November 3, 2017
Social conditioning shapes our personality and subsequent behavior. This fact is never more clearly demonstrated than through an interesting gentleman. Plagued by various illnesses most of his childhood, it was an achievement just to survive into his adult years. The illnesses forced him to grow up in isolation. This set of circumstances produced an introverted scholar who found his mind fascinated by the world around him; because of all that goes along with most introverts (cerebral vs. social, thinker vs. talker, specialist vs. generalist, etc.). Coupled with an extremely strong work ethic, his fascination led to several unique realizations and discoveries about how our world works. However, as great as his discoveries were, because of a concern for how other people might react to his work (characteristic of introverts), he put off publishing any of his realizations and discoveries.
Well, it's a good thing to have friends. Good friends pull out the best in us and so it was with our story's central character. One of his friends just happened to be a man by the name of Edmond Halley. Now if Edmond sounds unfamiliar to you, you might connect with him once you hear what made Edmond famous: the discovery of a comet that periodically flew so close to the earth that it terrified earth's population into believing the world was ending. That comet, once its properties were understood by Edmond and subsequently explained to the masses, became known as Halley's Comet.
It took a tremendous effort on Halley's part to get his friend, our central character, to publish his work. But he finally did – in 1687 - as he described for the first time in human history how the planets move through space and how things on earth travel through the air; gravity governs both. This introvert who refused to broadcast his findings about gravity for decades was none other than Sir Isaac Newton.
Who are the introverts within your team, your organization? What realizations, what discoveries have they made about their role, your business, your product or service, or a customer, that if known to all, might take you, your team, your organization to another level? Determine today to be the Edmond Halley within your team and encourage those introverts to share what they know. It might change your business and your world.