Do you look forward to a quiet evening, reading a good book or watching a great movie? Or does the thought of staying home bore you to tears? After all you could go out with friends or stop in at a party.
Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? What charges your batteries and makes you feel good?
Not everybody wants to be the life of the party and not all of us enjoy spending time alone. Some of us tend to be more extroverted and some of us are more introverted.
And that’s fantastic… Just think how boring it would be if all of us would be the same!
Advantage or Disadvantage?
However, sometimes I feel at a slight disadvantage being an introvert, particularly when it comes to business. Don’t get me wrong, I am a happy introvert. But there is so much noise out in the business sphere and it seems to get louder and louder every day! And my natural tendency is to withdraw to get away from the noise.
But then I have to remind myself, that there is also strength and power to being an introvert, even when it comes to business. Because we introverts enjoy some advantages most extroverts cannot tap into.
Depending on the situation at hand, we introverts do have a unique set of skills that make us invaluable to family, friends and to the world of business.
Introverts generally are more interested with their own thoughts than with their surroundings. Extroverts on the other hand tend to engage more actively with their environment, sometimes at the expense of self-awareness.
7 Advantages to Being An Entrepreneurial Introvert
- Introverts charge their own batteries. How does an introvert recharge and re-energize? By spending a little quiet time alone, whereas extroverts require the presence of others to regain their energy. An introvert can recharge while sitting home alone on the couch. How convenient is that?
- 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. It has been said that many of the great scientists, inventors, musicians, artists, and writers have been introverted.
- 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.
- Introverts are excellent listeners. The average person believes this, and it’s true! If you’re introverted, people will share their thoughts with you. Because they know you will listen!
- Introverts are excellent at seeing risk. The typical extrovert might charge ahead without seeing all of the potential pitfalls. Most introverts tend to be more cautious which proves to be valuable in many parts of life and business.
- 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 his side.
- Introverts are more independent. An introvert can get things done on her own. She doesn’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.
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 ways that are so much more challenging for the average extrovert.
If you’re introverted, congratulations. No need to change a thing!