An introvert’s holiday

Hello~~~~ I’m out on a trip again-~~

‘cept that this is a short trip and to assist ppl

I think one of the things I enjoy most being on overseas trip is being able to stay in the hotel room and watch tv. Not exactly about their  local program’s, but rather more about the English movies I can find. 😀 it’s like watching movie at the movie theatre, but more luxurious than that. I get the whole hotel room to myself and I can buy whatever snacks and fruits I want at the local convenience shop. Pillows, and bed sheet, temperature to my preference volume control and all that jazz.

But I think more than that, it’s really about the whole relaxed feel that opens room for reflection and really opportunities to think. Such creativity and to certain extend deep thoughts, are reflection, is at it’s best when one is relaxed, perhaps at peace and able to generate more a complex and meaningful thoughts and connections.
Had one from the movie Last Song while I was out in Bangkok with friends.

Okay, that’s two whole paragraph and I have yet to get into the point of this entry. 😀 i would think theres two parts to this entry, one is on the movie and the other is on being an introvert.

Let’s do the introvert one first since its a little shorter. (okay, after inserting all the extracts from the video, its not that short afterall. 😀 )

Introvert…

I came on this trip with a colleague, have a common purpose, not so much about leisure and travel.
So he has his plans, and I can’t really be bothered about making prior arrangement.
Both bcos I don’t really have friends here and I’m not really a shopping person,
I’m more keen on staying in the hotel room and you know, sleep, slack and watch tv (as describe above).

So comparing between my colleague and me, I’m effectively an introvert.  Cos he’s running around meeting people for business, meeting associates and networking, while me? I do my work from the hotel room and spend more time in the hotel room, way more than supposedly a person who’s on holiday would.

While there is nothing wrong with being an introvert, an introvert generally don’t get as much attention or is often more neglected and un-noticed compared to extrovert.

But the truth is, there’s a lot of great stuff that comes out from an introvert.
Or people that appreciates extended period of quiet time alone to think or to work. To plan, visualise and conceptualise.

View this video from Ted a couple of weeks ago. Very appropriate.

Susan Cain – The Power of Introvert

Extracts from the video:

– A third to half the population are introverts
– Creativity and leadership, we need introverts to do what they do best
– Introversion is different from shy
– Shyness is a about being fear of social judgement
– Introversion is more about how you respond to stimulation including social stimulation
– Extrovert craves social stimulation
– Introvert feels they are more alive during quieter and low key environment
– Introverts get better great and are more knowledgable
– Introverted leaders often deliver better outcomes than extroverted leaders do because when they are managing pro-active employees they are much more likely to let those employees run with their ideas. Wheres an extrovert can quite unwittingly get so excited about things that they are putting their own stamp on things and other people’s ideas might not be as easily bubble up to the surface.
– Some of our transformative leaders in history have been introverts: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi. All these people describe themselves as Quiet, Soft-spoken and even shy.
– No such thing as a pure introvert or a pure extrovert
– Such a man will be a lunatic at a asylum if he existed at all.
– And some people fall smack right in the middle of the introvert and extrovert spectrum. We call these people ambivert.
– A balance of both sides is especially important when it comes to creativity and productivity because when psychologist look at the lives of most creative people, what they find are people who are very good at exchanging ideas and advancing ideas but who also have a very serious streak of introversion in them and this is because solitude is a crucial ingredient to creativity.
– Darwin took long walks in the woods and in-fact turn down dinner party invitation.
– Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss dream up many of his amazing creation in his lonely bell tower in his office that he has at the back of his house. He was actually afraid to meet the young children that read his books for fear that they were expecting him to be the kind of jolly Santa Claus like figure and would be disappointed with his more reserved persona
– Steve Wozniak invented his first apple computer sitting alone in his cubicle in Hewlett Packard. He said that he never would have become such an expert in the first place had he not been too introverted to leave the house when he was growing up.
– It doesn’t mean we should all stop collaborating. It does mean that solitude matters and for some people, its the air that they breathe.
– Seekers such as Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, seekers who were going off by themselves, alone to the wilderness who then have profound epiphany and revelation who then bring back to the rest of the community.
– Because man-of-action has always been favored over man-of-contemplation.
– Because of culture inheritance.
– The more freedom we give to introverts, the more likely they are to come up with unique solutions to problems.

 

Not that I’m saying I’m anyone great or whatever, but I do think that I’ve about sufficient thoughts that came out during the times I’m alone, away from the crowd.

I could recall the times when there was a Marche at Suntec and I would steal time to go there for table for 1 and pen down my thoughts and enjoy quiet time.

🙂 so don’t be upset should your kids or your friend wants some quiet time alone. They may really be cooking up a storm in their thought processes. 🙂

 

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

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