Do you ever have those AHA moments when you gain a new perspective or learn something new?
Reading Susan Cain’s book Quiet caused me to understand things about myself (and others) that I’d not figured out in 46 years. It’s caused me to embrace the qualities the world often overlooks, to ask new questions about myself, to put myself into new situations, and to consider the assumptions I have of others.
We live in a world dominated by extroverts, especially in the western world. Our education systems, social systems, and corporate environments push people to embrace extrovert tendencies – group think, collaboration, open work environments, but more than 1/3 of the population are introverts…including myself.
Some don’t believe me when I tell them but it’s true. I get energized in my time alone, I’m uncomfortable in a group setting and prefer to listen and think rather than take charge in a room full of people. Oh I can fake it. I make a living in sales. I coach sports teams. I’ve been on stage in front of huge groups. It’s just not my comfort zone.
If you’re an introvert read this book. It may give you permission to love who you are. If you’re an extrovert read this book because I’m confident you know some introverts and it will challenge everything you thought you knew.
@annaearley4 thanks for sharing your AHA moment and recommending the book
ACTUALLY THEY SAY THE OPPOSITE IT'S THE QUIET ONES YOU NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR BECAUSE THEY ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO BEAT YOUR LOUD BIG NEANDERTHAL ASS!!!! Just because you are loud doesn't mean you are stronger than the quiet person. It just means you are a loud asshole. Nobody ever got anywhere screaming at someone just saying remember that. #neverassume#strong#weak#sotrue#quiet#screaming
To see the whole puzzle and hidden text, please visit our account @familyqstudiolab ..........Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them in energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others seem aloft or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full of drama. So the next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.
We know from myths and fairy tales that there are many different kinds of powers in this world. One child is given a light saber, another a wizard’s education. The trick is not to amass all the different kinds of available power, but to use well the kind you’ve been granted. Introverts are offered keys to private gardens full of riches. To possess such a key is to stumble like Alice down her rabbit hole. She didn’t choose to go to Wonderland - but she made of it an adventure that was fresh and fantastic and very much her own.
Lewis Carroll was in introvert, too, by the way. Without him, there would be no Alice in Wonderland. Book 📖 Quiet by @SusanCain