Introvert is not a dirty word
What sorts of things do you think of when you hear that word? I'm guessing things that come to mind are:
- Doesn't like to talk
- Never speaks up
- Doesn't like people
- Weirdly or suspiciously quiet
(Mostly because these are things that come to mind for me as well)
When I discovered that I was an introvert and then proceeded to discover what that ACTUALLY meant, it was like a whole new world opened up for me. I finally understood that societies conventional thought about what an "introvert" was...
not actually accurate at all.
Despite the research that has been out there for years including the popular MBTI test as well as groundbreaking popular books that address this subject at great detail like Quiet by Susan Cain, there is still a stigma around that word....introvert.
Being a creative entrepreneur and an introvert, I have come to realize that we may face special challenges because of our disposition. And sadly, one of those challenges is feeling like its not OK to be an introvert. That somehow its wrong, its dirty...you shouldn't actually admit that you are one.
I want to change that.
Although it would be naive for me to think that writing one blog post on this subject will cause a revolution or start a real, meaningful conversation on this subject, I am always of the opinion that every little bit helps. Introversion and what it means and how it affects small business owners will be something that I hopefully chat about a lot through this website and my social media channels.
I want to help those who are introverts to understand that its OK to be one. I want them to understand more about what it means to have introverted tendencies to help them harness those tendencies in positive ways that will have a positive affect on their life.
I want everyone (introverts and extroverts alike) to understand that neither is right or wrong, they are just different, and because of those differences you might need to approach situations in your life or business in different ways in order to get the best results.
What does it mean to be an introvert?
Introversion is more focused on energy levels and being inward focused as opposed to outwardly focused. Introverts are often highly introspective and prefer to think deeply before making decisions or even speaking.
Introverts also tend to prefer quiet environments and often feel drained after lots of social interaction.
From the Quiet Revolution website:
- Given the choice, you’ll devote your social energy to a small group of people you care about most, preferring a glass of wine with a close friend to a party full of strangers.
- You think before you speak, have a more deliberate approach to risk, and enjoy solitude.
- You feel energized when focusing deeply on a subject or activity that really interests you.
- When you’re in overly stimulating environments (too loud, too crowded, etc.) you tend to feel overwhelmed.
- You seek out environments of peace, sanctuary, and beauty; you have an active inner life and are at your best when you tap into its riches.
Am I an Introvert?
Check out the Quiet Revolution 10 question quiz HERE.
Also check out the 16Personalities quiz HERE.
If you are also a photographer, check out my #Introvertographer quiz to find out if you might be an introverted photographer.
I think I'm an Introvert, now what?
Stick around!! I plan on offering more resources and discussion about what it means to be an introvert and also a photographer or small creative business owners. It can be challenging, but learning more about yourself and how you can better handle situations that arise in business based on your natural tendencies will only help you grow and become more successful at reaching your goals. I am excited you are here!
Want to learn some of my top tips and strategies for networking as an introvert? Check out my E-Book: Networking for Introverts: Using your natural tendencies to build connections and grow your business through networking
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