Do you occasionally question whether you, as an introvert, are good enough?
It can be difficult not to doubt ourselves when we have so many people doubting us.
I'm here to give you an emphatic "yes!" You are good enough. In fact, you're better than those who can't grapple with your being different than the rest of the group.
The world might try to convince you otherwise -- that you need fixing, that you're awkward, that you need to get over your supposed hatred of people.
But there's no rule that says extroverts are better, smarter, or more capable than introverts. There's no law that says extroversion is right and introversion is wrong.
Society -- and that includes everything from corporate culture to competitive events -- have shown a clear preference for those who are outwardly energetic and talkative.
It's really a shame, though, because they're missing out on all the gifts that introverts bring to the table -- from their eye for creativity to their nose for research.
We don't live in a world where our work can speak for itself. Because introverts are not adept at self-promotion, their efforts tend to go unappreciated.
What makes one an introvert is not that they're quiet and shy; it's their inward orientation and tendency to become tuckered out after heavy social interaction.
Most introverts would say that they're working hard at becoming more assertive, however unnatural it may feel, even if they have to fake it.
It wasn't until college that I began to come out of my shell more, but I have continued to get flak for "staying too much in my shell" even in my adult years.
To expect introverts to become the next Tony Robbins is asinine. Nor would we want to do a 180 in the first place.
Don't ever doubt your capacity for greatness. Your introversion doesn't make you inferior -- it makes you unique.
What you might lack in sociability (which can always be improved) you more than make for in myriad other ways.
So what if you'll never be the life of the party?
As long as you love and are true to yourself, you can go to bed at the end of the day knowing you're living a life of integrity.