Introversion and extroversion are signature traits that ordinarily define how a person prefers spending his or her time. Introverts tend to prefer quiet, solitary, and introspective experiences, while extroverts prefer energetic, collaborative and social environments. Clearly, neither is inherently better than the other, but for introverts, entrepreneurship can be especially challenging.
Does this mean introverts can’t be entrepreneurs?Absolutely not. In fact, there are some breakout examples of introverts who became some of the most successful business owners in history.
The introvert’s plight
Why do introverts struggle in an entrepreneurial position to begin with? For starters, entrepreneurs tend to do better when they’re charismatic, a trait usually associated with extroversion. Charisma helps you make more connections, inspire your employees, earn trust faster and grow your audience. Being social and outgoing also helps you meet new people at networking events (or even be willing to attend them in the first place); and the entrepreneurial lifestyle is an overall chaotic and noisy one — something few introverts enjoy.
So, how are introverts not just able to survive, but to thrive? Take a look at these entrepreneurs, and how they’ve been able to use their introversion to succeed ….