How to Stick to Your 2018 Goals: Tips From Introverted Celebrities Who’ve Done It in the Past

How to Stick to Your 2018 Goals: Tips From Introverted Celebrities Who’ve Done It in the Past - Introvert Whisperer

Most of us are either extroverts or introverts. Extroverts find their energy from other people and usually crave the company of others, while introverts recharge with alone time and often become overwhelmed by overstimulation. There is no right or wrong personality, but a fair amount of misunderstanding exists in today’s society when it comes to extroverts versus introverts.


Since grade school, teachers have coached children to come out of their shell and interact more with others, as if reading a book by yourself instead of playing on the playground indicates social anxiety. We’ve grown up with the belief that we are supposed to be as social as we can be to fit in and be accepted. However, some of the most successful people in history were or are introverts. Read on for ten tips from introverted celebrities.


1. Bill Gates

“Well, I think introverts can do quite well. If you’re clever you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area.” Bill Gates


The Microsoft founder and philanthropist wants you to know introverts can be very successful in life. He’s living proof. There are benefits to being an introvert that extroverts don’t often have. Use your ability to retain knowledge, analyze a problem and come up with solutions. Being able to think on your own is a gift.


2. Emma Watson 

“I’m kind of an introverted kind of person just by nature, it’s not like a conscious choice that I’m making necessarily. It’s genuinely who I am …coming to realize that about myself was very empowering.” Emma Watson


The actress and activist has always fought to find her own identity, especially after her “Harry Potter” days came to an end. Her declaration of how genuine she is empowers others around the world — you can do the same. Continue to be yourself and empower people. Have your own mission.


3. Steven Spielberg

“I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends’ lives.” Steven Spielberg


One of the most famous directors of our time openly admits he would rather watch back-to-back movies on the weekends than go out. Like many other introverts, Spielberg relates to not quite fitting in with his friends or the majority, which allows room for personal growth and creativity. Express yourself in your own way.


4. Eleanor Roosevelt 

“Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”Eleanor Roosevelt


While the former First Lady is often remembered for her shyness, she eventually came out of her shell and had strong opinions about life. She’s even been referred to as the introvert who wouldn’t keep quiet. Her words still ring true in today’s world — love yourself above all else, before you can love others.


5. Albert Einstein 

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” Albert Einstein


Einstein believed that solitude and time alone is really sacred — that this time should not be looked at as being all alone because it’s a strength. Don’t be afraid to be alone with your own thoughts and self-reflect on your life and its path. Is there something you want to do differently? Do it.


6. Mahatma Gandhi 

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”Mahatma Gandhi


You don’t have to be loud and outspoken to prove a point or be heard. In fact, introverts have subtle and effective ways of sharing their thoughts and ideas. Bring positive change to the world with simple things like kindness towards others.


7. Andy Warhol 

“People are always so boring when they band together. You have to be alone to develop all the idiosyncrasies that make a person interesting.” Andy Warhol


You’ve heard the saying that you should always be a leader, not a follower. Time alone will teach you about yourself and help you to form your own opinions and ideas. Don’t feel pressure to conform to those around you. Stand out.


8. Stephen Hawking 

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Stephen Hawking


Introverts are often quiet because they are thinking — always stuck in their minds about something. Hawking wasn’t concerned with being the life of the party. He was more entertained inside of his own mind, a mind that was always running, like a machine. Take care of your machine and nurture it. With it, you can do anything.


9. Selena Gomez 

“I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore… If you’re broken, you do not have to stay broken.” Selena Gomez


You do not owe anyone anything. What’s most important in life is that you find your happiness and stay true to yourself. None of us are perfect even if we pretend to be. So admit your faults and work on them. Validation from others will not feed your soul.


10. Steve Wozniak 

“I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone. Not on a committee. Not on a team.” Steve Wozniak


Most of us grew up with our teachers putting us in small groups to work, which many of us loved because it took off the pressure of thinking on your own. You can’t learn to think and act on your own if you are being influenced by everyone else. There are many careers perfect for introverts where you can work alone while growing your interests and thinking creatively. Do things alone, and watch your imagination bloom.


Although extroversion is viewed as the ideal in today’s world, introversion has become more accepted and understood. It’s these quiet thinkers who discover groundbreaking technology and create our greatest works of literature and music. These introverts are our influential leaders, our inspiration and our future. Make your mark in the world in 2018.


Photo by: Tessa Rampersad

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About Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a self-improvement writer contributing to publications like The Daily Muse, MakeUseOf, Lifehack and The Huffington Post. To read more professional development posts from Kayla, check out her blog, Productivity Theory.

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