People are often surprised at the fact that I’m an introvert. I think it’s because I’m charismatic. For a long time if you were charismatic it was assumed that you were extroverted but I’m here to set the record straight.
You can be a charismatic introvert and it’s a beautiful reality.
Running a business as an introvert is a little different. Obviously to be successful in business you need to be able to impact people. You can’t impact people if you’re never around them though. So how do you reconcile the two without burning out or just showing up inauthentically? I’m so glad you asked!
First, introverted entrepreneurs need boundaries. We have to be able to say no to people. A lot of introverts are also people pleasers and that can come with some messy territory. We want to help, and we want to say yes. I attract really heart centered people because that’s just who I am and when you’re heart centered, you want to accommodate others.
Often people will ask you for things that aren’t fair to you. They will ask you to do things for free and it’s up to you if you want to do that or not. The warning I have for you is when the requests start to feel draining, that’s when you’re at risk of burning out if you don’t set boundaries.
A really graceful way of saying no is to just kindly let them know you don’t have the time or bandwidth for that at the moment.
The other thing to watch out for as an introverted entrepreneur is to keep an eye on the time of day you typically feel drained and honor it. So, if you crash at 3pm every day then don’t set appointments for then. Watch a show, go for a walk, listen to some music… Do whatever refills you and do it unapologetically.
I talked about this in a video I did last week that you can watch right here.
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