10 Habits of Successful Introverts

10 Habits of Successful Introverts

Hey, introverts! Stop trying to become an extrovert. Embrace your unique and successful qualities.

I just finished reading, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Canít Stop Talking, and one of the key messages was to stop forcing yourself to be different by emulating extroverts. In the book, author Susan Cain describes how our culture has undervalued introverts and why that is a mistake and a ďcolossal waste of talent, energy and happiness.Ē

10 Habits of Successful Introverts

Did you know that nearly one-third of us are introverts? Introverts (Iím one of you) get energized by having alone time, while extroverts get motivated from social settings. It doesnít mean that introverts canít be successful. In fact, the list of successful introverts is long: Michael Jordan, J.K. Rowling, Christina Aguilera, Bill Gates, President Obama, Emma Watson and more.

Here are 10 habits of successful introverts that I hope can help give you the confidence you need to be yourself.

Build deep relationships

While extroverts might be more comfortable networking, introverts build deep personal relationships with friends and colleagues from a solid foundation of trust and support.

Create plans

Introverts tend to be dedicated researchers and give careful consideration when drafting project plans.

Think before speaking

Before speaking or joining a conversation, introverts contemplate what they want to say and how they will say it so that it is the most productive contribution possible.

Creativity from within

J.K. Rowling developed her initial concept for Harry Potter when she was commuting alone via train. She describes the process, ďI simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, while all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didnít know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.Ē

Donít jump to conclusions

Introverts are measured in their decision making and hiring and they take time to assess and process situations.

Know their limits

Introverts recognize their own boundaries. They ask for guidance and support when they feel like they are in unfamiliar territory.

Independent workstyle

Introverts are actually great team leaders, but they are also successful when working independently.

Value uniqueness

Since introverts have often struggled to get their true talents seen and appreciated, they are generally quite respectful of the different working styles and preferences of others.

Persistent

Introverts donít give up easily. They have practice trying to get their thoughts and voices heard over the cacophony created by extroverts.

Listen

Introverts are fantastic active listeners. They donít interrupt, but listen carefully to extract meaning.

These are the reasons I believe all of you introverts out there should celebrate who you are! What habits do you have as an introvert that you think I missed?


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Bernard Marr

Bernard Marr is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and advisor to companies and governments. He has worked with and advised many of the world's best-known organisations. LinkedIn has recently ranked Bernard as one of the top 10 Business Influencers in the world (in fact, No 5 - just behind Bill Gates and Richard Branson). He writes on the topics of intelligent business performance for various publications including Forbes, HuffPost, and LinkedIn Pulse. His blogs and SlideShare presentation have millions of readers.

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