Can Introverts Be Successful Entrepreneurs?

In short, I believe the answer is a resounding yes.

Here's why.

By definition, introverts are typically reserved or quiet people who tend to be introspective and enjoy spending time alone.

I would agree with this but a common misconception is that introverts are shy and struggle to interact with people. But I've done a lot of research and reading on the topic of introverts and I just don't think that viewpoint is entirely accurate.

From what I understand and experienced myself, introverts tend to be quiet because we put thought and effort into messages we want to communicate and don't always find value in "small talk" that doesn't have much meaning.

We also observe and listen to people around us to take in the situation and evaluate what's going on.

I believe these are all extremely important traits of entrepreneurs because you have to be able to effectively communicate your value prop and articulate solutions to people's problems.

And through active listening, we're able to identify people's pain points that they may not explicitly state.

And to the point of spending time alone, from my experience, you have to be extremely comfortable spending time alone as an entrepreneur.

Not everyone is going to connect with your vision and values, meaning you might feel like an 'outsider' in social settings because people just don't understand your passion of trying to live a meaningful, impactful life.

So contrary to popular belief, I'm almost to the point where I believe that introverts actually make the best entrepreneurs.

Essay #79 - 6.13.21


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