IN SEARCH OF COURAGE
"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."
Steve Friedman grew up in a loving home of six in Birmingham, Alabama. At age 11, Friedman and his best friend wrote and published the lone edition of The Belle Meade News, an 8-page newsletter featuring neighborhood blurbs. It was a strange way for two kids to spend their summer vacation, but they "rented out" three copies for a quarter each and were pretty pleased with themselves.
While most of Friedman’s career was in Oil & Product Trading and Scheduling in Houston, he also led distribution teams in Detroit and global Trading in London. During his time overseas, Friedman guided a large, diverse team scattered around the world. This provided an exciting back drop of amazing travel experiences. However, many of these jobs also conflicted with his introverted personality, posing personal struggles along the way.
As retirement approached, Friedman felt drawn to reconnect to his writing. This became his vehicle for raw self-discovery and now he shares his reflections in BEYOND INTROVERSION.
Friedman is excited to complete his memoir, In Search of Courage, for launch early in 2020.
Steve met his love, Jennifer, in Houston. Together, they have raised three amazing children, Gwendolyn, Madolyn, and Noah. They have all traveled the world and enjoy time hanging around the house.
AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND ARTICLE PUBLICATION
Embracing Our Introversion: Becoming Our Best Self
Introverts are Leaders Too!: How to Thrive in Corporate America
Write On, Dude!: Tricks & Tips for Introverted Authors
I am proud to have two of my most popular blogs, 10 Survival Tips for Introverted Leaders and Job Search Tips for Introverts, published in Introvert, Dear, the nation's leading online home for introverts.
On March 26 I was proud to join other amazing authors at the Online Book Festival. I shared my personal journey as an introvert and presented my book, In Search of Courage.
I joined Linda Thompson on The Authors Show for an engaging conversation about my story and mission.