Thank you for writing this, Wayne. I’m sure it took a lot of courage to finally get it all down and hit publish.
I see reflections of my own journey in your story as well. Self-awareness is definitely something I never learned growing up either, but it’s been the only thing that’s helped me out of the depression and burnout I’ve experienced the last few years.
Imposter syndrome is quite a tricky SOB. I find it comes in cycles. In 2013, when I hadn’t done much yet, I had all the confidence in the world. But these last few years, after doing the best work of my life I found my confidence slipping and imposter syndrome knocking at my door. The thing that has helped me recently is reviewing all the things I’ve accomplished and reminding myself that I am a badass :)
If you enjoyed Quiet, you might like another book I read this month: The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron. It expands a lot more on the sensitivity of the nervous system that Quiet talks about, and I found that I identified more as an HSP than an introvert after reading it.