Outside of being successful, well-known entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg all have one thing in common: they’re introverts. In an often extroverted business world, introverts can and are thriving. Therefore, on today’s episode of The Small Business Show, we’re exploring ways introverts leverage their skills to succeed in business. Joining us is Matthew Pollard, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Consultant, Speaker, and the Founder and CEO of Rapid Growth
Matthew Pollard overcame several complex personal and professional challenges before he became the Rapid Growth Guy. Challenges like overcoming a learning disability that left him with the reading speed of a sixth grader in late high school, was painfully introverted, and lost his first job just weeks before Christmas. As the Rapid Growth guy, he challenges business owners to think differently and inspire business transformation worldwide. Pollard is an inspiring example of how overcoming adversity can pave the way for future success.
1. Societal standards have formed the misconception that introverts can’t be successful. However, Pollard asserts that simply isn’t true.
2. The problem isn’t that introverts live in an extroverted world; it’s that some introverts fail to establish the necessary systems for their success.
3. Introverts already possess the essential qualities necessary for success; all they need to do is apply it to themselves. Qualities such as being amazing listeners, the ability to empathize, and the willingness to efficiently plan and prepare.
4. Pollard argues, “Introvert and extrovert behaviors are based on a spectrum, but what we should aim for is being an ambivert.” An ambivert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introverts and extroverts and can flip into either depending on their mood, context, and goals.
5. Those who identify as introverted can still benefit from sales. However, they may need to implement a repeating strategy to reduce any possible speaking-related anxiety.
“The adversity we face are the seeds to our future success."