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A success guide for all introverts - AgileLeanLife
Many people who don't know me ( Blaz Kos) that well or who only know my work from the media and speaking on a stage think that I'm a natural born extrovert - outgoing, optimistic, talkative, adventurous and always in action. The reality is much different, with me being an extreme introvert.

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Introverted vs. extroverted people

If you recover your energy while alone or in quiet surroundings, you’re probably an introverted type of person.

You can experience the benefits of both types when you push yourself to ...

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Introverted vs. shy/insecure people

There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. If you are emotionally unstable, being an introvert can become the biggest enemy of your progress in life.

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Thinking before speaking and acting

  • Make sure that you speak up when you have something important to say. 
  • Take advantage of your ability to observe other people, the environment you’re in and the energy flow in the...

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Written communication

Introverts are usually much better at written rather than oral communication. If you’re that kind of an introvert, take advantage of it.

As an introvert, you can easil...

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Understanding people and your environment

Being a good listener is a very important skill and as an introvert, you can develop an outstanding ability to pay attention to what people are saying.
If you’re an introvert, you’re muc...

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Creativity and having ideas

As an introvert, you probably have an incredible capacity to analyze, prioritize ideas and connect ideas to an environment, thinking through what it would take to realize them.

Every ...

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Concentrating and processing information

  • Especially work on big and complex tasks, where your concentration power blossoms.
  • Look for important details that others can’t see.
  • Create a superior system of gathering, p...

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Working alone

Introverts flourish when working alone and it can be a big advantage if you’re an organized person. Distinguish between important and urgent tasks and make sure that there...

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Building a strong intimate network

As an introvert, you have a great capacity for building deep and strong relationships with family, friends and your spouse. Make sure that y...

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Organizing things and leadership

The desire to lead must be greater than the need to stay behind the curtains or behind the book.

  • You have to speak up when necessary.
  • You have to take initiative when an o...

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Building your name on prestige not dominance

Introverts can build social position and personal brand on prestige. That includes genuinely taking care for others, sharing information and expertise, connecting people, sharing po...

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Making connection with new people

For introverts, having a few close friends is enough and making new connections frequently doesn’t seem to make sense. That’s a very wrong approach to life.

Tricks that can help you ma...

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Self-advertising

Self-advertising
  • Prepare yourself really well for those few moments  when you have to push yourself over being an introvert. 
  • You can more or less substitute in-person advertising w...

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Teamwork

Ideas for making sure you’re a good team worker as an introvert:

  • Make sure you have a place to work in solitude, but when you do participate in a meeting, play a very active role....

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Sudden changes

Introverts are supposed to dislike any sudden changes, as this puts puts introverts under a lot of stress.

If you’re prepared and have worked out alternative options, your stress ...

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An extrovert switch for introverts

If you’re an ambitious introvert, you’ll find yourself in situations where being an extrovert is sometimes a must. But only for a short period of time. Afterwards, you can go simply back into in...

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An introvert

... is someone who enjoys solitude and focuses more on internal thoughts and feelings. 

Unlike extroverts, who gain energy from social interaction, introverts often expend energy ...

Be who you are

We really do well when we connect with others, even for brief periods. You don't need to change your nature in order to socialize more.

Instead of fighting your personality, work with it, and focus on the type and level of interactions you can do and enjoy.

Find social opportunities that work for you

  • Know your boundaries. Introverts are often not comfortable with uncertainty about when something will end. 
  • Control the setting. If going out is not easy, have people come to you.
  • Focus on activities, as a class at a local college or community center. Sometimes just being around people is enough.
  • Join a club based on your personal interests or hobbies.
  • Socialize from afar. Social media is another way for introverts to stay connected.

Shyness

Shyness

If the idea of mingling at a party or giving a presentation in front of people make you feel sick, you are not alone.

About 30% of shyness is because of genetics. The rest comes abo...

Shyness: Genes and environment

The environment has a large effect on personality and mental health. However, genetics may drive us to extract aspects of the environment that match our actual predispositions.

Genes and the environment work together as a dynamic system. Because of that, you can always change it through psychological therapies that can teach you techniques to cope.

Shyness is not bad

Shyness in itself is quite common and normal, but it can become a problem if it develops into social anxiety where you avoid things that need to be done. You might not be able to talk to people at work or have difficulties socializing.

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Leverage Social Media

Leverage Social Media

Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for personal branding. 

  • Your up-to-date profiles can tout your skills and accomplishments for you, without yo...

Focus on Relationships

Don't pressure yourself into thinking that you need to be the center of attention or speak with a large audience.

If you continue to build one meaningful relationship at a time with the people who actually matter to you, by setting up informal meetings or coffee dates, you'll actually end up with a stronger personal brand than those people who fly around networking events engaging in endless conversations about the weather.

Expand Your Qualifications

Expanding your skills and expertise is a surefire way to solidify and improve your personal brand

Once you complete your extracurricular, make sure to post your new certification on your LinkedIn, your resume (if relevant) and your personal website to cash in on the branding payoff.

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