In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
The book that started the Quiet Revolution:
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.
[em]Introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.[/em]
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
But many think external stimulus can be valuable to introverts. Creativity requires a mix of connection and reflection – connection to offer you challenge / test / build on / spread your ideas, and reflection to nurture / grow and allow them to flourish. It therefore suggests that a mix is important – a mix of working styles and opportunities which allow extroverts and introverts to work well together.
That also requires what I believe is the hardest thing for introverts to do: challenge the extroverts who latch on to the simple ideas and feel the need to dominate the airtime. This is difficult and can feel very awkward (because we introverts haven’t spent our lives taking the lead in social situations)….enjoy the video!