Despite the fact that being an introvert is considered to be a weakness, in many cases it is not. Many influential personalities have managed to do great work although they have been known for their reserved nature and shyness. These people didn’t let this get in their way though, and are now regarded as pioneers in their field shaping today’s world.
So, instead of condemning yourself about being quiet or shy, you should learn how to embrace it and make it work to your benefit. If you are not sure as to whether you are an introvert or not, the following signs can help you out.
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You are an introvert if:
- You feel much more energized and focused when being alone.
- You prefer to spend time alone or with one or two close friends.
- You have ever been told you look calm and mysterious.
Having said that, the qualities introvert people possess are extremely valuable to their everyday life and career, and many extroverts wished they possess them. Here are some reasons why introverts are way cooler than everybody else:
1. You get to know yourself better
When you are alone, you have more time to think about yourself. Even though you are not considered to be the chatty and social person everybody else expects you to be, this doesn’t mean you are not talkative. When you don’t talk to others much, you have the tendency to ‘talk with yourself’ – to reflect, in order to improve yourself, to get to know who you are and what you want out of your life.
This is a very important skill that it’s much easier for you to master as an introvert and it’s essential to your success. It allows you to sit down alone, think about your life, to set priorities and revise your goals. Naturally, most introverts find the subject of philosophy interesting as it allows them to think about life and its meaning, their morals and ethics, and gain a better understanding of their emotions.
2. You are goodhearted
As an introvert, there is a bigger possibility you come out to others as being a nice person and a goodhearted individual. Other people see you as shy and quiet but also as friendly, honest and less egocentric than other people. In many ways this could be true considering that you have a good intuition and it’s much easier for you to look deeper and assess other people’s behavior and feelings. Since you don’t let many people in, you are also considered to be more loyal and trustworthy than others and your friendships are meaningful to you.
3. You are a good listener
Active listening is a critical skill that comes natural to introverts. Not only is this important to a wide range of careers such as teachers, counselors, and psychologists, it is also vital to your everyday life so that you can improve your relationship with others and to be able to help them. On the bright side, everyone loves to talk about themselves, so as an introvert you come out as a person who is kind enough and always ready to help – even though this only requires from you to just listen to them.
4. You are imaginative and creative
Apart from being a good listener, as an introvert you excel in the arts world. You may find that your talents lie in careers that help you express your inner world, your thoughts and feelings. Your inherent solitude allows you to tap into your inner artist, the fact which explains why you are more inclined to become a writer, a poet, a dancer, a musician or a visual artist. This is not coincidence, anyway, considering that you have a strong imagination and exceptional creativity. For any situation, you can bring good questions to the table and influence others to think outside the box which is an important component of innovation.
Check out the video above to discover why, as an introvert, you could become a great leader in your field despite your shyness.
5. You make better decisions
Unlike the rest of the world, introverts tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what they are going to say. Although this also may be considered as a weakness, in reality it is a unique ability that helps them think things through before saying it out loud. This is extremely beneficial when you are called to make a decision. It helps you examine every possible outcome that comes with that decision and in the end ensures you have taken the right course of action.
6. You are more observant
You may not talk much, but you observe a lot. You know what’s going on and what others feel at any point, and when it’s the right time for you to speak up. That’s because you prefer to get to the point of every conversation and when you feel you have something important to say, you speak up.
As it turns out, introverts are more interested in one’s inner psychic activity and tend to focus on the inside world of individuals. They possess some awesome and unique abilities that are vital to success that can help them overcome challenges through different ways than others and achieve their goals just as efficiently as extroverts!
If you have any doubts as to whether you are an introvert, check out this video by ThinkTank to help you discover if you are an introvert or an extrovert or an ambivert, a little bit of both…
What do you think makes introverts so awesome? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.