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8 Powerful Quotes From Successful Introverted Entrepreneurs

8 Powerful Quotes From Successful Introverted Entrepreneurs
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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 July 27, 2021

                  15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

                  15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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                  During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

                  But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

                  Put the Pro in Professional

                  After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

                  1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

                  The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

                  Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

                  2. Dress the Part

                  While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

                  Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

                  For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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                  Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

                  3. Stage Your Workspace

                  Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

                  Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

                  4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

                  Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

                  Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

                  Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

                  Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

                  5. Arrive on Time

                  In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

                  Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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                  6. Turn on Your Video

                  Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

                  If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

                  Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

                  7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

                  Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

                  Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

                  Attend to the Pesky Details

                  8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

                  With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

                  Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

                  9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

                  Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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                  Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

                  10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

                  As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

                  Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

                  Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

                  Talking Has a Time and a Place

                  11. Chat Appropriately

                  Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

                  At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

                  12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

                  The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

                  Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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                  13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

                  In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

                  Manage Yourself

                  14. Minimize Distractions

                  While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

                  Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

                  15. Save Snacking for Later

                  Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

                  However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

                  Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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