“Quiet” by Susan Cain - Book Highlights
This was the book that has actually inspired me for the whole Quiet concept. My whole life I thought that being an introvert is a problem, something I have to get rid of in order to become a decent part of the society. Reading “Quiet” was revolutionary for me, it offers a completely different point of view on being an introvert in a world that excessively and misguidedly respects extroverts. We make them our bosses and our political leaders. We foolishly admire their self-help books, such as “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. We introverts attempt to emulate extroverts, and the stress of not being "true to ourselves" can make us physically and mentally ill.
When I finished “Quiet” I couldn’t get it out of my head for months, I started seeing introverts, beautiful, creative, interesting introverts all around me. I started rejecting party invitations without feeling guilt. I even quit my job and became freelancer, knowing that there’s no better place for me to work that my own home. It’s not that I’ve locked myself in forever, it’s actually quite the opposite, as this deeper understanding of my nature helped me realize that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me and it gave me confidence. I was afraid of talking to more than 2 people at once, and now I’m giving yoga classes to strangers 5 times a week!
If you’re somehow reading this post (meaning you’re probably an introvert yourself) and you haven’t yet read this book, go to your nearest bookstore now and buy it! It’ll change your life forever. Meanwhile, I thought it would be interesting to share some insights from it here. If you have read it too, please share your favourite quotes or thoughts, what have you extracted from this book.