In this Expert Insight Interview, Heather Dominick discusses whether you can be highly successful and highly sensitive at the same time. Heather Dominick is the founder of A Course In Business Miracles. Since 2010, she has trained highly sensitive entrepreneurs and leaders to do things differently by working less and making more social impact and a higher income.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The misconceptions about highly sensitive people
- How the phrase “highly sensitive” was coined
- How high sensitivity can be a strength rather than a weakness
We often think that the most successful people are somehow less sensitive, hard-nosed, and can roll with the punches and keep going. This probably puts many people off trying to go down leadership paths, etc.
When you don’t understand how to work with a nervous system wired differently from the majority of the population, it can create a lot of havoc. But when you do learn how to work with it, it can work to support you in every role, including leadership.
Harnessing the Superpower
The phrase “highly sensitive” was coined as a result of comprehensive research, primarily during the 1990s. In short, what it means to be highly sensitive is that your nervous system is wired to take in stimulation at a much higher degree than someone who is not highly sensitive, and only 20% of people are born this way.
The key to harnessing your high sensitivity is whether you are trained on how to work with your nervous system or not. If you’re not, which is the case for many highly sensitives, you will likely feel some internal sense of being different or less than. Without the help or support to put the puzzle pieces together, you could have a lot of anxiety.
Highly Sensitive Strengths
When you learn how to hone and intentionally use your highly sensitive nature, that gives you access to what Heather refers to as the Top 12 Highly Sensitive Strengths. For example, those who are highly sensitive have a high level of intuitive ability and empathy, as well as other strengths such as deep thinking, deep listening, deep feeling, etc.
When you learn how to have those strengths working for you, they can be tremendous assets for leadership in any regard. This is particularly true when it comes to leadership roles in the world of self-employment.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.