A friend recently sent me a Forbes article title, Introverts: There’s Nothing Wrong With You.
First things first: Why does an article like this need to be written? Are introverts way more sensitive than others? Do they have a disposition that is bad professionally? No! But introverts do face certain kinds of obstacles professionally that extroverts may not.
For example, networking is an inherently social thing that introverts have to work harder at (for more insight into this exact scenario, check out my previous blog post, Can Introverts Be Good Networkers?) Introverts may also have less confidence speaking their minds in front of others.
So how do introverts jump these initial hurdles to ultimately be a success in the workplace? Like so many other things, it’s primarily mental. By getting your mind in a positive, confident place, you position yourself to overcome stigmas that come with being an introvert and prepare to reach your goals.
The Forbes article I mentioned earlier specifically calls out three things an introvert MUST mentally believe:
- Introverts don’t fit their negative stereotype.
- Introverts are not anomalies.
- Introverts can be wildly successful.
Read the article for more insight, and share in the comments how being and/or working with an introvert has impacted your career!