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Why Introverts May Be More Successful Than You

Why Introverts May Be More Successful Than You

As somebody who has always felt less comfortable in large groups and more in need of alone time than many of my friends, I have often wondered what is different about me. During the past year, there have been countless articles and books written about introversion that have shed more light on this.†I have been amused to see that introverts have come to be a hot topic.

Why is it that we even feel the need to label these personality differences? Or worse, why do we judge them as better or worse than one another? Introverts are often made to feel that something is wrong with them because they donít thrive in huge gatherings or groups, and are labeled as anti-social, reclusive or just shy.

This is unfortunate because their numbers are strong; different reports estimate that between one-third to one-half of the population might be introverted. So it would be helpful to try to clear up some of the misconceptions about introversion.

I have heard introversion myths most of my life: all introverts are desperately shy and have little to no social skills; they hate groups and all they want is to be alone; since they like being alone, they are either depressed or sad all the time; they donít make good leaders or good speakers; they don’t do things that require them to be in the spotlight.

However, as a recent Huffington Post article pointed out, there have been many exceptional speakers and very successful introverts who counter these myths. Among the most successful introverts are Bill Gates, J.K. Rowling, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Warren Buffett, Albert Einstein and even Gandhi.

What are the traits that tend to make introverts successful? All of the famous examples listed above said they do their best thinking and feel most creative alone, rather than in a group. The†quiet and the solitude allowed them to really flesh out theories, plans, books, etc.†Most introverts may share some of these character traits, such as enjoying solitary time and not necessarily liking big groups, but it doesnít mean they donít like people, or to socialize. Instead, many introverts need time alone to recharge and regroup.

Other characteristics that made these people so successful, according to Huffington Post’s article, include “intellectual persistence, prudent thinking, and the ability to see and act on warning signs.”

Can you relate to these qualities? Where do you fall on the introvert or extrovert scale? Take our quiz below.


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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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2:02AM PDT on May 17, 2015

I enjoy silence and there's precious little of it around in urban areas these days, regardless of your personality type.

8:28PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

It's not that I don't like people, I just love the sounds of silence and keeping my own company! :)

Introvert or Extrovert?
Your answers show that you are a very strong introvert. You are more likely to reflect before acting. You are reserved, complicated, and private. You are self-aware, sometimes passionately intense, but may not realize your effect on others.

7:51PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing - something to THINK about!

4:31PM PST on Nov 30, 2013


6:41AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

My parents were party animals who insisted I attend every function and dressed me up in gaudy clothes I hated. So glad to spend time alone now.

1:50PM PST on Nov 18, 2013


12:12PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

In my opinion, if the introvert works independantly and is not around other people, they are more likely to focus on their job because they are not distracted by their co-workers.

2:39AM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

I was going to say no way, then realized I am a total Introvert. Probably explains my career where I have moved countries 4 times and worked in 35 countries, and my love of hotels.

8:07PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013


9:47AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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