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I believe full heartily that I'm an ambivert or as I use to say before knowing the term ambivert, a hybrid of introvert/extrovert. I love groups of people and diversity but I'm able to recharge best when I'm alone.
About two years ago for the first time I read Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. To me Susan's book was a game-changer. For once in my life I didn't feel like I had to talk.
Finding out that some of the world's greatest minds and historic figures, such as Rosa Parks, were introverts is sort of a relief. I don't have to be an extrovert to contribute to society. I can be myself and it's okay to want to be alone.
Above my post you'll see a TED Talk video. Although I read Cain's book two years ago this video is the inspiration for this post and gave me motives to write.
These are my take aways from her presentation:
- I miss deep thoughts. I've been out of school for a year and I know I'm rusty with writing and critical thinking. I can't wait to continue my education and expand my knowledge with research and dynamic debates.
- I agree completely with Susan's ending statement, "...stop the madness of group work...", Like her I believe group work is periodically good but not for a project as a whole due to reasons such as groupthink. I experienced such during my Capstone project (a required project for my BAS in Supervision & Management.)
- Lastly she states, "...go to the wilderness...unplug..." I could write a book on the truth of that statement alone. For over seven years of my life I lived and breathed outdoor education with my first mentor and now late friend Carolyn Woods. I'm very proud of who I am today, including my imperfections, because of the priceless experiences and lessons I learned over those many years at the Nassau Outdoor Education Center. Countless of times I was in the wilderness and countless of times in the outdoors I had my own life revelations.