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Great Read – “Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

Happy Friday everyone!

I love Fridays. Most of the staff is out of the office and I have a chance to get a lot of work done without the interruptions of office life. One of the things I try to do towards the end of my Friday is think of one encouraging thing that I can share with someone over the weekend. This week I thought I would share about a book that I found encouraging. In the hopes that you too will read it.

With the announcement of the speaker line up for the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit, I went out and bought almost half of the speaker’s books because I am an big time reader, I just love to read. So I have read 14 different books from this year’s speakers in the last 5 months or so and one of my favorites was Susan Cain’s “Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” This book is phenomenal, it was such an encouraging and refreshing read for me personally. I think that it would be a good read for anyone, and it’s not just for introverts, I would say that anyone can benefit and learn from reading this book.

I would also suggest watching Susan Cain’s TEDtalk that she gave on the subject. If you are not a big reader at least listen to the talk, it’s amazing and worth the time. I believe it was reported as the Most Viewed TEDtalk from 2012.

One of my favorite things that Cain says in the book is “don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.” I think that as a society we have a misconception as to what introversion is and we try to cure it, which you simply can’t do. Cain covers society’s misconception in both schools and the work place, briefly in her TEDtalk.

Another thing that I liked that Cain included in her book was her “Manifesto For Introverts” which I have included below.

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I hope you will take the time to read the book, you won’t regret it. To learn more about Susan Cain and the book, visit her website.

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Michael

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It’s election day in Kansas, and to me it’s like Christmas morning

Hi all,

I just wanted to take a moment and remind everyone to get out and vote today! Today is election day in Kansas and I am so excited! I love election day it is one of my favorite days, it’s like Christmas morning! Which is why just like on Christmas I woke up extra early this morning and went to claim my gift, the right to vote! Election day reminds us that we live in one of the greatest nations on Earth, where the people have a say in what happens in government. But that only happens when “We the people” decide to vote. And today I want to encourage everyone to get out and vote. If you need to find information about your polling place for today primary click here.

Also even if you forgot to register to vote in time to participate in the primary election, it’s not to late for you to participate in the general election. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is in October and can be found of the Kansas Secretary of State’s website. For more information about registering to vote in Kansas please click here.

Every vote counts, so let your voice be heard!

~Michael

 

Our words have power

“When we hear the voice of God or heed Jesus’s invitation to follow him, it leads us out of captivity into freedom. When we hear God’s voice, we finally find our voice. When we find our voice, we discover we finally have something to say, and that when we speak, our words have power. We bring voice to the hopes that have long been lost to a world trapped in a noisy silence.” ~Erwin McManus, The Artisan Soul

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