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4 Ways It Pays To Be An Introverted Entrepreneur
by Michaela Chung

“Shy. Anti-social. Hermit. Socially inept. Strange.

“These are just a few of the unflattering terms that people associate with the word “introvert”. Of course, introverts by definition are not necessarily any of these things. Introverts can be incredibly socially adept, confident and even charming. They can also make highly effective leaders and innovative entrepreneurs.

“Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Introverts have several key advantages when it comes to entrepreneurship. Read on to discover the top four ways it pays to be an introverted entrepreneur.

“I owe everything that I have done to the fact that I am very much at ease being alone.” ~ Novelist Marilynne Robinson

“In a culture of groupthink and teamspeak, the introvert’s way of solitary creation can seem outdated and ineffective. In reality, the opposite is true. Most people in the corporate world will tell you that their number one time waster at work is attending meetings.

“The idea that ‘two heads are better than one’ sounds good on paper, but in reality creation is a solitary act. Consider the advice of apple co-creator Steve Wozniak:

“I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.” –Steve Wozniak

“Most introverted entrepreneurs can spend several hours, or even days, alone as they focus on a project. It is this tendency towards intense, solitary focus that gives introverted entrepreneurs a real edge over their extroverted counterparts.”

> Excerpt from guest post by Michaela Chung, Oct 20, 2014 – posted on Conscious Introvert Success, the site of Tanja Gardner.

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>> Photo from my article Maybe To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert
“Neither E = mc2 nor Paradise Lost was dashed off by a party animal.” Science journalist Winifred Gallagher.

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Kiss of the Muse

Where Do We Get Creative Inspiration?

Where does creative inspiration come from? It may show up mysteriously, “out of the blue” – and for a good part of human history, it has been explained as a gift from a supernatural being, a Muse.

At least some people still embrace that idea, or at least like to use the concept.

Novelist and author Steven Pressfield writes in his book “The War of Art” about pulling in creative power when we are doing creative work:

“Power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves…”

In his Introduction to the book, writer and instructor Robert McKee comments, “I, on the other hand, believe that the source of creativity is found…”

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Eric Maisel

Creative Anxiety

Includes video: “Eric Maisel on Creative Anxiety”

Both creating and avoiding it can arouse anxiety. In his book Mastering Creative Anxiety, creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD asks, “Are you creating less often than you would like? Are you avoiding your creative work altogether? Do you procrastinate? That’s anxiety.”

Stage fright and fear of public speaking are related forms of anxiety. See short video by ‘working mom’ Cyndi Lukk on how she benefited from using The Lefkoe Method.

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Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson on Protecting Our High Sensitivity

“The more you become your own best champion, supporter, cheerleader, and trusted confidant, the better able you’ll be to fully and joyfully express your blessed creativity.

“That’s when your art becomes more and more successful in the world. It begins with treating yourself with love, respect, kindness, and compassion.”

> Also read about her book and online course.

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