No Excuses – Honour Your Introversion

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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 - The Quiet EntrepreneurJulia 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.

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4 comments… add one
  • Spot on. Understanding our own relationship with introversion is so important – no one knows as well as you how you will respond in certain situations. There is an important balance to strike/line to walk along where we don’t allow the knowledge that we are introverted to dictate or sabotage what we believe we are capable of. But equally on the other side of that is working within our understanding of ourselves and not do the stuff ‘we should’ in the way ‘we should’ just because we believe ‘we should’. I can so relate to Natalie’s comment in this respect! Tikes.
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    • Julia Barnickle

      Thanks Andy – I agree, it’s about striking a balance, while listening to our “inner Garbo” (as a friend described her introversion). I love the name of your blog, by the way!

  • Natalie

    You are very right that we have to work WITH our introversion. Just the other day I decided to go to a big networking event, though every thing in me said to not do it. It turned out to be an event with more then 1400 people. You could hardly move, talk or network. It was aweful! Next time I listen to my inner voice better 🙂

    • Julia Barnickle

      Oh, that sounds awful Natalie! Yes, sometimes we ignore our inner voice, because we’ve been told we “should” do things, like going networking, if we want to be successful in business. But there is always more than one way to do anything, and your inner voice will guide you far better than the loud external voices! 😉

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