This year sees some landmark anniversaries. Bill Gates, frequently cited as the wealthiest person alive, turns 60. J.K. Rowling, whose fortune is valued at approximately $830 million, turns 50, and we recognize the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln.
While there can be little doubt as to the inordinate successes of these individuals, each also shares a characteristic that we don’t commonly associate with prominence and power: Introversion. The trait of introversion has been misunderstood for as long as we have had a language to describe it. At best, introverts are often branded as “shy” or “socially awkward,” at worst they are “uncooperative,” “neurotic” and “problem children.”