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:


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!

Susan Cain

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.


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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