Like so many of my fellow introverts, my archetypal image of a successful founder was a charismatic extrovert — that tireless someone who’s constantly meeting new people and radiating energy. It’s a daunting standard.
It’s easy to look at highly extroverted founders and think you can’t measure up. But if you take a step back, you’ll see that many of the inherent traits of an introvert align perfectly with the skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.
As a founder, I’ve found ways to thrive as an introvert in a world designed for extroverts. Here are some of the challenging areas for introverts and ways to harness your strengths to excel in each of them.