Aha! Moment Monday
Ever wonder why some people are like success magnets and other talented people can’t seem to make a go of it?
The Law of Compensation states that your income is directly proportionate to three things:
- The need for what you do
- Your ability to do it
- The difficulty with which it is to replace you.
I’m thinking there’s a fourth thing: your ability to communicate your worth.
Haven’t you met some amazingly talented people in your lifetime who you thought should be worth their weight in Belgium dark chocolate only to learn that they’re just getting by? Did you notice that these people are often quieter souls who don’t feel comfortable waving their own flag? Why aren’t they noticed?
Aha! ~ There’s a bias against quiet
In the early years of the last century, when we advanced from operating within our village to operating with strangers, we began to celebrate the salesman – the extrovert. Stage presence and your ability to influence people became more recognized and people of outward dominance became the ones to follow.
In that process, “character” – honor, morals, manners, integrity – gave way to “personality” – energetic, attractive, glowing, magnetic, and the “thinkers” in the crowd got ignored.
Introverts and extroverts value relationships, time, and work differently and we need them all.
My new favourite book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking reminds us that “Quiet leadership” is not an oxymoron. Find your voice.
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