Name Janice Chaka
Random question: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why? Glitter Purple mainly because I love glitter and purple.
Are you a bold introvert? Have you always been one? I don’t know if bold is the right word. Outspoken maybe or blunt would be more accurate. Despite the Cambridge dictionaries definition of an introvert, I do not find it hard to make friends, I just do it on my terms. I had someone say to me recently that it took a while for them to like me and then they broke down why.
When they first met me, I was busy working and I continued to work while they were hanging out with their friend. I said hi and was nice enough, but it was transactional. At that point, she said she respected me.
The next time she met me we were out playing pool and that was when she said she saw me be passionate about something. She then realized that the other times she met me was nothing personal I just didn’t waste time on things I wasn’t passionate about.
Then she decided that she both respected AND liked me.
What do you do? I am a career coach for introverts. I find the people that are most drawn to my services are introvert women who are in the corporate world and are tired of playing ‘the game’. They want to start something on their own but think that you have to be an extrovert to sell and therefore have a successful business. I help them carve out a business that works with their introversion by making sure the systems we put in place both save them time and mean that there is a balance between working on their business, in their business and being away from their business to recharge.
One of the other things I do is have a podcast which has lead to many unusual things. From new coaching clients, creating an online career school for introverts, to publishing a book full of interviews with other amazing introverts to starting a business where I help other podcasters publish their own books. I love how this helps spread the stories of voices who are not always heard and helps to heal others.
What are you most proud of? I never know how to answer this question as I am terrible at self-reflection but great at helping others. I am happy that I get to do what I do and can live the life I want to live for the most part. Pride is not something I think about.
Do you feel that your personality trait has helped you achieve your goals? Yes, I have always said people love to talk to me. No matter if I just met them or know them well people love to spill their guts and tell me their life stories. They say I am a good listener but at the same time, I will give them my opinion I a direct manner. In my past career, it made me a good recruiter and right now it makes me a good career coach and podcaster.
What advice do you have for introverts who are worried about chasing their dreams? Your dreams are your dreams and you shouldn’t compare them to other people or expect people to understand. With all the information overload we have these days of people seemingly being perfect we forget that our imperfections make us who we are and that is ok.
However, one thing I have learned is that you can’t do it all. Have accountability buddies who work in different fields for a different perspective.
Create a team that can work on the things you are not good at and leave you more time to help people with what you are good at this is the fastest way to grow your business.
Even if you don’t have a business you still have a personal brand. Don’t let other people dictate how you are remembered. You are in charge of your own legacy!