In an earlier post I mentioned that I’m reading Susan Cain’s Book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I’m taking my time with this one; I’m enjoying the read and I’m learning a lot.
Since starting the book I find myself feeling justified–even proud of my quiet nature. I’ve been able to sit in a group and not feel compelled to speak up until I have something I really want to say. I’ve been more observant of people, and I’ve begun to appreciate and understand the behavior of other like–and unlike–personalities.
I’m more likely to take extra time with someone quiet to get their perspective. I’m also more inclined fiercely guard times of solitude because I know I need that time in order to recharge my emotional batteries.
I came across a manifesto at the book’s author, Susan Cain’s, The Power of Introverts website and thought I’d share a few of my favorite points with you.
1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.
3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
8. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is the key to finding work you love and work that matters.
9. Everyone shines, given the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.
11. It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
12. “Quiet leadership” is not an oxymoron.
Good points, right?
Oh yes, I’m also using the book to help with character sketches I’m working on for my next book–fiction this time. One of the characters is a hard-core introverted writer–nothing like me at all.