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17 Signs You’re A Highly-Sensitive Entrepreneur

nathalie de anhaGuest post by Nathalie Chantal de Anha

I don’t typically post pieces about business, but today is different. Nathalie Chantal de Anha has such a unique perspective that I just had to share a little of it with you.

She’s a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) who is making it in this world as an entrepreneur. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, then you should also know that Nathalie has invested much of her life studying how nutrition affects mental health and has made impressive strides in this area.

Please enjoy Nathalie’s post:

When I decided to become an online entrepreneur more than 10 years ago, my only “trump cards” were:

1)    My passion.
2)    Knowing that I had a special gift that I wanted to share with the world.

There were no social media platforms, and I didn’t buy a bunch of shiny courses that claimed to have found the holy grail of smart selling – but made me feel pushy and icky.

Yet, I turned my dreams into a six-figure business after not even two years.

After having kids I wanted to choose a different career path.

I had overcome clinical depression and an eating disorder without therapists and mainstream medicine. I was ready to help others heal through orthomolecular nutrition.

I decided to build another online business using strategies I’d been binge-learning from fellow (health) coaches who had been “crushing it online.”

I was fascinated:

Truly helping others while making a really nice income, preferably of the passive kind?

I definitely had the skills and passion. But no matter how meticulously I followed “proven formulas,” I kept hitting glass walls. I clearly saw where I wanted to go. But what seemed to be working well for other people, simply wasn’t working for me. I hustled harder. Bought more shiny crap.

But rather than making “big bucks,” I was making myself so sick that I landed in an emergency room hooked-up to scary machines and thinking I wouldn’t live to wish my little boy a Happy Birthday the next morning.

Then it clicked. Instead of blindly adopting cookie cutter solutions, I went back to where I should have started in the first place.

I had managed to turn my first business venture into a success by doing things MY way. My highly-sensitive way.

Here are 17 signs you are a highly-sensitive entrepreneur, too:

1)    Your desire to get your message out and help people is so strong you would do it for free.

2)    You actually work a lot for free, because you find selling itchier than chickenpox.

3)    You are creative in many (uncommon) ways.

4)    You are a perfectionist obsessed with gathering information, which is why:

5)    You’re struggling to get your offers out there.

6)    You love working on your own. In silence. Because too much noise turns you into a screaming mess.

7)    Complete strangers confide in you and you always know how to make people feel at ease.

8)    Over-delivering is your default mode. But still you keep wondering whether your work is really good enough.

9)    You hate answering the phone. E-mailing feels so much better!

10)    You are aware that you need to prioritize – but find it hard to do.

11)    You feel incredibly stressed when too many people want something from you.

12)    When you say “yes” to other people’s demands you feel crappy about yourself – because you know you’re crossing your own boundaries.

13)    You also feel crappy about yourself when you say “no” – because co-workers, colleagues, or other parents can handle the exact same stress with ease.

14)    You are a natural teacher.

15)    You can clearly feel your calling, so you keep on hustling.

16)    But since you’re still following mainstream advice rather than building your business in line with your highly-sensitive nature, you’re not making any progress.

17)    Instead you’re burning yourself out.

Have you ever felt like a marketing misfit unable to get your soul-based business out of the starting blocks by following mainstream business advice?

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Nathalie Chantal de Ahna is a highly-sensitive Business & Health Coach teaching highly-sensitive entrepreneurs how to build a business DIY style, turn quirks into assets, and keep your sanity along the way.

17 Signs You’re A Highly-Sensitive Entrepreneur

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2016). 17 Signs You’re A Highly-Sensitive Entrepreneur. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 15, 2020, from


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