You know what’s fascinating?
When I was searching for images to use for this page, the results for “introvert” included photos of people cowering, slumping their shoulders, with expressions of trepidation on their faces, and even more often, with their faces covered.
Word art had phrases like “come out of your shell” and showed road signs contrasting the routes to “bold” and “timid.”
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.
When clients come to me, their words sound eerily similar:
- I fell into my job. It doesn’t really fit me, but I’m not sure what does, so I muddle through.
- It’s driving me crazy – I feel trapped here.
- I tell myself things like, ‘Don’t screw this up!’ or ‘You give up too easily’ or ‘Why can’t you figure this out?!’
It’s really important for you to know that you’re not alone in your worries and your doubts.
You’re in the right place if:
- You dread going to work
- You watch with suppressed envy when people glow as they talk about their work
- You vacillate wildly between blaming yourself and blaming [fill in the blank: the crappy job market, the toxic tone of your work, the oppressive weight of your responsibilities]
It really is possible for you to love your work. It’s possible for you to thrive at work. 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.