This is the second in a 10-week series on introvert superpowers. See other posts here: Listening
We live in a busy, busy world. There’s always something to do. Or something to read. Or something to watch. And with the advent of social media, there is something, somewhere calling for our attention every single minute of the day.
But there is also work to be done. You have to shut out the noise and get to work. And concentrating is something that introverts do extremely well.
Introverts are easily able to focus on tasks for long periods of time. In fact, we prefer it. Focusing allows us to see both the big picture and the small details. We can envision a course of action, identify all the risks and then mitigate those risks as much as possible. With tasks that require close analysis of complex data, introverts are highly adept.
My guess is that with certain practices of law, with accountants and with certain surgical specialties, introverts are overrepresented in the population. All are tasks that require laser-like focus, critical analysis and absolute attention to detail.
There are drawbacks – we dislike being interrupted when we’re focusing and can get a little grouchy. And our longer mental pathways mean that while we’re good at concentration, we can never think of a zingy comeback fast enough. (How often have you thought of a good response to someone about four hours too late?)
Our ability to shut out the noise – both physical and mental – and get things done makes introverts extremely valuable in the workplace. If you aren’t highlighting this on your resume, you should. Employers may not know to ask for it, but this is a skill they want.
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