“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” - Stephen Hawking
Sadly, there are introverts out there who don’t believe that they can be successful in business, which I find so depressing.
Many introverts feel that they need to “act like an extrovert” to be noticed or be successful. When an introvert goes down this path, they will inevitably get burnt out, anxious and depressed.
I know, I’ve been there!
I’ve tried getting more visible online with video.
I hated it!
I’ve attended in-person networking events.
It was exhausting!
I’ve held jobs where I need to be outgoing all the time.
I became anxious and depressed!
I now run my own business and I’m running it on MY terms!
Here are some of my self imposed rules that work for me, and might work for you too.
I prefer to communicate by email or messenger rather than a zoom call
I’m not great on camera, and I find that when I communicate by writing, I provide a more accurate and more detailed report. Being on camera or on a call is just distracting and stressful, and I don’t explain things as well as if I was writing things down.
I prefer networking online than in person
I’ve been to in-person networking events, and they are definitely a great way to meet like-minded people. But, I choose my networking events very carefully as I find them exhausting. I feel like in-person networking can be icky and fake.
I prefer to work alone in my office than in co-working spaces
I’ve tried heading out with my laptop to a cafe or co-working space, and I get zero work done. Why? I’m too easily distracted. I need dead silence to do my work. I’m more productive in my home office with my creature comforts around me.
It’s not that I’m anti-social, I just find that I enjoy working in solitude. Plus, some of my best…