For some strange reason, a lot of activities have become socially unacceptable to do by yourself. Recently, I embraced my introverted side and did one of these socially unacceptable things – I watched a movie by myself. To most people’s surprise (or, if you’re one of my close friends – to no surprise at all), this wasn’t the first time I did this. I usually reserve my lone movie watching experiences exclusively to indie films; however, this time, I watched a huge summer blockbuster/action movie. There was no riveting plot, no clever writing nor anything I haven’t seen before in other action movies. There was, predictably, the usual explosions, fight scenes and hero-saving-the-day shenanigans.
This got me thinking, “What’s so wrong about doing certain things by yourself?” Being by yourself when watching a movie, attending a concert or eating at a fancy restaurant gives you time to savour and enjoy whatever you may be doing without having someone else there biasing your opinions. It can also be an extremely relaxing or even cathartic experience. Movies, concerts and food are all forms of art. If you can read a good book or admire a painting by yourself, why can’t you watch a great film, listen to an amazing band or eat good food by yourself?
There is no shame in doing things alone. In fact, there’s no shame in being a little introverted sometimes either. In the business world, everyone is expected to be extroverted. However, don’t be so surprised that introversion can also lead to success. Some very successful individuals were introverts. It’s an introvert’s ability to sit back and watch other members work that allows them to see any improvements that need to be made. In a successful team, you need a good mix of doers (extroverts) and thinkers (introverts). Ultimately, it’s our ability to improve and innovate that make us introverts such great leaders.
If you’re someone who may be a little apprehensive about doing things alone, just try it out once. Buy one ticket to a movie or concert you’ve always wanted to watch or make a reservation for one at that restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. You never know, you may actually enjoy the experience!