I retweeted a couple of things from fellow introverts, today, that almost seem at odds with each other. But they’re not:
- In her tweet, Beth Buelow (@introvertcoach) invites us to: “Honor Ur Introversion: Celebrate that it’s one aspect of what makes you YOU, and vow to work with it, not against it.”
- In his blog post, Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) describes his “No Excuses mindset“, and how he doesn’t allow depression to be an excuse for not doing something in his business.
In my Top 5 Challenges Facing Introverts In Business webinar, I talk about potential obstacles which, if you let them, could prevent you from creating a successful business as an introvert.
I also suggest how you can overcome them, because – whilst I agree wholeheartedly that it’s important to honour and celebrate our introversion – I don’t think we should allow our introverted nature to stand in the way of our being successful in business.
So we need to find ways to work WITH our introversion, and to make the most of our strengths, rather than trying to shoe-horn ourselves into being as bright and shiny as our extroverted colleagues – or hiding in a corner.
Only by being ourselves can we shine – only by honouring your introversion can you make the biggest difference in the world.
About the author Julia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.