Being an Epic Introvert is about freedom and independence — financially and creatively. It’s about creating things YOU want to create and finding ways to earn money from that creativity.
It’s about self discovery and self improvement. But it’s also about the journey.
Too many websites, gurus and self help books focus on the end-goal and not enough on the process.
Too much focus on the destination and not enough on the journey tends to cripple most people, leaving them frustrated and feeling like they don’t measure-up.
If you don’t enjoy doing what you’re doing, then you’re never going to have any success with it, and you’ll never be happy. And you’ll never be an Epic Introvert.
Being an Epic Introvert is About Doing What You Love
Introverts spend a lot of time in self reflection. That’s good, there’s nothing wrong with that. But trying to “figure yourself out” all on your own is difficult. It will quickly turn into a self-loathing session with you thinking of clever comebacks you wish you had said to that guy in the grocery store years ago.
This is why taking a personality test is so important. To some, personality tests might seem “dumb” but they are crucial to becoming an Epic Introvert.
Think of a time when you learned you weren’t the only person in the world who had done something you considered strange or weird — it felt good to know there were others like you, right?
The more you understand your personality and your introverted traits the better off you’ll be. You will know where to focus your efforts, and you’ll understand why you might not be so good at other things.
There are eight different Introverted personality types. For example, I’m an INFP, which Myers & Briggs says make up only 4% of the population. Pretty cool right?
When I took the test and read the results, I learned things about myself that I had no idea were tied to my introversion. It was a major revelation that has helped in my writing, relationships and day-to-day life ever since.
Keep a Journal
It doesn’t matter if you want to be an Epic Introvert, an Epic employee or an Epic parent — if you want to be Epic in any area of your life, it’s necessary to keep a daily journal.
There are all kinds of studies that show daily journaling leads to clarity, happiness and success. The Harvard Business Review says journaling will make you a better leader. But this post by Benjamin Hardy is probably my favorite piece about the importance of keeping a journal.
Although this post isn’t order by importance, make no mistake, journaling should be high on your priority list every day.
I know it can be difficult to keep a daily journaling practice, but if you can maintain for a week, I think you’ll start to notice its benefits. I started and stopped my journaling practice several times before finally committing to it every day.
Once I finally committed I started to notice a bit more clarity during my day. I’m not a very organized person, I’m terrible with goals and to-do lists, but keeping a journal helps me overcome those problems.
It’s been said time and time again, but reading really is one of the best things you can do for yourself. If I had realized the power of reading earlier in my life I would be much smarter today.
Read as much as you can. Read everything you can.
There are countless benefits to reading: stress relief, creativity, intelligence and many others.
There’s a great quote from Abraham Lincoln:
For creatives, especially writers, that means you have to find ways to fill your creative well. Reading is by far the most effective way to do that.
Get yourself a kindle if you don’t have one already. It will be one of the best investments you will ever make. You can sign up for Kindle Unlimited and get access to millions of books on Amazon for $10 a month. That’s a steal!
Epic Introverts create.
It doesn’t matter what it is, but you need to create something. If you want build a business online that frees you up from your job and allows you to do something you love, you have start creating something.
For me, it’s writing — blog posts, books, whatever. But it might be something different for you. Whatever it is, keep in mind these two things:
1.) Create something you love creating.
If you try to create something based solely on money you will never be happy or successful. I don’t know why it works this way but it does. It’s like the universe’s cruel little joke. You have to enjoy the process, not just the outcome.
2.) You can’t build an audience without creating.
Epic Introverts create for others as much as they do for themselves. Creating your art for the sake of creating is fine, but if you want to profit from that art you need to have an audience in mind.Who’s your ideal reader? Your perfect customer? You need to know, otherwise you will be left with a bunch of useless content.
Before you create, ask yourself, “who is this helping?” Is it for someone who’s looking for a solution to a problem, someone hoping to be entertained?
Publishing your work is the most important part of being Epic. Everything you’ve read here so far is pointless if you don’t publish something. Where and how you publish your work depends on what you create.
If you create videos, for example, then you will probably want to publish them on YouTube. If you write fiction, then you will probably want to self-publish your work on Amazon and other book sellers.
Maybe you want to share your knowledge by publishing it on a blog.
Maybe you’re going to be a freelancer, which means your client will be the one doing the publishing. Though you may not be clicking the “Publish” button, by sending the work to your client you are essentially doing the same thing.
There’s a great quote from Steve Jobs, which Seth Godin says all the time: “Real Artists Ship”
As Introverts, our creative thoughts and ideas keep us company. We sometimes cherish them too much and often we treat them like a light at the end of a tunnel. But they have to be more than that if you’re going to be an Epic Introvert.
Your thoughts, ideas and creations can be amazing things, but only if you allow them to be seen by the rest of the world.
It’s okay to keep a journal or other things that are just for you. But blog posts sitting in a “drafts” folder for months, that manuscript doomed to die in your drawer because it isn’t “perfect”, ideas you haven’t quite fleshed out yet because you’re scared no one will like them? That’s not okay. You have to ship something.
It doesn’t matter if you’re clicking the publish button, emailing documents to a client or sharing files with a team. Just ship.
Build a Platform
Your platform is made up of everything you do online. It’s your blog, your social media profiles, guest posts, emails, forum replies…everything. It’s your web presence —your brand — how people see you online.
If you’re going to be an Epic Introvert, how you manage your platform is important. You need to be authentic and consistent. What does that mean?
Being authentic sounds easy, but it can be very difficult sometimes. You really need to be honest with yourself about what you’re putting out to the world.
If your passionate about helping people find true love, then don’t start a blog about weight loss. Sounds easy right? The problem is, new writers often get overwhelmed when they start building their platform.
It’s easy to look at other successful writers and feel like you have to do exactly what they’re doing.
This happens All. The. Time. Please don’t fall into this trap.
Be true to you, your message and your audience.
Your platform must be consistent — in all things.
1.) Come up with a publishing schedule and stick to it. Once a week, twice a month, three times a day? It’s up to you. You don’t have to publish something new every day, but you do have to publish consistently.
2.) Use the same photo and name everywhere. Be sure your profile pic is the same on every social media profile. If you use a photo on your website, make sure it matches your social media. Same goes for your name: don’t use “@JamesBond” on Twitter and “Super-Cool Spy Guy” on Facebook.
3.) Be an authority, not a generalist. Who is your ideal reader, customer or client? If you said “everyone”, you’ve got a problem. We are living in a new world, a world where one-size-fits-all solutions get left in the bargain bin. Know what your message is, who your readers are, and be specific.
There’s not too many things I can promise you. I can’t even promise you will be successful if you follow my advice (that depends on you). But after doing this for a while I’ve learned that lack of consistency is the #1 reason for failure.
I’ve seen a lot of writers come and go. I’ve flubbed-up quite a few of my own ventures. Trust me when I tell you, consistency is the key to just about everything, in life and in business. Being Epic is a journey made up of small steps.