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A TED Talk By Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

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Susan Cain, the author of the excellent Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, at TED 2012 – a fascinating and necessary manifesto for the importance of solitude in innovation and creativity.

Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

~ Susan Cain

Written by MattAndJojang

September 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

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  1. A wonderful talk, and exactly on point. One of the best things about my work is that I have silence, solitude and time to think. I learned early on that if I listen to the radio consistently, my writing becomes far more difficult, because I’ve lost that “pondering time”. It’s not that I’m out there sanding and outlining – but “thinking” includes meditating, dreaming, day-dreaming and such as well as “cogitating”.

    It’s so interesting that iHeart radio has a new commercial out here, now. It promises that their programming will “kill the quiet” for us. Not so good, in my opinion!


    September 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

  2. You’re in good company, Linda. I read somewhere that Einstein had the habit of staring for long hours at his office wall in Princeton, just thinking.

    Generally, most of the great ideas and innovations in any field of endeavor (Literature, Science, Technology, etc.) came out of solitude. It is just sad that the value of solitude has been devalued in our time.(The commercial of iHeart readio drives this point very clearly). We need time to be with ourselves as much as we need time to be with others to come up with great and innovative ideas.

    ~ Matt


    September 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

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