5 Mega-Successful Entrepreneurs Who Are Introverts (Entrepreneur.com)

“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:

  1. Larry Page

Larry Page co-founded Google alongside Sergey Brin — and we all know how that story ended. Page served as Google’s CEO until 2001 and then re-assumed the position in 2011 (lasting until 2015, during Google’s migration to Alphabet).

At the time, many saw Page’s appointment as an odd choice, because he’s highly reserved, and as you can imagine, “geeky.” But Page’s quiet, intellectual nature allowed him to create an innovative new product and create a unique brand that still survives as one of the country’s best examples of corporate culture.

  1. Bill Gates

You likely recognize Bill Gates as the founder of Microsoft, and someone who is now worth billions of dollars. Gates started out as a solitary introvert, but he used the people around him to complement his own strengths and weaknesses.

In his own words, “If you’re clever, you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area. Then, if you come up with something . . . you’d better learn what extroverts do, you’d better hire some extroverts and tap into both sets of skills.”

  1. Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet, the founder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is one of the wealthiest people in the world and a prominent figure in investing. He’s also known for his level-headedness, intellectual persistence, and critical thinking. He’s introverted by nature but still manages to lead one of the most prominent businesses in the country.

He brings that intellectual level-headedness into his communication style, letting his introverted tendencies serve as an entrepreneurial strength.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg was once described by COO Sheryl Sandberg as “shy and introverted, and he often does not seem very warm to people who don’t know him, but he is warm.” Zuckerberg has been able to build charisma through his introversion, as contradictory as that may sound.

He surrounds himself with team leaders who complement his strengths, which has enabled him to build Facebook into the company it is today.

  1. Elon Musk

It might be strange to think that a man who’s been described as the “next Steve Jobs” was once a reserved, introverted engineer — but Musk himself is open about that past.

Somewhere along the line, Musk saw the power he could wield through communication and socialization and recalibrated his personal reserve to help his ideas flourish in an environment that traditionally favors extroverts.

Key lessons 

What lessons can other introverts learn from these amazing leaders?

  • Introversion doesn’t dictate your behavior. Just because you’re introverted doesn’t mean you can’t socialize. Take notes from Elon Musk or Warren Buffet, and work past your introversion by developing yourself into a more communicative, charismatic figure.
  • There are some advantages to introversion. Take pride in your introversion for what it is. Introverts tend to be more contemplative and more thorough thinkers, so use those advantages to come up with better solutions for your business.
  • Nature doesn’t predict success or failure. Neither extroverts nor introverts are guaranteed to succeed in the business world. Your success is determined by the actions you take, not by who you are as a person.
  • You can always make up for your weaknesses. It’s possible, but unwise to try to do everything yourself — especially if you’re introverted. If you know you’re not outgoing and don’t like engaging with others, find teammates who can make up for those tendencies.

Being an introvert doesn’t mean entrepreneurship is impossible for you, and it doesn’t even mean it has to be difficult. It just means you have a different set of skills and a different disposition that must be considered when you’re building your team and your business.

Know your own strengths and weaknesses, and adapt or make up for them accordingly; with this approach, you’ll be successful no matter how you started out.”


The Secret To More Powerful Connections:Lisa Nichols

While my new position at work is stress on a whole-nother-level, it’s also challenging and my mind appreciates the stimulation. I’d fallen into my previous job as a result of a layoff and while a 4am shift start time isn’t something I would normally choose, I needed an income. A career wasn’t necessary, just money. Not only did I have a mortgage, but my son was also starting college. As the famous celebrity suggested, I did what I had to do until I could do what I wanted to do. At that time, all I wanted was to stay afloat while I  continued looking for employment that didn’t rob me of quality time with my family, or sleep.


Six years, many scars and several painful lessons later, I entered the next phase in my life. Four months in so far, it’s the perfect temporary stop while I work towards my ultimate goal of self-employment. Generating a healthy part-time income from my Life Coach business within three years, and dropping to part-time status on my main gig to retain benefits is my current agenda. The long-term goal is doing what I want to do, changing lives, before reaching retirement. I have the years of service (twenty),  but not the required age. Though I’m grateful for a job because there was a time I didn’t have one, seventeen additional years of working for someone else isn’t high on my agenda.

What I enjoy most (other than the ability to sleep beyond 3am after six years of sleep deprivation) is to the opportunity to educate myself while working. Aware of my limitations, I’m always willing to learn whatever is needed in order to reach my goals.  Since I’m in the last stages of completing my first piece of non-fiction, Renewal Of The Mind; The Upside To Schizophrenia, I’ve begun filling all extra mental space with information towards my 2019 goals. With plans to resume’ my life coaching venture, I’m listening to and learning from powerful speakers as an action step.


Although my life resonated with the life of Lisa Nichol’s because we’re from the same ghetto and both saw our single parent status incorrectly as a barrier to goals, I was extremely moved and inspired by her message so sharing it. I imagine there are many entrepreneurial spirits in the world of WordPress that appreciates all knowledge forwarded their way as I do! Because I receive more from an educational experience when laughter is involved, I have really enjoyed all of her podcasts listened too so far. My aim is to approach all opportunities for growth with an open mind, and then proceed to take what I like and leave the rest. My next stop is to RETIRE INSPIRED!

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