Name: Cinnamon Wolfe
Creative Industry that you are in: Photography/Online Education
Years in Business: 5
Favorite Food: cheese - I've never met a cheese I didn't like
Favorite Color: Navy Blue
Favorite Drink: diet coke/coffee - toss up
Best music (singer or group): impossible to answer. Wayyyy too many favorites!
A pet peeve you have: people who complain constantly instead of take action
Name something that brings you joy: seeing people have lightbulb moments
In 3 words, how would a friend describe you? Thoughtful, Funny, Organized
to the heart talk...
If you had to choose an animal to represent you, which would you choose and why?
Definitely a dog. I love how they want to serve and are always happy to see you.
What is the passion behind your business? We know all businesses have heart behind them, but in what ways does your business give you purpose?
I really love being a light to others and helping them realize they can do more than they think they can
How do you measure your own success? When will you know when you have "made it"?
If I am able to achieve maybe like 80% of the goals I set out for myself, I consider that a success. I'm moving forward, learning from my mistakes and making a difference for others. I don't know that there is really a "made it" moment for me, although building my business to a place where I can contribute a significant portion to our family's income has made me pretty proud of what I have accomplished.
As an introvert in the creative industry, what has been the most difficult for you in growing your business? Have you made any adjustments to work through this difficulty?
I would say seeing others (who are not introverts) gain lots of momentum and "success". I think there is a small part of all of us that wants to impact large numbers of people or be admired for our skills and abilities. But for introverts this can be much more difficult because we aren't as instantly drawn to the spotlight and aren't as comfortable in situations that might get you to that point. Sometimes that can be hard, but if you constantly remind yourself that your skills and abilities are imperative as well, but they just might be more in the background.
What do you excel in as an introvert owning a business? When did you realize that this is a strength in your business?
Personal connection. As an introvert, I love connecting with people one on one, learning what makes them tick, making them feel valued. I feel like I excel at this and in many aspects of my business this is a very important skill.
Can you talk about a time you felt out-of-place? What thoughts went through your mind and what was the outcome of the situation?
Oh gosh, there are so many times I have felt out of place in my life. Not popular enough, the only single person in a sea of married people, the only one without kids, the oldest one, the not fashionable enough one. Sometimes I allow myself small amounts of time to feel and acknowledge the feeling, and then I remind myself that feeling sad about something you can't really control doesn't accomplish anything, and then I get back to work.
What have you learned about yourself in this business process so far? What goals do you have for your personal growth in the next 5 years?
That I can do a lot but I can't do everything. That I can accomplish a lot but all of that is done one step at a time. Personal growth - I'd like to become a better teacher. I love teaching and I want to grow in that area in my life. Not only in business but in personal life, teaching younger kids or newly married couples at my church.
What tip would you give other introverted creatives who are looking to make meaningful connections with others? (Ya know, beyond the small talk) :)
Play into your strengths as an introvert. Don't fake being extroverted and exhaust yourself. Know your limits and work within them. Challenge yourself and try not to be too hard on yourself. ;-)
What is one pieces of advice that you would give creatives in how to find purpose and balance in their life and business? How has this advice played out in your own life and business?
Do what you do best....reflect. Don't ignore that time that your introverted self needs. Spend time in reflection and introspection. Soak in it.