A Manifesto for Introverts

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:

  1. There’s a word for ‘people who are in their heads too much’: thinkers.
  2. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
  3. The next generation of quiet kids can and must be raised to know their own strengths.
  4. Sometimes it helps to be a pretend extrovert. There will always be time to be quiet later.
  5. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is key to finding work you love and work that matters.
  6. One genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
  7. It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
  8. ‘Quiet leadership’ is not an oxymoron.
  9. Love is essential; gregariousness is optional.
  10. ‘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


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