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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

                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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                  7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

                  7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

                  I often hear people say, “I want to be successful but don’t know where to start” or “I’ve achieved career success yet I’m not happy.” And then I ask, “what does career success mean to you?” And many have a hard time articulating their response with much conviction.

                  It’s common that people lack clarity, focus, and direction. And when you layer on thoughts and actions that are misaligned with your values, this only adds to your misdirected quest to achieve your career success.

                  A word of caution. It’s going to take some time for you to think about and work on your own path for career success. You need to set aside time and be intentional about the steps you take to achieve career success. In my opinion, this step-by-step guide is apart of your life philosophy.

                  1. Define Career Success for Yourself

                  Pause. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection.

                  What does career success mean to you?

                  This is about defining your career success:

                  • Not what you think you ‘should’ do
                  • Not what people may think of you
                  • Not adjusting to friends and family’s judgements
                  • Not taking actions based on societal or community norms

                  “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

                  When you strip away all your external influences and manage your inner critic, what are you left with? You need to define career success that best suits your life situation.

                  There’s no fixed answer. Everyone is different. Your answer will evolve and be impacted by life events. Here are a few examples of career success:

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                  • Work-life balance
                  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
                  • Feeling valued that my contributions had an impact

                  Now even as you reflect on the examples above, the descriptions are not specific enough. You’ve got to take it deeper:

                  • What do you mean by work-life balance?
                  • What do you consider to be opportunities for growth and advancement?
                  • How do you like to be recognized for your work? How do you know if your contributions have had an impact?

                  Let’s take a look at some potential responses to the questions above:

                  • I want more time with my family, and less stress at work
                  • I want increased responsibilities, to manage a team, a higher income, and the prestige of working at a certain level in the company
                  • I’d like my immediate leader to send me a thank-you note or take me out for coffee to genuinely express her or his gratitude. I’ll know I’ve made an impact if I get feedback from my coworkers, leaders and other stakeholders.

                  Further questions to reflect on to help narrow the focus for the above responses:

                  • What are some opportunities that can help you get traction on getting more time with your family? And decrease your stress at work?
                  • What’s most important for you in the next 12 months?
                  • What’s the significance of receiving others’ feedback?

                  Now, I’m only scratching the surface with these examples. It takes time to do the inner work and build a solid foundation.

                  Start this exercise by first asking what career success means to you and then ask yourself meaningful questions to help you dig deeper.

                  What types of themes emerge from your responses? What keywords or phrases keep coming up for you?

                  2. Know Your Values

                  Values are the principles and beliefs that guide your decisions, behaviors and actions. When you’re not aligned with your values and act in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, it’ll feel like life is a struggle.

                  There are simple value exercises that can help you quickly determine your core values. This one designed by Carnegie Mellon University can help you discover your top 5 values.[1]

                  Once you have your top 5 values keep them visible. Your brain needs reminders that these are your top values. Here are some ways to make them stick:

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                  • Write them on cue cards or notes and post it in your office
                  • Take a picture of your values and use it as a screensaver on your phone
                  • Put the words on your fridge
                  • Add the words on your vision board

                  Where will your value words be placed in your physical environment so that you have a constant reminder of them?

                  3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

                  When writing your short-term and long term life goals, use the SMART framework – Specific Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Treat this as a brainstorming exercise. Your potential and possibilities are limitless.

                  How you define short-term and long-term is entirely up to you. Short-term can be 30 days, 90 days, or 6 months. Maybe long-term goals are 4 months, 1 year, or 10 years.

                  Here are a few self-reflection questions to help you write your goals:[2]

                  • What would you want to do today if you had the power to make it the way you want?
                  • If no hurdles are in the way, what would you like to achieve?
                  • If you have the freedom to do whatever you want, what would it be?
                  • What type of impact do you want to have on people?
                  • Who are the people you most admire? What is it about them or what they have that you’d want for your life or career?
                  • What activities energize you? What’s one activity you most love?

                  Remember to revisit your core values as you refine yours goals:

                  • Are your goals in or out of alignment with your core values?
                  • What adjustments do you need to make to your goals? Maybe some of your goals can be deleted because they no longer align with your values.
                  • How attainable are your goals? Breakdown your goals into digestible pieces.
                  • Do your short-term goals move you towards attaining your long-term goals?

                  Get very clear and specific about your goals. Think about an archer – a person who shoots with a bow and arrows at a target. This person is laser focused on the target – the center of the bullseye. The target is your goal.

                  By focusing on one goal at a time and having that goal visible, you can behave and act in ways that will move you closer to your goal.

                  4. Determine Your Top Talents

                  What did you love doing as a kid? What made these moments fun? What did you have a knack for? What did you most cherish about these times? What are the common themes?

                  What work feels effortless? What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? Think about work you can lose track of time doing and you don’t even feel tired of it.[3]

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                  What are your desires? Try it out. Experiment. Take action and start. How can you incorporate more of this type of work into your daily life?

                  What themes emerge from your responses? How do your responses compare to your responses from the values exercise and your goals?

                  What do you notice?

                  5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience

                  Do you have tendencies to use your head or heart to make decisions?

                  I have a very strong tendency to make rational, practical, and fact-based decisions using my head. It’s very rare for me to make decisions using my emotions. I was forced to learn how to make more intuitive decisions by listening to my gut when I was struggling with pivotal life decisions. I was forced to feel and listen to my inner voice to make decisions that feel most natural to me. This was very unfamiliar to me, however, it expanded my identity.

                  Review this list of Feeling Words. Use the same technique you use for the values exercise to narrow down how you want to feel.

                  Keep these words visible too!

                  Review your responses. What do you observe? What insights do you gain from these responses and those in the above steps?

                  6. Be Willing to Sit with Discomfort

                  Make career decisions aligned with your values, goals, talents and feelings. This is not for the faint hearted. It takes real work, courage and willingness to cut out the noise around you. You’ll need to sit with discomfort for a bit until you build up your muscle to hit the targets you want.

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                  Surround yourself with a supportive network to help you through these times.

                  “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them” – Rumi

                  7. Manage Your Own Career

                  Not to be cynical, but no one can make you happy but yourself. If you don’t take control of your career and manage it like your own business – no one will.

                  Discern between things that you can control and what you can’t control. For example, you may not be able to control who gets a promotion. However, you can control how you react to it and what you’ve learned about yourself in that situation.

                  Summing Up

                  For many who have gone through a career change or been impacted by life events, these steps may seem very basic. However, it’s sometimes the basics that we forget to do. The simple things and moments can edge us closer to our larger vision for ourselves.

                  Staying present and appreciating what you have today can sometimes help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, if you’re always talking about not having enough time and wanting work-life balance, think about what was good in your work day? Maybe you took a walk outside with your co-workers. This could be a small step to help you reframe how you can attain work-life balance.

                  Remember to take time for yourself. Hit pause, notice, observe and reflect to achieve career success by getting deliberate and intentional:

                  1. Define Career Success for Yourself
                  2. Know Your Values
                  3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Life and Goals
                  4. Determine Your Top Talents
                  5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience
                  6. Be Willing to sit with Discomfort
                  7. Manage Your Own Career

                  “When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

                  Good luck and best wishes always!

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