Browsing: Creativity

How to Overcome the Fear of ‘Putting Yourself Out There’

In honor of Arianna Huffington’s marvelous book THRIVE, I want to write about a very specific aspect of well-being: freedom from fear of sharing one’s ideas.


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Should Office Culture Change To Accommodate Introverts?

 


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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:


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Paul Graham Explains Why Meetings Thwart the Flow of Creativity

Managers, take note!


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The Creative Process, Perfectly Explained

Perfect description of the creative process from @MarcusRomer:


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Why “no innovation happens with 10 people in a room.”

Paul English, co-founder of Kayak, on why “no innovation happens with 10 people in a room“: “We’re known for having very small meetings, usually three people. There’s a little clicker for counting people that hangs on the main conference room door. The reason it’s there is to send a message to people that I care […]


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Generate New Ideas with Jayne Riew’s Writer’s Tool: ‘The Meditation Box’

Jayne Riew is a lovely friend of mine, and also a brilliant artist. She makes conceptual books and boxes — intimate spaces that explore intense emotional states difficult to express in words alone. Here is a piece that she made for me — and for all the readers of QUIET! It’s called “Be Still.” Here’s […]


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Resources to Help Extroverts and Introverts Understand Each Other

Recently I received a letter from a reader named “Lily” who describes herself as extremely quiet and shy.  Lily is part of a women’s group called the “Super Women Sisterhood” which is comprised of eight very boisterous, extroverted women.  When Lily attends the meetings she feels invisible and overwhelmed, and she worries that the women […]


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Really Funny Video on the New Groupthink

If you liked my (#1 most e-mailed!) New York Times article on the Rise of the New Groupthink, watch the really funny, one-minute version here. *And don’t forget, if you live near NYC: please join me to mark the launch of my book, “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” […]


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The Rise of the New Groupthink

  I just published a new New York Times piece on the “Rise of  the New Groupthink” (currently the #1 most emailed article!) — arguing that collaboration is in, but is not always conducive to creativity. What do you think? Please discuss here! (The accompanying artwork was done by Andy Rementer at the Times, and […]


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To Find Work You Love, Ask Yourself These Four Questions

In my book research, I noticed that introverts often spend so much of their lives conforming to extroverted norms that by the time they choose a career, it feels perfectly normal to ignore their own preferences. So here are four questions to help you find work you love: 1. What or whom do you envy? […]


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Three Steps to a Rich Inner Life — at Work

Would you like to read a business book that focuses on the inner life? Then take a look at THE PROGRESS PRINCIPLE: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, by Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile, who is herself an introvert, and known for her pathbreaking work on creativity. Amabile and […]


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Words to Live By — Courtesy of Lady Gaga

“When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year old girl. Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.’” (This quote was passed on by the incomparable Debbie Stier, of The Perfect Score Project.)


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“Do Not the Most Moving Moments of Our Lives Find Us Without Words?”

So asked Marcel Marceau. The following story of his life was sent to me via e-mail: “He was born Marcel Mangel on March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, Alsace. His father Charles, was a kosher butcher who loved the arts. Marcel’s mother Anne nee Werzberger, took him to a Chaplin movie when her son was five. He was entranced. […]


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Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders

We are in love with the word “Eureka,” and for good reason.  Creativity is magic: the ability to create something out of nothing, to make connections that others don’t see. Everyone wants to work for, or invest in, the world’s most creative companies. Especially today. CEOs rank creativity as the most important leadership skill for successful […]


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Why I Love Engineers (Courtesy of Marc Andreesen, Founder of Netscape)

“[E]ngineers not only don’t care about…surface appearance, but they view attempts to be fake on the surface as fundamentally dishonest.”


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Seven Ideas on How to Overcome Fear and Become More Creative

When I was researching my upcoming book, QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, I met a scientist performing groundbreaking work on the neurobiology of social anxiety. An articulate and seemingly confident man, he confided that his interest in the subject came from his own struggles with shyness. When I asked […]


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How Creative Are You, Compared to When You Were a Child?

How creative are you now, compared to when you were a child? A) More creative B) About as creative C) Less creative For most people, the answer is (sadly) C. Children are famously more creative than grown-ups, more engaged in the world of imagination and in making connections where none existed before. But what if […]


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The Importance of Being in Your Own Head (Courtesy of Filmmaker Tim Burton)

“I don’t sit down and try to draw a character. I attempt to reserve some time each day for myself to sit and do nothing—stare off into space or doodle or whatever–just be in my own head. That time is very precious for me, and sometimes the characters will strike me in these quiet moments.” […]


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Where You Stumble Is Where Your Treasure Lies

When you look back at your life to date, do you tend to assemble the events, and your reactions to them, into a cohesive narrative? Is it a cheerful tale, or a wistful one, or are you living an adventure story with hairpin plot twists and an unguessable ending?


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Inspiration, Leadership, and the Souls of Others

“He who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson What do you think of this idea? I disagree with the notion that we should avoid traveling with the souls of […]


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QUIZ: Discover Your Signature Strengths

Do you wake up in the morning excited to start your day – or do you feel dread, avoidance, apathy? We tend to think of these reactions as fixed personality styles, but that’s wrong.  The emotions you experience as you get out of bed are often a function of whether you spend your days using […]


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7 Tips for Busting Through Fear and Being More Creative

When I was researching my upcoming book, QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, I met a scientist performing groundbreaking work on the neurobiology of social anxiety. An articulate and seemingly confident man, he confided that his interest in the subject came from his own struggles with shyness. When I […]


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“The People Who Are Crazy Enough to Think They Can Change the World, Are the Ones Who Do.”

This is probably the first and last time you’ll find me quoting an advertisement as inspiration.  But I love this 1997 ad from Apple. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they […]


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“A Different Kind of Celebrity”: Why TED is The Single Greatest Thing on the Internet Today

I think that TED is the single greatest thing available on the Internet today. For those of you not familiar with TED, this post is about to change your life. TED is a small and wildly popular nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It gathers thinkers and visionaries from every field — anyone who’s passionate […]


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How to Be Creative (Courtesy of Albert Einstein)

Albert Einstein:  “I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork; for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding.” I understand precious little of Einstein’s theory of relativity, but I’ve learned a lot […]


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Why Our Leaders Aren’t More Creative (and What to Do About It)

We are in love with the word “Eureka,” and for good reason.  Creativity is magic: the ability to create something out of nothing, to make connections that others don’t see. Everyone wants to be more creative.  Everyone wants to work for, or invest in, the world’s most creative companies. Especially today. CEOs rank creativity as […]


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Introverted Leaders: Three Reasons Larry Page Will Succeed as Google CEO (As Long As He Avoids One Fatal Misstep)

Last week, Google announced that current Google CEO Eric Schmidt will step down, while co-founder Larry Page – who is often described as shy, private, and reserved – will take his place.  Page’s mission: to make the company nimbler, more innovative, and more appealing to creative engineers with breakthrough ideas. Some have questioned whether the […]


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What Amy Chua (and David Brooks) Didn’t Tell You: The Real Reason “Chinese Mothers are Superior”

While researching my book, I met Tiffany Liao, a soft-spoken Taiwanese-American high school senior from Silicon Valley.  She’d been a shy and quiet child, she told me.  When she accompanied her parents to their friends’ houses, she always brought a book. The grown-ups praised her.  She’s so studious, they marveled. It’s hard to imagine Caucasian-American […]


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Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

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Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012
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Manifesto

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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