Entrepreneurship As An Introvert

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When you hear the word “entrepreneur,” what image springs to mind?

For me, it’s Elon Musk. Jeff Bezos. That young MBA in a suit with a captivating stage presence. People with the natural penchant for coming up with an amazing ideas about how to fix the problems around them.

These people are visionaries. Charismatic. Bold. Risk-takers. Competitive. Comfortable with the limelight.

I, meanwhile, am good at playing by the rules. I need people around me to help me think bigger. I like lists, and I like checking things off them even more.

And, I am an introvert.

I never saw myself as an entrepreneur, despite growing up surrounded by them my whole life.

I never thought I’d make much of a leader.

I was so deeply wrong about all of this.

I have strengths of my own, and when I double down on them, my business responds.

I can lead a team from a place of empathy, and I can build a company that has a really strong foundation under it. I can act on the strategies that will move us forward.

Practically, this looks like me connecting with individual people one at a time. And thinking deeply about where we’re going and why. And writing about my ideas more often than taking photos for Instagram.

There’s room for a quieter approach to entrepreneurship.

Do you agree?




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