The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

I recently came across this video wherein Susan Cain talks about the power of introverts…

Here’s an excerpt – “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.”

What i liked the most about this video is right towards the end, she leaves you with 3 rules…

1) Stop the madness of constant group work
2) Go to the wilderness. Be like Buddha, have your own revelations.
3) Open Up Your Suitcase! Let others see what’s inside it…

Excerpt of point no. 3: Take a good look at what’s inside your own suitcase and why you put it there. So extroverts, maybe your suitcases are also full of books. Or maybe they’re full of champagne glasses or skydiving equipment. Whatever it is, I hope you take these things out every chance you get and grace us with your energy and your joy. But introverts, you being you, you probably have the impulse to guard very carefully what’s inside your own suitcase. And that’s okay. But occasionally, just occasionally, I hope you will open up your suitcases for other people to see, because the world needs you and it needs the things you carry. So I wish you the best of all possible journeys and the courage to speak softly.

A beautiful speech that instigates you to be okay with introversion… That inspires you to make the most of it and cultivate it in your own introvert lives and that of the interoverts around you.


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