The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You
by Holley Gerth
As a school-aged child, there was always one note guaranteed to show up on my school report card — “Liz needs to speak up more in class.”
The fact that I’d lose participation points for being quiet used to drive me nuts. I didn’t see the outspoken kids being docked grades for being too loud. Couldn’t they see that I was participating in class in my own way? I was helping other students one on one during lunch. I was listening attentively and getting straight A’s in all my written assignments. If you asked me to do something, I would do it. And if you gave me advance notice, I’d be fully prepared to present in front of the class.
It was just the spur of the moment, classroom discussion that felt overwhelming to me.Read more