One of my mentors, Todd Herman, has been trying to drill that quote into my head for the past two years. Either I’m a slow learner, or my introverted self gets in my way more than I often want to admit to myself.
I have been feeling myself pulled to write this since the moment I arrived in New York last Sunday, but I would sit down to write and then would feel like I should be working in my business, instead of sharing my musings and insights (that no one really wants to hear anyway – right?)
First, I LOVE cities! I love the energy! I love the hustle and bustle. I love the people rushing to get places. I love the lights. I love that often the “doers” of the world have strategically put themselves in the city – to be able to connect with the other “doers” of the world!
What people are often surprised to find about me is that I am extremely introverted. I walk into a room, I smile, I stick out my hand, and I introduce myself. And I’ll do it all day long from 7 am to 11 pm. But at the end of the night, I go to my room, crawl into my bed, and think, “Thank goodness I’m now sitting here alone! I’m so exhausted. That isn’t easy for me. I hope they liked me. I hope I made an impression. I would love to get to know Jenny better.”
But I know that when I’ve paid to participate in a high powered event or a high powered group that I need to step out of my comfort zone and get the most out of it – spending as much time with others as possible!
So, even if you’re introverted or shy – step up, stick out your hand, and smile. Find ONE person that looks friendly enough that you can chat with them, then introduce yourself to a few people at a time. And if you’re one of the ones standing in a big room and you see people struggling – TAKE THEM IN! They are probably a bit introverted – trying to find their way in an extroverted world!