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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Solitude Matters

Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant -- and a self-described introvert. At least one-third of the people are introverts, notes Cain in her new book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

Introverts have made some of the great contributions to society – from Chopin's nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Based on intensive research, Cain explains why introverts are capable of great love and great achievement, not in spite of their temperaments -- but because of them.

Solitude is a key element to develop epiphanies for the whole, be it your family, your employees, family, community, or even the world.

Cain concludes with these recommendations:

  • We need more privacy and autonomy and learn how to work on our own
  • We need to go to the wilderness and have our own revelations.
  • We should within and allow others to see and share what and who we are