I’m a shy introvert who now operates a multimillion-dollar business — here are 3 tricks that boosted my confidence

Luisa Zhou

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“After working with you for years, I still have no idea if you are actually good at your job.” 

A coworker kindly shared that with me a few years into my corporate career.

I was shocked but I shouldn’t have been. As a not-so-confident introvert who found it difficult to speak up in meetings, or talk about my accomplishments without feeling like I was bragging, I was at a disadvantage when it came to sharing my wins. It also didn’t help that growing up, I’d been taught to be humble and let my work speak for itself.

That moment was a huge wake-up call. I realized that if I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being overlooked, something — namely, me — needed to change.

Here are three tactics that helped me develop my confidence and go from an unnoticed employee to the owner of a multimillion-dollar business before 30.

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1. Show your accomplishments instead of telling them

I once listened to a colleague spend 20 minutes sharing his enthusiasm for his latest project. By the time he was done, everyone listening — including his boss and boss’ boss —  knew how passionate he was about his job, what wins he’d achieved for the company, how hard he worked, and how much more revenue his latest project was estimated to drive.

The best part was that he’d done it all without once coming across as bragging. How’d he do it?

He described the process of what he was working on. He shared how he’d come up with the project idea, the obstacles he’d overcome, how excited he was by the wins, and what he hoped to accomplish. No wonder he was promoted to manager at least two years ahead of anyone else his age.

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I took this lesson to heart when I was building my first online business. Instead of telling people how awesome I was, I shared the beliefs and teachings that I was passionate about. (For example, I shared why I disagreed with common advice in my industry and what I recommended doing instead.) 

This allowed me to naturally — and easily — showcase my accomplishments and stand out from my competition.

2. Change the story you’re telling yourself

Have you ever said to yourself, “That’s just not me”? 

I used to all the time, especially as I was building my first business. When I saw other entrepreneurs confidently promoting themselves while I sat on the sidelines, I made myself feel better with, “I’m an introvert. That’s them but that’s just not me.”

As I struggled to grow my business while I watched theirs take off, I realized I had two choices:

I could continue telling myself that the things I needed to do to succeed simply “weren’t me” (and accept failure as a result). 

Or I could acknowledge the truth: I was telling myself the story that I was an introvert as an excuse for not doing …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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