Lara Nieberding

The Purple Lara

Definition of shy…

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Who recommended: Lynne Waymon



What I am reading: Make Your Contacts Count (Networking Know-How For Business and Career Success) by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon


Where in the book: page 22



Why I am reading: Learning how to network. Cause believe me, I have no CLUE!



Which quote: “Philip Zimbardo, who founded the Clinic, found that shy people are less popular, find fewer friends, exhibit lower self-esteem, make less money, say their lives are boring, demonstrate fewer leadership skills, are more likely to be depressed, have less social support and are more likely to be lonely.”


How this quote adjusted my thinking:

Really?  I frequently tell people I am shy. This quote puts a whole new spin on things. I would not define or label myself with over half the characteristics listed here. According to this quote I am not shy. When it comes to networking, I feel so insecure. Perhaps it is not shyness I experience, rather timidness or that I am reserved. I am afraid to reach out for fear of “making a mistake.” I think “Make Your Contacts Count” will give me the tools I need to overcome my timidness. I am definitely not shy by this definition.

Written by The Purple Lara

March 19, 2008 at 12:40 PM

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