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If we want nice things, we should give introverts what they need.

Are you an introvert? Do you know an introvert? Do you like nice things? This might interest you! Why? "Because when it comes to creativity and to leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best."

What do these famous, game-changing people have in common?

Eleanor Roosevelt

Rosa Parks


Ghandi

They were all introverts!

Yep, some well-known people who put themselves out there in the public eye to make the world a better place weren't exactly into being the center of attention.

OK, but what about more "current" people?

I'm glad you asked! The world is full of lots of super-successful, well-known introverts — like J.K. Rowling and Bill Gates.

Why are we talking about this?

It's estimated that one-third to one-half of the population is introverted. And although we sometimes think of introverts as people who keep to themselves, they can make excellent leaders.

But just because someone puts themselves out there, it doesn't mean they're not feeling like this:

We totally need to foster the talents of introverts.

Extroverts are fantastic and contribute a lot to society. Nobody's denying their talent and power. But introverts — although creative and productive and also full of the awesome — don't thrive under the same circumstances.

Wouldn't it be great if everyone felt like this?

Well, a lot of environments just aren't set up in a way that fosters the talents of introverts. And that means some aren't doing the great things they could be doing. According to one great introvert (see below), we all miss out when that happens.

Watch Susan Cain talk about the power of introverts.

She explains it so well, and introversion is something a lot of us (*raising my hand but hoping nobody looks at me*) can relate to. What if both personality types were set up for success?

Makes sense, right? I sure can relate. How about you? Introverts unite ... separately.

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FIRST students learn real-world career skills through robotics competitions.

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In today’s rapidly changing world, most parents are concerned about what the future looks like for their children. Whether concerning technology, culture, or values, young people today are expected to navigate—and attempt to thrive in—a society that’s far more complicated than that of their parents. It’s one of the reasons why parents are keen to involve their kids in activities that will help them become more resilient, well-rounded and better prepared for life when they enter adulthood.

One such activity is FIRST®, a volunteer-based global robotics community that helps young people discover a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through exciting, multifaceted challenges. FIRST helps kids ages 4 to 18 to build confidence, resilience, cooperation and empathy as they compete and collaborate with one another.

You may have seen the transformative power of FIRST programs featured in the new 2022 Disney+ documentary “More Than Robots.”

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There are some people who live under the illusion that everything they say is deeply interesting and have no problem wasting your time by rambling on and on without a sign of stopping. They’re the relative, neighbor or co-worker who can’t take a hint that the conversation is over.

Of all these people, the co-worker who can’t stop talking may be the most challenging because you see them every day in a professional setting that requires politeness.

There are many reasons that some people talk excessively. Therapist F. Diane Barth writes in Psychology Today that some people talk excessively because they don’t have the ability to process complex auditory signals, so they ramble on without recognizing the subtle cues others are sending.

It may also be a case of someone who thinks they’re the most interesting person in the conversation.

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Pet hotels have come a long way from the gloomy dog kennels that were once the norm. But apparently there's still no substitute for the comfort of home. In a delightful and downright impressive story from Inside Edition, Jeremy and Sarah Henson had their five-day Las Vegas vacation disrupted last February when they got an alert that their Ring doorbell had been pressed. Who was at their door? It was none other than their dog Dexter who they had recently boarded at a local pet hotel.

The Lenexa, Kansas couple must have been completely shocked that the dog escaped the pet hotel, made his way home and knew how to ring the doorbell. “We were both like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Dexter!’” Jeremy told Inside Edition. “Obviously, he didn’t understand the fact that we were gone, he just thought that we were home. And he takes his job protecting us very seriously."

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