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𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿: 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀

Updated: May 24


Introverts tend to focus inwards and recharge alone while running a startup requires a level of outwardness. This post is part of a series.*

 

Countless meetings, events, and presentations can burden any startup founder, particularly introverts who recharge best when alone. To build the resilience needed for success requires a dash of happiness. For some founders, that’s a crucial ingredient.


"Success is not the key to happiness.

Happiness is the key to success.

If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."

— Albert Schweitzer

 

Here are some tips and strategies to find happiness as an introvert founder.

 


Embrace your nature: Recognize and accept that introversion is a part of your identity despite others' perceptions.

 

You may find socializing draining or overwhelming, so choose carefully and avoid excessive time at noisy or overly crowded events.

 


Seek like-minded individuals: Surround yourself with people who understand and appreciate your introverted nature.

 

Connect meaningfully with a few close friends and peers, emphasize quality over quantity, and nurture those deeper relationships.

 


Find activities that bring you joy: Enjoy hobbies, creative pursuits, or solitary activities that allow you to recharge and relax.

 

At a minimum, block a little time regularly to fulfill pursuits like reading, writing, painting, or playing an instrument.

 


Create boundaries: Set boundaries to protect your energy and prioritize self-care. It's important to carve out alone time without constant social activities.

 

Learn to say no to some social invitations. Don't apologize. Instead, find other ways to connect and interact. When possible, meet in smaller groups or one-on-one and at calm places. Loud bars or huge parties are draining.

 


Celebrate your strengths: Recognize that introverts often possess strong observation skills, creativity, and the ability to reflect deeply.

 

Rely on these strengths in yourself or find the right partners to strengthen your leadership.



Take care of yourself: Tune into your feelings and make choices that align with your happiness and business growth.

 

Prioritize self-care practices like exercise, meditation, getting enough sleep, a healthy diet, and relaxing activities.


Also, don't compare yourself to others. Follow your path - success looks different for everyone. If you interact often with extroverts, you may need this reminder.

 

 

As an introvert, happiness and success come from nourishing your inner world. Balance your needs with the demands of being a founder.


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I wrote this post using AI editing. AI generated the illustration.


* Premise: Being a founder is always tough. Introverts tend to be more inwardly focused and recharge when alone, while entrepreneurship often requires an outward focus. This series sets out to surface the challenges of being an introvert in selling, networking, leading, facing anxiety, and finding happiness. To be clear, there is a range of introverts and extroverts also face many stressors. Hopefully, these posts offer something for everyone.

Previous posts can be found in the blog.


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