Why did I pick this book ?
If some stranger greets me with “Hello”, I do not react. I respond with “Hello”. The time and the way in which I respond with “Hello”, I would leave the stranger wondering why did they ever take the pain to ‘Greet’ me.
If there was an certificate of proficiency in Introversion, I would come out blazing with A+.
I watched the Author’s ted talk “The Power of Introverts” and was moved by the author’s speech. Incidentally, it went on to become one of the ‘most viewed’ ted talks which goes onto prove that there is a good bit of introverts out there.
What do I like about the book ?
Builds a powerful case for identifying and cherishing introverts from early years.
Presents well researched facts and establishes that there is enough room for both extroverts and introverts to thrive and it need not be one against the other
A narrative that is easy to read and draws upon from variety of living examples.
What is one interesting idea that I learnt ?
The notion of soft power.
“Soft power is quiet persistence. The people I am thinking of are very persistent in their day-to-day interactions. Eventually they build up a team. Soft power was wielded by the people we’ve admired through out history. Mother Teresa, The Buddha and Gandhi”.
Paras or Quotes that I liked
The author paraphrases Gandhi’s words. Gandhi believed restraint was one of his greatest assets.
“I have naturally formed the habit of restraining my thoughts. A thoughtless word hardly ever escaped my tongue or my pen. Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth”
Steve Woznaik , Apple, says about patience.
“I acquired a central ability that was to help me through my entire career: patience. I am serious. Patience is usually so underrated… I learned not to worry about the outcome, but to concenrate on the step I was on and to try to do it as perfectly as I could when I was doing it.
Some great Introverts
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Mother Teresa
- Sir Issac Newton
- Steven Spielberg
- Larry Page
- J K Rowling
The falling of apple and the subsequent discovery of gravity by Sir Issac Newton is a story we all knew and the book in some sense attributes this Newton’s Introversion.
However, I classify myself as a Introvert , but I am sure I would have eaten the apple and waited for one more to fall.
May be I am a under developed Introvert !
How long it would take ?
At around 270 odd pages, it would take anywhere between 7 – 10 days to complete the book and as the title suggests, you are required to be in a ‘Quiet’ Place to absorb the power of ‘Quiet’.
Give me a reason to read ?
If you are an introvert, this book would help in understanding yourself a little better and make you feel good. If you are an extrovert, you could expend the extra energy in help you to understand that there is a very different class and league of people who possibly deserve your time and attention as well. You need them more than the introverts needing you!
Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)