Recently, I listened to a podcast by Susan Cain as part of the wonderful Ted Talks series.
Then, just this morning, I received an email from Learn Out Loud with a coupon for her new book: "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking".
Coincidentally, I've just been thinking how overwhelmed I feel by the amount of chatter and bragging on blogs and Twitter and Facebook. When these tools first appeared, I signed up for everything. I remember thinking how great this stuff would be for any business owner (and, of course, social media truly is the best free way to promote a business).
But quickly I realized this non-stop chatter wasn't for me. (No judgment toward anyone who loves social media... my daughter, for instance, lives on Facebook... and she's extremely extroverted.)
Susan Cain quietly spoke to my soul:
"At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. 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."
I'm no Van Gogh (although I do enjoy painting landscapes) and I certainly wouldn't compare myself to any inventive genius other than I prefer listening. I'd rather read a good book than go to a raging party. I'd rather innovate and create in both my private hours and my working hours. Even though my business is promotion, it takes great motivation for me to promote my own skills and services. I do enjoy brainstorming, but typically, I've already come up with some ideas before I start the collaboration process.
I'm just quietly sayin'...