All of us, at one point or another, have questioned our capabilities and competence. Maybe you’ve wondered how you got hired and handed big job responsibilities. Or, maybe the fact that you keep getting promoted keeps you up at night. You might even think it’s only a matter of time before you’re found out, called into your boss’ office and told that your time at the organization has come to a swift end. In fact, research reported in a NY Mag article published this week suggests that “if you haven’t had a moment in which you were buffeted by these sorts of fears, you’re in the minority.”
A few years ago, I worked at a company filled with a bunch of brilliant individuals. These people accomplished impressive feats every single day. And yet, many of them seemed to not know how to wash their dishes. Despite having state-of-the-art kitchens on each floor, the sinks would almost always be full. Like, completely full.
Every time I write, my goal is to write easy-to-read sentences.
I never want my audience to stumble or slow down or start a sentence over. That’s why, whenever possible, I use simple words instead of jargon, periods instead of semicolons, and active voice instead of passive voice. Most importantly, though, that’s why I strive to write concisely.
Not all creative people are introverts, and not all introverts are super creative. But some of history’s greatest artists and writers have thrived on alone time—and not by coincidence. Introverts have the power to imagine and, when everything lines up, the power to take what we see and make it real.