Imagine a world without Google or Harry Potter or The Cat in the Hat or…the theory of gravity. All of those things and many many more were the works of introverts –or “second class citizens with gigantic amounts of untapped talent”as author Susan Cain refers to them. That is why she wrote Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking which is releasing today.
If you asked someone who didn’t know me very well they would probably say that I was quiet;they might possibly describe me as an introvert. In fact,many times I have felt that “second class citizen”feeling,particularly in the workplace. However,colleagues eventually see the power of that quietness. When other people are talking,I’m listening and thinking. Eventually that all comes to fruition and after awhile they see that I am definitely capable of speaking up (or louder!) when the need arises. I also tend to build one-on-one professional relationships that are more valuable than the multiple shallow ones of the average extrovert. My “quietness”has served me well in life and still does –people underestimate me and that can be a very powerful thing.
This book is a long overdue tribute to introverts. CEOs and management should take note –for example,by depending on the classic meeting around a conference table you are missing out on valuable ideas from roughly a third of your employees. How many of these professionals think to ask employees to put their thoughts in writing instead?
Quiet is an important book about how we undervalue introverts –even our children. It is a great read for everyone.
About the Author:Susan Cain is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She practiced corporate law for years,for clients such as Goldman Sachs and General Electric. She believes all she has accomplished in life is due to her traits as an introvert. You can learn more about Susan here.
I spent some time the past few weeks catching up on a few books that have been on my reading list for an embarrassingly (!) long time. I think it’s fair to say that there are generally very few books that will change the way you view the world –and Malcolm Gladwell has written three of them. His latest,Outliers,will change the way you think about success (a must read –completely fascinating). Blink will change the way you think about your thought process. The Tipping Point will change the way you think about…well,everything.
These three books have a permanent home on the bookshelves near my fireplace –a collection of books I sincerely hope my children will sit down and read someday.
You can learn more about Malcolm Gladwell here.
Believe it or not,this book sat on my desk for months. Honestly,non-fiction isn’t my favorite genre of literature,but after a few wacky dreams,one where I was just about to be asked on a date by none other than Jon Bon Jovi;I finally had to crack it open. I sure am glad I did.
Dream on It:Unlock Your Dreams,Change Your Life by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg has provided some keen insight into my weird night-scapades. The book is an easy to use guide that really makes you think about what your unconscious mind is trying to tell you when it is finally at rest. Divided into easy categories with a handy glossary and some rules to help you interpret what’s really going on inside,this reference book can cast some perception on your life. I am a novice to dream interpretation,so I have nothing which to compare. I have,however,learned a few things about myself in the short time I have explored this book. Now if I could only get back to that incredible Bon Jovi dream!
About the Author: After keeping a dream journal throughout childhood,Lauri Quinn Loewenberg decided to study dream psychology when she recognized a life-changing message imparted to her by her deceased grandfather in a dream. She has since analyzed and researched more than fifty thousand dreams by people of all walks of life across the globe. Visit Lauri at http://www.lauriloewenberg.com/
This review was written by girlfriend Chris Micolucci.
For those of you who journal –have you thought of incorporating art into your journaling? Raw Art Journaling will help you express yourself through art as well as words. Even if you can’t draw a straight line,this journal will feed that artist inside.
We mean,the “unused”part of it. Amazing things,apparently. In David Eagleman’s book releasing today,Incognito:The Secret Lives of the Brain,he explores the mysteries of our true brain power.
…Lisa Williams’The Survival of the Soul. Do you wonder what happens after we die? Williams,a medium/clairvoyant,writes about life on the “other side”. Have a great weekend,girlfriends.
new age chicks –explore your spiritual side.
Girl Meets God:On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren Winner
What might you get when you cross a lapsed Southern Baptist mother with a reformed Jewish father –a daughter with a religious identity crisis. Lauren Winner first chooses to become an Orthodox Jew,is then increasingly drawn to Christianity and finally converts. Winner shares with us,in a humorous and entertaining way,her journey to reconcile the differences between Judaism and Christianity and the challenges along the way.
Girl Meets God:On the Path to a Spiritual Life
The Spiritual Chicks Question Everything:Learn to Risk,Release,and Soar by Tami Coyne
Experience spirituality on the lighter side with the Spiritual Chicks. The chicks guide us through 60 thought-provoking questions,such as “Will God love me if I’m too fat”and “Am I smart enough to be enlightened?”. Fun,witty and a bit irreverent.
The Spiritual Chicks Question Everything:Learn to Risk,Release,and Soar.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what the Bible would be like if women had written it? The Red Tent may be the closest we’ll ever come to knowing. The story is narrated by Dinah (daughter of Jacob and sister of Joseph of Genesis),and brings us back to the long ago time when women shared husbands,child-rearing,sisterhood and the rituals of The Red Tent. A thoroughly absorbing book that you sometimes forget is fiction.
The Red Tent
Sex Signs:Every Woman’s Astrological and Psychological Guide to Love,Men,Sex,Anger,and Personal Power by Judith Bennett
Ever notice that people’s personalities usually are indicative of their astrological sign? Use this book and its astrological insight to better understand yourself and the important people in your life. And share it with the man in your life so he can better understand you!
Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards:A 44-Card Deck by Doreen Virtue
The tarot can be a wonderful tool for self-reflection and contemplation. Experience the magical energy of this deck filled with beautiful images of mermaids,dolphins and other charming sea creatures.
Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards:A 44-Card Deck