Today I'm sharing a wonderful link to an interview with Mr. Paul Jennings, much-loved Australian children's author. I was fascinated with the revelation that he felt his father never loved him, telling him he would only ever be fit for the workshop, which he considered the lowest of the low. My stepfather used to tell me as a teenager that I wouldn't amount to anything. How many stories have I heard of people striving to achieve, to overcome the negative comments that were made to them as young people? Plenty. It is my aim to encourage everyone, young or old, that they can accomplish whatever they want. Promote the positive, and hang on to some humility. With the recent publication of my first Junior Fiction/Middle Grade novel, I include a line when I sign the book for someone...."Always follow your dreams." This line is on a utensil container in my kitchen, and also on my Mac as a desktop picture. My late husband & I always had a throwaway line..."Where are we going?" He would say "stick with me and we'll go to the top." And we did. Together. My novel, and the one I am currently working on, has a lot of his input. Work as a team, even just a team of two, and encourage those who feel inadequate or worthless to aim for the top. Recently I've heard people say that they are stupid, dumb or useless. Nobody is any of these things, they just need to seek their place and cement their abilities. Nothing is beyond reach. So promote the positive, and follow your dreams. Paul Jennings has. Never allow negativity to ruin your life, or anyone else's. Help others to follow and reach their summit-especially the young. Here's the link: https://youtu.be/zEnBX3_pWZg.