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How I Quit My Job & Became a Writer

Here are five counter-intuitive pieces of advice, drawn from my own experience.


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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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7 Ways to Use the Power of Powerless Communication

Have you ever noticed that some people avoid using question marks in their emails? They will say: “Can you call me to discuss.” Or: “When should we meet for dinner.” I think they’re trying to signal power, but these linguistic bids for dominance never fill me with respect. They just get my back up. Some […]


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Julien Smith’s ‘Breather’ Supplies Quiet Rooms In Noisy Cities

Hi friends, I want to introduce you to a friend of mine, Julien Smith, who (a) wrote a famous and fantastic blogpost called The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck (a must-read if, like Julien, you suffer from “caring far too much about offending people, worrying if [you're] cool enough for them, or asking [yourself] if […]


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To Sell is Human

You probably wouldn’t expect me to kick off 2013 by recommending a book about sales, but I’ve found that pretty much everything bestselling author Dan Pink writes is funny and fascinating. So too his just-released book, TO SELL IS HUMAN: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. This is not a book about sleazy car-dealer sales […]


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23 Signs You’re Emotionally Intelligent & Destined for Success

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Soft skills — what are they, anyway? And which ones are essential to a successful career? Dan Schawbel has the answer in his new book, Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success.


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How to Level the Playing Field for Introverts and Extroverts

Hi everyone, here’s a guest post from the insightful Ben Dattner, of Dattner Consulting, and author of The Blame Game, on how organizations can harness the strengths of their introverted employees. Do you have other ideas to add? Would love to hear them. In the meantime, here’s Ben: “The fantastic success of Susan Cain’s Quiet […]


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Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Wow!
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
by Goodreads.com

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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