Monday, June 6, 2016

Introvert Life

Where to begin? Regardless of your personality type (introvert or extrovert) you probably know where you fall on the spectrum. I have always been more reserved, an observer, a listener, and shy. To extroverts I'm "stuck up" and that's ok because while extroverts are loudly voicing their every thought, I am forming mine quietly and strategically working out problems.


In 2012, Susan Cain gave a TED Talk called The Power of Introverts. If you have not seen it, watch it below. I'll wait...

During this TED Talk, Susan explains that as industry and international commerce grew the world shifted their praise to men and women who were social and outgoing, forgetting that some of the world's greatest thinkers, inventors, and missionaries are self proclaimed introverts.

My career has always required me to be extremely extroverted. I don't often speak up in meetings unless I am comfortable with my colleagues and/or I have a great deal of information or experience on the topic being discussed. Many would see this as an issue, but I listen closely and formulate the details in my head until I have worked out each scenario.


I believe two heads are better than one, but brainstorming quietly and discussing individually and informally later isn't always a bad thing. Collaboration and communication are key to the success of an organization, but it doesn't have to take place in front of a crowd. I was very fortunate in previous positions to be surrounded by extroverts would understood my personality, work ethic, and created an office culture much like a family.

I often prefer to be alone, quiet, and in familiar places. Of course I love time with family and friends and being social, but to refuel I need peace. I read, I workout, I clean (read about my cleaning therapy here). I think most clearly when I'm alone with my thoughts. A quiet dinner or a few drinks with a small group of friends while having meaningful conversation is bliss to me. I much prefer this over a crowded bar or a concert.
Whether you are an extrovert or introvert, you bring great traits to the table. To echo Susan Cain, introverts, share your greatest gifts "because the world needs you."

Until next post...xoxo Becca

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