Why to start a business if you are an introvert

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Almost every person can find at least one introvert’s feature that is similar to his own.

Either you don’t like seeing unknown phone numbers calling to you, or you could feel uncomfortable in the company of new people, or maybe, you enjoy being alone for some time.

Nevertheless, true introverts really suffer a lot, because modern world dictates its own rules of a successful living where everyone strives to be in the center of attention, wants to be loved by the society and enjoys being carefully followed.

Introverts hate being in the center of attention. They go through hell every time they have to ask unknown people something and almost are ready to die visiting a party.

But in fact introverts have more strengths, than weaknesses. They can be good leaders and can easily build any business they want.

And I’ll try to explain my point.

Ideas solving the problems

Do you know where a startup starts? It starts from the idea.

But there are millions of ideas generated every day and only tens of them can be really worthy of attention.

The problem is that it is not enough to have any creative idea. Your future product should be valuable, go in pace with time and help people to solve problems.

Introverts are creative thinkers. Besides, they have passion for deep analysis of everything that happens in the world.

And that is the reason why introverts have more successful ideas for startup projects.

They not only create ideas but analyze them. They can easily find the root of the problem and focus on its solution.

As a result, startups created by introverts are more likely to succeed.  

Clear and effective communication

Starting any startup requires networking and active collaboration.

Social obligations are a real challenge for introverts. They hate being involved in public speeches, cold calls and overcrowded meetings.

But! Fortunately, there are so many ways to avoid calls and meetings but stay in touch and run discussions.  

And that is where introverts win.

Introverts think first, talk later. They run effective communication paying more attention to analysis and staying focused on details. They are perfect writers and researchers. In such a way, any collaboration can be even more productive.

Strong leaders and influencers

Introverts can become good leaders and build a successful business. They have all the skills for that.

According to Carmen Nobel, a Harvard Business school professor, “An introverted leader is more likely to listen to and process the ideas of an eager team”.

Introverts have more influencing power than anybody else. They never talk a lot, but when they make a decision, it is always well-thought-out.

Introverts are proved to be strong CEOs. Here is the list of top introverted leaders well-known to everyone:

  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Bill Gates
  • Marissa Mayer
  • Barack Obama
  • Guy Kawasaki
  • Tom Ford
  • Steven Spielberg
  • J.K Rowling
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Hillary Clinton

You definitely heard about these people, didn’t you?

So, leadership is another strong quality of introverts opening a door to a successful entrepreneurship.

Sum up

If you are an introvert and suffer because of that, stop doing this. You have so many strengths that entrepreneurship is definitely your cup of tea.

Just one advice I followed one day:

Start believing in yourself and you’ll feel stronger and more confident. 

In conclusion I would like to share one of my favorite videos for motivation. Enjoy it!  

4 COMMENTS

  1. As as introvert, as much as I like to see an article showing the positives that introverts bring to a business environment, this article unfortunately perpetuates many of the popularly-held untruths about introverts.

    Let’s start with the crux: introversion vs. extroversion is mostly about energy. Spending time with other people drains an introvert’s energy, whereas it gives energy to an extrovert.

    Many of the traits you mistakenly attribute to introverts (don’t like seeing unknown phone numbers calling / uncomfortable in the company of new people / hate being in the center of attention / go through hell every time they have to ask unknown people something / are ready to die visiting a party) are *not* traits I recognise in myself or in other introverted friends – I’d argue that they are just examples of people being socially awkward, or shy, which is different.

    On the contrary, I know plenty of introverts who perform brilliantly on stage, are great communicators, great leaders, enjoy nights out –and even enjoy singing karaoke!– and have no problem meeting or engaging with new people.

    Given there was only one trait listed which I recognise as being generally-held by introverts (enjoy being alone for some time), I wonder whether the author of this article is an extrovert (given uninformed extroverts often think that introverts are just shy and socially awkward) or alternatively someone who is shy and socially awkward, and finds solace in blaming this on being an introvert?

  2. Tom, where did the writer of this article say introversion is about *only* about feeling anxious about phone calls, awkward at social situations or ready to “die” at parties? Introversion presents itself in many forms. These traits can still point to introversion.

    In my own experience, phone calls can be an intrusion upon my focused internal thoughts which then frustrate me (and render me anxious at times) when forced to answer them because my brain is not immediately prepared. Social situations only make me anxious or awkward because I absolutely despise small talk (yes, sometimes I’d rather “die” than engage in it!). In my opinion, it feels pointless, shallow and a waste of my time and energy. (And energy is a precious limited resource for introverts!)

    While I may have been truly awkward or shy in my childhood or teen years, I no longer consider myself as such. Far too many people equate quietness to shyness, but I know the truth: I’m quiet because I chose to be (need to be!), only adding to the conversation when I have something interesting or valuable to contribute, often preferring to observe because I enjoy it and learn SO MUCH by doing so.

    I agree, introverts can be brilliant oraters, leaders and entrepreneurs, and even sing karaoke (I do!). However, my traits can be interpreted as “socially akward” or anxiety driven when that’s not really the full picture.

    Why can’t we appreciate this article in celebrating introverts for the amazing qualities they possess instead over-analyzing it to death?

    Lea, introverts can also be charismatic and confident – think Martin Luther King and Ghandi!

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