I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the FI Introvert. In the interview, we discussed my background and personal history. But, more importantly, we talked about how introversion has shaped my past, present, and potentially my future.
I won’t go into too much detail here, but I will share the FI Introvert’s takeaways from our time together:
• Never view or frame your introversion as a negative to yourself or anyone else, it is not.
• To achieve our goals, sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone, whether it is taking step back in our career to move forward or being more extroverted than we are naturally comfortable.
• Selectively determine when being more extroverted can benefit you, your mission, your family, your career, your coworkers, or your organization.
• Set yourself up to “play the game” in environments that match your strengths as an introvert. For example, more intimate luncheons than rowdy late night drinking sessions.
• Realize that as an introvert you have a rich inner life. That can lead you to build people and stories up in your head. We may do this with higher ups at work or potential romantic partners. Get out of your head and go check out your stories by getting to know people.
Please, head over to his site and read the full interview here.
While you’re there, if you’re introverted, volunteer for the series. We can all learn from each other.
Until next time,