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Misfit

Misfit is a memoir by Andreas Souvaliotis.

Andreas Souvaliotis

Andreas Souvaliotis was raised at a time when being on the autism spectrum wasn't easily diagnosed or even discussed. Minds like his were simply considered odd. He also knew from an early age he was gay, and it terrified him as he was growing up with openly homophobic parents in one of Europe's least tolerant societies. Andreas's differences made him an outsider, right through to his mid-forties. And then suddenly, everything changed. 

Misfit is the extraordinary memoir of a man who realized there was strength in his strangeness, that it could be used as a force for good. "It all happened in a flash. On a beautiful spring morning in 2007, sitting in my backyard and licking my wounds from a spectacular career derailment, I came up with a big idea--and I found myself contemplating the most daring and unconventional pursuit of my life." The weird kid from Greece was on his way to making his world, and everyone's world, a better place.

Andreas Souvaliotis's inspiring story shows us that everyone has what it takes to trigger positive change, and that none of us should see our differences and quirks as handicaps. (From Penguin Random House Canada)

Interviews with Andreas Souvaliotis

Turning weakness to strength

4 years ago
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Andreas Souvaliotis, the founder and CEO of Carrot Insights, learned to leverage his autism to propel his business success 6:29
Andreas Souvaliotis on his memoir Misfit: autistic. gay. immigrant. change maker. 2:21

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