Introverts

Ok. I’m back to blogging again. Brief, but regular posts. That’s the aim. Let’s see how it goes. The idea is to keep a regular writing habit going. And curate a little. Nothing about the law though. I’m saving my writing on law related issues for the newspapers and the magazines (I’ll put up links to them though, as and when I write and publish).

I’ve been reading a lot on introverts lately. I have no doubts that I am one myself. I find the quietest corner of any room, and am never really comfortable engaging in conversations with large groups of people. Of course, being a lawyer means that I have to constantly communicate and interact with tons of people. I don’t think the two are incompatible though. I’ve noticed that some of our most brilliant lawyers in courts today are introverts. The trick is to play to your strengths, and introverts are especially good at some things: preparation, focused conversations, writing, analysis, research.

If you think you’re an introvert, and feel that it’s holding you back, then I suggest that you pick up a copy of Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts” by Susan Cain. It’s a really fascinating study, by an introvert, of how introverts can thrive in our extroverted, sales and consumption obsessed, post-industrial revolution world. You can get the e-book here.

Susan Cain

Or you can watch her absolutely brilliant TED talk at:

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