Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Are You An Introvert?

When I was younger I always intuitively knew that I needed time alone after being around large groups. In high school and in college I always viewed this as a weakness and that I needed to change who I was. How could I do well in life if I came away from social events feeling tired when so many around me seemed to thrive on the action?

After a few years of work our management team took a Myers-Briggs test and I found out I was an introvert. At first I didn't want to believe it because it seemed like a weakness but the more I learned the more I realized it has nothing to do with good or bad only how I recharge my batteries. I just needed some down time to recharge.

After a few years in business I moved to the sales side of the business and that is when the introvert side of me hit home. After spending my entire day interacting with clients and co-workers, I would come home and be whipped. I had to ask myself if there was a better way? I couldn't ignore my family and my other responsibilities so I had to turn my drive time into my down time so when I got home I was more refreshed. There are always solutions to challenges.

The world is full of introverts: Barbara Walters, Albert Einstein, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Chevy Chase and many others. Being one way or another is no excuse to not succeed - no matter what you are like there are opportunities to improve, grow and become more tomorrow than you are today.

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