Browsing: Creativity

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 […]


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 […]


“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 […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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