Steve Friedman grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. After excelling academically at The University of Alabama with a major in Finance, Friedman worked thirty years in various Logistics and Trading leadership roles with Shell Oil. During most of his career, he struggled to reconcile his introverted personality with the pressure-packed social environment of corporate America. Friedman enlisted various destructive, addictive behaviors to try to cope and survive. In 2018, Friedman retired, finally ready to embrace his true personality with a focus on health, family, and introspective writing. Connect with him at BeyondIntroversion.com.