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10 Reasons Why Introverts Are More Likely To Be Successful

10 Reasons Why Introverts Are More Likely To Be Successful

When it comes to success, it’s easy to see why people who are more outgoing would be thought of as more likely to be successful. They’re typically the ones to speak up when they have an idea, and they’re often able to communicate with a certain degree of confidence.

But despite how outgoing and confident extroverts can be, there are several reasons why introverts are more likely to be successful.

1. They’re Always Listening

Everyone knows that introverts are typically quiet people, and this is especially true when they’re around a large group of people.

So what are they doing when they’re around a bunch of people? Well, they’re actually listening. Introverts can sit in the middle of a large group of people where many different conversations are occurring and tune into any individual conversation.

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If you’re looking for someone who takes listening to others very seriously, introverts are the kind of people you’re looking for.

2. They Think Things Through

Introverts don’t just jump into things without thinking. They’re naturally cautious, especially with anything that involves risk. Introverts tend to plan ahead as much as possible because they don’t want to be surprised by anything that could be negative. This can be a valuable trait for an organization who wants someone who exercises wisdom and plans ahead.

3. They’re Observant

Not only do introverts make great listeners, they’re mindful of their environment and the things happening around them. Because they’re observant, they’re able to notice both the mistakes and successes of others and pick up on what to do and what to avoid in order to be successful.

4. They’re Self-Aware

Introverts are relentlessly self-aware, almost always thinking about the way they are being perceived by others. Most introverts want to be taken seriously, and for that reason, they’re careful about how they portray themselves. They’re not likely to take part in any activity that will embarrass themselves or someone they work for.

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5. They Weigh Their Words

Introverts don’t jump into public conversations lightly. Because they’re likely to stumble over their words if they’re forced to suddenly enter conversations, introverts are constantly listening and thinking through what could be said in a conversation.

They choose their words carefully, so you know when an introvert is speaking, they’re carefully weighing their words in hopes of communicating something important when they have an opportunity.

6. They’re Sensitive

This can be a strength or a weakness depending upon how an introverted person utilizes their sensitivity, but the strength lies in introverts taking the things they do and the relationships they’re involved in very seriously.

Because they feel deeply, they’re more likely to be in tune with how others are feeling. This can be a valuable asset for someone who is a leader, because they’ll be considerate of the needs of the people under them.

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7. They’re Creative

It’s no surprise that introverts tend to be more introspective than extroverts, able to spend hours thinking about various topics.

Because introverts are highly experienced thinkers, they tend to be more creative. They’re always imagining and making connections. Author J.K. Rowling is an introvert who was able to imagine one of the most beloved stories in literature with her Harry Potter series and its vivid characters and story world.

8. They’re Independent

Part of what makes introverts so creative is their ability to work hard on their own. While they can be valuable members of a team, their preference is often to work alone.

Rowling’s Harry Potter series spans seven novels, and each one is complex in the story it describes, which means Rowling had to spend many hours working independently to craft her story. Introverts can be trusted to complete tasks that involve only one person.

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9. They’re Trustworthy

Have some information you need to share, but you don’t want it to spread widely? Because introverts tend to be more introspective and careful about things, they’re less likely to be sharing other people’s’ secrets.

Because they tend to take the relationships they’re in very seriously and they worry about how they’re perceived, they’re likely to be more reliable and more trustworthy.

10. They’re Great Communicators

President Barack Obama has been said to be an introvert, yet he’s someone who has to communicate on a regular basis to large crowds of people, and he does it well.

Many people are surprised that introverts actually make great public communicators. The reason is that they spend a lot of time in preparation to make sure they’re giving their best performance possible and are perceived well by their peers.

Introverts may not be the most outgoing of people, but it turns out that being outgoing isn’t really necessary for them. Using the inherent strengths listed above, introverts are often able to achieve greater levels of success.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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