A place to share the great experiences that have happened as a direct result of Positive Thinking. Also quotes and inspiring stories to encourage others. Need a boost? This is the place to get it! All positive thinkers are welcome!
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  • HI Dana, whoo hoo, Congratulations!!!!
  • Hey Dawn I just wanted to let you know I participated in your contest.
    BTW I have been downgraded from pneumonia to bronchitis...Whoo hoo.


    Christine Ivy
  • Hello all you positive thinkers. I had a logo design contest running for the past week in regard to my new VO brand. The finalists have been selected. Do me a favour? Go to the attached link and vote for your favorite one. Remember that further changes are allowed so if you like one but think it would be better if it just had some minor tweaking, drop me a note with your ideas. Thanks for your help all!

  • Thanks Darla and have a wonderful time in Cancun!

    This is an excerpt from "The No. 1 Rule - it's Golden!" at Simple Truths.com

    I grew up in Trenton, a west Tennessee town of five thousand people. I have wonderful memories of those first eighteen years, and many people in Trenton influenced my life in very positive ways. My football coach, Walter Kilzer, taught me the importance of hard work, discipline, and believing in myself. My history teacher, Fred Culp, is still the funniest person I've ever met. He taught me that a sense of humor, and especially laughing at yourself, can be one of life's greatest blessings.

    But my father was my hero. He taught me many things, but at the top of the list, he taught me to treat people with love and respect...to live the Golden Rule. I remember one particular instance of him teaching this "life lesson" as if it were yesterday. Dad owned a furniture store, and I used to dust the furniture every Wednesday after school to earn my allowance. One afternoon I observed my Dad talking to all the customers as they came in...the hardware store owner, the banker, a farmer, a doctor. At the end of the day, just as Dad was closing, the garbage collector came in.

    I was ready to go home, and I thought that surely Dad wouldn't spend too much time with him. But I was wrong. Dad greeted him at the door with a big hug and talked with him about his wife and son who had been in a car accident the month before. He empathized, he asked questions, he listened, and he listened some more. I kept looking at the clock, and when the man finally left, I asked, "Dad, why did you spend so much time with him? He's just the garbage collector." Dad then looked at me, locked the front door to the store, and said, "Son, let's talk."

    He said, "I'm your father and I tell you lots of stuff as all fathers should, but if you remember nothing else I ever tell you, remember this...treat every human being just the way that you would want to be treated." He said, "I know this is not the first time you've heard it, but I want to make sure it's the first time you truly understand it, because if you had understood, you would never have said what you said." We sat there and talked for another hour about the meaning and the power of the Golden Rule. Dad said, "If you live the Golden Rule everything else in life will usually work itself out, but if you don't, your life probably will be very unhappy and without meaning."

    I recently heard someone say, "If you teach your child the Golden Rule, you will have left them an estate of incalculable value." Truer words were never spoken.

    I love this - not only because it applies to what we teach our children, but also how we live our adult lives.

    I have consistently seen the Golden Rule practiced here at PTU so I know you all understand - but let's make it our goal to be certain the next generations do as well.

    Have a great weekend!


  • Dear Denedria,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! It is such a wonderful example of what we can accomplish when we remove our (sometimes self-imposed) obstacles and GO FOR IT ANYWAY!!
    We're so happy to have you with us!

    Darla - have a terrific time in Cancun! You are going to love it! Be safe and well.


    Important phrase: Donde es el bano (Where is the bathroom!)
  • Well, I'm heading to the airport to catch a flight for my first ever trip to Mexico. Going to Cancun where it's raining right now, but I'm sure it will clear up. I'll check in with the forum when I return.
  • Welcom Denedria! This is a great forum and a swell bunch of people.
  • Penny,

    Your story of how you got started in this biz was truly inspiring! I ALWAYS wanted to be in "the industry," but due to my physical disability, I knew I wasn't "the look" that would get the nods.

    Almost three years ago, I had to record intros for a computer survey at my job. While recording, the engineer complemented me on my voice and asked if I ever thought about doing voice overs. I was at a lost and had no idea what he was talking about. As he explained voice overs to me, I was intrigued. Slowly but surely, I began to investigate the industry more.

    Although it took some time, I have now taken classes, completed my professional demo, and am continuously working on my home studio. I do believe that working as a voice talent is what I need to be doing with my future and I am SO HAPPY to be here!

    Thank you again for making me feel welcome!
  • Dana! That's great! And way to think out of the box!

    I guess you all know the story about Nancy Cartwright. She was asked to audition for the part of Lisa in The Simpsons. When she got to the casting office and saw the sides for the part of Bart, she knew she had the perfect voice for him - so she asked if she could audition for that part and they hired her on the spot!

    Ah, the power of "going for it anyway!"


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