You Don’t Need to be an Extrovert (or a Genius) to be an Entrepreneur

by Libby-Jane Charleston

But you need to keep your 'voices' under control.


We all know entrepreneurs come in a variety of shapes and sizes but, for many of us, there’s an unspoken assumption that they are all geniuses. Some entrepreneurs are certainly maths geniuses, creative intellects, or they went to the ‘right schools’, or they’re extroverts with magnetic personalities that seem to draw quality staff as, arm in arm, they continue that speedy and formidable climb up the golden ladder of their choice.

You don’t have to be a maths genius but you need to learn more about the things you feel you are weaker at.

But what if you were told that the opposite is true – that not every entrepreneur is an extrovert? Not every entrepreneur listed on the AFR list of 100 most influential people is a deadset genius?

The word entrepreneur means a variety of things to us all but, for many of us, we mistakenly believe they are all extroverts or maths geniuses.

Collective Hub CEO Lisa Messenger told The Huffington Post Australia the very word entrepreneur has always fascinated her.

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“When I started my first business in 2001, the word entrepreneur was not used as much back then. But today it is one of the most over used words around. Everyone is either saying they’re an entrepreneur or that they want to be one,” Messenger said.

“Part of being a true entrepreneur is owning it and just starting your business. Anyone can become an entrepreneur, but you’ve got to have the tenacity and the balls to just jump in and get started.”

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post Australia.

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