In her well-renowned and highly influential book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain provides following list of statements as a manifesto for introverts:
- There’s a word for ‘people who are in their heads too much’: thinkers.
- Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
- The next generation of quiet kids can and must be raised to know their own strengths.
- Sometimes it helps to be a pretend extrovert. There will always be time to be quiet later.
- But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is key to finding work you love and work that matters.
- One genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
- It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
- ‘Quiet leadership’ is not an oxymoron.
- Love is essential; gregariousness is optional.
- ‘In a gentle way, you can shake the world.’ -Mahatma Gandhi”
Source: The Quiet Revolution Manifesto
Excellent advice. As a fan of solitude and its ability to fuel the imagination and act as a catalyst for creativity, this manifesto deserves generous use and dissemination. I also strongly recommend her book.
Bonus: Listen following TedTalk from Susan Cain on The power of introverts:
Solitude matters, and for some people it is the air that they breathe. — Susan Cain