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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

              Elon Musk - introverted entrepreneur
                Image Source: By Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italia (Elon Musk, Tesla Factory, Fremont (CA, USA)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

                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

                J.K. Rowling - introverted entrepreneur
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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.

                  Featured photo credit: jmassel via flickr.com

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                  How to Lead a Team More Effectively and Be a True Leader at Work

                  How to Lead a Team More Effectively and Be a True Leader at Work

                  Being an efficient manager and a charismatic boss at the same time can seem like an impossible task. Is there a way to deliver the desired results for your business while remaining liked and respected by your staff?

                  We all know bad examples of team leaders who seem to fail at one aspect or the other, or even at both. But we’ve also heard of awesome managers who seem to juggle both things well enough.

                  How do they do it?

                  By sticking to few proven ways that let them maintain a positive karma score while remaining efficient. In this article, we’ll guide you through 11 smart management tips on how to lead a team and become something more than a boss – a leader.

                  1. Find a Management Strategy and Stick to It

                  There’s nothing worse than a boss that keeps changing his or her opinions and assignments depending on their mood or a book they read this week. Chaotic decisions increase the insecurity and frustration of your team, so you better find your strategy and stick to it.

                  If you do find some new methods you want your staff to follow, make sure they don’t contradict the general direction you are taking. Otherwise, you risk making your team take one step forward and two steps back.

                  2. Set Goals​ and Track Progress in Reaching Them

                  Set individual and collective goals​ for your team and track the progress in reaching them. This might sound obvious at first, but too often we find ourselves stuck between daily customer requests and monthly reports, and the bigger goal or vision seems to fade away.

                  According to Elon Musk (and many other successful CEOs around the Globe), it’s crucial to have a clear and motivating aim to where the company is heading. His aim for the space transportation company SpaceX is “to make humankind a multi-planetary species”.[1] That’s a huge goal but the company is slowly moving closer to it by reaching smaller steps and milestones, like launching self-landing rockets. This is also a very inspiring and meaningful goal that helps employees endure the company’s extremely high expectations and 60 to 70-hour work weeks.[2]

                  Even if your goals are not as grand, setting and reaching milestones will give you a clear insight into the team’s overall efficiency and daily progress. With time, you will be able to see the weak spots and improve your results.​

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                  3. Demand Learning from Your Team

                  CEO of print on demand startup Printful, Davis Siksnans, believes that:[3]

                  “The key for a company going through rapid growth is to empower your employees’ self-development.”

                  His company with 500 employees spanning two continents demands a culture of learning and provides all the tools necessary to do it.

                  Their idea is –  as the company scales, people have to grow in their positions too, which means that they have to be constantly learning. Siksnans says:

                  “We try to hire people for what they might become, but they need to have that drive.“

                  Alternatively, you can provide educational courses for your employees or invite informal lecturers to educate and inspire your team. You can also encourage peer-to-peer learning by asking employees to teach their particular experience or skill to co-workers.

                  4. Invest in a Pleasant Work Environment

                  Studies show that a well-designed office environment can increase your team’s overall performance by as much as 20%. You’ll be surprised to see that even very small interior tweaks that don’t require major investments can improve your workers’ performance.

                  Some ideas for a more productive and pleasing work environment:

                  • Invest in modern furniture – offer ergonomic chairs, standing desks, and individually arranged workplaces​.
                  • Start an in-house library – reading for pleasure just 30 minutes a day is proven to be enough to become more effective at work,[4] improve focus, and deal with problems like depression and anxiety.​
                  • Play jazzy office music – rhythmic background music will help workers feel more energetic and enthusiastic while doing everyday tasks.​
                  • Set up entertainment or break rooms – being able to relax and have fun at work creates a strong commitment, helps employees relax and clear their minds, and boosts productivity.​
                  • Bring in uplifting office decor – it’s been found that art in the workplace can boost productivity,[5] lower stress, and even encourage employees to innovate.​
                  • Decorate the office with live plants for freshness and a welcoming feel. Furthermore, plants are found to ensure better air quality and increase workers’ productivity by 15%.[6]

                  5. Be Kind and Sincere to Your Team

                  Did you know that 50% of employees quit because they dislike working with their manager?[7] In fact, most times when people leave their jobs they actually leave their managers. Being friendly and sincere may not be enough to be a successful manager, but it’s a big part of it.

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                  Some ways to show you appreciate and care for your staff:

                  • Celebrate the progress and achievements of your employees. And don’t be shy to simply say thanks.​
                  • Talk to your employees regularly and really listen to what they have to say. Address their concerns, help them reach their goals and do your best to improve their work and daily life.
                  • If you’re having a bad day, don’t pour out your stress and anger on the staff. Instead, try to recharge yourself by appreciating the achievements of your team and setting the next goals.
                  • Try not to overload your team with work. Every company has rush periods when it’s okay to have more work than usual. But remember that people cannot work under prolonged pressure and stress.
                  • Don’t be selfish – it can be very demotivating to see that the manager only focuses on what you can do for him and doesn’t care about your goals and well-being.​ As the CEO of Xerox Anne M. Mulcahy put it,[8]

                    “Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person — not just an employee — are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled.”

                  Whenever you are having doubts about your kind attitude, remember – satisfied employees are productive employees which lead to satisfied customers and eventually – success for your company.

                  6. Offer Flexible Work Hours

                  The traditional Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job is beginning to slip away. Increasingly more people are working remotely or having flexible work hours, and we can expect this trend to continue. To adapt to these changing habits and remain competitive in the labor market, more employers are offering the chance to choose your own work hours, work from home or even from another city or country.

                  Offering flexible hours is a powerful way to inspire your existing staff and give them intrinsic motivation. Why not let your employees choose their preferred working hours while keeping the 8-hour day? For example, night owls are unhappy and unproductive if they have to come to work before 10 AM, while others might prefer to start at 7 and finish earlier.

                  You can go even farther and hire remote workers – this way you’ll be able to recruit from a global talent pool and even save money on office expenses like desks, stationery, electricity, etc.[9]

                  7. Track Your Team’s Productive Time

                  Not monitoring your employees’ progress and efficiency can result in poor performance and slacking. Instead of letting things go with the flow, you should consider installing time-tracking software on your employees’ computers and see who’s doing great and who might need a productivity boost.

                  But don’t get it wrong – there’s no need to become big brother and watch every step your employees take. If you use the time-tracker as a spying tool, you will only see increasing suspicion and insecurity around you, and your employees’ happiness levels will drop.

                  On the contrary, choose software that allows employees to mark private time that won’t be tracked. In addition, consider these time-management tactics:

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                  • Allow flexible work hours. (see Tip No 6)
                  • Encourage breaks – studies show that employees who take regular breaks are more productive than those who don’t.[10]
                  • Enable remote work to show your employees that you trust them and that they can work from home or even from another country (if they can maintain sufficient productivity).
                  • Consider offering bonuses to your most productive employees (those who show productivity levels above 90 or 95%).

                  8. Use Only Constructive Criticism

                  Constructive criticism means offering valid and rational opinions about the work of others, involving both positive comments and remarks about what should be improved. Constructive criticism is usually expressed in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one.

                  When you evaluate your team’s work, give them feedback that’s helpful, specific, and sincere. Don’t be shy to praise, but also be direct and even strict when necessary.

                  9. Don’t Give Special Treatment to Yourself

                  The boss’s actions are – directly or indirectly – observed by your team. This means that your employees look up to you and often mimic your attitude towards your work and the company – especially if your actions don’t show commitment. Nobody wants to work for a leader who doesn’t go all in or inspire motivation.

                  What you should do is lead by example. If you expect your employees to arrive at work on time and work 8 hours, do the same yourself. If you want them to show initiative, show it yourself and encourage others to do the same.

                  Jeff Weiner is the CEO of LinkedIn – a company of 3,000 employees that consistently ranks as one of the best workplaces with a 92 percent employee-approval rating.[11] Weiner’s workdays are reported to be equally long or even longer than those of his employees, allowing him to stay “extremely credible as a leader.”

                  10. Empower Your Employees

                  Here’s a common mistake many managers make:

                  They don’t motivate their staff and assume they simply love to work for their company.​ Such belief can result in painful losses for the company – especially these days when many companies are in desperate need of a reliable workforce.

                  Instead of directly thinking about bonuses and perks, consider intrinsic motivation. For example, enable flat organization in your team and listen to your employees’ ideas when they come up with opinions and suggestions. Your company might actually benefit a great deal from the feedback, and the unique ideas employees come up with.

                  You can also start an initiative where employees can freely share or pitch their business ideas to you or the founders of the company. If the idea is accepted by the management, the project can be developed, and the employee can have equity options.

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                  If people feel they have an impact in the company, they become more motivated, engaged and interested in the company’s growth.

                  11. Nurture Your Company Culture

                  Company culture is the personality of a company that defines the overall work environment and relationships between teammates. It also includes company mission, values, ethics, and goals.

                  Some examples of company cultures are the Horizontal corporate culture (collaborative and equal; popular among startups and free-spirited businesses) and Conventional corporate culture (a more risk-averse and hierarchy-based approach common in traditional companies).

                  However, you don’t have to stick to pre-existing boxes when creating your corporate culture. You might think of your team as a family, a sports team, or even a hippie camp if it fits your business and purpose. But keep in mind that by the time a company’s size reaches 20 employees, the company culture is set,[12] and any changes will need to be implemented in smaller teams.

                  Whichever personality you choose for your company, make sure to live by it and nurture it. Some things that might help:

                  Team building events, relevant books in your office library and proper on-boarding for the new employees to get everyone on the same page from the very beginning.

                  Be a Leader, Not a Boss

                  Using the words of Printful’s CEO Davis Siksnans, the ultimate goal is to “Hire great people who don’t have to be managed.”

                  However, when you do need to demonstrate some initiative and control, act as a leader rather than as a boss.

                  In other words, don’t be afraid to show the personality behind your role. And keep these 11 tips close to your heart.

                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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