Someone mentioned me on Twitter the other day. Thank you very much for that. I really appreciate it.
What was interesting was he wrote "Daily Rebel" on the tweet. I wondered if that was typo or on purpose.
Anyway, it got me thinking, and I came up with the following question:
Are introverts rebels? I'll repeat that, Are introverts rebels?
That's an interesting question, isn't it?
My dictionary on the computer I am writing this post on defines rebel as:
A person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler.
No, I don't think that defines what introverts are.
I don't think this picture defines an introvert although the guy might actually be an introvert himself.
My dictionary also said:
A person who resists authority, control or convention.
OK. Now we are getting somewhere.
Lets ask the question again, Are introverts rebels?
Do they resist authority? No, they don't. I assure you, rebels don't resist authority, they are too scared to.
Do they resist control? No, I don't think so.
OK, we getting close to the end.
Do they resist convention? I think introverts do. However to answer that question more fully we should define convention. The good old dictionary on my computer says in this case:
A way in which something is usually done, especially within a particular area or activity.
That's a good way to look at it. Here is another way to define it.
Behaviour that is considered acceptable or polite to most members of society.
Are introverts rebels?
Yes and no is the answer.
There you go. Clear as mud?
What is considered acceptable behaviour in today's society?
Socialising is considered acceptable behaviour. When you don't want to socialise that is considered anti-social and that is not good in today's day in age.
"How dare you be anti-social?"
"How dare you want to stay home on a Friday night and watch a movie and eat pizza?"
These days things are usually done in teams. You hear that in a particular company they have such and such a team and they are working on this particular project. It seems to be de rigueur these days. I'm willing to bet that most bosses wouldn't be able to recognise that between 30 and 40% of their work force would be better suited working alone but then this is an extroverted world so that would be almost career suicide if they let people work by themselves, it would be rebellious though.
If we define a rebel as someone who goes against convention then introverts are very much rebels.
One of my favourite rebels, Luke Skywalker was often seen alone with a little white droid. He did his best work alone, only returning to the group near the end. I wonder if this is proof.
If you energise by being alone or with someone close to you, you are going to run into people who won't or can't accept that. You need to stick to your guns (not literally) and rebel against convention. It won't be easy at the beginning, but you will be very glad that you did at the end of it all.