Hi y’all! Happy Saturday!
I thought I would make another exception this weekend and post a book review and recommendation.
You’ve probably heard me mention it a whole lot in the past few months, but today I’m finally going to talk about Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (fyi – this is an affiliated link).
I heard about Quiet earlier this year. It is a non-fiction book that, as you might have guessed, discusses introversion in a world that has an extrovert ideal. I bought it on a whim a few months ago, not expecting much from it, but it was a very powerful and informative read. A life-changing read even.
“THE WORD INTROVERT IS NOT A SYNONYM FOR HERMIT OR MISANTHROPE.”
I consider myself an introvert and often it is indeed seen as a weakness. Thankfully I grew up with two introverted parents who knew their strengths and mine too and how to make them shine.
However, when I started looking for work after I graduated that’s when I felt a surge of emotions that indeed being an introvert in this world is wrong. Loud mouths usually get things over the quiet people. They are seen as confident and like they know what they are talking about and they create opportunities for themselves. On the other hand, I’m a person who likes to listen, learn through observations, likes to read and write and have problems selling myself, networking and interviewing, even though I am a very personable human being when you get to know me I swear!
“INTROVERTS PREFER TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY, AND SOLITUDE CAN BE A CATALYST TO INNOVATION… IF YOU’RE SITTING IN THE BACKYARD UNDER A TREE WHILE EVERYONE ELSE IS CLICKING GLASSES ON THE PATIO, YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE AN APPLE FALL ON YOUR HEAD.”
I started reading this book and it was so enlightening. I learned so much about why our society became so appearance and extroverted oriented. I learned that the weird things I do to reenergise myself or even seek solitude aren’t weird, that lots of introverts go through the same thing. I learned to accept myself more because that’s just who I am and I have other strengths that make me a great employee, friend, partner & human being.
This book has some less interesting passages where the author discusses research and experiments, but I really liked the way she discusses all facets of introversion, from childhood, to being a student, an employee, a partner and a parent. She discusses creativity, productivity and all things that are affected by our introversion or extroversion. Very interesting!
I give this book a 4.5/5 and I would highly recommend it for everyone who see themselves as introverts and even for extroverts! We can all learn more from one another and this book really does a great job and opening our mind to this.
“INTROVERTS ARE OFFERED KEYS TO PRIVATE GARDENS FULL OF RICHES. TO POSSES SUCH A KEY IS TO TUMBLE LIKE ALICE DOWN HER RABBIT HOLE. SHE DIDN’T CHOOSE TO GO TO WONDERLAND – BUT SHE MADE IT AN ADVENTURE THAT WAS FRESH AND FANTASTIC AND VERY MUCH HER OWN.”
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Did you read Quiet?xx