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Jan 19

5 Cool Reasons Why It’s Okay to be an Introvert

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Being an introvert isn’t a bad thing. It actually has its perks.

“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe”
― Susan Cain

Eversince I was boy I have always enjoyed being alone and I don’t mean this in a romantic way (if you knew me you’d probably tell me I’m a hypocrite for saying this) but simply put, I’ve always considered myself an introvert.

Don’t get me wrong, I have many friends growing up.  I always hung out with my childhood buddies and we played basketball a lot but I’d be lying to myself if I said that I enjoyed being out compared to being home.

I didn’t come to parties or go out for drinks after college.  I’d rather stay home and do movie marathons or play video games and even now, my friends would always call me KJ (kill joy) because I’ve managed to turn down every invitation to go out on gimmicks.

I don’t know what it is about being home and being alone but for some reason, I enjoy it.  You can leave me alone at home for a whole day and I don’t ever get bored.  I always find things to do on my own and find ways to enjoy it.

My wife also noticed this behavior of mine and I guess she has learned to adapt and with my ways.  I mean what’s there to complain?  Your husband is always home, just a stone’s throw away.  What could be better than that?

Here’s how our typical weekend looks like:  The kids are in the living room playing with their toys, my eldest daughter reading or playing with my phone, my wife tending to her plants (she’s really passionate about this), and me, in our room either watching movies, playing video games, or working on my blog.

And you know what?  One of my kids is already showing signs of being an introvert just like her dad!  We’ve been observing our second child Shae and she seems to be showing the same “symptoms”.  She enjoys being just by herself whether she’s playing or watching clips on YouTube and she’s not the type who always wants to go out.  Just like daddy, she would rather stay home.

I know I’ve rambled about being an introvert as if it was a disease but honestly, being an introvert is something to be proud of.  Yes, you may not like socializing but it doesn’t mean that you don’t want to.  You just prefer not to but if given the opportunity, introverts do mingle with people better than most people.

If you are an introvert just like myself, you will love this post.

Why?

Because being an introvert has its perks and below are just some of them:

 

1. Introverts are mostly creative

Those time alone in front of your computer or your drawing pad weren’t for nothing because it is during these times when you get to harness your creativity.  The silence of the room and the stillness of your surroundings helps you discover things that other people will find trivial at times.

Being alone helps you focus on your passion and improve on your chosen craft.  You have a wider imagination and your time alone helps you explore and take advantage of this.

Ever wonder why the greatest artists and inventors are so good at what they do?  Well, yeah, they are introverts too just like us!

 

2. Introverts are good listeners

When you’re an introvert, you choose to listen more than be on the other side of the fence.  You find talking and sharing stories tiresome so you’d rather listen most of the time.  This is probably the reason people around you tend to open up to you more than others.

In my case, people come to me for advice and just the same, I love giving sound advice.  While it’s flattering that people seek my wisdom, I’m equally thrilled to be able to help.

 

3. Introverts make good, long-term friends

Being shy lessens your interaction with people so you are more likely to take good care of your friends and keep them instead of making new ones.

This is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong.  Not everyone is built the same way.  There are people who enjoy going out and meeting new friends and building new relationships and then there are people just like us who treasure the friendships we’ve made.

 

4. Introverts are more focused

Solitude is your playground and this quietness helps you concentrate and bring out the best in you especially in things that need research and deeper analysis and these things doesn’t have to be part of work or school.

Remember the last time you looked something up in Google because it played with your curiosity?  Something like the Loch Ness Monster or just how stuff works.  Imagine how awesome you can be if your job required this skill.

 

5. Introverts have the potential to be great leaders

Spending time mostly by yourself helps you know yourself better.  It helps you realize your strengths and weaknesses, your potential and limitation.  Knowing these things helps you become a better person and puts you in charge of your life.

One of the things I’ve learned from my personal development journey is that for a person to become a great leader, he or she must be able to learn how to lead himself or herself first.  He or she must take charge of his or her life and know what direction he or she wants to take it to.

Still not convinced?

Look these people up: Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet

 

So the next time someone calls you weird, nerd, or anti-social, just smile and ignore them because from my experience, people I know who were labeled such have gone on to become CEOs and business owners.

 

Over to You

Are you an introvert?

What makes you think you are one?

Are you taking advantage of the solitude you enjoy most of the time?

 

I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment or share your stories.  Let’s talk!

 

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

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  1. Eli

    You’re right, I did enjoyed this post.. know what sir, we should sit down for a coffee one time.. or kahit mcdo :)

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks Eli! That would be great.

  2. Sarah Bucu

    One proud introvert here.

    I come from a family of introverts, on both sides. Just like you, we enjoy the company of others but we still find time to be alone with ourselves. I was not really surprised that I married someone who was ten times as introvert as I am.

    I often tell my kids that it is cool to be different. That there is a certain specialness in being weird. It adds color to one’s life and I believe this world need more colorful characters, dreamers and leaders who think and prefer to dance in their own tune even when nobody is watching.

    Btw, I love gardening even though I do not have a green thumb. I hope you could write a post about your wife’s garden with lots of photos in it.

    Blessings to you and your family!

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      I’ll take note of that Sarah. We don’t really have a garden but my wife loves her plants. She buys one everywhere we go.

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