I can’t help but notice that we live in a society that rewards extroverts and punishes introverts. “you should talk more,” “why hasn’t so and so said a word?“, “Why are you so quiet?“. Little do they know us introverts fly under the radar like a stealth bomber. While they do the talking, we do the hustling. You’ll know we have the upper hand, after you hear about these 4 undiscovered qualities of introverts. Introverts vs extroverts, let’s GO!
Qualities of Introverts #1 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.
If it weren’t for our intellectual and social capacity, we would be doomed. Wild beasts would instantly over power us and tear us to shreds.
Instead, because of our numbers and our ability to work together as a unit, we rule the world.
So great, our social capacity makes us perfect and all-powerful.
Even though our social nature is our greatest strength, it comes with a downside… 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, since we become so dependent on the group, we are discouraged from formulating thoughts of our own.
This is no bueno.
It’s not good because it puts a stop to creativity and improvement; we let others think for us.
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 come up with new creative ways of doing things.
Make no mistake about it, this is a gigantic advantage. I’d say it’s the most powerful of the introvert characteristics.
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 with the group is 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 already spends most of his time alone, and he trusts his own ideas over the group‘s, because the bond with himself is stronger.
It’s then no surprise as to why some of the greatest inventors of technology and of new breakthrough ideas in history have been introverts!
To name a few famous introverts; 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.
Qualities of Introverts #2 Ability To Be Alone All The Time
Success requires many sacrifices, one of the main ones being a social life.
Ask any prominent entrepreneur, they’ll tell you that during their come up years, they had no social life; they lived in their work.
Most people are not willing to make that social sacrifice, especially extroverts. To them, the potential success, isn’t worth having to leave all the fun and their friends. Obviously I’m generalizing, this isn’t true of all extroverts, but most.
In contrast, to an introvert, missing out on social gatherings 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; he or she has one less sacrifice to make.
I am an example of this superpower.
I use to think that having to drop my friends, and having to focus all of my time on my business and this blog was going to be hellish. But after starting, I soon realized that I loved being by myself working. It was 20 times more enjoyable than being out somewhere involved in small talk.
Therefore, I highly suggest that instead of whining about being a loner, you put your focus into creating something awesome. For all we know, you might be the next Elon Musk.
Qualities of Introverts #3 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. But I believe there is so much more value in listening…
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, common sense right?
Knowledge may come in many forms, a college course, a book, an internet article, a mentor, or even a Youtube video. It really doesn’t matter how you obtain it, but rather that you gather it and put it to use.
Did you spot the keyword?
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, which is a superpower.
The introvert gets to “gather” much more knowledge because of his focus on listening!
Next time you spot two extroverts in conversation, analyze them. You will find that before one of them is done speaking the other already began his sentence.
You can tell that neither one really ingested and fully digested what was said by that simple sign. They just listened superficially and responded with their own opinion.
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 absorb all the useful information to take with you!
Qualities of Introverts #4 Ability To Think Endlessly
If thinking was a professional sport, there is no doubt in my mind that introverts would take that medal 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.
As we discussed in the first point, introverts are known for thinking outside the box; they spend all their time alone coming up with their ideas and solutions to various problems.
And most times, they do find those solutions. Solutions that change the world and make those introverts heroes, like Mr. Einstein.
You see, creativity is what propels the human race forward; without the creative efforts of the people that have lived before us, then life as we know it would not exist.
Creativity = Progression
Also remember, the people involved in that next creative breakthrough are rewarded, and heavily.
So use that introvert quality of thinking non-stop, come up with solutions to problems that most people don’t even imagine tackling.
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring your social skills because you feel invincible after those 4 introverts Qualities. It would be best if you still worked on your social cues to communicate with other people the genius ideas you have.
And never forget your introvert superpowers:
- Critical thinking
- Friendship with loneliness
- Active listening talent
- Your never-ending creative thoughts