Break Out: Finding Freedom When You Don't Quite Fit the Mold

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How can you lead a safe, happy, independent life, even though our culture labels you "different"?

James R. Hasse provides a pathway to finding some answers for yourself -- 51 of them, in fact.
 
Break Out: Finding Freedom When You Don't Quite Fit The Mold is a modern memoir of 51 riveting short stories about what it means to be presumed too different in a society which, despite its penchant to be dazzled about diversity, puts more value on conformity and tribalism.

Hasse's series of sometimes-funny, sometimes-sad personal experiences could have involved anyone who, due to race, stature, weight, age or sexual preference, doesn't match society's norms.

He just happen to be a white businessman with athetoid cerebral palsy -- which means he walks and talks with considerable difficulty due to a brain injury at birth and a lack of complete "motor control."

Hasse served for 10 years as a Fortune 500 vice president during his 29-year career in corporate communication. Since then, he has devoted 24 years to researching and writing about disability awareness and disability employment issues. He is the author of 14 books, an Accredited Business Communicator and a Global Career Development Facilitator.

By identifying assumptions about himself and the presumptions others have about him, his stories in Break Out provide a timeless roadmap for dealing effectively with differences on a personal as well as cultural level.

Originally published in 1996, this collection of true stories in Break Out is even more timely (and needed) today, given the current political and cultural climate, than it was back then.

In Break Out, Hasse provides a discussion question at the end of each story, prompting you to identify turning points in your own understanding of what it means to be "presumed different" in the U.S. and abroad. That alone makes this rich collection of 51 short stories an important self-help resource and a top-of-the-list book club contender.

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In a divided world and country, extremistviews, quick answers, and homogenized insights often get the press coverage and broadcast time. "Maybe" and "I don't know yet" take too much time and are too tentative. They garner little credibility in much of the media.

Yet, ona personal level, most of us live with a larger reality. A part of our journey through life is settling for temporary "maybe" answers about who we can become.

That's especially true when we need to face fundamental questions about how we can deal effectively with false assumptions about ourselves (and the presumptions others may form about us) becausewe don't quite fit accepted norms.

Break Out offers you the opportunity to stretch that "maybe" side of your life. It will help you to discover something new about yourself and others, one story at a time.

Basedon my collection of temporary predicaments, Break Out is a series of "bedtime stories" for feeding your soul with some not-so-easy questions to think about the next morning. The questions may be universal, but the answers are unique to your particular temperament and circumstances.

Cookie-cuttersolutions (unliketested recipes from your favorite cookbook or step-by-step directions in your computer software manuals) often provide little insight into some of life's stickiest problems.

Break Out's 51 short stories show there are no easy answers -- only questionsthat, if answered honestly, can help you tussle effectively with reality if you're presumed different.

Formany people, life is a continual, unconscious effort to narrow the gap between their own perceptions about who they are and the assumptions others make about them based on their appearance, gender, color, age, weight, height, abilities, temperament, and culture.

Narrowing that gap is not only society'schallenge but an individual's responsibility. That process takes time, but it's worth the effort. Narrowing that gap is the foundation for achieving personal maturity.

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Break Out will help you to discover your options for achieving freedom from false assumptions you may have about yourself (and the presumptions others may form about yourself) because you don't fit accepted norms.

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