Can a natural introvert excel to higher levels of achievement? If not, then how do we explain the outrageous successes of J.K. Rowling, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein and Warren Buffet, who are well-known introverts? It's a good question, since many business experts believe that your default setting must be extrovertive in an effort to be seen, noticed and then promoted. Author, Susan Cain, explores this topic in greater depths with her book titled, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.
Some researchers suggest that we all can stretch our personalities, but only to a point. They also believe that our inborn temperaments influence us, regardless of the lives we lead. However, it is a fact that a large part of who we are is actually ordained by our genes, our nervous systems and our brains. Yet, we all have free will, which also shapes our personalities. This is referred to as the 'rubber band theory' of personality. We are like rubber bands at rest, but we are elastic and can stretch ourselves, but only to a degree. The best advice to share with you to ensure a successful life and career is this. a) Discover what you are meant to contribute to the world and make sure you do it. Train and prepare for the tasks that are difficult, do them and then reward yourself for accomplishing each task. b) Honor yourself by authentically being, who you really are! Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them in energy, authenticity and sometimes physical health. d) Other people may appear to be aloof, but what lies within their inner-man is rich soil full of fertile ideas. So, don't discount quiet people when you see them. The composed face and soft-demeanor holds a mind that might be solving an equation, designing solutions to address a major problem or creating a new impactful process that will change the way we live. Never under-estimate the powers of quiet that are being deployed around you. PM