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An inspiring story of this man overcoming shyness is going viral on Humans of Dublin

“Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”

REALISING THAT EVERYONE you pass in the street has their own unique story to tell is the basis of the success of the Humans of Dublin Facebook page.

And last night they posted a story about a young man’s shyness growing up that’s really struck a chord.

He began:

“I was painfully shy as a child. I remember the moments when my school reports would be delivered to my house. I always did very well in my subjects but every year in the comment box it was always the same; my teachers encouraged me to not be as shy in the classroom.”

HOdbridge Source: Peter Varga/Humans of Dublin

But it was in college that something clicked in his head:

It’s not that I didn’t want to engage more, I really did, it was just that I was petrified of public speaking. It really frightened me but I didn’t want to be like that. When I got to university, there was an opportunity to run for class rep. The person had to deliver a speech at the top of the lecture theatre to hundreds of students. It was my worst nightmare, but oddly enough I decided to run. Something clicked with me that I was fearful of the unknown, so how could I possibly make a judgement about something I hadn’t fully grappled with?

And his journey from there captivated people on Facebook

hodcoverr Source: Humans of Dublin Facebook

He went from strength to strength:

I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone because I wasn’t going to get out of it any other way, and I decided to use that opportunity there and then. I got up and delivered a speech against a few others. It actually went well, and I won, but most bizarrely was that I enjoyed it.
So after that, I got involved with the debating team and other public speaking opportunities. Before I knew it I was winning competitions and was being invited to speak at events across the world. Last October, I delivered a speech to the United Nations. I never thought I’d be offered such an opportunity. Great things don’t come from comfort zones, you have to push yourself and keep on trying. You’ll get there and you’ll thank yourself for it.

From schoolboy shyness to speaking in front of the UN. Fair play <3

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