Do you consider yourself an INFP or ESTJ? If you’ve never heard of the Myers Briggs test before, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about. These letters represent 16 personality types. I’m a total geek when it comes to learning about personality types and have learned how to harness my power as an introvert and an entrepreneur.
If you run a business it’s beneficial to learn about personality types, because it explains how people behave. These assessments help us understand ourselves on a deeper level unlike any other test out there. That’s super helpful for hiring new employees or dealing with difficult clients. If you understand others behaviours, you can better communicate and manage situations. Myers Briggs has four categories and measures whether we are introverted or extroverted, sensate or intuitive, thinking or feeling or, and judging or perceiving. Read a more in-depth analysis about about category here.
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Do you know what Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have in common? They’re all introvert entrepreneurs.
So, what happens when you’re an introvert but you want to start a business!?
If you’re an introvert it may feel impossible, but know that’s it’s totally NOT! Introverts are the best listeners, learners and trustworthy people. Introverts are very task focused, observant and self-sufficient. All of these characteristics make up for an amazing employee, but a successful BUSINESS OWNER? ABSOLUTELY! Let me tell you why.
When you decide to start your own business as an introvert, the first thing that pops into your head is: What type of business is best for someone like me to start?
Of course your skills and passions are important to consider, but the industry you choose should compliment your personality and strengths too. If you’re the type of person who prefers to hide away behind your computer screen for hours at a time without any social interest, you could be perfect for work that is more independent in nature such as, coding, running an online e-commerce store or graphic design. These options don’t require being face to face with your clients if that’s something that feels energetically draining to you.
If you do choose a business that requires more visibility and working with lots of other people, be aware of how you manage your energy. Come up with a schedule so that you can manage your emotions and time and still have space to decompress to avoid burnout.
Entrepreneurial life is a fast track in personal development. Get used to being uncomfortable. This goes for any personality type, but introverts seem to have a harder time embracing it. Just know if you feel uncomfortable, you are growing.
Many of the introverts I have worked with have big time visibility fears. That means they are scared to show up on Facebook live, or be in pictures or speak on camera. If this is your case, ask yourself why that is. Most fear judgement, lack self-confidence or have imposter syndrome. This may be a sign that you need to address those fears and overcome them.
The best way to overcome them is practice. One day at a time. You could challenge yourself to give LIVE everyday for a week, or post a picture of yourself on social media three times a week. Trust me, with time it gets easier. Patience and self-love are key.
It takes time to build confidence, it took me many years to grow into the brand photographer I am today. I took up photography as a teen as a way to hide and feel safe behind the camera!
Through mindset work, yoga and practice I learned to be more confident in my skin in front and off camera. I even invested in my own personal brand photo shoot before I launched my business to find my inner super model AND believe me, your inner super model is in there! It might hurt to hear it – Your first Facebook live will suck, but I promise, it does get better. Focus on sharing knowledge, telling your story and being you.
I’m sure selling feels super sleazy to you as an introvert. I’ve met a lot of women who are uncomfortable with selling their services. I have a few tips on sales to get past all the icky feelings.
Introverts unite! I love to connect with fellow introverts. Follow me on the gram here. Want to learn about how you can build a personal brand as an introvert? Let’s chat about it! I offer FREE brand audits to help you create a compelling personal brand that magnetizes clients!