Book of the Week 3: Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

This week we’ll be going into a self-help book, talking about…

It’s been a whole week without any posts, my goodness! Lots of ups and downs this week. It’s okay because you’ll now be rewarded with a fantastic book review, such an intellectual book with so many insights that I haven’t experienced with a book in ages. I’m truly excited to start writing about this one; let’s just get started!

Rating: 5/5

Verdict: Why haven’t you read this yet? For everyone, both intro- and extroverts.

Quiet by Susan Cain is a jam-packed book full of research, case studies, personal experience, and insight on the everlasting debate of introverts vs extroverts. These case studies give applicable examples useful for our own everyday lives, and the personal experiences make this book a rather fun read.

Topics range from the appeared correlation between intelligence and outward personalities, personality and creativity, how people prefer to work based on personality, how extroverts and introverts work together, the mentor-mentee pairing of opposite personalities vs similar, personality and crime rates, leadership roles, and oh so much more.

Although over 300 pages with more words than usual per page, skimming through case studies and examples can make this readable within less than a week. Of course if you want to read for the sake of enjoying your reading time, these examples will definitely make time fly by quickly.

Some notable quotes I’ve written down that struck me as fascinating:

“It’s easy to confuse schmoozing ability with talent. Somebody seems like a good presenter, easy to get along with, and those traits are rewarded. Well, why is that? They’re valuable traits, but we put too much of a premium on presenting and not enough on substance and critical thinking.”

“Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me – they’re shy and they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone where they can control an invention’s design without a lot of other people designing it for marketing or some other committee. If you’re that rare engineer who’s an inventor and also an artist, I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. The advice is: ‘Work alone. You’re going to be best able to design revolutionary products and features if you’re working on your own. Not on a committee. Not on a team.'” -Steve Wozniak.

“Introversion concentrates the mind at the task at hand, and prevents the dissipation of energy on social and sexual matters unrelated to work.”

“Pay attention to what you envy. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth.”

“While extroverts tend to attain leadership in public domains, introverts tend to attain leadership in theoretical and aesthetic fields. Outstanding introverted leaders, such as Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Patrick White and Arthur Boyd, who have created either new fields of thought or rearranged existing knowledge, have spent long periods of their lives in solitude. Hence leadership does not only apply in social situations, but also occurs in more solitary situations such as developing new techniques in the arts, creating new philosophies, writing profound books and making scientific breakthroughs.”

“This conflict between biology and protocol is one reason that speechmaking can be so fraught. It’s also why exhortations to imagine the audience in the nude don’t help nervous speakers; naked lions are just as dangerous as elegantly dressed ones.”

Cain is always emphasizing the fact that at least a third of all the people we know are introverts, so we definitely have to understand how the world of introverts works, regardless of whether we’re one ourselves or not. We have to learn how to work with them on a daily basis, how to be friends with introverts, how to ideate with introverts, and learn how to enjoy our solitude even as extroverts.

You’ll find out that if you’re an introvert, it’s not nearly as bad as you think! You have the power of the mind, of solitude, of imagination and creativity, of critical thinking, even of leadership in pertaining areas. Read this book, make the most of the strengths that you pick up in the book (whether you’re introverted or extroverted), and start bettering your life from the minute you finish reading even just the first chapter.


Author: Kevin Who

Developer. Designer. Smasher. Reader. Creator.

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