You may have heard the labels “introvert” and “extrovert” thrown around.

A lot of the time that you hear someone call themselves an introvert, it’s right before they explain how they just can’t get the energy to go out tonight. On the other hand, that person walking into the office on Monday after a weekend of nonstop partying without missing a beat just shrugs it off and says that they are just an extrovert. There’s more to the story than your willingness to go out after work though.

If you think of people as battery powered, this is how we recharge those batteries. Introverts recharge with personal time where they don’t need to interact with people. They need that “me time”. Extroverts, on the other hand, recharge through interacting with others. If you’ve ever been caught up in the excitement of your friends, it’s like that.

Introversion gets a bad reputation sometimes. After all, who wants to be labeled as the person that doesn’t want to go out and do anything? That’s not all being an introvert is about though. There are definite upsides to it. Since introverts don’t need interaction to thrive, they are often much better at focusing on tasks and are less prone to distraction. Because they are more reserved, their connections with other people, though often fewer, also tend towards being deeper. These are skills that you can use to further yourself and your business.

In the business world, it’s important that you be able to reach out to people, catch their attention, and cast a wide net. These are things that are typical extrovert specialties. Even if you consider yourself an introvert, that doesn’t mean that you can’t step outside of your comfort zone. You can’t just sit and wait for the world to come to you. These labels of “introvert” and “extrovert” aren’t the be all end all of your life. No one is always introverted or always extroverted.

It’s a sliding scale.

To succeed, you need to balance both ends. Push yourself to speak up at that meeting, embrace the extrovert. Cultivate those deep interpersonal connections, embrace the introvert.

Don’t apologize for being you. Use it. Live it. Love it.