Unleash the introverts

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, has started a company called Quiet Revolution. Their mission: “To unlock the power of introverts for the benefit of us all.”

I can get behind that. I am unambiguously an introvert. Class participation? Bane of my time in school. Open office plans? Makes me grateful that I work from home. Being a mom? Simultaneously the most wonderful and most exhausting thing that has ever happened to me.

In her widely viewed TED talk, Susan argues that a third to a half of the population are introverts. And yet, our schools and workplaces are designed for extroverts and so our introversion becomes a disability. And even more damaging, we’re taught that introversion is undesirable.

Interested to see how much awareness QR can drum up and whether changes will happen. Many of us learn to survive and succeed in an extroverted world. But what if we – and those around us – learned to embrace our introversion? What could we achieve then?


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