Happy World Introvert Day! January 2nd is a day that introverts (and extroverts) everywhere celebrate the strengths and gifts of introversion.  

Our personalities come to us very naturally. Introversion and extroversion are not good or bad but come to us inherently, like being right or left-handed. The important thing is not the label, but understanding what being introverted or extroverted means for you.

Do you know if you are an introvert or an extrovert? If you’re not sure, check out this article: “Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Six things to consider” for some key differences. There are many misperceptions surrounding introversion.  For example, introversion is not synonymous with shyness or being antisocial.  In fact, introverts actually do LIKE people. Of course, we need a little more alone time than our extroverted counterparts, but we don’t want to be alone ALL the time.

To understand ourselves, we have to come to an understanding of what introversion is and what it isn’t. With understanding, you can get what you want out of life and apply this to work, relationships, communication, leadership, productivity, overall success, and happiness. Here’s an article with a little more info about introverted strengths: “What’s so great about being an introvert?

Celebrating Awesome Books on Introversion

There have been so many great books written on introversion and for World Introvert Day I want to celebrate these authors. Early on in my journey of self awareness, I went into a Barnes and Noble looking for a particular book on introversion.  They did not have it and as I was leaving disappointed, “Introvert Power” by Dr. Laurie Helgoe seemed to jump off a shelf close to the door.  (Maybe it was the bright yellow cover). Yes, Introvert Power! What a great title. This book had many great insights and was one that was instrumental in shaping my understanding of introversion. Here is one quote of many from the book “This book is about embracing the power of introversion. It’s about indulging, melting into, drinking in, immersing ourselves in the joy, the genius, and the power of who we naturally are – and not just on the occasional retreat, but in the living of our lives.” Thanks, Laurie, for sharing your experience and incredible insights! This book was life-changing for me.

More of My Favorite Introvert Titles

There have been a few other important books that have helped me gain a better understanding of my own introversion. Here are some of my favorite titles:

Networking For People Who Hate Networking, Devora Zack

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead, Nancy Ancowitz

The Introvert Advantage, Marti Olsen Laney

The Introvert’s Edge: How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone, Matthew Pollard

The Introvert’s Guide to the Workplace: Concrete Strategies for Bosses and Employees to Thrive and Succeed, Thea Orozco

The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World, Sophia Dembling 

The Quiet Rise of Introverts: 8 Practices for Living and Loving in a Noisy World, Brenda Knowles

The Secret Lives of Introverts, Jenn Granneman

I would like to personally thank these authors for sharing their experience and wisdom with me and the world.  You have changed many lives. In fact, I as a result of the influence of many of these authors, I wrote a book on introversion as well, with more planned in the near future. My first book is all about understanding your introverted strengths and needs for improving productivity. It’s called, “Minding Your Time: Time Management, Productivity, and Success, Especially for Introverts.”

Of course, many books – both fiction and nonfiction – are the result of great introverted minds, solving the world’s problems, or providing insight and entertainment in worlds we can only imagine.  Thank you to all introverted authors, and keep up the great work!

How can we continue to change the world and perceptions when it comes to our natural personality differences?  I approach life in a different way as an introvert, but it is a legitimate way nonetheless. The strengths and needs of introverts and extroverts are all legitimate and should be understood, appreciated, and celebrated!

In honor of World Introvert Day, I’m excited to announce the launch of my new podcast, The Quiet and Strong Podcast, Especially for Introverts. Please join with me in the continued conversation and celebration of introversion.  Happy World Introvert Day!

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