Today's guest is someone who has proved that introversion - as well as age and being a full-time student - are no excuses to being a success and creating a business you love.
At a young age Trevor always knew that he was going to be an entrepreneur. Whether he is going door to door selling lemonade at the young age of seven or starting his own lawn care company at age thirteen. As the years passed by, Trevor and his love of entrepreneurship grew exponentially.
In this week's episode of the Creative Introvert Podcast, we tackle what makes for a cracking conversation - and how introverts can, er, crack it.
First of all let’s clarify this myth about introverts being social recluses who hate people.
Hopefully you know that that is bullshit - unless that is the case for you, well, just know it’s not true for all introverts.
I LOVE a good chat with someone. Not even close friends - I’ve been known to enjoy talking to strangers sometimes just as much.
There are a few conditions that make for a stellar introvert conversation - and a few conditions that make for a dire one.
The kind where you want the ground to part and to be sucked in to a black abyss - just to relieve you of the awfulness.
Anyway - the point of this podcast is to acknowledge the conditions that generally make for a great conversation if you are an introvert OR if you’re an extrovert talking to an introvert - some things to consider.
Not every conversation will be wonderful - whether it’s at work, at family gatherings, parties - if you’re unlucky enough to find yourself at one - and general day-to-day activities.
BUT I’m convinced that with these tips I’m about to outline, you’ll be able to steer a conversation into a much more introvert-friendly direction, use your natural introvert strengths to make it even better - and get the fuck out of it if it is really that bad.
What I cover:
Laurie Helgoe - Introvert Power
Erich Fromm's Art of Listening
Alain de Botton - The Course of Love
I’ll admit it. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been going through a real slump in motivation. May be it’s the change of season - there’s something about being by the sea - even in England - that when the sun comes out, it becomes intensely hard to think of anything other than grabbing a beer and taking the afternoon off.
Just me? Hope not.
This is why I’m so grateful for people like today’s guest whose podcast Your Creative Push is there for me to give me a much needed dose of motivation and inspiration.
Really - the conversations and topics that Youngman Brown covers on his podcast have been a real source of creative fuel for me. It’s so comforting to know that - as much as I love being alone - I’m not alone in this creative journey.
If you’ve ever felt that slump in your creative drive or just need a kick up the bum to get that project finished - or started - then I think you’ll get a LOT out of today’s guest interview.
Inner Enemies to Creativity (free eBook)
We like to be alone, us introverts.
When we can close the door on the chaos around us, the small talk and the pointlesssocial events…. We can simply be alone with our thoughts, and may be our pets.
That time alone is vital for us to recharge. It’s like an athlete who needs to recover after running a race or whatever athletes do.
But to feel lonely?
That is not what we were going for.
There seems to be a tipping point. A point at which alone time can turn into social isolation which can - feel more like loneliness than comforting rest and recouperation.
Yes - as much as we love our alone time - even introverts need people.
The balancing act - between getting that recharge time alone and not feelingin lonely is a tricky one - and one I’ve had my own share of struggles with.
In this podcast I’m going to share a bit about my personal story with battling loneliness as well as some of the solutions we might reach to (that do us more harm than good) and the ones that actually do work and that you can do today or whenever you’re feeling that fog of loneliness appear.