More than a year ago, I wrote this article contemplating whether or not I was more of an introvert or extrovert. Some people think that being an extrovert helps you in the business world and being an introvert helps you in retirement. The difference comes down to your need to be with other people to ‘find your energy’.
Here is a link to that article: INtroverts or EXtroverts – Impact on Early Retirement
Recently, I ran across this interesting chart that looks at how people fall in the managerial ranks. It is from a study that the Wall Street Journal did that looks at business leaders. Perhaps not surprisingly, they find that the higher up the organization you go, the more likely you are to be an extrovert:
In retirement, the theory is that the more senior you are in your career, the more difficult it is supposed to be to retire. The logic is that you are more likely super outgoing (as the chart shows) and will have a hard time adjusting your Type A personality to a slower-paced, status free life. That’s the theory, at least.
At the same time, many people talk about the importance of maintaining close relationships in retirement. The worry for introverts might be that they won’t be social enough once they don’t have an office of coworkers to see everyday. There are certainly many ways to get involved outside of work, but perhaps it will take a little effort.
I consider myself pretty balanced on the introvert / extrovert scale. Some days, I am very busy with activities and feel like I need some quiet time. Other days, I might not interact with anybody all day. Most of the time, I get the right amount of social interaction. Social media is another way to connect with people, although that doesn’t maybe work for everyone. I for one, like it a lot.
Regardless, I certainly subscribe to the early retiree saying that even if I was bored, I wouldn’t want to go to a work budget meeting. 🙂
How do you think about your tendency to introversion or extraversion and retirement?
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