Let’s just get this out of the way right now: the working world is heavily skewed to the extroverts. Related: Those who master the art of relationships (and generate their energy from interacting with people) are far more likely to move up the ladder in traditional corporate life than those who do their best work solo. Does this mean if you’re an introvert you’re doomed to a life of quiet desperation or of being an unappreciated cog in a very big machine? Quite the opposite. Many introverts succeed because of their ability to apply inward-facing strengths in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. You may well succeed outrageously in a way your extraverted colleagues can only dream of. History is littered with brilliant introverts who used their innate powers of focus and concentration (which often come hard to classic extraverts) to produce game-changing creative, strategic and technological breakthroughs. Think Bill Gates, JK Rowling, Gandhi, Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, classic introverts all. They sold themselves and their ideas—quietly—to profound success. And so can you, provided you simply commit to two concepts: content and platform.
October 01, 2013