I can’t help but notice that we live in a society which rewards extroverts and punishes introverts. If you’re an introvert, then you know what I’m talking about. “you should talk more,” “why hasn’t so and so said a word?”, “why are you so quiet?”. As an introvert myself, these remarks and questions always frustrated me. Like, don’t they get that I’m not doing it on purpose! This is how I am! It can be quite challenging having introvert characteristics; social interactions never seem to go smoothly for us.
With that being said, you should still feel extremely proud of being an introvert and own it 100%. This is because even though we do fail miserably in the social department; we make it up big time in other departments.
In fact, we have such an advantage over most people in certain areas that we could pretty much call that advantage a superpower!
So stop listening to what people have to say about your introverted ways!
Well, you probably won’t give a fuck anyways, after you read the following article and find out all the badass superpowers that you possess as an introvert.
Ability To Formulate Own Thoughts And Avoid Group Think
We, humans, evolved to be very social creatures, and for a good reason. Some animals, if not most, are stronger, faster, and more durable than we humans are.
Therefore, if it weren’t for our intellectual and social capacity, then we humans would easily be doomed. The wild beasts would be able to overpower us instantly. But instead, because of our numbers and our ability to work together as a unit; that allows us to rule the world over all other animals.
So great, Our social capacity makes us perfect and all-powerful! Not quite. You see, even though our social capacity is our greatest strength, it also comes with a downside; that downside is GroupThink.
the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility.
“there’s always a danger of groupthink when two leaders are so alike.”
While in groupthink we are discouraged from making thoughts of our own because we are so dependent on the group, and this isn’t good.
It’s not good because it puts a stop to creativity and improvement; we let others think for us.
So if you’re smart, then you can already foresee the point I’m trying to make.
An introvert is less likely to be affected by groupthink because he or she is usually separated from the group. And it is this separation that allows the introvert to formulate thoughts of his own, and come up with new creative ways of doing things; all which is for the better.
For an extrovert, stepping out of groupthink is not as easy, and this is for two reasons;
1) He doesn’t spend enough time alone in his thoughts to come up with his own ideas.
2) His bond and trust with the group are so tight; that he blindly trusts and follows the group’s ideology.
On the other hand, the two points above are things that come naturally to the introvert; he spends most of his time alone, and he trusts his own ideas over the group’s better because his bond with them isn’t as tight.
With this understanding, it’s no surprise as to why some of the greatest inventors of technology or new ideologies in history have been introverts!
Just to name a few; According to Inc.com.
- Albert Einstein
- Rosa Parks
- Bill Gates
- Steven Spielberg
- Isaac Newton
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Larry Page
- Abraham Lincoln
- Jk Rowling
- Warren Buffet
- Michael Jordan
- Charles Darwin
- Elon Musk
- Dr. Seuss
- Steve Wozniak
- Nikola Tesla
Now you might say, “ok, there are many other inventors.” And yes, there are. But to the caliber of the ones on that list? I doubt it!
In that list alone we have the greatest physicist of all time; the greatest basketball player of all time; the man who created Google, and the inventor of the theory of evolution!
So, you, introvert; stop being ashamed of being one. Instead, use it to your advantage! You have the potential to be that next big name that changes everything, and it is your introversion that will take you there. So be grateful for it and own it!
Ability To Be Alone All The Time
Success requires many sacrifices, and one of the main ones is social interactions. Just ask any prominent entrepreneur; they will tell you that they lived inside their work, and had zero social life during their come up years.
Most people are not willing to make that sacrifice, especially extroverts. The success they could gain isn’t worth having to leave all the fun and their friends. Of course, I’m generalizing, this isn’t true of all extroverts, but most.
Well, to an introvert this isn’t a sacrifice, it’s their everyday life! An introvert already spends most of his time alone; he prefers it!
So when it comes to achieving massive success, the introvert already has an advantage over all the extroverts, in that he or she has one less sacrifice to make.
I am a great example of this superpower!
I use to think that having to drop my friends and focusing all my time on my business and this blog was going to be hell on earth. But right after starting it all, I soon realized that I loved being by myself working so much more than being out somewhere involved in small talk with people.
So as an introvert, utilize that superpower! Use all that time that you already spend alone to create something great.
Ability To Truly Listen
Extroverts love to talk, and being the center of attention fuels their energy. Not that there is anything wrong with that. There is much value in expressing yourself, but, I believe there is so much more value in listening, and this is why…
The main difference between the poor and the rich is knowledge; that is why people with an education tend to be more successful than people without one. This is common sense.
Knowledge may come in the form of a college course, a book, an internet article, a mentor, or a Youtube video. It doesn’t matter how you obtain it, but what matters is that you gather the knowledge and put it to use.
Did you spot the keyword?
It is (Gather), you must gather the knowledge, and this is where introverts shine because they are such good listeners. An introvert’s gathering skills are off the charts.
Unlike extroverts, introverts don’t spend as much time on stating their opinion; they rather listen and ingest as much of what is being said, and that in itself is a superpower. This is because the introvert gets to “gather” much more knowledge because of his focus on listening!
If you don’t believe me, next time you spot two extroverts in conversation, analyze them. You will see that before one of them is done talking the other will begin his sentence. By that simple sign, you can tell that neither one really ingested and fully digested what was said. They just listened superficially and responded with their own opinion.
So as an introvert, next time you’re in a conversation, don’t be ashamed that you don’t have anything interesting to say back. Instead, keep doing what you do; analyze what was said, and take out all the useful information to take with you!
Ability To Think Endlessly
Ah man! If thinking was a professional sport, then there is no doubt in my mind that the introvert would take it every time!
Us introverts, we live in our heads; we have imagined every possible scenario for every possible situation. We think so damn much that people often ask us “How was la la land?”
And the crazy thing is that we absolutely love it!
So how is overthinking a superpower?
Thinking excessively is a superpower because it allows you to be overly creative.
Just like we discussed in the first point, introverts are known for thinking outside the box; they spend all their time alone coming up with their own ideas and solutions to a variety of different problems.
And many times they do find those solutions; solutions that change the world and make them heroes, like Mr. Einstein.
You see, creativity is what propels the human race forward; without the creative efforts of many of the people that have lived before us, then life as we know it would not exist; it would be so much more challenging to be a human.
Creativity = Progression
And the people that are involved in that next big creative breakthrough are rewarded, and heavily.
So as an introvert, use that superpower of thinking non-stop to come up with solutions to problems that most people don’t even make an effort to tackle.