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The co-founder of Alphabet, Larry Page is an introvert
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Is it possible for an introverted entrepreneur to become highly successful?

This is one huge question a lot of people ask, especially introverts desiring to embrace the world of business.

Now listen! Not being an outgoing person, someone that loves to hang around social environments but prefer to work in solitary mood isn’t a pointer that you can’t grow a highly successful business.

Pay close attention here if you are an introverted entrepreneur or have a close friend who is.

It’s true extroverted entrepreneurs are charming with words, have the ability to command audience attention with ease and can easily frame up reasons (facts with statistics) why you should buy their idea but the absence of those qualities do not dwarf the privileges that come with being an introvert.

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So if you are an introverted entrepreneur like me, I want you pay close attention to what you will read here today.

In this article, you will learn the following:

  • How to know entrepreneurs who are introverts
  • How introversion can help an entrepreneur?
  • Small business ideas for introverted entrepreneurs
  • List of 7 great entrepreneurs who are introverts

How to Know Entrepreneurs Who Are Introverts

There are many subjective qualities to know if an entrepreneur is introverted. By looking at them and comparing it to yourself, you will discover how you will gain more at mastering your uniqueness than trying to be someone else.

Introverted entrepreneurs do the following:

  • Prefer building a company brand over a personal brand
  • Teamwork spirit
  • Listen with rapt attention
  • Stretch for excellence
  • Loyal to their dream instead of seeking the easy way out

How Introversion Can Help an Entrepreneur?

Building a notable business empire requires the effort of a team. No team will achieve a common goal if every member of the team are out for their own interest and thus undermines the opinion of a colleague.

By being one who listens, carefully observes and broods on thoughts before drawing their conclusion, introverts can become highly successful entrepreneurs.

Small Business Ideas for Introverted Entrepreneurs

It’s traditional to believe that extroverts will be famous and successful entrepreneurs because they can easily make connection, build a network and communicate their ideas to the world. But rarely will one know that awesome business ideas abound that are good fit for introverts.

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If you are an introvert, don’t write yourself off that entrepreneurship isn’t your thing. Check out these small business ideas, you might find one more comfortable to start with.

  • Graphic design
  • Computer Programming
  • Cooking
  • Social media management
  • Freelance writing
  • Virtual assistance
  • Animal rearing, etc

List of 7 Great Entrepreneurs Who Are Introverts

#1. Bill Gates

Is Bill Gates an introverted entrepreneur
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

Did you know that Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft is an introvert? This is a man that has given out billions of dollar to charity for many years now.

When an audience member, Anthony Liang at ABC’s Q&A with Bill Gates in 2013 asked how he was able to manage such an amazing personality typical of only extroverts, Gates said:

“Well, I think introverts can do quite well. If you are clever, you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off 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…”

But as his position demands, he often had to come out of his introverted enclave to act like an extrovert if it’s needed to get things done.

#2. Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak is an introverted successful entrepreneur
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc.

You probably may not have heard the name, Steve Wozniak if you are new to studying how some of the world’s biggest companies emerged. But for the records, just know it that he co-founded Apple Inc. with Steve Jobs. In fact, a report has it that Steve Jobs never wrote a single code that gave birth to Apple. Yet, he was the face of the tech company.

Back in 1980, Steve Wozniak offered $10 million of his own stock to early employees in Apple Inc., something his co-founder refused to do. Notwithstanding his differing opinion about money, (he doesn’t believe in mass accumulation of wealth) it didn’t stop him from being super-rich.

#3. Warren Buffet

Investors that are introverts
Warren Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffet, a multiple times richest man in the world is a classic example that even introverts can become rich and famous.

In Buffet’s case, his ability to take careful and well-calibrated risks are not unconnected to the kind of signature trait that he has. As an introvert in business, you are naturally blessed with that ability to carefully examine a business, noting all the pitfalls before investing into it.

Warren Buffet confirmed this in his 2004 Berkshire Hathaway Letter to Investors:

Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying on time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.

#4. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is an introverted entrepreneur

If you are a careful observer, you would have noticed that Mark Zuckerberg is not a man who likes to go back and forth when it comes to buying a company. If he sees something great about your startup, especially if your startup has the potential to pose as a competitor in future, he buys it up at a price you can’t resist.

Not just that, hardly will you see Zuxkerberg persuading a startup founder to move over and start working for him. If there’s a case where he did that, I’m sure it never came to my knowledge. That’s because the quest to get someone into a team even when they don’t feel like it isn’t something introverts are known for.

Despite being a classic introvert, Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook was still able to rise to an enviable business position as one of the wealthiest people in the world.

#5. Elon Musk

South African billionaire that is an introverted entrepreneur
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla

Elon Musk, founder of the well-celebrated Tesla Motors and SpaceX was a naturally born introvert. But when this South African entrepreneur discovered that the environment he was to do business in was more favourable to extroverts, he was quick to switch his signature trait. He admitted it in an interview by Kamelia Angelova.

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Elon Musk through his company, SpaceX launched the first car into space using their highly sophisticated Falcony Heavy as the whole world watched in amazement.

#6. Larry Page

The co-founder of Alphabet, Larry Page is an introvert
Larry Page, co-founder of Google

Billionaire Larry Page and co-founder of Google is an introvert. Though intellectually sound but he’s still quiet and reserved. Despite being an introvert, Larry Page is still one of the most successful entrepreneurs in human history – having built Google to become the most visited website in the world today.

When you look at his life, it goes to show that there’s nothing you can’t achieve even as an introverted entrepreneur if you set your mind on it.

#7. Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is an introvert but not many people know
Guy Kawasaki, Author and Marketing Evangelist

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, Mercedes brand ambassador, one of the early employees at Apple Inc. and one of America’s most respected authors. Though most people consider him as a Silicon Valley marketing legend, but what they probably didn’t know is that Guy is an introvert.

On August 10, 2008, in a tweet posted by Guy Kawasaki, he said:

You may find this hard to believe, but I am an introvert. I have a role to play, but I am fundamentally a loner.

Conclusion

Our goal in this post is to help you appreciate your uniqueness, master your strengths and use them to your advantage in business as an introvert. Never again will you wish you were someone else because you’ve got great qualities the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and many other successful entrepreneurs mentioned above also have.

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14 Comments

  1. Love this Emenike, I am shy and I have a friend who wants me to do more on Facebook with my photo and video and I’m just not a fan of exposing myself online that way. Great to know these awesome business leaders are like that as well. I love Warren Buffet, so wise!
    I’ll have to focus more on the strengths I posses over the shyness, thank you Emenike, very inspiring. Have a great day.

    1. Awesome, Lisa.

      Focusing on your strength is just the best thing ever.

      It took me a longtime to learn how to focus on my strength. But till date, I think it’s one of my wisest decisions ever.

      Thanks for stopping over to check on me. I’m glad this post was helpful.

      I think every introvert need to read it.

      Take care

      Emenike

  2. Hi Emenike,
    Would you believe I was an introvert until I reached the age of 30? I didn’t raise my hand in school. I was terrified of public speaking, and I didn’t like to share my thoughts and ideas. But then something clicked and I came out of my shell. So you see, I can relate to both introvert and extrovert (who I am now).
    Nothing wrong with being introverted.
    As long as one can run their business well and accomplish their goals, it doesn’t matter what kind of personality we have. If we are introverted, then build upon that. Look at this ine up of famous wealthy people who are introverted you have compiled for us! It is amazing.
    Thanks for bringing this topic up.
    -Donna

  3. I use to be a chronic Introvert.
    In my college days, I hardly go out to ease myself when am press.
    I miss my steps while working in places where there are people.
    Indoor was next to heaven for me.
    My case was that bad.
    As I grew older, I was able to get rid of the negative qualities of an introvert.
    About this introvert entrepreneurship myth, I feel people concentrate more on the negative qualities of an introvert. Introverted temperament is the richest temperament on earth, if any introvert can concentrate more on their positive virtues and as well, work or make alternatives for qualities they lack, they can do spectacular things in any chosen field.
    This post has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that introvert has great potential in entrepreneurship.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Wow! You were just like me, ThankGod.

      Thank God for the internet that has made it lot more easy for us to thrive and win with our temperament. I love my trait and I’m so proud of it.

      I would have landed myself into trouble if I was a different person.

      I hope to see you again .

      Emenike

  4. Waw! Your post is wonderful. Am inspired and motivated by your persuasive presentation. Thank you and God bless you.

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