Did you know that one third to one half of Americans are introverts? That means that one out of every two or three people that you know is an introvert, and you may be one of them.
Here’s a fun way to look at the comparison of introverts and extroverts. See which category you lean towards more than the other.
So, which side are you more like?
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, the key is to embrace who you are. If you are more of an extrovert, you may want to learn to listen and understand others. If you are an introvert, recognize that you have insight that other people should hear too and don’t underestimate the power of connecting. Some famous introverts include Diane Sawyer, Tom Hanks, Prince William, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Hitchcock, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, and Harrison Ford.
As you look at that list, were there any surprises for you? If you are an introvert, you are in good company. Recognize that everyone is different. We have unique personalities, love languages, and temperaments. That’s the beauty of how we were created. The key is to know how to work together by using everyone’s strengths. As you look at that list of famous and successful introverts above, find comfort in knowing that introversion didn’t stop them. It set them apart and helped them be their best.
Finally, most introverts figure out how to work with extroverts just by their nature, but truthfully not all extroverts know how to work with introverts. Introverts learn a lot because they are able to sit back and observe. There are many positive things about being an introvert that should not be underestimated, and their personalities and observation is very much needed in the workforce.
Written by Paul Gustavson, Jennifer Conway, and Drew Grant