An entrepreneur is anyone selling something, which might be information, a service, a product, or an idea.
Extroverts are born salespeople. Engaging with strangers — to sell or promote — exhilarates and inspires them. Outreach is in their DNA. The act of engagement and sales is their passion.
But for most introverts and many extroverts, promoting ourselves, our ideas, or our creations is uncomfortable. Our efforts at self-promotion are haphazard and we often avoid self-promotion entirely.
The traits that make gifted and sensitive people extraordinary at what they do, are often barriers to effective professional communication.
If you are highly gifted or highly sensitive, your communication may limit your success until you identify your aversion to public exposure.
Nature of the Highly Gifted and Sensitive Entrepreneur
As a highly gifted and sensitive entrepreneur, you can achieve great things while experiencing joy and fulfillment, provided these essential conditions are met.
- Your work must be meaningful to you.
- You need to feel passionately absorbed.
- Your work embodies honesty, kindness, integrity, and reflects things done well.
- You are free to attend to details others may overlook.
- You have the flexibility to focus on ideas, aspects of culture, and qualities of experience that are unseen by most.
Challenges for the Highly Gifted Entrepreneur
You tend to have multiple passions and trains of thoughts. Your multimodal processing can make it hard to focus and prioritize. The complexity of your thought can make it hard to present your ideas or service in an organized or clear fashion.
Because your work is your passion, you can become too attached to your thoughts or intentions to be objective. You can fail to translate your personal values into a form that has significance for your customer or client.
You can get lost in your ideas or your work and forget to consider the needs of those you serve. While kindness and honesty are core values for you, you can lose track of the experiences of those around you.
If you need novelty and are easily bored by repetition, it can make it hard to develop a clear brand. The habits that insure quality of a service or product require a type of routine evaluation that you may find challenging.
The highly gifted often find their competency enables them to succeed at jobs, and in careers, that don’t reflect their passions. It can be challenging for the highly gifted to slow down enough to reflect, redefine, and redirect their professional goals.
Many are reluctant to claim their giftedness, as if it makes them special. I consider the term to reflect an overabundance of a trait. Often, it can feel like a burden.
The highly gifted can be exhausted, conflicted about where to focus, and they often feel isolated. Their interior worlds are rich and complex, yet, they often find it difficult to communicate to others about what has the most meaning to them.
You find it challenging to find any helper who can keep up with the way you extrapolate and make associations between seemingly disparate concepts or themes. You can despair of finding a peer to help you bring your professional agenda into form.
Challenges for the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur
Your thin skin can make you hesitant to be visible, to be recognized, to be successful. You can be easily overwhelmed by information, feedback, and external requirements that require you understand and evaluate your competitors and the nature of the market.
Aspects of the outside world that cause you pain or overwhelm can lead you to avoid participation or exploration. You can have difficulty establishing a professional service or communication that is independent from your personal voice and behavior.
Your empathy can cause you to absorb the feelings of others. When you overpersonalize situations or input, it prevents professional interaction and the realistic evaluation of your product or service. When you are too attached, you may avoid the research and objective perspective that enables you to gauge the role of your product or service in the marketplace.
Magical thinking and avoidance are hallmarks of a sensitive’s efforts to maintain an inner equilibrium. You can feel crazy and fear persecution if you share yourself with the world. Consciously or unconsciously, you may make choices that insure you remain invisible.
Challenges as a Highly Gifted & Sensitive Entrepreneur
Every highly gifted and sensitive entrepreneur is a highly gifted and sensitive adult, who was a highly gifted and sensitive child, whether he or she knew it or not.
The injuries sustained from being unusual and misunderstood, and the coping mechanisms that resulted can impede empowered presentation.
By temperament, you value excellence, attend to details, incline towards innovation and passion in your pursuits.
However, unconscious defenses can leave you:
- confused by your attention to too many details
- avoidant which prevents achievement of excellence
- protective of your passion rather than open to evaluation
- prone to procrastination, avoiding fears and challenges
- inclined to chaotic physical spaces, websites, services
- reluctant to: ask for feedback; review products or services; edit or update service, space, website
- ambivalent about success because of introversion, sensitivity, personal history
- unwilling to ask for help.
Defining what it means to be a successful entrepreneur.
When you’re a highly gifted and sensitive entrepreneur who wants to be successful, the first step is to define what success means for you.
Because you need your work to have meaning, success tends to be more than financial. In fact, for many highly gifted and sensitive entrepreneurs their values cause them to sacrifice financial success.
Becoming an empowered and succesful entrepreneur.
1-Identify any challenges your personal history and learning style present to achieving your goals.
2-Seek the professional help you need to resolve injuries, resentments, and trauma preventing aligned presentation.
3-Understand the differences between you and your customers. Resolve any conflicts around these differences.
4-Clearly and succinctly state:
c-your service/product and its value
e-your detailed plan of action.
5-Implement the steps of your plan. Identify the feelings and behaviors that prevent aligned and empowered follow through.
6-Evaluate the success of your plan. Solicit feedback, conduct a qualitative review.
7-Define any unresolved conflicts, ambivalence, resentment, confusion relating to your business.
7-Review your goals and plan of action.
8-Revisit these steps periodically.