How To Thrive As An Introvert In A World Built For Extroverts
Extroverts might seem to rule the world, but there are plenty of introverts behind the scenes with a lot of power and influence.
Some of the most powerful companies in the world were founded and are run by introverts.
But more importantly, how can you navigate the world and still stay true to your introverted nature?
There’s a way you can thrive and still stay comfortable, at least most of the time.
Try these techniques:
1 – Harness the power of the written word.
You can reach and influence a lot of people these days, especially with the internet.
While you might not be comfortable talking in front of a large group of people, even an introvert can make your voice heard by potentially millions of people by putting your thoughts in written form.
And, all of this can be done from the comfort of your home.
Blogging or Forums, or even Facebook parties are just a few examples.
If you wanted to be successful in direct sales, like Avon for example, becoming a beauty blogger is a way to take advantage of your introvert tendencies.
If you are at work, you can make good use of email.
2 – Choose your career wisely.
You can be anything you want to be, but it will be easier if you make a career choice that accommodates your basic nature.
There are many career options that fit an introvert perfectly.
Work to find a career that appeals to you and your personality.
Or look at ways to take your current career and ways to work at it that work better for you.
3 – Plan alone time throughout the day.
Just because you’re an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t be social or extroverted when you need to be.
I’m an introvert, and I’m totally fine interacting with others. But it may be more of a conscious decision for me and others like me.
We have to turn ourselves on, and then we’re great.
Taking a break from others can recharge your batteries and your mood.
See if there’s a way you can get away for a few minutes every couple of hours.
You’ll feel better and be more productive.
4 – Go with your strengths.
This is good advice for everyone, whether they’re introverted or not.
Think about your greatest strengths and how you can apply those to the world.
This is a great recipe for success.
5 – Hang out with people who are extroverts.
This really helps me.
My husband Richard is Mr. Bubbly and talks to everyone. I’m not so much.
This helps bring me out of my shell.
6 – Pay attention to your nonverbal behavior.
The scientists tell us that nonverbal communication is more important than verbal communication.
And as introverts, we have to really be aware of this because sometimes we can come off as not interested or aloof.
Be aware of this and use it to your advantage.
Think about your clothing, how you stand, your eye contact, and so on.
Become a master at the nonverbal game, and you’ll find that your reluctance to speak excessively won’t matter much at all.
7 – Be willing to engage in small talk.
Introverts often shun small talk because it seems trivial to them.
Yet, the rest of the world takes part in small talk.
It’s an easy, non-threatening way to fit in and connect with others.
Introverts could always use another friend, even if they don’t particularly want one.
8 – Stay abreast of new technology.
It’s not easy to stay current with the latest technology, apps, and social media platforms.
It takes time and a willingness to immerse yourself.
This can be a great way to add value to any organization.
Most introverts enjoy learning, and this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
9 – Know what overstimulates you.
What is it exactly that wears you out?
Is it being surrounded by a large group of people? Noise? Speaking to a group? Speaking with strangers? Making decisions quickly?
Each introvert is unique.
Find a place in life that minimizes situations that feel overwhelming.
You don’t have to be an extrovert to thrive in the world. There’s plenty of room for every type of person.
You can be yourself and still have a great life and career.
Being an Introvert doesn’t mean you are less than or that it will hold you back.
I can be outgoing when I need to be.
I’m actually a great recruiter in my business. And that is something that an extrovert is typically better at.
I just have to make a conscious decision to turn on.
I may not be the first one to initiate a conversation, and that’s ok.
But when I know I am going out to build my business, I am “on” and I typically have no problem talking to people.
It’s just that it’s not natural for me, so it has to be a conscious decision.
You’ll have to make some smart choices to get the most out of your life, but that’s true for everyone.
Wear you introvert badge proudly.
You can thrive as you are.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
What helps you to be more outgoing when you need to be?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your stories.
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