The Importance of Self-Care for Introverts

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

In a world that heavily values extroversion, it can be easy to keep saying yes to people and attending social events because you feel like you have to. I fell into this harmful pattern during a two-year time period when I was between jobs. I thought that since I wasn’t working during the day, I would now have time for all the social events I could possibly attend. I quickly learned that I needed time to recharge.  I used to let myself get so busy that I didn’t make time to care for myself. It would result in me being forced to stay home for at least one night because my body demanded a recharge after having done an activity several nights in a row.

 

In “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” by Beth Buelow, the importance is noted of taking care of yourself, especially if you know you will need to be social. Here are some fun things I do that help me relax.

 

  • I enjoy reading.
  • I have fun solving Sudoku puzzles.
  • I like to play guitar.
  • I enjoy spending time with one or two friends.
  • I spend time out in nature.
  • I like to bake and then share treats with my friends.
  • I enjoy gardening.
  • I like sitting quietly and sipping a cup of tea.
  • I like talking on the phone.
  • I enjoy taking classes and learning new things.

 

Each of these interests developed over time. It’s important to do what you enjoy. If you are taking time to recharge, you will be a better business owner, job-seeker, and overall person.

 

I encourage you to find creative ways to take care of yourself. I’d love to hear about your favorite self-care pastimes. Feel free to drop them in the comments.

 

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How to Meet People As An Introvert

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

As an introvert, I have to go out of my way to meet new people. I’m less likely to talk with random strangers when in line at a grocery store, or in a waiting room before a dentist appointment.

 

When I read “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” by Beth Buelow, I valued that the author emphasized playing to your strengths. Here are some ways I have worked with my introversion and still meet new people.

 

  • I go to events that have a purpose, so that I will have something in common with everyone there.
  • I prepare ice-breaker questions I could ask when conversation slows down.
  • I ask lots of questions in general to keep the conversation focused on the other person.
  • If conversation goes well, I find another way to stay connected by swapping contact information.
  • I set goals to have a conversation with a certain number of people at an event.
  • I tell myself that after a certain amount of time at the event, I can leave.
  • Depending on how loud the event is, I might find a quiet space or corner to recharge.
  • If I know the host or can see the guest list, I look on it for people I already know.
  • I only attend a set number of networking events per month.
  • I make sure to grab a drink or snack right when I arrive so that I can take in the room without feeling the need to socialize right away.

 

By following these guidelines, I have made networking and meeting new people fun and manageable for myself. At every party, meeting, or networking event I attend, I almost always come away having deepened a friendship or having met someone new.

 

Do you plan to try one of these ideas the next time you are invited to an event? I’d love to hear how it goes for you, so feel free to leave a comment.

 

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What It Means to Be An Introvert: Myths and Facts

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

Many misunderstandings arise about what it truly means to be an introvert. Even as an introvert myself, it can be easy to fall into the trap of believing some false ideas.

 

In the book, “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” author Beth Buelow dispels many misconceptions. Here are some introvert myths and facts. Do you find yourself second-guessing one of these if you had thought it to be true?

 

Myth: Introverts don’t like people.

Fact: Introverts are drained when around people, so they might prefer time alone.

 

Myth: Introverts are shy.

Fact: Introverts might take some time to warm up to a situation, or they might not start talking until a large crowd has thinned out.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at selling themselves.

Fact: Introverts are less likely to push themselves on people, and they approach conversations with a mindset to deepen a relationship.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at making conversation.

Fact: By learning good questions to ask and by being curious about the other person, introverts can be excellent conversationalists.

 

Myth: Introverts dislike networking.

Fact: When done in such a way that plays to the strengths of introverts, networking can be a bearable—even enjoyable—activity.

 

It has been interesting to reflect on the times I have used my introversion as an excuse to avoid conversation, apologize for being quiet, or tell myself that I’m not going to make money. I have enjoyed reading The Introvert Entrepreneur because it has helped me change my mindset about how my gifts as an introvert equip me to be a stellar business owner.

 

Have you ever let something about you become an excuse to hold yourself back? What helped you realize that was happening? What did you do to change your mindset? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Reflections on The 4-Hour Workweek: How the 4-Hour Workweek Impacted my Job Search Strategy

Katie Corbett holds the book, "The 4-Hour Workweek"

By Katie Corbett

 

Since I owe a lot of my success—and future planning—to the book, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, I have decided to revisit the book each quarter in 2022. Here are my thoughts as we end quarter one. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book that helps you live your dreams. Enjoy!

 

One Follow-Up Attempt Is All You Need

Katie Corbett holds the book "2-Hour Job Search"

By Katie Corbett

 

When you are looking for a job or for your next freelance project, it can be easy to get stuck in a cycle of following up with the same prospects over and over. Following up more than once saps time and energy, and it makes you feel like you are being productive when you are not actually reaching out to new people.

 

I read about only following up once in “The 2-Hour Job Search,” by Steve Dalton. Here are some reasons following up only once is preferable.

 

  • You won’t need to worry about annoying anyone.
  • You will be forced to focus on finding fresh leads.
  • You won’t keep contacting the same people over and over.
  • You will be getting work done that gets you closer to your goals.
  • You will be building relationships with new people.
  • The people you have been following up with won’t have to figure out how to get you off their backs.
  • People won’t feel obligated to work with you just to get you to stop following up.
  • You will find people who are ready to take action now.

 

I’ve set a rule in my business that I’m only going to follow up once with new prospects. I’m already excited about how much less stressed I will be as I implement this rule. This will be true, of course, unless more follow-ups are specifically requested. If someone explicitly tells you to follow up at a specific time, definitely do so. I got my first paying case studies writing client because I continued to follow up on the schedule that my prospect requested.

 

When you do reach-outs, try following up only once. Do you notice changes in how you use your time and energy moving forward? Do you notice changes in the number of people you’re able to contact as a result? I’d love to hear more about it, so leave me a comment.

 

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Exposing The Risk of Decision-Making Based on Sunk Costs

Katie Corbett holds the book "2-Hour Job Search"

By Katie Corbett

 

Everything has a cost. Whether it is time, energy, or money, working on projects always involves expenditure of resources.

 

In “The 2-Hour Job Search,” by Steve Dalton, the dangers of sunk costs is discussed. The danger of counting those costs is that you might continue working on a project or working in a job that is no longer good for you because you have put so much time, energy, or money into it already. I’ve found these questions helpful so I don’t get stuck continuing to work on things merely due to sunk costs.

 

  • Does this project still excite me?
  • Do I enjoy working on it?
  • Does it still align with my purpose and goals?
  • Do I still get satisfaction from working on it?
  • Does it still make sense given overall trends?
  • Why should I consider quitting?
  • Could I place this project on temporary hold?
  • Is there another way I could do the same kind of work with a different project?
  • If I continued working on it, what would be the continued costs?
  • Does this project still bring joy to my life?

 

I used these questions to evaluate whether to continue working on my garment project. The answer I came to was that it would be better for me to discontinue that project in favor of working on things that better align with my current activities. I feel very at peace with my decision and am happy I stopped when I did. I’m glad I didn’t continue to move forward on something that no longer made sense, although I’ve put tons of energy, thousands of dollars, and countless hours into it already.

 

Do you have a project you decided to discontinue? How do you feel about that? I look forward to reading your story in the comments.

 

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Landing a Job You Really Want: How to Identify Dream Employers

Katie Corbett holds the book "2-Hour Job Search"

By Katie Corbett

 

When you are looking for a job, it can be fun to think about places you might like to work. You can make a list and reach out to them. I’ve done this several times and frequently gotten interviews.

 

I saw this idea as a suggestion in “The 2-Hour Job Search,” by Steve Dalton. Here is a list of questions I found helpful when hunting down those dream employers.

 

  1. When you were young, where did you think it might be cool to work?
  2. When you watch TV, listen to the radio, and read printed advertisements, what companies stand out to you?
  3. Do you think it might be cool to work for some companies, but are feeling intimidated? What are those companies?
  4. Are there companies you’ve heard of whose mission stands out to you as inspiring?
  5. Look through lists of best places to work in your area. Do any of them stand out to you as cool places to work?

 

I encourage you to make a list of your top ten dream employers. Check within your network to find out if you already know someone who works there. Knowing someone who works there might make it seem less intimidating, and you already have a connection to get your foot in the door.

 

I have a friend who works for Google, and I talked with them about the application and interview process before applying. It was fun to be able to learn what the process was like before applying and know that I knew someone who worked there. Knowing that I applied was cool, even though I didn’t end up progressing beyond to the interview stage. I’m glad that I didn’t let Google’s larger-than-life reputation intimidate me from filling out an application.

 

Have you ever reached out to or applied for a job with a dream employer? How did it go? I’d love to hear your story, so feel free to share it in the comments.

 

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If You Give People Freedom, They Will Amaze You: How I Apply This Principle to My Work

Katie Corbett holds the book "Work Rules!"

By Katie Corbett

 

Freedom in work means being able to work when, where, and how you want. I value this ability. I wanted to write about what I do to give myself freedom, how I give others freedom in my business, and how I encourage freedom as a manager at the marketing agency where I also work.

 

I read about the idea of giving people freedom in the book “Work Rules,” by Laszlo Bock. It says that if you give people freedom, they will amaze you with what they can achieve. I have found this to be true when applied to myself and to others in my life. Here are some examples.

 

In my business, I have set rules, such as not working on weekends and only working on projects that light me up. I also hire independent contractors, so the people who work for me can work in the ways that suit them best. This ensures that I’m happy, healthy, and free from the task of directly managing others. I trust them to do what I need and do it well, because I expect the same of myself.

 

As a manager at the marketing agency for which I work, I encourage my coworkers to set boundaries with our clients and to do work when it works best for them. I encourage and thank them on a regular basis, and I praise them for going above and beyond. Often times, they come up with creative solutions and better ways to say things that never would have crossed my mind.

 

Freedom is a game-changer because:

 

  • People do their best work.
  • People can live their lives and do the things they need to get done.
  • People can work around their life schedules.
  • People take fewer vacation days, since they have time to do the things they need to get done.
  • It doesn’t matter whether people are morning people or night-owls; the work still gets done.
  • Freedom makes people happier overall.

 

If you have a story about how work freedom changed your life, or about how you provide freedom to others, leave it in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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