Are you an introvert?
The primary distinction between an introvert and an extrovert is where they draw their energy. Extroverts are energized by social contact with other people. Introverts are energized by alone time.
At the end of a long, stressful day, an extrovert may want nothing more than to find a group of friends to hang out with. An introvert, on the other hand, will most likely want to find a place where they can have quiet and solitude to “recharge.”
Not sure which type you are? The Quiet Revolution has a simple test that will tell you whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. There are also many feelings and situations that are more easily identifiable to introverts or extroverts.
If you are introverted, you may at times feel like the world is not built for you. Getting ahead in school and business requires speaking up, connecting with new people, advocating for yourself. Introverts are not always as comfortable in these roles.
However, there are strategies that introverts can use to help them succeed, even in situations that are designed to best suit extroverts. Introverts can network, and network well. Introverts can be great leaders. And introverts can be great public speakers.
The key is to first realize what parts of your personality are associated with introversion (and it’s probably more than you realize), and then to use the strengths of being an introvert to your advantage.
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