How to Achieve More with an Introverted Lifestyle

Although introverts are inwardly focused, not enough is discussed about how this inward focus may allow them to achieve more out of life.

More time. More personal and professional achievements. And more success.

These activities go further than the conventional thinking often attributed to introverts merely being studious and contemplative.

Introverts that embrace daily rituals, minimalism, and focused work are doing much more than proclaiming to the world that carelessness, conspicuous consumption, and chaos are unproductive.

Invariably, they are regaling the idea that less is more, and structure is everything.

And structure leads to self-fulfillment that can lead to self-actualization.

Psychology expert Elizabeth Hopper outlined eminent psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which popularized the notion that humans have five categories of needs, including: physiological, safety, love, esteem, and self-actualization.

Physiological needs of food, shelter, and sex are the base of our existence culminating to self-actualization.

Self-actualization is the idea of being all that you are capable of becoming.

In other words, utilizing your skills and talents to the fullest.

In contemporary society, many would suggest that Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg are self-actualizing. 

Interesting enough, these three are the world’s most famous introverts.

And to achieve this level of success requires a specific, goal-oriented lifestyle—an introverted lifestyle.

The American Academy of Advanced Thinking defines an Introverted Lifestyle as “The structure of activities necessary for creating the internal process for fulfilling one’s potential.”

As a caveat, self-actualization has to be viewed in hindsight, but lived progressively.

A good example of one who seemingly self-actualized was President Ronald Reagan.

Reagan was an actor, California governor, and U.S. president.

Arguably, one could say that he became all that he could be.

But, did he feel that way?

Ambitious people don’t stop to explore whether history is being made in that moment.

Introverted Lifestyle

They merely move forward with the challenges, activities, and opportunities afforded to them in pursuit of an objective.

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It is important to underscore this point because self-actualizing within an introverted lifestyle is for one’s own psychological and emotional well-being, as well as the productivity that results from intellectual pursuits.

This notion opposes the idea of self-actualization being a mere list of activities one does to achieve the highest form of human potential.

Asian Efficiency, a website that focuses on human productivity, outlined the introverted lifestyle that made Albert Einstein a world-renown scientist.

Asian Efficiency pointed out the three keys to Einstein’s productive lifestyle entailed the following:

  • A daily ritual and schedule
  • A minimalist lifestyle
  • A concentrated effort on the most important aspects of work

Reportedly, Einstein ate, slept, walked/drove, and worked each day.

This Spartan lifestyle left very little room for frivolity and triviality.

In a nutshell, all focus and daily activities should be centered around your body of work.

Preferably, solving compelling problems that the world needs and is willing to compensate you for your products or services.

Building a Body of Work

Ultimately, the introverted lifestyle encourages individuals to define their meaning of life through a body of work.

In this regard, strategic thinking introverts are coordinating all of their daily activities into creating a body of work that solves a compelling problem of which they have a profound interest.

The introverted lifestyle content creation cycle consists of Research, Online Tutorials, Fitness, and Content Creation.

Research

According to Professor Larry Stewart, former graduate degree coordinator at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, scholarly research and analysis are geared to filling intellectual gaps, as well as building work on past research.

For Professor Stewart, scholarly work is not a “one-off” process, but an endless cycle in pursuit of an objective truth.

Consequently, adherents to the introverted lifestyle are dedicated to a daily diet of periodicals, newspapers, trade magazines, and biographies.

Because strategic thinking introverts are hardwired for seeking patterns, disparate ideas and concepts can be corralled into a logical framework.

In this context, the introverted lifestyle is a laboratory for vetting viable research that is foundational for creating articles and position papers.

Online Tutorials

Aligned with daily research, it is important to view online tutorials that allow enthusiasts to construct business processes for the dissemination and distribution of information.

Eminent marketer Seth Godin said that all businesses have become media companies.

In this regard, any entity that promotes products and services must view itself as a media outlet to niche audiences.

Whether it’s social or traditional media, understanding the process and metrics for distributing information in creative ways are essential.

The introverted lifestyle helps participants become “Academic Artists.”

Online tutorials assist in the crafting and mastery of systems for connecting with niche groups.

Fitness

Within this context, fitness entails mental wellness, as well as physical well-being.

Reportedly, Microsoft’s Bill Gates gets his greatest inspiration through long walks reminiscent of Albert Einstein.

A daily fitness regimen allows a finely tuned mind and body to operate at optimal capacity.

Additionally, proper nutrition centering around a plant-based diet allows for maximum productivity by maintaining a healthy digestive system.

Because the introverted lifestyle is steeped in self-reliance, it is essential that the engine that makes all things possible is properly cared for.

Content Creation

Creating original content through text, visual, or audible media is easier when the necessary research has been completed. The world is replete with ill-conceived opinions lacking intellectual rigor.

Scholarly content is difficult because it requires active study, as well as concise language.

Society’s overdependence on memes and initialism that convey abbreviated communication methods does not unpack the complexity of high culture thoughts and ideas.   

The content derived from the introverted lifestyle is not geared for the general population, but to the populace that values education and intellectual prowess.

These are the individuals who create the means of production by which the majority of the world survives.

Strategic thinking introverts possess the tenacity and ingenuity to tackle the world’s problems.

The introverted lifestyle allows inhabitants to divorce themselves from the mediocrity and anti-intellectualism of the vox populi.

In the end, the introverted lifestyle is the conduit for introverts to self-actualize, as well as paint the world in their own self-image.

In a world that has become colder and more chaotic, it is essential that great minds save the world from itself.

–Charles Lieberman

Related: The Secrets to Introverts Becoming Thought Leaders

References

3 Lessons from Einstein’s productive life. Asian Efficiency. Retrieved from:  https://www.asianefficiency.com/productivity/einsteins-productive-life.

Hopper, E. (2020, Feb. 24). Maslow’s hierarchy of needs explained. Thoughtco. Retrieved from: https://www.thoughtco.com/maslows-hierarchy-of-needs-4582571.

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