Friday, August 24, 2012

Susan Cain On the Power of Introverts

I am an introvert.

That may seem a silly thing to write, on a blog about myself. A silly thing to say, for someone that has hosted a podcast for six years that is now airing weekly on a radio station, or someone who regularly attends conventions filled with thousands of people, and has interviewed scores of comic creators, game developers and media personalities.

But the fact remains that I am often at my most comfortable, and most creative, when I'm alone. And something that I've struggled with my entire life, is the pressure from those around me, and society in general, to be an extrovert.

Writer Susan Cain just did a fabulous Ted Talk about the power of introverts, and why it's important to let them be who they are. You can watch it in the player below. If you're an introvert like me, it will likely resonate with you. And if you're not, maybe it will give you a little better understanding of those in your family who are introverts. Susan just put out a book about this subject as well, and I can't wait to read it.