Society tells us that in order to be successful, you need to be an extrovert. There are a lot of reasons why they tell us this but the bottom line is: no, you don’t need to be an extrovert to be successful.
Well, anyone can be successful, if you have the right mindset. It really doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or extrovert, as long as you have the drive to be successful, you’re on your path to success and will definitely reach it.
Extroverts aren’t the only ones who are hungry for success. There are a LOT of successful people out there who are introverts and extroverts. There are also failures out there who are introverts and extroverts.
Why Do People Like Extroverts?
Simple. They’re loud and proud of who they are as a person. They’re full of life and have that crackhead energy that everyone likes because they’re capable of forming friendships with other people right away.
Extroverts also enjoy other people’s company which can make them easily adapt to social situations. They’re also proficient in persuading people which is a strong leadership skill.
Five Advantages Of Being An Introvert
Just because introverts like keeping it to themselves doesn’t mean that they don’t have advantages over extroverts. Here are some of the advantages of being an introvert:
1. Introverts are critical thinkers
People who are introverts in nature tend to think first before they react because they feel less comfortable speaking than listening.
2. Introverts are independent
Unlike extroverts who love socializing, introverts love being alone. With that being said, introverts adapt to living independently and inclined to cultivate a lifestyle that is self-sufficient. A lot of introverts also hate being dependent on others as they feel empowered accomplishing tasks on their own.
3. Introverts excel academically
With their private nature, the majority of introverts LOVE reading. They spend most of their time reading and building their own world in their imagination.
4. Introverts are creative (AF)
According to Susan Cain, author of the 2012 non-fiction book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, said that, “Our culture is biased against quiet and reserved people, but introverts are responsible for some of humanity’s greatest achievements.” What Susan said actually makes sense as a lot of successful people and the most creative people are introverts in nature.
5. Introverts are better listeners
Introverts like listening. When conversing with someone, they don’t wait for their turn to speak. They always listen and focus intently on what the other person is saying.
People Who Succeeded As An Introvert
Bill Gates is a self-proclaimed introvert who was once asked on how to become successful as an introvert. He responded with this:
“Well, I think introverts can do quite well. If you’re clever you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area. Then, if you come up with something, if you want to hire people, get them excited, build a company around that idea, you better learn what extroverts do, you better hire some extroverts (like Steve Ballmer I would claim as an extrovert) and tap into both sets of skills in order to have a company that thrives both in deep thinking and building teams and going out into the world to sell those ideas.”
Of course, who can forget one of the most famous physicists of all time? Albert Einstein is also known for quoting this line: “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was described by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as “shy and introverted, and he often does not seem very warm to people who don’t know him, but he is warm.” She added, “He really cares about the people who work here.”
The Tesla founder Elon Musk describes himself as an introverted engineer in the past and how he transitioned himself to being the next Steve Jobs.