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Introvert or Extrovert, Every Entrepreneur Shares 5 Traits

successful entrepreneur traitsI recently read a Fast Company article titled Introvert or Extrovert, Successful Entrepreneurs Share These 5 Traits by Harvey Deutschendorf, an emotional intelligence expert, author and speaker.

I find this subject fascinating, and hope you’ll read the article – here’s why.

I’ve blogged before about how being an introvert or extrovert has a major influence on how you work, your key success patterns, and your general professional “brand.” But it’s interesting to consider in the context of being an entrepreneur.

When we think of entrepreneurs, we tend to think of big personalities – people whose professional ambition parallels their energy and social ability to network and garner up business.

But this is not always the case. Many entrepreneurs are, in fact, introverts, and THAT’S OK! It just means they operate differently, not better or worse than an extrovert.

This point becomes more clear in Deutshendorf’s article as he breaks down traits that introverted and extroverted entrepreneurs share. Here’s a quick tease of the five traits he outlines:

  1. Emotional Intelligence (not emotional mastery)
  2. Self-Reliance
  3. An Impersonal Attitude Toward Failure
  4. Willingness To Be Wrong
  5. (Informed) Trust In Their Intuition

There is a lot to unpack here, and Deutshendorf does just that in the article.

The questions for you to ask – “Am I introverted or extroverted?”, then “How does that influence how I work”, followed by “How many of the 5 traits of SUCCESSFUL entrepreneurs am I exhibiting on a daily basis?”

Discover these answers, and your career will benefit from where they take you.