"You may be so busy trying to appear like a zestful, reward-sensitive extrovert that you undervalue your own talents, or feel underestimated by those around you. But when your're focused on a project that you care about, you probably find that your energy is boundless....So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don't let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don't force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multitasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way. It's up to you to use that independence to good effect." Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


"Why is a relaxed state of mind so important for creative insights? When our minds are at ease—when those alpha waves are rippling through the brain—we're more likely to direct the spotlight of attention inward, towards that stream of remote associations emanating from the right hemisphere."

Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works