You know, as a matter of fact, you can still be an introvert with an extrovert`s personality. The projection of oneself is sometimes a front to throw people off so they don`t know how shy you are. I tried explaining in college to my psychiatry instructor that I was truly an introvert. She snorted at me. It`s the same way depression comes out in different ways for folks. Some deal with depression by eating, some by funneling it all out through anger, some just stop everything.
I was a very shy child to the point that if a teacher called on me in class, I would have rather buried myself in a deep hole than answer. By high school, my personality hit a higher level due to a higher self esteem. A few years after high school, I joined the Marine Corps as an outlet to everything I knew. Little did I realize this would be a big boost in confidence levels and allow me to become more of a people person. Well, less of a people person and more of a loud person who likes for his opinions to be heard now a days.
After that first stint in the Corps, I then started assigning myself duties within my employment or in my personal life which would place me in the limelight. I`ve made speeches on behalf of local politicians trying to get their foot in on state level, led our student body as the Student Government President (when I was in college), as well as taken on roles in organizations which pushed me into a position where I had to make speeches on subjects I was passionate about.
Now, you see what lies before you. A man who has enabled a boost of self esteem and confidence from within (with some help) to graduate to a true position of authority. Ok. Not too much authority but at least I make up my own schedule day in and day out. It has led me to places I never would have dreamed of being at this point in my life. I`m 38 years old and have a successful business, a few other businesses (not as successful as the main one but sufficient) and have been crowned a leader in the ecommerce community I take a part in. So, yeah. I`m happy.
Well, enough talk about me since I`m so introverted. Great post Craig. I hope you are doing well.