If you are a shy person, the last thing you’d ever think of as a profession would be to become an actor or famous person. When you are shy, every glance is painful. You don’t want to be noticed. So surely there are no people who are in the limelight that have been shy. Surely all those who have been famous are those who are attention hogs and people who seek to be seen in the public eye.
You may be surprised to discover people who have suffered from shyness. They include movie stars, politicians, and news professionals. The truth is that being a person who feels shy does not define who you are or what you can do. Being shy is a feeling, not a permanent characteristic. It is something that absolutely can be changed, if you set your mind to it. In this article we will examine three well-known people who have suffered from shyness.
The first person who suffered from shyness is a well-known red-head. She had an extremely popular television show in an era when few women were paid or even held jobs. Her name was Lucille Ball and she is quoted as saying, “Heaven, no. I was shy for several years in my early days in Hollywood until I figured out that no one really gave a damn if I was shy or not, and I got over my shyness.” As you can see from Lucy’s quote, shyness is a feeling, not a permanent aspect of your being. It is something that is changeable.
The second person who is famous but who suffered from shyness is Eleanor Roosevelt. Can you imagine that the First Lady of the free world, a seasoned politician, diplomat, writer, wife, mother, and teacher was shy? She was very much in the public eye during her husband’s tenure as President of the United States so how did she endure it? We can gain some insight into her thought process by examining what she said. For one, she is quoted as saying, “In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices that we make are ultimately our responsibility.” She also said, “You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do.” This sentiment could be applied to any situation, much less facing social anxiety.
The last person who suffered from shyness that may surprise you is Tom Hanks, an award winning film actor. Tom is extremely well known, starring in various blockbuster movies like Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, and Sleeping in Seattle. I think he sums it up best when he says, “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.”
It may be hard to overcome shyness, but it is not impossible. Take heart from the examples who have lived before you and lived a public life in the face of feeling shy.