As both an introvert and a company CEO, I’m forced to walk the tightrope of communicating with my staff but still being true to my personality. These two aspects of my business life are often at odds. As a CEO I’m forced to attend a variety of meetings, discussions, and calls. The introvert in me prefers to limit interactions as they drain my energy over the course of the day. So over time, I’ve implemented several communication rules to resolve this contradiction. These practices allow me to communicate while accommodating my needs as an introvert.
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.”
“A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”
A common misconception says it is difficult to be both an introvert AND a traveler. Introverts are thought to be more comfortable in the confines of their home and never venture out unless they have to. Horse-pooey. I’m both a strong introvert and I love to travel. I’ve traveled around the world and enjoyed every minute. Contrary to popular belief, introverts can make the best travelers. Here’s why.
I knew very early on that I was an introvert. Of course I didn’t know that’s what it was called back then; I doubt many people did. As a kid, I was simply referred to as “quiet” or “shy”. I was just as happy being alone in my room with a book as I was outside playing with my friends. Shy? You bet; painfully so at times, especially around girls. (I can’t remember the last girlfriend I had that didn’t have to make the first move. And that includes my current wife). But as Susan Cain writes in her book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking“, shy and introverted are not necessarily the same, and it is important that we recognize the distinctions.