Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

A Five Star Pick

QuietI finally had the time to sit down and read this!  It was well worth the wait.  I have seen Susan Cain speak at the OLA conference in Toronto last year and after her talk, I was curious to know what other things would be revealed in her book.  I learned a lot.  I even found out how peer pressure works and it is very scary, indeed.  As an introvert myself, I confirmed why I am the way I am and how I approach things.  Cain mentions which celebrities or important people are introverts.  You will discover how there are, in fact, two ways to be a leader.  If you are an extrovert, you will be introduced to how introverts work and how they can be worth your time.  This book is even a must read for parents with introvert children or for teachers who have introvert students in their classrooms.  Different societies are compared to each other and you realize how certain cultures can be either more introverted or extroverted.  It explains how being an outgoing individual was favored in the American way of life for years and that is why some introverts struggle to keep up with the demand of these boisterous times.  Not to fear: Cain comes up with some suggestions to help those who are uncomfortable with making public speeches or who feel awkward in social situations and points out how shyness is not always a trait that only describes the introvert.  So, are you the social butterfly or a wallflower?  Maybe you are an ambivert—that exists too.  There are one or two questionnaires which can help you decide what kind of person you are but my advice would be to read the whole book to examine her arguments and understand that in order for the world to spin, you need both types of people to balance things out (whether in the stock market, at work, or in relationships).  If you are an introvert, success can be within your reach, just as for any extrovert out there.  All you need is quiet power.  Read it.  You’ll see.  If I have just convinced you to take this book out, my written words have worked their magic.  After all, introverts have a way with the pen (or with blogging in my case)  🙂

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