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Courage to Speak Softly

Growing up, I was very shy and quiet. Being the center of attention was rarely something I yearned for. I loved learning and creating, and found I often did my best when distractions were minimal and I had time for myself. I hated calling people on the phone, being alone in new places (first day of school especially), talking to strangers or anyone I didn't know very well, and I HATED group work.

Although I've definitely come a long way, I still often exude many of these shy qualities. I've accepted that it's part of who I am, but I try my best to not to let it hold me back as much as it did growing up. I've tried to overcome my shyness, partly because I knew I couldn't have my mom calling people for me anymore once I was in high school, and partly because I always felt a little looked down on as a shy person; Like it wasn't a good quality to have and that being outgoing was the best personality trait possible.

I LOVE this video I just found on TED. This woman hits the nail on the head! Oh my goodness, if only the rest of the world (or just America) recognized the power that introverts have. I want to watch this again. Maybe I will.
The Power of Introverts
What do you think? Are you more introverted or extroverted?

5 comments

  1. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Did I ever show you that article in Time magazine about introverts?

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  2. Crazy! I found TED last night! I watch a talk by Taryn Simon (a well know photographer) where she detailed some of her work. You should look it up! It's Sooo interesting.
    Also crazy, is that I am one of those amibverts she mentioned. Half introvert/half extrovert. I didn't know it had a name though..

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  3. I am the same way. I was a lot quieter in high school but I still get very nervous in large groups of people I dont know. Thanks for sharing the video.

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  4. I love TED talks. Thank you for sharing this. I feel that in some ways, I'm extroverted and introverted, but I really appreciated her ideas, especially about solitude. Loved that.

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  5. good talk. there is also a great book entitled, "quiet" that is of the same opinion. introverts do just fine and don't need the outside recognition!

    i love my time, space, and quiet! away with the herd mentality!

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