I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing, and cozy chats to group settings. I like to think before I speak (softly). I’ve never given a speech without being terrified first. And somehow I know that everything I’ve ever accomplished, in love and in work, I owe to these traits, annoying though they may sometimes be.
Susan Cain is not a coach – In fact, she is quite the opposite. Before she became a writer, she practiced corporate law for seven years, representing clients like Goldman Sachs and General Electric. Then she started a negotiation consultancy, training all kinds of people, from hedge fund managers to TV producers to college students negotiating their first salaries.
She lives on the banks of the Hudson River in an 1822 captain’s cottage with her husband and sons. Her favorite activities, described by herself: are reading, writing, lounging around cafés, and doing the mambo with my family. I use a lot of old-fashioned expressions. A few times a year, I try to like cooking. I’m insatiably curious about human nature. I’m a proud member of the Invisible Institute, a small authors group whose members include Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestselling authors, and some of the most inspiring human beings in New York City. Source: Amazon
Don’t be shy if you are an introvert. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
– Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking