I used to think extroverts had a secret cheat code to life. Don’t get me wrong, I love people: just sometimes, I need to love them from a distance.
A lot of introverts write themselves off from the start: I’m too shy, I can’t connect, I’m not fun enough. I know, because I’ve thought all of those things about myself at one point, especially when I first started my business.
I have good news, though: Your introversion can be a huge asset to your business if you know how to harness its power. Let’s talk about just 3 of the reasons why introverts make great entrepreneurs (tried and tested by yours truly!).
Introverts tend to be expert daydreamers. My school teachers didn’t always like that, but as it turns out, this comes in handy for an ambitious entrepreneur. We tend to spend a lot of time in our thoughts, which means that we can put a ton of energy into envisioning the big picture and all of the fun details.
Like a kid with a Rubix cube, we take our time mulling over the issue at hand. We spend our time crafting our long-term goals and, because of that, we are great problem-solvers as well.
Being quiet and having a critical brain are assets because introverts can see potential obstacles that could appear in our plans. This makes introverts well-prepared to face any issues in their business.
When you’re spending quality time with yourself, there’s no real reason to rush through things. You have all the in the world to fall down a few rabbit holes in your research, get excited about seemingly small details, and try a thousand different things before you find the one that you want.
Introverts tend to be slow, steady, and creative. We thrive when we get into our zone and we stay in that zone as long as necessary until we are happy with the results of our work. (Sure, we only need to impress ourselves, but we have pretty high standards!)
Since introverts generally need to “charge” before interacting with others, that means we often think before we act. We don’t need stimulation from other people to thrive in our work. We work our best when in solitude, and when we are self-assured, we tend to succeed. Of course, if you’re also an introvert with ADHD, this might be a bit different for you (it is for me!).
People — and often introverts ourselves — think we don’t don’t connect with people. That just isn’t true. Many of us still love to interact with people on a deeper level, but since social interactions take more energy from us, we make sure that every second builds a relationship that lasts.
Introverts are notoriously quiet but that doesn’t mean we aren’t connected! Introverts are great listeners because we are always looking for what makes people tick. We use that same meticulous creative process when interacting with people to learn more about them.
The result? Introverts are able to pinpoint what others say and value in their business. We sometimes pick up on things that they don’t even realize about themselves! This helps us gently point out what others need to fix or escalate in their business.
Of course, this isn’t all a Sherlock Holmes-esque ploy. Introverts love people; social interactions just take more out of us. In fact, we can feel deeply, which prompts us to listen more closely to our clients and customers to help give them what they really need.
Is my introvertedness my entrepreneurial superpower? I mean, it certainly doesn’t hurt. I’ve learned to love the ways that my introverted nature makes me a better business owner over the years.
In the same way, I’ve learned how to recognize the ways my adult ADHD makes me a more creative coach and businesswoman. I talk a lot about how I turned my ADHD into business success, if you’re interested in hearing more.