Shh. I’m taking part in a revolution.
It’s Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution. It’s about empowering introverts — who make up between one-third and one-half of the population¹ — to be their best selves.
Probably because they’re in the minority, introverts are often misunderstood — by extroverts, and even by themselves. For example:
- Shyness isn’t the same thing as introversion.
- Being socially awkward isn’t the same thing as introversion.
- Being quiet is a hallmark of introversion, but it doesn’t mean I have nothing to contribute.
We introverts, simply, draw strength and energy by looking inward — in contrast to extroverts, who draw strength and energy by interacting with other people. Introverts can function very well in social situations, but after a while we need to withdraw and recharge our batteries.
Susan bases her Quiet Revolution on the idea that introverts have lots to contribute, and that they can learn to turn their introversion into a strength — even in a society that often favors and rewards extroverted behavior. She wants to help people turn their introversion into a strength — especially potential business leaders and children who struggle in school.
I certainly can get behind that. Quietly. Just don’t mistake my quietness for a lack of resolve.