Are you wondering how to succeed as an introvert in a world full of extroverts?
Friend, that's a silly thing to ask. All successes come from different walks of life.
Whether you're reserved or outgoing doesn't make a difference to your success.
You need to understand that your introversion isn't a curse. Instead it is a blessing and a source of power.
What it means to be an introvert
Introverts tend to be more thoughtful, quiet, and restrained in social situations. This is because introverts have a very rich inner world.
Since they aren’t inclined to express themselves socially, they restrain themselves to self-expression that feels right to them.
On top of this restraint, introverts are more sensitive. This doesn’t necessarily mean emotionally, but their brain is more easily stimulated by their surroundings.
This constant thoughtfulness, restraint, and stimulation is why time spent around people takes a lot of energy.
The introvert becomes overstimulated and wants to spend time alone.
Why being an introvert is a blessing
Your greatest blessing is the desire to spend time in solitude and work on your craft.
It’s a craft that allows introverts to let go of self-restraint and truly express themselves.
Crafts like writing, cooking, lifting weights, music helps introverts express their need to be understood, tasted, seen, heard, etc.
You give yourself the time necessary to build your craft and reach greatness in your chosen field.
My experience as an introvert
Like any typical introvert I'm naturally quiet and reserved. Because of that, people view me as mellow, calm, shy, or downright intimidating.
I grew up with a plain disinterest in people and I preferred to daydream instead.
Hell, I likely don’t care to know you unless:
- You need help and I know how to help you
- You have information that can help me
Besides that, socializing just seems like a waste of time and it feels like minutia. I hate minutia.
Sometimes I feel the need to socialize for my mental health. But after a few short hours, I always want to come back to whatever work I'm doing.
Although an introvert isn't naturally expressive in social situations, they are able to express themselves through performance.
For example, I've been told by dozens of people that I am incredible at giving speeches to an audience. I've even had public speakers be impressed with me.
But what they didn't know is that it was a grand performance. I carefully crafted and practiced my speeches when I was alone. They were surprised to find out that I wasn't very outspoken.
There are also many people who wonder how to succeed in sales as an introvert. They think they're at a disadvantage but they're not.
My last months working as a salesman, I was regularly a top producer in sales.
3 Tips to Help You Succeed in Sales as an Introvert
- Know that sales is the world's greatest profession
- Always be learning and pay attention
- Be ruthless with your competition
I recommend everyone who is an introvert go into sales. Because you learn how to "perform" and act more extroverted in regular social situations.
The only curse to being an introvert
The curse of the introvert isn't the introversion.
The curse is that most introverts like to think and read and that's it. They fail to take the next step and build on a craft.
These introverts need a form of expression. Otherwise the time alone they seek turns into isolation.
When isolated an introvert is stuck in limbo. They don’t want to be around people and they don’t want to be alone.
Without a form of expression, the introvert experiences a weird feeling of neglect that isn’t good for their emotional health.
The solution: Find a craft.
Get out of limbo by working on something that interests you.
All you need to do is follow your inner voice, ignore feelings of resistance, and get started.
Don’t be a dreamer, be a doer.
Until next time,