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Susan Cain

Turn Sadness Into A Superpower & Find Wholeness In Your Life


Our relationship with sadness is a complicated one. It’s natural for us as humans to avoid situations, people, and experiences that we feel might put us in a position of feeling sad or disappointed. And yet, I also think it’s so important to not only accept, but embrace ALL the emotions we go through in life.

As tough as it might feel at the time, pain and sorrow are great indicators that show us what we truly care about. They also let us know the things we might need to heal from or let go of that we’ve been avoiding. This is why I’m pumped to have the opportunity to speak with our guest today. 

Her name is Susan Cain, and she’s an absolute expert on this topic and so many others when it comes to the human experience. We cover a lot of ground during our conversation, including how to harness the power of sadness, how to use our vulnerability to create deeper connections, the process of feeling more whole, and so much more! Please help me welcome the one-and-only, Susan Cain, to The School of Greatness.

“Humans have pain, that’s part of what it is to be human." @susancain  

SUSAN CAIN is the #1 bestselling author of Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which spent eight years on The New York Times best seller list, and has been translated into 40 languages. Susan’s TED talks have been viewed over 40 million times. LinkedIn named her the Top 6th Influencer in the World, just behind Richard Branson and Melinda French Gates. Susan partners with Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant and Dan Pink to curate the Next Big Idea Book Club. They donate all their proceeds to children’s literacy programs. Visit Susan at

If you’re ready to learn how to embrace all the emotions we experience as human beings, what the hero’s journey really looks like, how to leverage your sadness to your advantage, and more, then this episode is for you! And now, let’s jump right into Episode 1,287 of The School of Greatness.

“Joy and sorrow are forever paired in this world." @susancain  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How can someone feel whole with so much pain in their life?
  • How does someone get to a place of knowing they are whole, when all they feel is sadness and darkness?
  • What is the hardest emotion to overcome?
  • How long does it take for people to feel whole?
  • Why do we categorize people into born winners & losers?
  • Why are people afraid of being vulnerable?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to embrace all of the emotions we have. 
  • How to resurrect the power of sadness. 
  • Why your vulnerability will build deeper connections. 
  • Why you should feel entitled in order to be who you are. 
  • The process to start feeling more whole.
  • What the hero’s journey really is.
  • Plus much more…

Show Notes:

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