It’s the start of a brand new year in the Members Haven and we are looking at the nature of impact. It’s a word I seem to use a lot, I mean it’s even in the tagline of the website right now: ‘make your gentle impact in a noisy world’.
In the conversation I had with Danny Iny from Firepole Marketing to kick the content off this month the idea of ‘impact’ was at the core. He said something that really fascinated me about the nature of business:
“Business is not about making money, it’s about finding a sustainable way to make the impact you want to have”
As introverts and highly sensitive people we look for meaning and purpose in what we do with our lives. Most of us want to feel like what we do is making some kind of a positive difference. This is our impact.
Your Impact is Your Footprint on the Heart of the World
I invited Danny Iny into the Haven for an interview because I have heard him talk about the fact that being an introvert has been a significant part of his journey. He shared his struggles with networking, the fact that he has had to let go of the feeling that he ‘should’ be ‘at the bar’ where all the action happens, accepting instead that this is not who he is or sustainable for his energy (and importantly not necessary for the success of his business).
The Ideal Job for an Introvert or Highly Sensitive Person
There isn’t one…we are all different.
Danny reminds us that we are not defined by our temperament, and so we shouldn’t allow our temperament to define what we do. This is a very important thing for us to understand.
Yes, being introverted or sensitive may well be instrumental in the WAY we make decisions and the types of work we gravitate towards, but Danny says in the interview, it is not a core part of his identity.
In the same way that being left handed doesn’t define who he is.
It does however dictate certain things he does like choosing to write with his left hand. It’s easier than trying to force himself to write with his right hand.
This is how we should think about introversion or high sensitivity; it drives your tendencies, personal preferences, and how you function at your best.
Like Being Forced to Write With the Wrong Hand
We might even consider certain areas of our life where we have been trying to act ‘more extraverted’, or to suppress our sensitivity to stimulation as being forced to write with our left hand if we are right handed, or vice versa.
This isn’t going to lead us functioning at our best, it’s going to tire us out more easily because it takes a lot more effort to do something that isn’t natural, and so we are going to feel a lot more overwhelmed and worn down by the world that we might if we are functioning within the truth of who we really are.
What do you WANT to do? Where do YOU want to make an impact? What motivates you and makes your soul sing?
If you would like to watch the whole interview then why not swing over and join the Haven.