When I sat down with Quiet, I expected great things. I had heard a few reviews, and looked forward to reading it. Quiet was everything that it was promised to be. Susan Cain created an incredible book that really helped me to better understand a facet of myself. For the longest time, every Myers Briggs Personality test I would take showed me as a very strong introvert and I knew that was where I got my comfort zone from. As I went through college and started in the working world, things started to change. In an effort to be accepted, I forced myself to start being more extroverted, or as I called myself, an extroverted introvert, or as Susan Cain calls it, an Omnivert.
Quiet is a book that shows it’s okay to be an introvert, it is okay to do be who you are comfortable being. It teaches how introverts and extroverts can relate. In short, Quiet is a Clarion call for understanding the unique strengths that being an introvert and being an extrovert can bring. It goes over the history and how the US has been focused on the ‘Salesperson’ mentality, and why that was important.
In short, Quiet should be read by individuals of all backgrounds, but especially for those who are in a position of leadership or who identify as being an introvert. All too often we fail to reach our potential because we are too afraid, or we see a ‘glass ceiling’ of sorts. It is okay to be quiet, it is okay to be shy, and those characteristics can bring a great strength.
I am happy to give this book 5/5 stars for quality of information. This did not read like one of the normal ‘dull’ self-help/understanding books, instead it was gripping, innovative. I have already recommended this to my family and friends, and will certainly recommend it to more.
I received this book for free as part of a Blogging for Books program operated by WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.