Do you believe that you can succeed at most anything if you want it enough? Or is your life limited by various invisible forces, including the fact that you’re an introvert?
As a sociology major, I can’t really approve of the belief that anyone can achieve anything regardless of their economic situation, race, gender, etc. It’s a prejudiced world out there. But fortunately for me, this is a blog on introversion, not sociology. And I believe that introverts can find success in a wide variety of careers and make other life choices based on their wants, not others’ expectations. So hear me out.
Picture this: You’re on the bus after a tiring day at school or work, thinking about dinner and whether your cat missed you. A Friendly Acquaintance, who you don’t mind but don’t know that well, comes on. What do you do?
When I was a kid, I was frequently described as “shy” and “too quiet.” This was great for my self-esteem. Not until my first year of college did I come to understand a more positive descriptor: introvert. I’d heard the word before but thought that it, too, was bad. Then I had a book recommended to me: Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. This was, for real, great for my self-esteem.