Video Interview: My Inside View on Career and Business for Introverts

I was interviewed last month about my work. It was a fun conversation. You can watch our intimate conversation here.

We got into a lot of deep topics about making career choices, how self-employment can work for caring introverts, how I deal with some of my challenges, as well as things I’m really passionate about.

I’m amazed at how much of my interests and philosophy we were able to cover.

Topics we covered:

  1. Why people can’t see their own strengths and why knowing them is a key to making your work much easier.
  2. How introversion is a strength (more than you know).
  3. How introverts are naturally good at business and marketing.
  4. The problem with thinking work has to be hard, when it can and should be joyful.
  5. How to price your heart-centered services and deal with the inner conflicts about that. (Finding the sweet spot of fair exchange.)
  6. Introvert-friendly ways to attract clients.
  7. How “going it alone” is a path to burnout and how introverts and solopreneurs find their way of co-creating, including how I co-create.
  8. My framework for how to clarity and activate the “best use of you” even in this time of great uncertainty.
  9. My courses, including my new career clarity course.
  10. Perfection, the connection to introversion, my struggle with it, and how I get around it and get things done.
  11. How I use my strength of empathy for my marketing.
  12. My passion for anti-racism, inclusion, social justice.
  13. Where to find me online.

I hope you enjoy it.

I’d love to hear your reactions to some of what I said. Anything surprising in there? You can comment on my facebook post that has this interview. Or comment below if you prefer.

P.S. By the way, when I talked about co-creation, even for introverts, I don’t mean we need to work in teams. Solo focus time is still really important!! I just mean there are ways to not have to do everything alone. We need others for things like referrals and connections, help with technology, and doing the things you don’t like doing, and for getting useful feedback.

Best Careers for Introverts, HSPs, and Other Sensitive Souls

Sensitive souls (including introverts, highly sensitive persons [HSPs], and people with big hearts) need to be careful about our work environments and career paths. As a highly sensitive introvert who got so drained by many jobs I tried, I learned the hard way.

We can really thrive and excel in the right environment, and we can wilt easily in the wrong environment.

If you have a yuck feeling about work, I bet it is because the work itself or the work culture are a bad match for you.

You have so much to offer. Yes, YOU. The world needs your gifts. I mean it. You can find a better fit. Not overnight, but a better way is possible.

There are low stress jobs for introverts, HSPs, and other sensitive souls.

No, there are no perfect stress-free professions. But lower stress is definitely a worthy goal. Yes! Stress is a natural part of life and we can be even more vulnerable to it as sensitive souls. We can do self-care, but that’s not enough if the situation continues to be draining.

So often people simply put up with far too much of a stressful situation, thinking we are the problem. Let’s rethink this.

My experience:

I’m a highly sensitive introvert with a big heart. (If you’re a Myers-Briggs Type fan, I’m an INFP which explains a whole range of sensitivity.)

I’ve tried all kinds of work environments from classrooms to cubicles, and many kinds of careers, and there were many rough patches in my work life. Now I have landed happily with being a self-employed career/ business coach.

In those various work experiences, sometimes I felt alive and energized and sometimes completely drained and MISERABLE. Oh I can feel the bad memories in my body as I write this. I want to reach out to you if you’re feeling that misery and beg you to believe it can be different.

Now I get what works:

I’ve studied what factors work for me and what works for others with a similar temperament.  Now I can fairly easily tell you what is important for us in choosing our work environments and career paths. Work can feel great, really! I’ll explain what you need to know.

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