Do you have the quiet power?

Thinking Man by Rodin

I have always thought of him as a smoldering young man, the more enduring version of the angry young man who Amitabh Bachchan brought to life on screen. He never wasted a smile.

We were both struggling journalists when we first met, years ago. Yesterday, we spend a couple of hours chatting, the old-fashioned face-to-face way. This is not about him but about a book he recommended. Then again, this is also about him and me and, possibly, you.

Is it possible that “texting is popular because in an overly extroverted society, everyone craves asynchronous, non-F2F communication”?

Do you believe that everyone can shine, given the right lighting? “For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight, for others, a lamplit desk.”

What would you treasure more when you are at a networking event—“one genuine new relationship” or “a fistful of business cards”?

Meet Susan Cain. These are her thoughts.

She “practiced corporate law for seven years, representing clients like JP Morgan and General Electric, and then worked as a negotiations consultant, training all kinds of people, from hedge fund managers to TV producers to college students negotiating their first salaries.” Sounds like a “pound-the-table” kind who can hijack any meeting or party?

She would rather be with books. She urges you to speak softly and has just published “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”.

Read her manifesto.

Back to my friend, who told me about the book. He still smolders. But he is also an accomplished journalist, a prolific reader and writer.  In his world, there is sunshine anyday and great joy in being a Sunday farmer.

“In a gentle way,” Gandhi said, “you can shake the world.” In his gentle way, my friend has shaped a world he loves.

Do you believe in the power of the introvert? Do you have it?

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