I've often been complimented on my ability to be fearless. No, I've never skydived from a plane or bungee-jumped from a bridge, but I have taken chances and risks in my life that friends told me that they'd never take. Most surprising was that I'd do these things given my natural introverted personality. However, in my early years, I fought my introversion as hard as I could, feeling that those who acted in extroverted ways got more rewards. I continuously challenged myself and my introversion.

I ran for Student Government President in college against 3 fraternity guys, despite the advisor for one of the student groups to which I belonged telling my friends that I'd never win because I was too quiet. (I won the election). I moved halfway across the country to a small town in Massachusetts where I didn't know a soul to take my first job out of graduate school. (I was promoted after two years). I quit my job 7 years later due to extreme burnout without having another job lined up (complete financial disaster). I had to take on the Massachusetts National Guard in the press when they threatened to evict the Youth Center, where I was Executive Director, from the building we shared (we were evicted but were offered a rent-free home from the town government because of the press coverage). I asked my then-husband for a divorce and moved halfway across the country to live with my mother again so I could start my own business with nary a client in sight and no possibility of local clients. (I've been self-employed now for 11 years using Internet marketing strategies I tweaked for my introverted personality to get clients from all over the world).

Was I shaking in my shoes as I made some of these choices or found myself in some of these situations? You bet! I learned much from the experiences, and quite frankly, hope to never ever repeat some of these experiences ever again. Some of these decisions I made were somewhat reckless and foolhardy (quitting my job), while others required me to step up to the plate and be someone I'm not necessarily comfortable being. It seems that I've often found myself placed in situations not ideally suited for the introvert.

What I have learned from these experiences is that there are two little-discussed traits that separate successful introverted entrepreneurs from those who aren't successful.

Trait #1

First, you've got to be determined and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. In essence, you've got to want "it" more than anything in the world (define "it" in whatever way works for you). Sheer determination will take you far, but without the second ingredient to success, you won't be able to go all the way.

Trait #2

The second secret to introvert marketing success is this: You've got to be willing to step outside your comfort zone for short periods of time to promote yourself and your business. That means you have to be willing to go and deliver a presentation to a room of 200 people when you'd rather be home reading a book. That means that you have to open yourself to sharing your vulnerability with prospective clients to begin the like, know and trust journey with them, when the last thing you want to talk about is yourself. That means you have to learn to tell clients, prospects, and others that you're the best at whatever it is you do, even though you'd rather be unobtrusively taking care of the details in the background.

Yes, you can choose to remain true to to your introverted tendencies, and some of those will actually work in your favor for your marketing. However, at some point, you're going to find it necessary to try on your extrovert suit. Don't set yourself up for failure by telling yourself you can't possibly do something because you're an introvert. If you say "no," you are letting your introversion serve as an convenient excuse, rather than dealing with your fear.

Even the most introverted of us can act as extroverts when needed. Granted, it takes alot of energy to do so and you need to build in recharging time, but in many cases you can control the situation to make it a fairly painless process. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone regularly and see what a difference it makes to your marketing efforts.

Author's Bio: 

Internet Marketing Automation Coach Donna Gunter helps independent service professionals create prosperous online businesses that make more profit in less time by teaching them how to automate their businesses, leverage their expertise, and get found online. Would you like to learn the specific Internet marketing strategies that get results? Discover how to increase your visibility and get found online by claiming your FREE gift, TurboCharge Your Online Marketing Toolkit, at ==> http://www.TurbochargeYourOnlineMarketing.com.