Browsing: Courage and Anxiety

How To Achieve Inner Peace (Courtesy of Pema Chodron)

Here’s a really interesting idea from Buddhist nun Pema Chodron: You can train yourself to cope with adversity by working with small grievances. When you get stuck with the middle seat on the airplane, for example, it’s so tempting to devolve into a blue funk of frustration. It feels good to feel aggrieved. Chodron calls […]


Five Ways To Beat Performance Anxiety

This post is in honor of my friend Daphna Stern, who will be singing at a benefit this weekend. Daphna is kind and radiant, and she has a naturally regal bearing and gorgeous voice. And yet, and yet, she’s shy, especially at the microphone. She asked me for tips on beating performance anxiety. My first […]


Public Speaking for Introverts (Courtesy of Robert F. Kennedy)

“Be yourself. Don’t feel you need to mimic the testosterone level of a motivational speaker. You will look and feel fake. Robert Kennedy never tried to copy Martin Luther King’s rhetorical skills. RFK was soft-spoken. He owned that. And as a result, was every bit as affecting as King.” This quote comes from a terrific Harvard […]


The First Female U.S. Army General to Lead Troops in Combat is an Introvert — Why Am I Not Surprised?

Charles Darwin once wrote: “A shy man no doubt dreads the notice of strangers, but can hardly be said to be afraid of them. He may be as bold as a hero in battle, and yet have no self-confidence about trifles in the presence of strangers.” Darwin might have been talking about Brigadier General Heidi […]


Introverts as Revolutionaries?

“SHY U.S. INTELLECTUAL CREATED PLAYBOOK USED IN A REVOLUTION.” This sounds like a headline that I might have dreamed up, but it comes from a recent New York Times article on Gene Sharp, an “exceedingly shy” 83 year old man who grows orchids, eschews the Internet, and writes influential papers like “From Dictatorship to Democracy,” […]


The Best Public Speaking Advice I’ve Ever Gotten…

…comes from T.J. Walker, a media trainer and speaking coach. He says that you should always practice your talk on videotape before you give your speech. It’s not enough to memorize it out loud, not enough to recite it in front of a mirror. You should do an honest-to-god dress rehearsal, to see if your […]


The “Last Blog Post”: Decision-Making for Cerebral People

NO, THIS IS NOT MY LAST BLOG POST! I’m only just getting started! A few days ago, a group of bloggers decided to write their “last post.” The premise was, if you had one last blog post to make before you died, what would you say? The inspiration for this project was The Last Lecture, […]

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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