You can be a successful entrepreneur, introvert or not!
I feel nervous when speaking to new people.
It’s hard to approach strangers because I’m quite shy.
When speaking to people I stumble over my words and end up sounding like I’m not an expert.
These are some of the thoughts from people that I talk to who feel like being an introvert holds them back from becoming successful.
Before I started my business I did one of those online personality tests. It told me I was an introvert and I would have agreed.
I felt all of the feelings I noted above too!
I was petrified of putting myself out there and stumbling over my words.
I used to wish that I could build a business without actually getting on the phone to anyone. I didn’t even like phoning restaurants to book tables or order a takeaway!
I accepted that being an introvert was who I was and carried on about my life as comfortable as I could.
Being made redundant twice within 6 weeks pushed me to start my own business.
Don’t get me wrong, that certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’d never done anything like that before and I knew that in order to get clients I had to talk to people regularly.
It was terrifying at first and I stumbled over my words so many times.
There were moments of silence as my mind ran wild with panic!
But I knew I had to make this work!
I knew that building relationships with people would be the only way to create a business I dreamed of. I was not going to let some label from an online personality test (that I did think was scarily accurate) define who I was or limit the life I dreamed of.
I made it a priority to push myself out of my comfort zone.
I got on the phone with as many people as I could. I started to actually offer to call the restaurants! I struck up conversations with strangers in public places.
I still messed up a few times and my cheeks would burn red hot.
So I practiced and practiced and practiced
Slowly I became more at ease with the whole process to a point where I actually started enjoying it! (wtf?!)
I still have moments in public where I prefer not to spark up a conversation with a stranger so I smile politely instead. I still like to have blissful alone time where I can curl up with a glass of wine and a good book and recoup some energy.
But what I have learned from all of this is that I would not have been in the position I am now without removing the label from myself, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and embracing my fears.
These days I find it much easier to connect with genuine, caring people and I’m not afraid to strike up a conversation with a friendly looking stranger (even if I don’t do it every day!)
My clients have become my friends and we travel an amazing journey together.
Introvert or not, you can build a successful business!
This could be your future too!
Oh and did you know?
I did the personality test again and I’m apparently an extrovert now?