You can learn from my mistakes

There are people in this world who are popular, naturally friendly, well-adjusted, and seem to make friends easily.  Socializing is one of their natural strong suits.  

I freely admit that I am not one of those people :-/    

I've had to learn to socialize the hard way - through trial and error, and along the way I lost potential friends because of the "error" part.   I had a sincere desire to be a friendly, positive person, but I also had unrealistic expectations.

For instance, in an effort to "speed things up" I had a tendency to reveal too much personal information too soon, and expected an acquaintance to reciprocate.  But the effect was that it just made people uncomfortable.

Somehow by the grace of God I did manage to pick up a few nuggets of wisdom through the years. So, in an effort to pass along the goodness to others, I went and compiled some of them into an eBook - "How To Make The Friends You've Always Wanted - and not lose the ones you already have." 

You can download it for free at http://www.petecoaching.com/download/friendship

At less than 20 pages it's a quick read.

Let me know what you think.  Are there bits of wisdom that you could pass along to others?  What other topics do you think we should address in the future?