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Introversion Expert Susan Cain at TED 2012

TED: Ideas Worth SpreadingTED 2012 is here! Actually it looks like the final sessions will be wrapping up this evening, but the videos are just starting to be released.  For those who have never heard about TED, it is a “genius conference” where luminaries from the fields of technology, entertainment, and design discuss their groundbreaking achievements and ideas.  The tag-line of TED is “ideas worth spreading” and the 18 minute “TED Talks” are released free to the world.

I’m looking forward to hearing the talks from a number of speakers.  Neuroscientist Steven Pinker was on the slate this year.  Reggie Watts performed some of his unique brand of live music, can’t wait to hear what he came up with.  Also, psychologist Jonathan Haidt spoke about some of the themes in his new book about divisions of morality in politics and religion.  I await all of these talks with bated breath, but today they released a video from one of the speakers that I am most interested in, Susan Cain.  A few months ago Susan wrote a great article in the New York Times that I commented on earlier and she recently published an outstanding book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  Without any further ado, here is Susan Cain at TED:

Mike Rowe: “How Did I Get Here?”

An oldie but a goodie.  Here is a thought-provoking TED Talk by Mike Rowe.  Mike recounts the “Dirty Jobs” episode where he was reminded of the Aristotelian definition of a tragedy: anagnorisis  (the transition from ignorance to knowledge) and peripeteia (the moment where the tragic hero comes face to face with his true self).

Some paraphrases that stick in my head after seeing this video again:

“Follow your passion?  Or step back, look to see where everyone is going, and go the other way?”

“Innovation without imitation is a complete waste of time.”

“Clean and dirty aren’t opposites, they’re two sides of the same coin.  Just like innovation and imitation, like risk and responsibility, like anagnorisis and peripeteia.”

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