Susan Horowitz Cain is an American writer, lecturer, and author of the 2012 non-fiction book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, and host of the Quiet: The Power of Introverts podcast.
When Dr. Vivek Murthy became U.S. Surgeon General in 2014, he went on a listening tour. What he heard surprised him. Americans were lonely, and it was killing them. In this deeply personal conversation with Next Big Idea Club curator Susan Cain (author of “Quiet”), Murthy makes the medical case for love and friendship.Support us by supporting our sponsors!The Great Courses Plus — To start your free month trial, sign up today at Greens — Visit for 20 free travel packs.The Next Big Idea Club — Visit and use the code FREE3 for a three-month pass.
Last season, we brought you ideas with the power to change the way you see the world. Now that the world’s been turned upside down, we thought it’d be a good time to invite back some of our favorite guests to give us some much needed perspective in this confusing time. We’re starting this special miniseries, “Rethinking Big Ideas,” with Susan Cain, the bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking." She tells us about the upside to solitude, why introspection has never been more important, and even gives us a few tantalizing clues about her new book.Check out the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s socially-distanced rendition of “Ode to Joy”: learn more about Susan's book, visit us by supporting our sponsors!The Next Big idea Club — Go to and use promo code FREE3 for three free months.
Self-confessed introvert Susan Cain delves deep into this complex personality trait, offering ideas for better offices, better schools and better relationships.
SUSAN CAIN is the author of Quiet: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, is in its seventh year on the New York Times best seller list, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Susan one of its Most Creative People in Business. Susan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 20 million times and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. You can join Susan’s newsletter at this link, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. In the interview, Susan and I discuss: Why Susan left a high-powered career as a Wall Street attorney to become a writer What advice she has for others who are contemplating a career transition How she decided to write a book about introversion Why all literary agents, except one, Susan approached turned down her book idea What Susan did after her editor told her that her book was terrible and advised her to start over from scratch   How Susan copes with the demands of publicity as an introvert How introverts can survive and thrive in networking events and conferences How to move beyond small talk to deeper conversation - Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only). Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play. As always, thanks for listening. 
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Mar 20th, 1968
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18 hours, 52 minutes
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