Why Having a Soft Heart in a Hard World Is Courage, Not Weakness

Just a quick note about something that’s been on my mind again lately…

As an introvert, you notice things. Depending on how you’re wired, that might mean you have deep empathy, a knack for details, or an ability to sense the mood in a room before anyone even says a word.

You might consider yourself a feeler or thinker, a dreamer or doer, as practical as an accountant or creative as an artist.

I still call all of this having a soft heart because it requires being receptive, not closed off, to what’s happening around you. You’re moved by stories or solving problems, news headlines or the tragedy your next door neighbor is facing.

This likely means you experience emotion, feel compelled to act, or lay awake at night pondering long after the rest of the world has drifted off to sleep. It also likely means someone has told you to stop thinking so much, toughen up, or quit taking things to heart.

But I’m here to say, please don’t.

Having a soft heart in a hard world is courage, not weakness.

It’s easy to be a cynic. It’s safe to be a critic. Even a coward can stand back with crossed arms and judge others. We need more people who let life in, who consider new ideas, who are troubled when someone else is hurting—even, perhaps especially, when that person is a stranger who’s different from them.

Never apologize for your soft heart or open mind. They are not weakness, they’re proof you’re a warrior. Only the truly brave have the courage to let themselves care.

We need you. Fight on.


Holley Gerth

Learn more about being an introvert and why the world needs you to be you in my bestselling book, The Powerful Purpose of Introverts.


About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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