A while back I came across the Ted Talk by Susan Cain called the Power of Introverts.
After watching the clip, I was inspired to read Susan’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
As an Extroverted Introvert – career opportunities can be missed because we aren’t at all the social functions….
a tough game when so often it is ‘who you know not what you know’ that moves one forward in creative work life.
I can see now that being an extroverted introvert is another aspect of who I am (and a gift) and I hope the following introvert quotes can inspire you to own your introversion.
However, if you are more of an extrovert – maybe the following introvert quotes will help you to rethink quiet.
“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” ~ Jane Austen
“There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.” ~ Susan Cain
“Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” ~ Anaïs Nin
“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured… Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.” ~ Susan Cain
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” ~ Anne Lamott
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~ Lao Tzu
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens” ~ Carl Jung
“I went as an observer, not a participant, for I do not think that I ever spoke. I wanted to understand the issues under discussion, evaluate the arguments, see the calibre of the men involved.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.” ~ Rumi
“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” ~ Anne Frank
For those who have asked why I have done so many jobs in Arts and Entertaiment…
(Journalist, On-Air Interviewer, Researcher, Field Producer, Writer, Producer, Director, Editor, Script Supervisor, VFX Coordinator, VFX Producer… )
… here is why!
Written by Emilie Wapnick- Puttylike.com
The 7 Multipotentialite Super Powers
Multipotentialites are skilled in varying degrees depending on the passion.
The Value of Skill
The dominant story around career and calling tells us that skill is what’s valuable in the marketplace, and that we should therefore hone a skill (specialize), and then perform this skill over and over again in exchange for a paycheck.
Sure, this is an over-simplistic way of looking at employment, but there’s truth to it. It’s the model that came out of the industrial revolution, back when it made sense for each person to be a cog in the system and do one thing well because that’s how our industry flourished.
Are there Qualities more Valuable than Skill?
Skill is where the conversation usually ends. But I would argue that there are certain qualities more valuable than being “really good” at something.
Multipotentialites have a number of often underestimated superpowers that go beyond skill. These qualities are the reason that so many innovators throughout history happen to have been oriented toward multiple disciplines. They predispose us to innovation.
1. Contextual Thinking
Multipotentialites are able to see the broader implications of a problem, and can therefore make smarter, more informed decisions.
When I was in law school, I took a course on Intellectual Property. As someone who used to burn CDs of her latest songs and mail them to the Library of Congress when she was seventeen, I had a tangible understanding of what Copyright meant. Similarly, my experiences making films often had me bumping up against copyright law in different, often frustrating ways.
My background in the arts meant that I didn’t just see Copyright through the lens of law, but I was able to appreciate the affect that it had on different groups. Being able understand issues from many perspectives enhances empathy and understanding, and leads to more well thought out decisions.
2. Translating between Modes of Thought
A background of multidisciplinary exploration means that multipotentialites are able to “speak the language” of people in different fields. The ability to shift between modes of thought allows us to translate between groups, help them understand each other, and work with big teams.
I once couchsurfed with a guy who programs supercomputers for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. He literally told me that a specialist couldn’t do his job. As the project leader, he needs to be able to understand how the programmers, designers, businesses, and users all think, so that he can help them communicate with each other and bring the greater vision to life.
In her book, Refuse to Choose, Barbara Sher uses the example of the orchestra conductor. A conductor must know how to speak the language of the violinists, so that he can tell them which part of the bow to use during certain passages where he wants particular dynamics and intensity. At the same time, the conductor must know how to speak the language of the timpani players, which means thinking in terms of texture and rhythm. He needs to be able to zoom in to communicate with each individual part, and zoom back out to make sure that no voice overpowers the others, and that the instruments blend together nicely.
3. Wearing Many Hats
Multipotentialites know how to do many things well, which means that we rarely have to seek outside help (we may want to, but rarely do we have to). So while I may not have enough legal knowledge to be a lawyer, I do have enough skill for it to be a real asset in my business.
Our unique and varied skill-set can also make us indispensable to an organization. One summer I worked at an advertising agency in New York. I was initially hired as a web design intern, but once they realized what vast skills I had, they began giving me a range of tasks. I found myself working with the in-house lawyer to research city regulations related to billboards, editing video campaigns, and cutting together panoramic photos. I did all of this in addition to my web design work. I think they were pretty sad when I left. I would have been hard to replace.
4. Fast Skill Acquisition
Multipotentialites are so accustomed to diving into new disciplines and acquiring knowledge, that we become skilled at the process of learning. The more experience you have being a beginner, the faster “getting good” becomes.
The experience of tackling many subjects also means that we are less intimidated when facing new problems. We’ve got the confidence from years of picking things up to know that we can figure it out. Also, the truth is that multipotentialites rarely start from scratch. Most skills are transferable, and we often build off of past knowledge.
Multipotentialites are also fiercely passionate about their pursuits, almost to the point of obsession. This kind of passion fuels self-learning. It means that we devour information and can reach a high level of proficiency fast.
Being passionate doesn’t just lead to fast skill acquisition. The enthusiasm that multipotentialites have for their interests makes them excellent leaders that other people want to band around. Knowledge is important, but I would argue that enthusiasm is more valuable since it reaches people on an emotional level.
Multipotentialites are schemers. We love coming up with new ideas and bringing projects to life. When I was a kid, I was constantly inventing awesome projects. There were plays, gymnastic shows, a kids news program, fortune telling and origami in the park, punk bands, websites, short films, and clubs. This pattern has continued throughout my life. Often when I look around and feel displeased with the existing options, I create my own. Multipotentialites are constantly looking to invent better, more fun ways of doing things.
7. Idea Synthesis
Probably the coolest multipotentialite super power is the ability to combine disparate fields and create something entirely new at the intersection.
I would define innovation as: taking knowledge in one area and applying it to solve a problem in an entirely unrelated field. The intersections are where new ideas are born. New ideas don’t come from text books. With so many fields to draw from, multipotentialites have a lot of potential intersections to explore.
UK I will be a resident in the fall of 2019.
Raised in Canada but born to a British Birth Mother….no wonder I feel so at home in the UK.
Th internal need to be creative and collaborate with others does not just go away because things don’t happen for a person… creativity is a life long passion.
Producer/Writer/Director/Editor – in varying combinations of over – 30 – grant funded or pitched projects. Canada Council, BCFilm, CBC, BC Arts Council, National Film Board, Praxis, Sony Canada, Port Shorts, CBTV, JC Studio.
Sometimes it’s not you… it Timing and Place.
I believe this.
New Dual Citizenship UK /Canada!!
*ready for a fresh start/ UK
*script supervisor skills makes me an even more knowledgeable director
*editing skills makes me an even more knowledgeable director
*film producing and VFX producing skills makes me an even more knowledgeable director
1. A sense of purpose
2. Meaningful conversation
3. A deep understanding of themselves
4. Human contact, not social contact
5. Alone time
8. An orderly environment
9. An outlet for their insights
10. An outlet for their creativity
12. At least one person who ‘gets’ them
I am K2a maternal haplogroup – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Haplogroup K has an estimated age of about 12,000 years. In his popular book The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes named the originator of the K haplogroup Katrine.
Haplogroup K makes up a sizeable fraction of European and West Asian mtDNA lineages. It is now known it is actually a subclade of haplogroup U8b’K, and is believed to have first arisen in northeastern Italy.
Researching one’s family tree often brings great surprises and although I knew a few things about my Great Grandmother – Kate (Gooderham) Lyons – I didn’t know she was so very active in women’s groups all her life!
Way to lean in Great Grandmother Gooderham!
Founded the Edmonton Citizenship Council, President of the Local Council of Women and the Soroptimists Club, Member of the Women’s Canadian Club, the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the IODE, First Head of the Women’s Division of the National Employment Office 1942-1960.