You know what’s fascinating?
When I was searching for images to use for this page, the results for introvert featured people cowering, slumping their shoulders, displaying expressions of trepidation, and even more often, covering their faces.
Word art had phrases like “come out of your shell” and showed road signs contrasting the routes to “bold” and “timid.”
It’s well past time
to replace these images with empowering and realistic ones.
Introversion has many more faces than just these shallow interpretations.
Introverts aren’t cowering, slumping people. You know it and I know it, but we can easily forget it, particularly amid the noise of our often extrovert-centric world.
The world of work recognizes loud voices. It rewards people who produce immediate responses. It frowns and judges when people retreat to recharge. Let’s face it. Despite efforts of revolutionaries like Susan Cain, there’s still a huge information gap about introversion and the quiet strengths we bring to our work.
You’re in the right place if:
You dread going to work because people there don’t get you.
You watch with suppressed envy when people leap into group meetings with ideas and ooze confidence during brainstorming sessions.
Your self-talk focuses on your shortcomings and sounds very much like, “Why can’t I be more like [person who shines at work]?!”
You stay late or arrive early so that you can have uninterrupted time to focus.
You’d rather rip out your own fingernails than go through another job interview because you always think of exactly the right thing to say 30 minutes AFTER it’s over.
IT REALLY IS POSSIBLE TO LOVE YOUR WORK
It’s possible for you honor your introversion and thrive all at the same time.
It’s even reasonable for you to believe that the hidden parts of you may someday be your pathway to success – success on your terms, that is.
I’ve worked with hundreds of clients – people just like you who have been trying to fit their square pegs into round holes – and I’ve seen outcomes that are astonishing. My clients have uncovered paths they secretly knew they wanted, paths they had no idea were waiting to be recognized, and paths that allowed them to experience emotions they thought were out of reach. Emotions like joy, empowerment, fulfillment, exhilaration, and deep meaning.
We can work together using a very specific three-stage methodology that works supremely well. It’s worked for many others, and it’ll work for you, too.
To sync your quiet strengths and your work, it’ll take some introspection, some exploration, some risks, some conversations, some tenacity, and some willingness to walk through slight discomfort for the sake of landing something that appeals to you professionally.