“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
Have you ever being embarrassed of your quietness or shyness? Have you ever being envious of more outspoken charismatic people?
In spite of zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas, often too much of a premium is put on presenting and not enough on substance and critical thinking. As Susan Cain points out, “Introversion – along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness – is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living in the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform…”.
However don’t despair if you are quiet and introverted by nature. Be yourself and share your ideas as powerfully as you can. You don’t need to be loud to spread your ideas – ideas can be shared quietly, in writing or blogging. The trick is in learning to be yourself, honouring your own style and personality and not allowing yourself to be swept up by the prevailing norms.
Remember: “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.”
(based on “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain)
“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”
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Zakariya Rashid Hassan al-Ashiri, also spelled Al Asheri and Aushayri, (1971– April 9, 2011), was a forty-year-old Bahraini blogger and journalist, worked as an editor and writer for a local blog news website in Al Dair, Bahrain. He was killed on April 9, 2011 while in custody of the Bahraini Government.