We humans are all wired differently. That being said, we can all probably land in one of two social styles – introvert or extrovert. There is no judgement; both are just fine. In fact, as a confirmed extrovert myself, I’m thankful for the introverts that bring balance to my life!
I think it was Alan Weiss who I once heard give the best definition of these two styles. It went like this – introverts draw energy from things (processes, projects, and challenges), while extroverts draw energy from people. Drawing energy means being uplifted, energized, impassioned, and interested. As a self-diagnosed extrovert, I gain all of those aforementioned things from being around and talking to people, whether I know them or not. I actually will seek out opportunities to talk to waitpersons at restaurants, people working out at the gym, or just a person waiting to catch the same plane as me. I draw my energy from people. I have close family, friends and colleagues that draw their energy from that challenging project given to them; the NY Times crossword puzzle, and creating things.
The question for you this week is where do you draw your energy from? Is it people or processes? This small self-assessment will help you to be at your best, so you can help others and yourself. When you’re down, you know where to go to get that energy boost. When things are going well, you can also find that extra energy to reach even grander heights. Bottom line is that you need to know what gives you energy if you’re to be truly unleashed.
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