On The Power of Introverts

October 6, 2014

I recently came across this Ted Talk on “The Power of Introverts” and was blown away by Susan Cain’s presentation. As both a communications professional and an borderline introvert, I found her talk to be inspirational. It also made me think of the opportunities here at Gould Academy that give everyone – introverts and extroverts alike – space for creativity. If you have 20 minutes to spare, it’s a video well worth your time.

A (cusp-y) introvert’s thoughts on Ms. Cain’s three calls for action:

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1) “Stopping the madness for constant group work” does not mean “stop collaborating.”

Think about it: some of the most creative minds out there (introverts like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, even Mark Zuckerberg) have all benefited from cafe-style, conversational work and play spaces that allowed them to come come together serendipitously and create. Does a space like this sound familiar? Hello, new Gould Academy IDEAS Center and student cafe!

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2) Go to the wilderness; be like Buddha.

One of my favorite experiences as a teenager was my Outward Bound solo. I was perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and given a tarp, a shoelace, rain gear, a sleeping bag, water, and bag of “food” which consisted of GORP (good ol’ raisins and peanuts), a hunk of cheese, and a bagel––and I was left alone for three days.

I slept, journaled, stayed in my little makeshift tent (because it also rained for those three days), and ate like a mouse. The experience taught me a lot about myself, specifically, how I fared with being alone and my ability to live off of so little. It also forced/inspired me to be creative (you try building a tent from a tarp and shoelace), and gave my self confidence an incredible boost. Here at Gould Academy, you might find similar inspiration during your eleventh grade Four Point or a trip with the Outing Club or even a day spent on the slopes at Sunday River.

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3) Occasionally expose yourself.
If you made it to the end of the video and this blog post–kudos!–then you’ll also understand the image below. If not, well…my third example will be a bit of a spoiler or just plain confusing or it may convince you to watch the video after all.

Until next week!

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