Hey there introverts (and extroverted friends)! Welcome to Part 1 of the Ditch The Introvert Misconceptions Series! I figured that before we got into the nitty-gritty and all of the common misconceptions out there, that we should take some time to celebrate introverts. Why? Umm because introverts are awesome and should be celebrated! Proud INFP here!
It’s funny because if you rewind to just a few years ago, I wasn’t too keen on being an introvert. I felt like it held me back in a lot of aspects of my life, it made people see me a certain way, and I was just at a point in life where I would have much rather have been an extrovert. People made me believe that being introverted was an opportunity and something that should be corrected at all costs. Geez, introversion isn’t a disease people!
Fast forward a few years and I couldn’t be more proud to be an introvert. I love my alone time. I get the most done when I’m by myself without having to focus on being social or “nice”. Plus, I can binge watch Grey’s Anatomy or re-read Harry Potter for the thousandth time. Accio Kindle! I know what I need to do to recharge my batteries.
Aside from that though, being an introvert has made me who I am today. Sure, I don’t love crowds or public speaking, but I also know how to get stuff done! I don’t need to be super outgoing or chat up a million people in order to be successful. Even now when I’m embarking on a new business venture, I still have the ability and strengths to keep moving forward and accomplish what I want. Each and every single one of you (introvert or extrovert) has the abilities to accomplish anything.
Just a few reasons introverts are awesome:
- They’re great listeners: You may think that while you’re chatting with your introverted friend that they’re not interested in what you have to say. They may contribute only ever so often. Trust me when I say that it doesn’t mean they don’t care about what you’re saying. They’re listening and aren’t going to contribute unless they feel that what they have to say is productive to the conversation. Their awesome listening skills make them the perfect person to talk through obstacles and problems with. (But, please don’t only come to us when you have a problem LOL)
- They’re very observant: Because they spend more time listening rather than speaking, they’re probably picking up on little quirks and details. They may be more likely to recognize little habits you have or pick up on facial expressions more easily to detect how you’re feeling. You probably shouldn’t lie to an introvert either… at least in my experience, they’re pretty dang good at spotting a lie from a mile away.
- They’re usually pretty creative and imaginative: Introverts tend to make great artists, authors, actors, etc. They have a unique perspective on life and spend a lot of time in their minds. Frederic Chopin, William Shakespeare, JK Rowling, and Johnny Depp are just a few creative introverts.
- They are incredibly passionate: Once an introvert finds something that they love or have strong opinions about, you better believe they’re going to be passionate about it. It could be a political stance, a hobby, a book, a certain song, or anything you could think of.
- They make excellent leaders: Say what? Yes, you read that correctly. I really hope that you didn’t feed into the whole “only extroverts can be successful leaders” thing. We’re going to touch on this in another part of this series later on, but introverts have many qualities that lead to great leadership. Just to name a few introverted leaders: Albert Einstein, Barack Obama (I actually didn’t know this one until recently), Abraham Lincoln, & Rosa Parks.
Hug An Introvert Today!
I told you introverts are awesome! You have introverts to thank for many of the amazing inventions, art, books, social norms, etc. that we have today.
It really does get frustrating sometimes when I see introverts who feel like they can’t be themselves. We live in an extroverted world and it can be tough to just embrace your strengths without trying to change who you are. You don’t need to be an extrovert to find success in any aspect of your life. Taking the first step and loving who you are is really the only key to success.Taking the first step and loving who you are is really the only key to success.Click To Tweet
Find what you’re passionate about and move forward! Use your introverted strengths to your advantage. You have to really understand who you are and what you want out of life. I think we’ve all wasted time by comparing ourselves to other people and feeling bad that we don’t have what they have. But we shouldn’t. Not all introverts are the same, just like not all extroverts are the same. Remember that you’re unique!
To my extroverted people out there, hug an introvert today because introverts are awesome!! LOL okay, so maybe do a virtual hug… they may not all be into the whole physical attention thing.
Have an introvert misconception that you want to make sure I cover? Leave it in the comments below!