does have a reward, you want to make sure you stay true to your personality in order to stay fulfilled and motivated in your business building efforts.
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