Sunday musing: The power of introverts

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At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
One of the books I’m most excited about reading this year is Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking“. Maybe because I think of myself as an introvert or maybe just because it essentially questions the common belief that being outgoing, outspoken and social is the only path to success. It takes all kind of people to make the world, and as much as we need extroverts, introverts “bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated”. In a passionate TED talk, Susan makes the case that introversion is dramatically undervalued, and that the world will be a much better place if our culture stopped solely celebrating extroversion and accepted the power of Quiet as well.

 

 

I think I’ll go back to my books’ suitcase now. Until we talk again, have a great Sunday!
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