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.
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 susancain.net.
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.