Not everyone can be the life of the party, or even wants to be. There are many advantages to being introverted. If you’ve ever wished you were more outgoing and naturally sociable, reconsider.
While most people consider introversion to be a disadvantage, introverts have a unique set of skills that make them invaluable to the world, employers, friends, and family.
An introvert is often more interested with their thoughts than they are with their surroundings. Those chatty extroverts engage more actively with their environment at the expense of self-awareness. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, depending on the situation.
Consider these advantages that introverts have over extroverts:
1. Introverts are powerful.
Consider a few of these famous introverts: Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Warren Buffett, Mahatma Gandhi, and Albert Einstein.
Some of the most influential people to walk the Earth have been very introverted. You could be part of this group!
2. Introverts are more independent.
An introvert can get things done on their own. They don’t need help or an audience. Introverts are excellent at working independently and thrive in that setting. Introverts find work teams and group projects to be slow, inefficient, and cumbersome.
3. Introverts notice things.
Being a little on the outside of the hustle and bustle provides a unique perspective and the opportunity to make valuable observations. This is especially helpful for creative tasks and solving challenges.
The majority of the great scientists, inventors, musicians, artists, and writers have been introverted.
4. Introverts can charge their own batteries.
How does an introvert recharge and re-energize? By spending a little quiet time alone. Those unlucky extroverts require the presence of others to regain their energy. An introvert can recharge while sitting home alone on the couch. How convenient.
5. When an introvert speaks, it’s important.
An extrovert might say everything that pops into their mind. Some of it’s important. Some of it’s not. An introvert won’t open their mouth unless they think they have something relevant to say. An introvert won’t waste anyone’s time with idle chitchat.
6. Introverts are excellent at seeing risk.
The typical extrovert might charge ahead without seeing all of the potential pitfalls. An introvert is naturally cautious which proves to be valuable in many parts of life and business.
7. Introverts are great friends.
It’s common for introverts to have fewer friends, but their friendships are closer and more meaningful. While extroverts might appear to have a hundred friends, how many of those relationships are close?
Introverts have other things on their minds besides casual relationships. Having a few good friends is sufficient.
8. Introverts are excellent listeners.
The average person believes this, and it’s true! If you’re introverted, people will share their thoughts with you. They know you’ll listen.
9. Introverts know how to work behind the scenes.
Introverts are able to accomplish their objectives by quietly and discretely influencing others. Every extrovert would do well to have an introvert by their side.
10. The future favors introverts.
The evolution of technology, the greater reliance on technology, and the increasing occurrence of remote employment favor introverts.The world is constantly moving in a direction that caters to those that can operate in an intellectual and quiet space. Your future is bright.
If you’re introverted, congratulations! Being an introvert has many advantages over extroversion. Rather than wishing you were more outgoing, embrace the power that introversion provides. You can be successful in many ways that are much more challenging for the average extrovert.