I read the above tweet a bit ago and instantly retweeted it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. If you are familiar with Bob you know he is a super-extrovert. If you are familiar with me you know that I’m definitely NOT. That’s why I’ve actually concluded his statement is more applicable to introverts than to extroverts since for people like me it definitely requires a deliberate choice.
Just today I was thinking about meeting a person for coffee (who I want to meet with and will enjoy their company) but then I also thought about what I wouldn’t be able to accomplish personally during that time. No reading, no catching up on emails, no blogging, etc. If you are an extrovert do your best not to judge me for this, it’s just how my mind works. So Bob’s tweet popped in my head and I reminded myself that making time for people is always a great choice, even if it does take a choice.
What I love most about his statement is that for all of us (the normal introverts and the bizarre extroverts) our influence is up to us. The question is: how much influence do you want? Then, make yourself appropriately available to those around you. Easier said than done for me.