It Doesn't Matter Whether You Are Extrovert Or Introvert
Maybe you consider yourself an extroverted person, and you get people mistaking your openness for being too easy-going. Or they mistake your being open for you knowing everything and have unrealistic expectations on you, only because most people one meets might not even try to think before labeling someone. And then you believe them instead of believing your own common sense and put unrealistic expectations or short-sighted judgments on yourself, too. So you get to think you should do something differently, be maybe more "serious", look more "responsible", and you might not have a clear idea what that precisely is, and that's because the people who tell you that stuff have usually zero idea, they just vent opinions.
Maybe you consider yourself an introverted person and with all the kinds of pressure society can put on an individual, you let yourself believe that being an introvert is somehow a handicap or even an obstacle to anything you might want to achieve - success, friends, happiness... In the setting of business universities and the very competitive business world this can seem even bigger issue. Except that it doesn't have to be any "issue" at all, if one just understands what is really going on and looks at things from a different perspective:
The people commonly marked as Introverts are basically those who are not talking or socializing or interacting with others all the time they are not sleeping. (Well, that may sound simplified, but that's just for the clarity...) And why is it that they don't? Because they can keep themselves company. They can and sometimes, even often, do prefer to do things or think about them rather than to chat about them. So they are basically trained by themselves to see things a bit more through - and put like this, it is absurd that seeing things more through could be an obstacle to success, isn't it?
And still, many Introvert people feel as if handicaped or inadequate because their more open peers have more audience or something. And many Extrovert people live with the unclear task to "grow up," because they like when people around are on the same wave so they try to make that happen.
There are more possible reasons for these differences than we think is reasonable to write in a blogpost :). But in any case, if it is you planning your own life, you should give some attention to how you are actually feeling about your direction and your way of doing things. Maybe you prefer or need to think well before acting, and maybe you prefer acting head on and learning from the results. Both are equally valid approaches and if they work for you, they work.
So we suggest, Introvert or Extrovert, realize that your goals in life and your idea of success are your own and follow them, with your own vision, rather than doing what you think or hear other people expect from you.
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