Power Of Introverts- Hat tip to Susan Cain

A review on Susan Cain’s Ted Talk.

I am happy that I got to know one of the great authors. I am a big fan of TED Talks (I already mentioned it in my previous post, Click to view) and I keep on listening many. I came to listen to the TED Talk of Ms. Susan Cain in 2016, titled as “The Power of Introverts” and I admired the idea so much that I googled about her, followed on social sites and here I am writing about her most viewed TED Talk 🙂

A lady takes a stage with a black leathered bag in her hand and narrates a story that her mother packed her a suitcase to the summer camp when she was 9 years old. Can you guess what is in the bag and in that suitcase? Books! Yes, you read it right. Reading was the primary group activity in Susan Cain’s family. Does that seem anti-social to you?

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Who is an Introvert?

How do you define an introvert person?  Maybe “Shy” because this is what most of us think.  Like you might have thought of ‘reading’ is an anti-social activity especially when you are sitting with many other people around you. According to Susan Cain, “introversion is about how you respond to stimulation including social stimulation” and that reading while sitting with many other people is a sense of pleasure and feeling of being together with family and be in your own world of the book at the same time.

Do you think you are an introvert and cannot communicate to people at once or cannot share your ideas at first place? That’s completely okay 🙂

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Or see it another way. Don’t be scared 🙂

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Power of Introverts

Our schools, colleges or universities nowadays have a system in which students work in groups.  There are six to seven students sitting on a bench working on group assignments even in subjects like Creative Writing, Mathematics that fully require an individual set of skills and thoughts. When it comes to leadership, introverts are expected to perform much better than that of extroverts because they are running with so many thoughts in mind and work quietly, however, extroverts, most of the time get more excited about things.  This certainly doesn’t mean that the subject here is to prove that introverts are much better than extroverts or vice versa rather make people and workplaces aware of the fact that there is a need to maintain a fine balance between two when it comes to the selection of creativity and productivity.  Introverts must be encouraged and celebrated.

“Solitude is a crucial ingredient to creativity.  Solitude matters and for some people that is the air that they breathe”.

 

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Calls for Action!

There are three calls for action given by the speaker at the end of the speech.

  1. “Stop the madness for constant group work! Just stop it! We need to teach kids to work together for sure but we also need to be teaching them how to work on their own.
  2. Go to the wilderness. Be like Buddha, have your own revelations.
  3. Take a good look at what is inside your suitcase and why you put it there?

There are many other interesting facts and examples mentioned in the talk. You can listen to the talk here.

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About the Speaker

Susan Cain is an American writer and lecturer. She wrote a book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  She also co-founded Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company with initiatives in the areas of children (parenting and education), lifestyle, and the workplace.

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On the last note of my post to my dear readers,

Be yourself, dream big, you can do this!

Happy Reading 🙂

11 thoughts on “Power Of Introverts- Hat tip to Susan Cain

  1. it is ironic when you say that an introvert can be a good leader when the main job of a leader is to communicate effectively with his people. you need to know the fact that the human beings are social species and need to interact. if you don’t share your thoughts will people you will never know whether you are right or not. you will die a confused introvert.

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    • Yes, you have a point here but this is what most people think so that introverts cannot or do not communicate well. However, introverts do not talk much but when they do, they do it after keeping a considerable set of thoughts in mind and can communicate intelligence in brief words. Extroverts are great leaders too, but the thought here is introverts also make up a good leadership and entrepreneurship 🙂

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  2. im sorry for saying it to you again but you have your concepts all confused up. Performing well on a public platform requires not only alot of practice but also peace of mind. Since you don’t know what introvert are like, they get pressured to reply even if someone says ‘Hi’ to them. they cannot perform good in a one on one conversation let alone a leadership platform. Introverts being leaders will be the failure of all.

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    • No, I really appreciate you took time to read it and came up with a thought or “belief” of yours that introverts will be a failure of all. Isn’t it quite abrupt coming up with a conclusion like that? To my surprise (after reading and listening to Susan Cain) , people like Bill Gates, Emma Watson, JK Rowling, Rosa Park and many other are introverts. They are great indeed 🙂

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  3. All these people that you have named, these people are the exception not the rule. Its exactly like a lottery winner saying that its always good to invest in lottery tickets. but this is not the rule. any argument that only applies to a handful of people and negates all the others is an invalid argument indeed. and NO, emma watson is not an introvert and most probably never was. 🙂

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    • No, of course not a rule either for introverts for to be successful always or for extroverts be good leaders every time. As for, Emma Watson I mentioned because I have read it in many places, please refer to link 🙂

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    • I am pleased we talked on this 🙂 I have been a bit busy this week, just got a chance to reply to your comment. You had good points though, Darren 🙂 I respect your opinion. Stay blessed!

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