It’s difficult to be an introvert in today’s social media-driven, gregarious society. In today’s TED Tuesday talk, Susan Cain makes the case for appreciating the amazing potential within introverts. In this thought-provoking and passionate talk from TED 2012, Cain discusses the differences between introverts and extroverts, and the ways schools and workplaces are structured to stimulate and value extroverts over introverts. Cain left her career as a corporate lawyer to become an author and start what she calls the Quiet Revolution, hoping to inspire introverts around the world to empower themselves. This talk succeeds in motivating people to, as Cain puts it, “have the courage to speak softly.”

Recommended Reading:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain (Broadway Books, 2013)

quiet-book-coverCain’s first book is about introverts and the need for society to value them. Quiet inspired many readers to send letters to Cain, describing their experiences as introverts. This, in turn, inspired the “Quiet Revolution” she hopes will continue to inspire people to be their true selves.