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"After a brutal evening trying to network amongst a conference hall of strangers, I wrote an email to my wife Jennifer: "It zapped my energy just trying to maintain such a façade. I describe myself lately as puny, timid, socially regressive - basically fragile. I've never prided myself as a social butterfly. But lately, I feel more like a social wallflower, unable to hold even basic conversations let alone strike up a discussion of any depth.
Realizing the depressed tone of my letter and not wanting to scare Jennifer from halfway around the world, I tried to reassure her: "However, I must emphasize, I'm okay. I'm not going off the deep end." But in reality, I felt like I was. In the pit of my stomach, I was scared. I felt like I was losing my use of basic logic and communication skills. I was overcome by fear every day: of people, of losing, of speaking, of being quiet, of not providing, of not being enough, of not being courageous."
Are you shy, reserved, introverted? Are you frustrated by forced socializing? Do you feel you have to pretend to be someone else?
In the award-winning memoir, In Search of Courage: An Introvert's Story, author Steve Friedman shares his struggles both at work and at home. His long path to overcome countless roadblocks is both "heart-wrenching and heartbreaking."
"In the tradition of Maya Angelou and Paul Monette, In Search of Courage, illuminates, through a very personal lens, universal insights bright with wisdom and heart."
— Roger Leslie, Ph.D., author of From Inspiration to Publication
"Friedman's story is an authentic one of self-discovery — the pains, joys, and acceptance of embracing who you are in spite of the influence of our extroverted society."
— Norma T. Hollis, author of Ten Steps to Authenticity
"Wow! What a compelling life story. I enjoyed it and found myself pausing to reflect often."
— Blaise Dismer, MSW author of Homebound No More
"Kudos to Steve Friedman for sharing such a personal journey through the challenges of being an introvert in an extroverted world."
— Stephanie Chandler, CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association
People who are finding Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking are finding In Search of Courage an inspiring, personal, and relatable story.
Photos accompany each chapter when you purchase the eBook or paperback.In Search of Courage: An Introvert's Story - eBook
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