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  • Thank you note to Susan Cain, author of "Quiet. The power of introverts in a world that just can't stop talking."

    I love staring at the clouds, I experience a deep sense of happiness when drinking a coffee in the morning sun all alone on my terrace, I love reading, I have kept a diary since the age of 7, I’ve always hated going to crowded parties with loud music , flashing lights and loud people, I avoid receptions, I prefer working in the background, my MBTI profile starts with an I in a work environment full of E’s.....
    Yes, I’m an introvert. And all my life – well, for the past 32 years anyway – I’ve struggled with the feeling that this isn’t ‘normal’. That somehow just being me isn’t good enough. I worried about how I could change to fit in better and stop having this alien feeling – a sense of non-belonging in everyday life.

    I came across your book on a very important moment in my life. After working in a media company for 10 years I felt my energy and motivation level had reached a dramatic low. It was time to take a step back and put myself in the focus of my attention. I felt I had become my job. In my constant thrive to deliver the best possible results in a work environment driven by extreme stress, deadlines, and ego’s I had forgotten about my personal needs. Like I had become the kind of person I thought I had to be to be able to do my job.

    And then one day I just went home. Put my laptop away, cancelled my meetings and went home. My body and mind just refused to go on like this and the past months have all been about rediscovery. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions and thoughts, and a lot of the time I experienced a sense of failure – like 'I haven't got what it takes'. On my last visit to the bookstore I saw your book and felt I had to read this.

    It was a revelation. For the first time in my life I’m actually seeing what I have to offer instead of (only) seeing what my limitations are. It also helped me to see the past years of my professional life in a very different light. I’m glad I had the experience of working in an environment that didn’t support my natural preference for deep reflection and a longterm approach. I felt the adrenaline of catching the deadline, of writing statements and speeches under high pressure, of doing a presentation for the board, helped me to stretch beyond what I thought my limits were. But it’s time for a new chapter now, one in which for most of the time I feel good just being me. Thank you for helping me – and many other ‘I’s – to see that.
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