Top 10 Advantages of Being an Introvert
Not everyone can be the life of the party, or even wants to be. There are many advantages to being an introvert. If you’ve ever wished you were more outgoing and naturally sociable, reconsider this because while most people consider introversion to be a disadvantage, introverts have a unique set of skills that make them invaluable to the world, employers, friends, and family.
An introvert is often more interested with his or her thoughts than with their surroundings. Indeed, chatty extroverts tend to engage more actively with their environment which has its advantages, but oftentimes at the expense of self-awareness. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, depending on the situation.
Consider these advantages that introverts have over extroverts:
- Introverts can recharge their own batteries. How does an introvert recharge and reenergize? By spending a little quiet time alone. This is in contrast with extroverts who require the presence of others to regain their energy. An introvert can recharge while sitting home alone on the couch, sitting by the beach, or going for a walk in nature, which is also therapeutic.
- Introverts notice things. Being an introvert allows people to dissociate themselves from the hustle and bustle, providing them with a unique perspective and the opportunity to make valuable observations. This is especially helpful for creative tasks and when solving challenges. It is worth noting that many of the great scientists, inventors, musicians, artists, and writers have been introverted.
- Introverts are powerful. Consider a few of these famous introverts: Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Warren Buffett, Mahatma Gandhi, and Albert Einstein. They all accomplished great things in service to mankind. Some of the most influential people to walk the Earth have been very introverted.
- Introverts are great friends. It’s common for introverts to have fewer friends, but their friendships are closer and often more meaningful and richer. While extroverts might appear to have 100 friends, how many of those relationships are close?
- When an introvert speaks, it’s important. An extrovert might say everything that pops into his mind. Some of it’s important. Some of it’s not. An introvert, however, won’t open his or her mouth unless they think they have something relevant to say. As such, an introvert generally won’t waste anyone’s time with idle chitchat. They actually dislike it.
- The future favors introverts. The evolution of technology, including the greater reliance we have on technology, and the increasing occurrence of working remotely generally favor introverts. Because the world is constantly moving in a direction that caters to those that can operate in an intellectual and quiet space, introverts tend to excel.
- Introverts are excellent listeners. The average person believes this, and it’s true! If you’re introverted, people will share their thoughts with you. They know you’ll listen which opens the door to more fulfilling and deeper relationships.
- Introverts are excellent at seeing risk. The typical extrovert might charge ahead without seeing all of the potential pitfalls, whereas an introvert is naturally cautious. This providers them with the opportunity to assess things more conscientiously which proves to be valuable in many parts of life and business.
- Introverts know how to work behind the scenes. Introverts are able to accomplish their objectives by quietly and discretely influencing others. Every extrovert would do well to have an introvert by his side.
- Introverts are more independent. An introvert can get things done on their own. They don’t need to be part of a group in order to do this; in fact, they prefer to work in solitude as they accomplish a great deal. Because introverts are excellent at working independently, they thrive and produce outstanding work. Introverts often find working in teams or in group projects to be slow, inefficient, and cumbersome.
If you’re introverted, congratulations! Being an introvert has many advantages over extroversion. Rather than wishing you were more outgoing, embrace the power that introversion provides. You can be successful in many ways that are much more challenging for the average extrovert.