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8 Powerful Quotes From Successful Introverted Entrepreneurs

8 Powerful Quotes From Successful Introverted Entrepreneurs

Being a successful introverted entrepreneur may sound like words that don’t go together, however there are many people who are perfect examples. These people have become successful entrepreneurs and great leaders.

As you read this article, you will find the most inspiring quotes and a little bit of information about each person. The successful introverted entrepreneurs who are included in this list have inspired me and they have helped many to reach their life or business goals.

One of my favorite on the list is Michael Jordan because even when he was faced with sports challenges early in life, he didn’t give up. He kept pushing through the roadblocks to become know as one of the greatest college and Pro basketball player in the world.

Let’s dig in and find out who is on the list and how they have become successful introverted entrepreneurs.

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Michael Jordan

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    During high school, Jordan was told he was too short when he first tried out for the basketball team in his sophomore year. This motivated him to prove the coaches wrong and he did through hard work, a “never give up” attitude, and the biggest bonus was that he grew four inches over that Summer.

    After experiencing continued success in basketball throughout high school, he went on to experience even more in college and in the pros. Along with sports success, he also experienced success as a media figure and in business as he continued to live out his “never give up” attitude.

    Courteney Cox

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      Know for being an actress, Cox is also a very successful introverted entrepreneur as a producer and director. After jumping on stage with Bruce Springsteen in his “Dancing in the Dark” music video, Courteney Cox went on to TV fame on Family Ties in the ’80s and most memorably as Monica on Friends.

      In addition to her TV roles, she has made movie appearances in the Scream horror franchise. In 2003 Courteney Cox and her then husband David Arquette founded Coquette Productions Inc. Coquette focuses on creating dynamic, original and entertaining content.

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      Bill Gates

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        When Gates was young and in high school, he was one of four banned students who was using a borrowed computer system to exploit bugs in an operating system to get free computer time. The company was Computer Center Corporation (CCC) and they eventually asked Gates and the other four students to help them find all of the bug exploits.

        In exchange, they earned free time and Gates parlayed this opportunity into being able to study source code as he worked from CCC’s offices. And this is where he got his start with programming that he later parlayed, after many years, into what is now known as Microsoft.

        Emma Watson

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          Before Watson got her big break, she had never acted professionally. Getting an early start in acting as one of the famous stars of Harry Potter, Watson has grown successful over the years. She has even became part of a business as the creative advisor for People Tree. It is a line of clothing and Watson became involved with them around 2009.

          Larry Page

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            After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Page decided to concentrate on computer engineering at Stanford University, where he met Sergey Brin.

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            As a research project at Stanford University, Page and Brin created a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, after concluding that the most popular result would often be the most useful. They called the search engine “Google” after the mathematical term “googol,” which refers to the No. 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.

            After raising $1 million from family, friends and other investors, the pair launched the company in 1998. Google has since become the world’s most popular search engine, receiving an average of 5.9 billion searches per day in 2013. Headquartered in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Google held its initial public offering in August 2004, making Page and Brin billionaires.

            Wendy Kopp

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              Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton University which was a display of her introverted entrepreneur spirit.  She wanted to meet the needs of her generation since they were searching for a way to assume a significant responsibility. Realizing that her target audience were fellow college students, she felt they would choose teaching over more lucrative opportunities if a prominent teacher corps existed.

              Shortly after graduating from Princeton, in 2007, Kopp became the founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent non-profit organizations that apply the same model as Teach For America in other countries. According to 2012 online records, Kopp makes at least $416,876 per year. In 2013 she transitioned out of the role of CEO of Teach For America. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America’s board.

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              Elon Musk

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                Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO, chief product architect of Tesla Motors, chairman of SolarCity, and co-founder of PayPal. Musk is also involved in developing a high-speed transportation system known as Hyperloop. He is a demanding perfectionist and innovator in the high-tech industry. His education in the field of physics and economics helps him to see the objective truth and separate it from the emotional and speculative forecasts. He just thinks big.

                Elon Musk was the second entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley (the first one was James H. Clark) who managed to create three companies with the market cap of more than $1 billion – PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors. Elon Musk dedicates himself to space and alternative energy technologies. He plays by some different rules and does that quite successfully. The distinctive personality traits of Elon Musk are perseverance, critical thinking, accurate self-analysis and hard work (he works 80-100 hours per week).

                J.K. Rowling

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                  As a single mother living in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling became an international literary sensation in 1999, when the first three installments of her Harry Potter children’s book series took over the top three slots of The New York Times bestseller list after achieving similar success in her native United Kingdom.

                  J.K. Rowling has received many awards and honours, including an OBE for services to children’s literature, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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                  Published on October 8, 2019

                  How to Advance Your Career (and the Big Mistakes You May be Making)

                  How to Advance Your Career (and the Big Mistakes You May be Making)

                  The late writer William S. Burroughs once said that “When you stop growing, you start dying.” It might have a morbid undertone, but it’s one hundred percent true in terms of one’s career.

                  The days of finding a job with one company that you can stick with for 30 years, and simply relax as you move up its company escalator are few and far between in today’s world. This isn’t necessarily bad news. On the contrary, it means that you’re the one in charge of shaping your career advancement.

                  By putting these principles and behaviors into practice, you’ll begin to see how to advance your career quickly. Ready? Let’s get started…

                  1. Define What Success Is for You

                  There’s no right or wrong definition of what success in your career looks like. The important thing is to figure out what success looks like for YOU. It might, and probably will, change along the way, but if you don’t have some sort of milestone on the horizon, then you won’t know which direction to go in.

                  Think about success in your career in terms of one year, five years, and 10 years. Once you have that, it’s time to lace up your boots and get to work.

                  2. Learn How to Develop and Follow a Plan

                  Nobody just stumbles upon success accidentally. Sure, they may stumble upon breakthroughs or new methods accidentally, but all success stories have one thing in common — a plan.

                  Establish a timeline for the things that you want to achieve in your career in the next year, five years, 10 years, and so on. Consider the skills that you’ll need to learn to make these things happen and work on acquiring them.

                  3. Surround Yourself With Those Better Than You

                  It’s a rule of thumb among musicians that if you want to get better, then you need to get out of the bedroom and play with people who are better than you.

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                  By surrounding yourself with people who are better than you and where you want to be, you’ll not only see how these people climbed to where they are in their respective fields, but you’ll learn from them and naturally want to push yourself to be better in your own job as well.

                  4. Seek Out a Mentor(s)

                  A mentor will not only be able to help you refine and reach your career goals, but will be invaluable in landing promotions and finding unadvertised job openings.

                  One unique approach is to work on fostering a relationship with a mentor both within and outside of your company. This will help in giving you different perspectives as you rise up through the ranks in your company and career overall.

                  5. Stop Wasting Your Mornings

                  You may not think you’re a morning person, but if you can learn to be one, you’ll thank yourself 10 years down the road.

                  Prepare a to-do list of tasks that you want to accomplish the day before and work on knocking them out for at least one hour before you respond to morning emails. The problem with responding to emails first, is you’re giving your attention to somebody else’s agenda, instead of plotting your own course for the day.

                  6. Arrange or Attend a Networking Party

                  If you’re attending networking events simply because you might get a few free drinks, you’re doing them wrong. These events are great for meeting new people and forming relationships. Your goal shouldn’t be to get hired by the end of the night, but to simply make a good impression by being friendly and authentic. So what’s next?

                  Reach out a few days later via email or on social media to follow up and connect!

                  7. Pick Up Some New Skills

                  Nobody wants to be the old dog that can’t learn any new tricks. To move up in your career, you’re going to likely need to pick up new skills along the way. Maybe your company offers on-the-job training or you have the option of taking online classes at night.

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                  By learning new skills, you’ll not only be able to expand upon what you can already do, but you’ll make yourself more valuable to your employer and future employers.

                  8. Exploit the Benefits Already at Your Disposal

                  Remember what we just said about the possibility of your company providing on-the-job training? Take advantage of these sorts of benefits!

                  If you’re working for a company that allows you to job shadow other employees or has company mixers, you should attend these. They not only allow you to develop your skills within the company, but show seasoned executives within your field that you’re interested in more than just clocking in for a paycheck.

                  9. Make Yourself Indispensable

                  Good help is hard to find and employers want to retain outstanding employees. If you can learn to make yourself indispensable to your company, you’ll not only communicate that you’re successful, but will have a lot more job security. What’s this entail though?

                  It’s actually not all that difficult. By being reliable, adapting to new challenges, and holding your own work and performance to a high standard, you’ll stand out among your peers and others will take notice. Easy enough, right?

                  10. Get Off the Fence

                  People who advance in their careers are those who don’t shy away from voicing their opinion and stand up with authority when the opportunity arises.

                  If a problem arises in your company and you think you might have a solution or are willing to work to find one, then let others know. Employers value and promote problem solvers. Start off with something small and work your way up towards tackling more difficult tasks and projects.

                  11. Don’t Wait for More Responsibility, Ask for It

                  If you want more responsibility in your job, then be open about it with your manager. Your manager may be so busy with their own work that they weren’t aware you were looking for more challenges.

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                  Just make sure you can handle it and that you already show strong performance in your current duties. And if your manager doesn’t seem supportive about offering you more responsibility, well, then it could be time to look for new employment.

                  12. Stop Wasting Time on What You Don’t Want

                  If your career goals start with “I should do this…” there could be a problem. This kind of language in referring to goals can doom them to failure because the want isn’t there.

                  Consider using the RUMBA method (Reasonable, Understandable, Measurable, Behavioral and Agreed) when setting your goals. That “agreed” part should really be “want.” By going after career goals that you actually want to accomplish, you’re much more likely to achieve them.

                  13. Seek Out Feedback and Apply It

                  Simply doing your job might not always push you up in your career advancement. Too often, employees just assume that their bosses will notice their performance strides and reach out when the time is right to advance.

                  Don’t be afraid to regularly seek out feedback and ask for constructive criticism. It not only shows that you value your manager’s opinion but demonstrates that you care about your job and want to become better in your chosen field.

                  14. Pick Your Bosses Wisely

                  Advancing in your career can move a lot quicker if you’re working for the right people. If your boss isn’t any good at their job or doesn’t value you, then moving up could become difficult.

                  A great boss though, will be able to help you capitalize on your strengths and be an advocate for your success. If there aren’t any strong developers of talent in your management chain already, then look around for some and seek them out as mentors.

                  15. Learn to Develop Your Sense of Timing

                  The odds of asking for a promotion or raise are in your favor with over 70 percent of respondents to a survey from PayScale reporting some success. One thing to keep in mind that can make all the difference is when you ask.

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                  Some corporate cultures may prefer that employees reach out about advancement during their annual review, but maybe you work for a more free-spirited startup. The best approach may be to take note of when others advance and ask about how the organization handles employee development.

                  16. Work Hard and Promote Yourself

                  Working hard and delivering a solid job performance are the keys to advancing in your career no matter what field you’re in. This doesn’t mean you need to be completely humble about your accomplishments either.

                  Keep a record of your positive impact within the organization and let others both within your company and your field know that you’re enthusiastic about your role and work.

                  17. Don’t Just Build Your Network… Cultivate It

                  It’s way too easy to add new people to your LinkedIn network and then forget about them for all eternity. Rather than just collecting business cards or social media contacts, you should be cultivating relationships with the ones you already have.

                  Follow up with people that you haven’t spoken to in a while, offer to connect them with somebody you know in their field, or ask about a new job title they may have taken on. Doing so could be the spark that leads to a potential job referral.

                  18. Join a Professional Organization

                  The National Association of (insert your industry here) and other professional organizations can still offer a great wealth of advantages from networking to industry insights, and skill development.

                  Even outside of professional organizations dedicated to particular job fields, civic organizations can also be fantastic for making new contacts. After all, so much about career advancement is who you know, and you never know who you’ll meet who knows somebody else who is looking for someone with your skills and experience.

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