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Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.

Excerpt from “Quiet” | Chapter: “Wonderland”

“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story. Make a deal with yourself that you’ll attend a set number of social events in exchange for not feeling guilty when you beg off.”


The Yin and Yang of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

Post by Susan Cain.


Is Your ‘Quiet’ Child Available For a Quick Phone Call?

Image source: Shutterstock.comHi all - My team is gathering stories for/about introverted kids for a new project. Hoping to connect with kids (between the ages of ten and fifteen) and parents who would be willing to spend a few minutes on the phone sharing their experiences


Regina Dugan On the Importance of Quiet to the Creative Process

Regina Dugan, former Director of DARPA (and deliverer of one of my favorite TED talks), on the importance of quiet to the creative process:


Order an Autographed Copy of ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’

Happy Holidays, friends! I’d love to personalize and autograph a copy of QUIET for you or to give as a gift.


Paul Graham Explains Why Meetings Thwart the Flow of Creativity

Managers, take note!


‘Am I a Chameleon?’ | A Children’s Story About Shyness

Hi all — please check out this Kickstarter campaign by Kathryn Harper for a lovely children’s book about shyness. 

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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