Susan Cain's book is a better book on creativity than Lehrer's Gladwell-style 'Imagine: How Creativity Works'. The main idea of 'Quiet' is that there is nothing wrong with being an introvert - nothing wrong about choosing listening over speaking, reading over partying; innovating and creating without needing to self-promote; and choosing working on their own over brainstorming in teams.
Remember, Van Gogh was an introvert, so were the inventor of the personal computer, founders of Google, author of Harry Potter books, Einstein, Newton, Chopin, creator of Peanuts, ...the list goes on.
Gandhi said, "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
Other main ideas from this good read:
1. Introverts and extraverts have different stimulation levels - we all need some level of stimulation and the ideal spot is much higher for the extraverts than for the introverts.
2. The U.S. is geraed towards promoting and rewarding extraverts - may the loudest one win, the thinking goes. A survivalist at all costs mentality exists in this nation built by immigrants who stole a land from others.
3. Asia and Africa tend to be dominated by introverts.
4. At least one-third of the people everywhere are introverts.
5. Introverts perform best in quiet, private workspaces, but the trend open-plan offices makes them suffer.
6. Meetings where suggestions are invited in writing than loud noises work best for introvert people.
7. Teachers should let introvert kid have the space they need, and shouldn't force extracurricular activities upon them.
8. Teachers should let introvert kids master new skills at their own pace.
9. Teachers should help introvert kids with one-on-one lessons if they prefer that.
10. There's a word for "people who are in their heads too much": thinkers.
11. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
12. Sometimes it helps to be a pretend-extrovert. There's always time to be quiet later - However, in the long run, staying true to your temperament is the key to finding work you love and work that matters.
13. "Quiet leadership" is not an oxymoron.
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