The loudmouth may get all the attention, the jokester may get the girls, but the quiet person, they may be the most successful of all. Here’s what we found out about introverts from the new book “Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking.”The author, Susan Cain, says there are 3 common myths about introverts – and quiet-types should be embraced, not ignored.
The first myth is that introversion is a bad thing. Cain says there are surprising advantages to being introverted, even in a world that prefers extroverts. While both types are equally intelligent, quiet people seem to think more carefully, stay on task longer, and work more accurately.
The next myth about introverts? They can’t be leaders. The author says that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The list of introverted leaders is long – and includes greats like Gandhi, Bill Gates and Rosa Parks. Sure, extroverted leaders are charismatic – but an introverts’ tendency to be patient, and think things over carefully, can lead to better results.
A final myth about being introverted? You must be antisocial. Again, not true. Introverts simply have a different way of expressing their need for friendship and intimacy. Instead of spending hours making small talk at a party, introverts prefer smaller groups of close friends and discussing deeper subjects.
Introverts don’t stay quiet because they’re afraid to speak up. They just don’t want to waste time saying anything that isn’t worth saying.
One of the author’s favorite quotes comes from introvert Gandhi, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
Want to know more? The book is called, “Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking.”