Loner, elitist, selfish, arrogant … self-centred. That’s me in a nut shell – so they say.
Man have I fought that perception; one I so naturally reflect. I’ve tried so hard to be more social, more interested, more cultured, more engaged. But I’ve never been able to get around the corner. It’s always felt contrived. And left me exhausted.
I’ve never been confident in my introversion. Gradually more confident, but never convinced. But my short career leads me to believe that it isn’t as horrific a personality as I’ve been lead to believe. And I’ve begun to suspect it’s actually a very important, valuable, and helpful way of being.
For every great brilliance there is an equal and opposite darkness. For every loner there is a thinker. For every elitist, there are impeccable standards. For every selfish bastard, a passion for perfection. For every arrogant fop, the audacity to swing at world leaders.
Introversion isn’t bad, it just has consequences.
A good introvert will have:
- a rich, innate knowledge of abilities
- a thorough and deep understanding of personal passions
- a sharp eye for life’s lessons and a quick hand when learning from mistakes
- a high success rate delivering on risky commitments (we know we can get there)
- something to back-up ambitions
My question is not what which issues hurt the introvert. My question is why everyone isn’t everybody trying to be one?