Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]

 
Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]

 
Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]

 
Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]

 
Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]

 
Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]

 
Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]

 
Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

 
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]

 
Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]

 
Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

 
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]

 
Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]

 
Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]

 
Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

understand

Tamisha Ford Tamisha Ford soul teacher. passionate writer. proud introvert.

Tamisha Ford, MBA, is a strengths strategist, assertiveness coach, and guide. She is the Founder of Strong & Soulful Living, which helps people embrace their strengths and spirituality in a socially saturated and distracted culture. [www.tamishaford.com]

tamisha_ford_feature

Lately, I’ve had my nose buried in Sophia Dembling’s new book, The Introvert’s Way. Introverts, like me, tend to feel like the most misunderstood people on the planet, and we don’t prefer to be told we have a victim mentality because of that. Others don’t seem to get our observant nature, our slow and deep thinking, our re-energized state from being alone, or our desire to be around small groups of people more often than large ones.

We resent being called sensitive because we have a low tolerance for pain, loud noises, boisterous behavior in others, loud or unnecessary commentary, or conversations which aren’t deep and succinct. When we connect, we really connect.  When we’re annoyed, we’re really annoyed.

While many of us often feel so misunderstood in our day-to-day living, introverts tend to feel this at a deeper level. As a former extrovert, I am just now getting to a place where I understand why many people sometimes don’t initially “get” me, and why my actions and habits have changed over the past several years. I think they changed as a result of me getting comfortable living alone, becoming more and more independent, and self-actualizing more. The more I wanted to go inside and learn more about myself, the more introverted I became.

As Sophia mentions, I now understand the vibe I can put off, which is “leave me alone.” But that’s not what I want at all. It’s because introverts by nature are not small talkers or chronic smilers. It’s not that we don’t want to talk or converse, or that we aren’t happy individuals. We are simply taking everything in. We observe from a distance.

One of the things I teach is that the first law of relationships is to seek first to understand then to be understood, not vice versa.  So regardless of whether or not you’re an introvert or an extrovert, understanding is often the highest form of connection because it takes the most work.

I don’t believe introverts are better than extroverts, or vice versa. Both are gifts in their own way. Understanding is about compassion, identity and connection. But I want my fellow introverts to know, you are understood by someone, and you are not alone.

– Tamisha Ford

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

Comments

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

Explore More Meaning

  • Jean Houston
    Jean Houston Jean Houston philosopher. scholar. visionaire.

    Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher, and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, and one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. [www.jeanhouston.org]

     
  • Michael E. Gerber
    Michael E. Gerber Michael E. Gerber original thinker. entrepreneurial leader. knowledge hunter.

    Over the years, Michael E. Gerber's?companies have helped tens of thousands of small business owners to successfully transform their businesses into world-class operations. [www.michaelegerbercompanies.com]

     
  • Elizabeth Zirk
    Elizabeth Zirk Elizabeth Zirk cultural exchanger. storyteller. connector.

    Elizabeth Zerk founded Upon Return, an organization dedicated to supporting the alumni of high school exchange programs and promoting cultural exchange. She's also dedicated to the art of storytelling. [http://uponreturn.org]

     
  • Richard Rosenblatt
    Richard Rosenblatt Richard Rosenblatt entrepreneur. visionary. media man.

    As a serial entrepreneur and Internet visionary, Richard Rosenblatt co-founded Demand Media and is redefining the next generation of new media companies. [www.demandmedia.com]

     
  • Melissa Bradley
    Melissa Bradley Melissa Bradley grateful mom. connector. flexible traveler.

    Melissa Bradley is the founder of Indagare, a member-based online community for sophisticated travelers, providing access to curated online archives, printed guides, and custom advisory and booking services. [www.indagare.com]

     
  • Robert Holden
    Robert Holden Robert Holden Author. Success Coach. Happy Guy.

    Best-selling author Robert Holden's innovative work on happiness and success has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, and in two major BBC TV documentaries. [www.robertholden.org]

     
  • Deidre Combs
    Deidre Combs Deidre Combs leadership consultant. author. storm chaser.

    Deidre Combs provides leadership and cross-cultural conflict skills as a consultant, coach, author, mediator, and professor. She developed the core foundations course for Montana State University's Leadership Fellows Certificate Program. [www.combsandcompany.com]

     
  • Jonathan Ellerby
    Jonathan Ellerby Jonathan Ellerby outdoor explorer. diversity accepter. extension of earth.

    Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, is a spiritual teacher, healer, author, and the CEO for the Tao Center for Inspired Living in the Mayan Riviera. [www.jonathanellerby.com]

     
  • More
Shape House Marianne Williamson Airfrance Conscious Ink Spirituality and Health

Contributors

  • Roger Wolfson
    Roger Wolfson Roger Wolfson Writer. Former Political Aide. Identifier.

    Roger Wolfson is a television and film writer who's written for four different hit TV series. A former political aide, he was staff to Senators Lieberman, Kerry, Wellstone, and Kennedy. [www.rogerwolfson.com]

     
  • Jane Simington
    Jane Simington Jane Simington trauma therapist. keynote speaker. morning pages writer.

    Dr. Jane A. Simington PhD. combines personal experience of healing from the traumatic loss of her son along with professional experience to help others find hope and happiness after a difficult life experience. [www.throughsoulseyes.com]

     
  • Richard Wurman
    Richard Wurman Richard Wurman ted inventor. smithonian awardee. brilliant quester.

    Richard Wurman, creator of the TED conferences, wrote over 80 books on subjects he had difficulty understanding. His books come from his desire to know, rather than from already knowing. [www.TED.com]

     
  • Tara Hantske
    Tara Hantske Tara Hantske holistic helper. working mama. constant questioner.

    Tara Hantske is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Counselor, a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Team Northrup, and, most importantly, a mom. She helps people, especially moms, create health and balance. [www.tarahantskewellness.com]

     
  • Gary Kowalski
    Gary Kowalski Gary Kowalski family guy. nature connoisseur. spiritual connector.

    Gary Kowalski is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, a Unitarian Universalist minister, and the author of seven books on nature, spirituality, science, and the environment. [www.kowalskibooks.com]

     
  • Elizabeth Memel
    Elizabeth Memel Elizabeth Memel infant toddler development specialist. educator. educarer.

    Elizabeth Memel is an infant toddler development specialist, adult educator, and author who studied for many years with Magda Gerber, founder of Resources for Infant Educarers. [www.authenticbabies.com]

     
  • Barbara Patterson
    Barbara Patterson Barbara Patterson innate wisdom follower. yes welcomer. aperture opener.

    Barbara Patterson has a passion for accessing potential and understanding the drivers of transformation. She meets people every day who underestimate their power and potential. [barbarapatterson.com]

     
  • Michael Bailey
    Michael Bailey Michael Bailey apparel supplier. postive impactor. goal acheiver.

    Michael Bailey is the founder of One Stone Apparel, a clothing company that uses clothing as a means to accomplish greater objectives. [www.onestoneapparel.com]

     
  • Maurina Scott
    Maurina Scott Maurina Scott military daughter. spontaneous adventurer. student of life.

    College freshman Maurina Scott is the daughter of an active duty military member. She has moved frequently, lived overseas, and embraced a life of exploration. Her dad recently returned from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. [www.twitter.com/Maurina_Scott]

     
  • Tyler Merrick
    Tyler Merrick Tyler Merrick present daddy. balanced businessman. noise reducer.

    Tyler Merrick grew up in a family pet food business based in Texas. He now lives in California with his wife and 3 daughters where he owns Project 7, a social enterprise brand of consumer products. [www.project7.com]

     
  • Kate Sullivan
    Kate Sullivan Kate Sullivan theatre doctor. awakener. soul searcher.

    Kate Sullivan is the founder of Over the Moon Productions, whose first theatrical production, Rent, sold out. The company is enjoying a successful run of their current musical, Spring Awakening. [www.overthemoonproductions.virb.com]

     
  • Catherine Chen
    Catherine Chen Catherine Chen health coach. happiness rediscoverer. budding jokester.

    Catherine Chen, Ph.D. is a health coach who supports busy people to achieve with ease, have time for what they love, and have self-compassion. [catherinechenwellness.com]

     
  • Desmond Tutu
    Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]

     
  • Jane Grossman
    Jane Grossman Jane Grossman Consultant. Game Player. Team Builder.

    Jane Grossman, Catalyst of A Sustainable Way, works with individuals and work teams, helping them reach new levels of excellence and satisfaction. [www.asustainableway.com]

     
  • Eldrick, Maggie, and Ben
    Eldrick, Maggie, and Ben Eldrick, Maggie, and Ben beauty seer. abundance recognizer. world inheritor.

    Life By Me is partnering with Insight University to bring you a week of giving thanks and giving back in support of Giving Tuesday. Eldrick, Maggie, and Ben are now young adult graduates of Teen Insight. [www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university]

     
  • Boni Lonnsburry
    Boni Lonnsburry Boni Lonnsburry master creationist. wayshower. feeling feeler.

    Boni Lonnsburry is the author of the book, The Map: To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True, a step-by-step guide to creating a life you love. [www.livealifeyoulove.com]

     
  • Mark Loring
    Mark Loring Mark Loring poet. literary healer. waker upper.

    Mark Loving is a poet and spiritual teacher. His hope and intention is that his writing will encourage others to look at their lives, find their language and understand their story. [www.thesoulscollection.com]

     
  • Kimberly Brooks
    Kimberly Brooks Kimberly Brooks color mixer. mother. naked explorer.

    Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American painter who exhibits internationally. Her studio is in Venice, California. [www.kimberlybrooks.com]

     
  • Lynn Zavaro
    Lynn Zavaro Lynn Zavaro writer. creator. game maker.

    Lynn Zavaro guides others to know themselves and create the life they want. She's a writer, painter, teacher, and the creator of The Game of You. [www.gameofyou.com]

     
  • Rama Hughes
    Rama Hughes Rama Hughes illustrator. roughhousing dad. unhurried achiever.

    Two truths and a lie about Rama Hughes: He dropped out of school to work on a farm. About 15 years before they met, he described his wife accurately in a letter. He wrestled bear cubs while working as a zookeeper. [www.ramahughes.com]

     
  • Margaret Burns Vap
    Margaret Burns Vap Margaret Burns Vap yoga instructor. entrepreneur. latte-lovin' montana cowgirl.

    Margaret Burns Vap is a yoga teacher and entrepreneur in Bozeman, Montana. She's a former city-girl fashionista transformed by yoga and motherhood into an outdoorsy Montana cowgirl who still loves a latte. [www.cowgirlyoga.com]

     
  • Joel Pelcyger
    Joel Pelcyger Joel Pelcyger education pioneer. classroom collaborator. inspired perspirer.

    Joel Pelcyger, a nationally respected educator, has served as Head of PS1 Pluralistic School since 1971 when he co-founded the independent elementary school in Santa Monica, CA. [www.psone.org]

     
  • Tiny Jaentsch
    Tiny Jaentsch Tiny Jaentsch pre-healer. self seeker. innate clairvoyant.

    Dr. Tiny Jaentsch is trained in Eastern and Western medicine. She created The Fear-less Sessions, an illness-prevention kick-start designed specifically for people who've battled cancer and are in remission but fear it might return. [www.tinyjaentsch.com]

     
  • Darrell W. Gurney
    Darrell W. Gurney Darrell W. Gurney coach. strategist. career changer.

    Darrell W. Gurney has served as a career strategist to individuals for over 20 years, with a driving commitment to everyone's purposeful Back Forty. [www.thebackforty.com]

     
  • Alex Theory
    Alex Theory Alex Theory neurotransmitter. sound innovator. yummy hummer.

    Sound visionary and author Alex Theory draws upon extensive training in psychology, integrative medicine, and psychoacoustic music production to innovate new styles of music and media. [www.unifyearth.com]

     
  • Abby Lodmer
    Abby Lodmer Abby Lodmer laugh giver. community embracer. comedic connector.

    Abby Lodmer traverses the world, bringing light and healing through humor. She's performed in comedy clubs around the globe, uplifting humanity through her show, Humor Healing Humanity. [www.humorhealinghumanity.com]

     
  • Josh Page
    Josh Page Josh Page passionate publicist. insecurity overcomer. runway walker.

    Josh Page is a publicist at Shore Fire Media where he cultivates success for his clients through his passion for the creative and appreciation of the unique. [www.shorefire.com]

     
  • Katherine Woodward Thomas
    Katherine Woodward Thomas Katherine Woodward Thomas bestselling author. transformative educator. creator.

    Katherine Woodward Thomas is the bestselling author of Calling in "The One." She's a licensed psychotherapist, speaker, transformative educator, and co-creator of the Feminine Power Global Community. [www.femininepower.com]

     
  • Freedom To Choose: Prison Project
    Freedom To Choose: Prison Project Freedom To Choose: Prison Project  

    Over the past seven years, this service project has taught the basics of Spiritual Psychology to over 1,400 inmates at the Valley State Prison for Women.

     
  • More

Connection

Every answer. Every day. Yep, it's free.
everyday meaning sample
 

© 2010-2017 lifebyme.com. All rights reserved. (design by nodethirtythree)