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Quiet Lessons for the Introvert’s Soul by Gabriela Casineanu asks if you regard yourself as shy and reserved, and believe this is a personality flaw? Do you feel that being labelled an introvert means you must follow and not lead? In a world of fierce competition and the belief that you have to be an extrovert to succeed in life, do introverts have a positive contribution to make? In a series of 12 personal and enlightening interviews with successful introverts from around the world, that myth is about to be completely dispelled. Discover how each individual was able to overcome personal obstacles by drawing on their unique belief systems and challenging their limiting thought patterns. From entrepreneurs and teachers to public speakers and authors, they have all succeeded because of the core beliefs that introverts possess. At the end of each interview, Casineanu reveals the strengths that enabled them to make a huge impact in the world and help those around them.
As a person with extrovert personality traits, I was interested to discover what I could learn, if anything, from the mindset of an introverted person. To say this book changed my negative perspective of introverts being unsociable characters is an understatement. The author's gentle questioning technique really gave her interviewees an opportunity to reflect on how their quiet character is not only a strength, but has enabled them to make an impact on the people they come in contact with. One aspect of the book that resonated with me was the characteristic traits of an introvert such as perseverance, self-reflection, empathy, modesty and being open to self-development made them more in tune with their authentic self. There are many insightful moments throughout this book, and the lessons learned will not only empower the quiet and reserved in society, but also be a reminder to the extroverts that they can learn a great deal about living an authentic life by following their example. One quotation from the book that I will take with me is that introverts ‘make great leaders because they inspire people with their vision and not indoctrination’. A must for any school library to ensure children appreciate there is a place for every personality type in society.