April 2, 2015

thursday’s thought

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In life, and in business, being outspoken is usually considered an advantage whereas the observers, the quiet thinkers or the introverts are coached to take on the qualities of their more fiery counterparts.

To me, that’s just as absurd as saying yang is better than yin. Neither can exist on their own, but instead need to work together to create and maintain balance.

I’m not an extrovert and for most of my life fought hard against it, thinking how I might be more successful if only my personality was predominately ‘yang’.

In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.
– criss jami

It wasn’t until someone told me that the best professional mentor they ever had was a woman who, although very quiet, commanded attention when she spoke that I realized it was pointless to fight against ‘what will be will be’.

My silent, calm nature doesn’t have to be my disadvantage, my weakness, but can instead be my mark of strength.

 

  • Tara

    Excellent post, Sonja 🙂 I can totally relate to this. I used to be so hard on myself for being ‘introverted’, but, just like you, I’ve learned to see it as a mark of strength. Have you read the book ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain?

    • I love Susan Cain! She has so many great points to make about the power of introverts 🙂 Happy Easter weekend Tara! xoxo

  • I have always debated whether I am extrovert or introvert. On one hand, I am social and friendly to others and many have said that I seem confident. On the other, I often prefer to be alone in quiet contemplation rather than in a loud crowd.

    • I think all of us have both energies inside of us, but one will always the ruling force (and that’s not a bad thing!). At least one-third of the population is introverted and don’t they say there’s power in numbers? 😉

      You sound just like me (I love my quiet times where I can bury my nose in a book!) so I would say you have more yin energy….and that my darling needs to be properly celebrated 🙂 xx

  • Alicia

    Amazingly well put, and AMAZINGLY stunning photo!