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History tends to mythologize the names of entrepreneurs in the world of technology. We see the characteristics of their lifestyle as black and white, with little room for gray. For example, Steve Jobs was a charismatic and publicly engaged leader, while Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was an introvert who preferred to work in solitude.
It's easy to invest in these caricatures and ask which camp you belong to. Are you an extrovert and a natural leader, or are you a loner better suited to working behind the scenes? Do you need to find an ideally complementary co-founder, or would you be better off striking out on your own? ?
Before starting Jotform, I wasn't sure if I had the talent to lead a company. I knew I had a proven track record as a web developer, but I wasn't sure if I had the right qualifications to be a CEO, to perform the necessary strategic work and successfully communicate my vision. I started my business anyway, but after 17 years I realized that working alone or in a team environment, being an introvert or an extrovert is a delicate question when it comes to finding the right company culture. I observe that people seek solitude for a variety of reasons, and understanding these motivations provides a deeper understanding of the overall health, creativity, and leadership benefits that come from working solo. I was able to.