Uncommon Courage, an invitation
Uncommon Courage compiles 50 years of wisdom into easy-to-digest actions readers can take to make the world a better place.
Borne of research, self-experiment, extensive travel, and international leadership work for Fortune 500 companies, Andrea T. Edwards’ second book offers readers an uniquely optimistic and accessible insight on how we can courageously design a future with dignity at the centre of life for all.
Readers looking for a book on how to live in the here and now will find it in Uncommon Courage.
“Uncommon Courage” by Andrea T. Edwards will inspire you to think deeply about yourself, positively impact your emotions, and define what truly matters to you. As a woman who has lived an interesting and influential life, Andrea has great wisdom to pass on to her readers. Whether you’re a mother with a child requiring special needs, someone who wants to save the earth, or just find a way to expand your point of view, this book will speak to every part of you, and then some.
The author has an amazing spirit. Her positivity, care, and encouraging voice overwhelmed the pages and made it easy for me to connect with her. Although she doesn’t share many of my personal views, I found her to be mostly accepting of other viewpoints and be everything you would want your opposite to be. She promotes open thought, gentle debate, and inspires positive interactions and understanding amongst all peoples. As our world becomes more and more inclined towards censorship and silencing debates, I found most of what she had to say very enlightening, and I wish more people would follow suit with this line of thinking.
I also really enjoyed her approach to self-improvement. While many self-help books will give you a list of things to do, Andrea instead goes right to the source, which is you. How can you move forward if something inside is holding you back? I loved the way she teaches you to analyze your emotions and figure out what is causing the negativity. We all could use this sort of personal analysis, so I applaud her for focusing so much on this neglected area of our lives.
The range of topics she discussed was pleasantly surprising. While some might consider the number of topics she touched on lacking in focus, I found it kept my attention, even if some topics did not really apply to me. One chapter might focus on attracting your perfect life partner (something she has experienced personally), while another may center on the environment, raising children, or how to improve your thoughts with positive thinking. I found the mix of topics relevant and applicable to many types of people.
Nearly every chapter has exercises at the end to help you engage with the topics and achieve personal growth, so people who enjoy homework will not be disappointed. Most of her advice applies to everyone, so I enjoyed the level of inclusivity she achieved. If you’re looking for a book that combines advice and wisdom with fun and surprises, look no further. This is a great book for anyone who wants to make themselves a more positive force in their sphere of influence.
“Uncommon Courage peels away at questions of how to live with purpose and courage in today’s world like layers of an onion. Through Andrea’s loving, curious attention to the world around her, we are taken deep within ourselves. When you set off on this journey with Andrea, you’ll have to trust the process, explore your mindset and your ideas, and be willing to reflect on how they have shaped who you are today. This is a path of recognizing and embracing opportunities, of seizing your moments with courage for the results you deserve.”
As Tiffani Bova alludes, Uncommon Courage is not a passive wander through someone else’s experiences. Through her vulnerability and straight-talk, Andrea acts as a hands-on guide, spurring readers to question the roots of what they believe to be true, to reflect on how they treat each other and the planet, to consider the implications of who they vote for, who they work for and what they buy.
Readers of Uncommon Courage are asked to commit to taking courageous action, to deepening their knowledge and vetting its sources, and to understanding the value of showing up and using their voices to create positive ripples of change around the world.
While extremely timely during the current pandemic, Uncommon Courage is also timeless—it’s the kind of book that ends up dog-eared and living on bedside tables to be referred to often for inspiration and during moments of reflection.
Grounded firmly in reality, Uncommon Courage is intentionally designed to honour the ebb and flow of our modern life, allowing readers the flexibility to drop in and out, to follow wisdom hashtags on a specific journey, or to read it from cover-to-cover for a fully immersive experience. When deeper work is required, chapters come with questions to answer, links to further resources, or pledges to make.
After decades of advising leaders in some of the planet’s most innovative companies (IBM, Microsoft, BNP Paribas Securities Services, DHL), Andrea’s book reflects her unconventional approach to life, successfully straddling the multiple genres of self-help, development, travel, memoir, motivational, how-to and humour.
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Uncommon Courage is a book that offers something for everyone. However readers identify, wherever they live, and whatever path they are currently walking, at least a dozen of Andrea’s 108 wisdoms are bound to resonate. Uncommon Courage can be ordered through Amazon.com
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Andrea T Edwards CSP, is known globally by her brand The Digital Conversationalist and as the author of 18 Steps to An All-Star LinkedIn Profile, which Book Authority named one of the 22 Best New LinkedIn eBooks To Read In 2021 and also one of the 100 Best LinkedIn Books of All Time. In addition to her own books, Andrea’s expertise features in a number of other books, including The Social CEO by Damian Corbett, one of Book Authority’s Best CEO Books of All Time. When not writing, Andrea challenges global organizations to embrace a social leadership mindset and to think differently about integrity in the digital age.
“When I gave myself the gift of silence, I realized there was a lot of stuff in my mind that wasn’t mine at all – it was the life programming we all get from external sources, and I realized it left me misaligned with who I really was. I needed to face these internal contradictions, and my method for doing this was through the silence I found in travelling solo. Those months on the road saw me pulling down tendrils of my own thoughts, ideas, and opinions, and gave me the chance to look at them and ask myself, is this my idea? Do I want to continue owning it or does it need to get tossed out? So many ideas went to the scrap heap. Everything got broken down, jumbled around, and mostly rejected, which left space for me to start becoming who I really was. Uncommon Courage is a journey of self-discovery, and an invitation to start your own unique journey within”
– Andrea T Edwards