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A majority of the engineers at my work are awkward until you get to know them and obviously introverts who just want to design their systems, but they try and they can have meetings when needed. You don’t have to have perfect social skills to succeed, but you do have to make an effort.
People are a lot more accepting someone who is of friendly but awkward than someone who refuses to engage.
As a strategy, my dad has shit social skills but when he starts to falter he falls back on excellent manners. Awkward but polite is also acceptable.
As my friend who is even more introverted than me says: “It’s pretty much always going to suck until it doesn’t and you just have to deal. LIFE IS HARD!”
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