Can you be a successful entrepreneur as a highly sensitive person?
The personality trait of high sensitivity can include being multipassionate and dissatisfied with routine jobs, but also be a strength as an entrepreneur.
Heather Dominick, founder of A Course In Business Miracles, finds that being highly sensitive means “you are coded to be extremely successful within the world of self-employment.”
Here is one of many testimonials from her business coaching clients:
“With Heather I have the experience of being deeply known and truly believed in, and encouraged and mentored by someone who totally gets me and has faced the same struggles and obstacles and overcome them!
“Before A Course In Business Miracles, in addition to my own business, I was working full time in another low-paid, not meaningful job.
“Which meant between that job and my business I was working 80+ hours a week, and this had been going on for over 2 years.
“The year before Business Miracles my business made about $22k. In the first year I joined A Course In Business Miracles my business income tripled from $22k to $64k, and I was able to leave my other job and start having weekends.”
Rebecca Zook, Eminence Mentoring Program Member – Purple Tutu Math Tutoring – Arlington, VA
Are You A Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur?
A Course in Business Miracles founder Heather Dominick says:
A Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur™ is a person with highly sensitive abilities who has chosen to utilize these special traits within the world of self-employment.
Most likely, if you are highly sensitive, you have been given the message over time that your traits are not assets but hindrances.
Perhaps you heard things growing up like:
~ Stop being so sensitive.
~ Cry baby!
~ What’s wrong with you?
Highly sensitive people in advisor roles
But in truth you are coded to be extremely successful within the world of self-employment in what according to Dr. Elaine N. Aron, one of the primary researchers of the high sensitivity personality trait, refers to as ‘advisor role’ within society.
Dr. Aron states:
“For aggressive societies to survive they always need that priest – judge – advisor class.
“Highly sensitive persons tend to fill that advisor role.
“We are the writers, historians, philosophers, judges, artists, researchers, theologians, therapist, [coaches], teachers, parents, and plain conscientious citizens.
“What we bring to any of these roles is a tendency to think about all the possible effects of an idea.”
Related article: Your Sensitivity Can Make You a Strong Personal Coach.
Take a quiz to see if you are a a Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur
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It’s no accident that the coaching industry has exploded over the past five years, offering a litany of business building opportunities aimed at a more ‘spiritual’ practice of integrated business and marketing.
Literally, as Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs™, our time has come.
However, as Dr. Aron states, “to perform our role well, we have to feel very good about ourselves.
“We have to ignore all the messages from the ‘Warriors’ that we are not as good as they are.
“The Warriors have their bold style, which has its value. But we, too, have our style and our own important contribution to make.”
[Elaine Aron is author of many books including The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You.]
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Dominick asks, “How do we do that?
“It’s why Business Miracles™ was created.
“Use your gift of being an excellent coach, healing practitioner or creative entrepreneur and learn how to be powerful, empowered and profitable with it.
“You may be asking yourself, how do I know if I’m a Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur? — Simply take the Free Quiz on the site and find out” –
Also on the site, learn about her programs for being a successful entrepreneur including:
A Class In Business Miracles
A Class In Intuition
A Class In Managing Overwhelm
Highly sensitive entrepreneurs and perfectionism
Heather Dominick, founder of A Course In Business Miracles, talks about this aspect of our personality that can lead to problems in business:
“The shadow of perfectionism is a dark cloud that really follows so many of us HSEs (Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs) around and it really keeps us from moving forward in our business.
“Especially if you tend toward the HSE coping mechanism of hiding this can often go hand in hand with the HSE shadow of perfectionism – nothing ever quite gets done or gets done as quickly as you would like in order to match the pace of results that you’re looking for…”
Learn more about her resources and training programs at her site:
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Highly sensitive people may be dissatisfied with routine jobs
Ane Axford, MS, LMFT comments:
“My name, Ane (I pronounce it like “Annie”), comes from my Danish heritage.
“I am a highly sensitive person, who is also high sensation seeking, introverted, a licensed mental health and relationship therapist who specializes in working with highly sensitive persons.”
> This brief audio clip below starts with her voice, and comes from her longer interview: “On HSPs as Entrepreneurs with Marie Forleo” – on her former site at http://sensitiveandthriving.com/ane_speaks (no longer found).
[See more about Ane at Facebook.com/SensitiveLeadership]
In the longer interview, Ane and Marie talked about HSPs [highly sensitive persons] and being, in Elaine Aron’s term, high sensation seeking, and how this can lead to being multipassionate and dissatisfied with routine jobs – and even a diagnosis of ADD – but it is also a strength for us as entrepreneurs.
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Marie Forleo writes in a profile on one of her sites that she is “An entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist & unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be…
“I’m proud to have created a socially conscious digital empire that touches millions.”
“I gave up the security of the 9-5, began bartending and waiting tables and doing a multitude of odd jobs to keep a roof over my head while slowly building a coaching business from the ground up.
“I later coined the term “Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur” because I just didn’t (and never will) fit into a conventional box.” [marieforleo.com]
Networking For Introverts
Marie Forleo writes in one of her posts that “as much as one third to a half of the population considers themselves introverts.
“If you’ve ever questioned the best way to balance your need for quiet with the never-ending opportunities to “put yourself out there” — today’s MarieTV episode is for you.”
Susan Cain says: “Don’t think of it as networking; think of it as seeking out kindred spirits.”
From post by Marie Forleo: Networking For Introverts w/ Susan Cain.
Marie Forleo “has helped thousands of women entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses, transform their lives through her b-school program.
“She had the honor of being the first woman interviewed by the world-renowned Tony Robbins for his DVD training program, The New Money Masters.
She is a “best-selling author, speaker, online-entrepreneur…”
Learn more about her at Facebook/MarieForleo.
[Photo: Marie Forleo notes: “Sir Richard Branson invited me to South Africa to mentor other young entrepreneurs in the art of creative hustle at his Centre for Entrepreneurship.”]
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Do we need to “overcome” our sensitivity?
Do We Need to Toughen Up?
In another post, Forleo asks:
“Do you ever wonder if you’re too sensitive?
“Maybe people have said, ‘You need to get a thicker skin,’ or it’s simply something you repeatedly say to yourself. Particularly on those days when conflict, criticism or other people’s negative energy makes you feel like you got punched in the gut.
“As a highly sensitive person, this has been a recurring theme in my life. And in today’s episode, you’ll learn how to make your sensitivity a gift instead of a setback.
“Because I honestly believe my ability to feel things deeply is one of my greatest strengths. It’s what allows me to do the work I do in the world.
“And it’s taken me quite some time to figure how to really leverage that gift, while mitigating the downside.
“Sensitivity is a sign of strength. It’s not about toughening up, it’s about smartening up.”
Quotes and video from Should You Toughen Up? Unexpected Advice For Sensitive Souls.
Millionaire coach and coaching business mentor Christian Mickelsen was sensitive as a child.
In his book “Abundance Unleashed” Christian Mickelsen writes about experiences with bullying and being sensitive:
“Because I was so sensitive, when people teased me, I took it personally. What could have been playful teasing I interpreted as, They don’t like me, which made me wonder, What’s wrong with me? Maybe they were playing around, I don ‘t know. It didn’t matter. I felt they were being mean. And I refused to be mean back…”
Marketing and fear of rejection
Are you challenged by marketing yourself and your business?
By Sana N Choudary, founder of Own Your Sensitive Genius.
Are you doing everything but actually marketing because you are afraid being rejected?
Maybe, you are angry at yourself for not being able to get over your fear of rejection?
Well you are in luck, because in this post I will:
- Help you understand the real source of your fear of rejection (hint: it isn’t what you think) AND
- Give you the only antidote to your fear of rejection that works at the source
NOTE – In this article – and many others in my series of sites – there are references to both high sensitivity and introversion: These are somewhat different traits, but they overlap and interact with each other.
Psychologist Elaine Aron comments that Susan Cain’s very popular book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking “is actually more about HSPs (highly sensitive people) than social introverts” and “Her discussion of ‘introversion’ throughout is almost identical to what has become the standard definition of high sensitivity.”
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