Having Pneumonia and being forced to lay in bed for a week has given me the time to revamp my website and to start building a larger fanbase. It is another example of taking the opportunity to succeed. What many people don't know is that when I started writing the first Doodles book, I did so while holding a screaming baby in one hand and my phone in the other. I would painstakingly type one letter at a time on my phone and then email it to myself and edit on my computer. Ninety percent of my book was written on my phone, a task that was no easy feat. This serves as a real life example that if you want to succeed, no matter what obstacles or responsibilities you have, you can make it happen. I was able to multi task and find a way to pursue my book while still being a good father and taking care of my kid.

     When I first reached out to a school to speak I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't know how much to charge, what to do or say in presentations, and there were butterflies in my stomach. After my first talk, I discovered I had a natural speaking ability. I was able to blend comedy into my talks and had a strong ability to read my audience. The kids were engaged and learned a lot. It was the best feeling in the world to know that I had made a difference. Now I get fan email, schools reaching out to me to come talk, and know that I am spreading inspiration and education to kids all over the country. Entire classrooms and schools are reading my books. I never thought I would make it this far and hope that this wonderful journey never ends!
 


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Thank you for sharing with your very inspiring and motivating story. People like you are the one's that inspire others to continue believing themselves. I always believe that with hard work and dedication, a dream is nothing but questioned thru time. What you've achieved and faced are what you will use in the future be more knowledgeable and wise. I hope you continue being dedicated with your work and also believe that you can still achieve more in life.

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01/16/2017 12:59am

This article is very inspiring for fathers like me. I am a single parent and I can say that being multitasking is a must for us. Babysitting while doing household chores is not an easy task. That's why I salute you for doing doodles while doing also your responsibilities as a father. Keep going, I know you can do it.

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Russell Bernstein
02/09/2017 3:32pm

Thanks. It is no easy task, my friend. :)

06/19/2017 9:12pm

I find it hard to also speak in front of an audience because I always stutter and I always seem to say the wrong things to people. And then I realized that the only way that I can combat this fear of mine is by facing it. So just like you, I started joining speech clubs and started volunteering to become a public speaker. It was terrifying at first because I in front of tons of people every single time but it was worth it. I can finally say now that I have been molded into a good speaker. I don't stutter or get nervous anymore. I guess facing our fears have indeed paid off. Congrats!

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09/28/2016 3:19am

I wish I have your motivation in taking the opportunity to succeed. As of the moment, I am on my second day of getting down with flu. All energy seems to drain out of me. I cannot even dare looking at my computer as the screen hurts my eyes so bad. Anyway, since I started feeling a bit better now. I started reading for blogs and here I am getting inspired to the challenge.

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10/14/2016 12:02am

How much fan emails are you getting now? I hope many of them! ;)

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