Sowing Seeds Of Success

 

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A garden is a wonderful thing. It’s a labor of love from seed time to harvest but the end results are worth it! There’s nothing quite like sitting down in summer for a meal with a truly crisp, straight out of the ground fresh salad.

The wonderful aroma of sautéed veggies fills the air during barbeques and people are wiping the juice of a watermelon you grew off their smiling faces. It’s a satisfying thing to know that others are eating well because of the labor of you invested!

The decision to grow your own food poses many questions such as:
How do I plant a vegetable garden? Where should I plant it? When is the best time to plant? How much sun does my garden need? Which vegetables grow well together? And of course…where did all these bugs and pests come from? I never had single one of these around my house until I started sowing seed!

I’d like you to join me on my journey of growing my garden this summer because along the way I’ll share some gardening tips along with valuable lessons about success. Our lives are much like a garden and as you follow this series you’ll see what I mean. Principles for succeeding in life are all around us and I’m going to help you find those hidden gems. I’ll give you an example…Look closely at the paragraph above this one and see if you can find 6 principles a garden can teach you about success.

Did you see them? Look closely! I’ll give you the first one..

How do I plant a vegetable garden? The principle –
A plan. Knowledge helps you grow…or as I like to phrase it know-how gives you grow-how…oh wow…I better stop now!

Doing some research, reading, and reviewing some video on gardens will help you get greater results for the effort you put in. Learn those basics and then apply them…just like in life…

 

Knowledge Is The Foundation To The Life You Want To Build.

 

It will give you confidence. Let me explain.
I was never confident speaking about a subject that I didn’t know a lot about, BUT…get a topic that I did know a lot about and it was on! I spoke with confidence because of that knowledge.

In fact, the more I learned…the more I discovered about myself. My view of life began to change. I discovered something a lot of people live without – purpose.

I realized that knowledge is powerful and will raise you up to places that you’ll only dream of reaching if you don’t apply yourself.

Is the same true with you?

Plan Your Work…and Work Your Plan

As I thought about what I wanted to grow in my garden I decided that I needed to draw it out on paper. I wanted to have an idea what the end result will look like (and help me remember what I planted where)!

Setting goals and then breaking them down into smaller steps on paper always helps me stay focused and moving forward.

How about you?

If you want to be better at basketball you don’t sit around hoping it will happen do you? No, you study plays. You watch film. You train, and train, and train till every muscle in your body hurts…and then you train some more!

You don’t become an amazing pianist by sitting down at one do you? No, that’s only the first step. You have to learn how to read music. Listen to different techniques, get yourself a teacher if you can, and then practice, practice, practice until your fingers feel like they tied together…and then do it again!

The end result will be amazing!

Right now, you have the ability to achieve anything you desire to. You’re not just a game changer…NO!
You’re a world changer!

Research! Read! Learn all you can! Your future is the sum of the decisions that you make…choose to invest in your education! Knowledge Is Power!

 

I have much to share in the days and weeks ahead so stay on the lookout for the next post. I want you to succeed but I must ask you…Are you Brave Enough To Grow?!

Sowing seeds for your success,

Wayne Winsley

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Brave Enough To Fail Awards $2,000 in Scholarships to Faith Preparatory School

 

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Brave Enough To Fail has added yet another “Brave” school to it’s growing ranks.  Students at Faith Preparatory School in New Milford Connecticut received a big dose of motivation and inspiration to “Be The Boss of Their Dreams” along with some scholarship money help launch them toward success.

Jaclyn Mattison, principal of Faith Preparatory School said,

“We could not be prouder to be a Brave Enough To Fail school. We are beyond blessed to have this program and the scholarships made available to our students.”

New Milford based nonprofit provides motivational presentations and scholarships to schools nationwide at no cost to schools or students.  It is being called a new and innovative way to help narrow the student achievement gap.

Wayne Winsley, executive director of BETF says,

“A positive message can change the trajectory of a child’s life. I’m living proof of that, and its why this organization exists. To change children’s lives for the better.” 

A one thousand dollar scholarship will be awarded to a member of this year’s senior class and a second one thousand dollar scholarship has been designated for a member of next year’s senior class.

The Scholarships, which are paid toward expenses at any accredited college or trade school, are awarded based on financial need, grade point average and other criteria.

Please make a donation today. Support our mission to raise student achievement by inspiring kids with the courage to believe and trust in themselves.

Nonprofits Team up To Motivate Students

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Brave Enough To Fail and Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury are extremely pleased to announce our new partnership.

The two organizations will work together in providing motivational programming and scholarships to area high schools.

Area Key Clubs will be invited to sponsor BETF presentations at high schools in Danbury, Bethel, New Milford, New Fairfield, Brookfield, Redding, and Ridgefield.

Danbury Kiwanis Club President Matt Bartelme commented,

“We are definitely excited about this opportunity to work with Brave Enough To Fail. They are another nonprofit that is as passionate as we are about enriching the lives of children to build stronger communities.

Wayne Winsley, executive director of Brave Enough To Fail says,

“I’m honored and humbled to have the support of such a great organization as Kiwanis of Danbury. This partnership will strengthen our ability to raise student achievement and promote leadership through service.”

Kiwanis member Foster Crawford, a former assistant superintendent of schools in Waterbury and Stamford indicated that,

“Brave Enough To Fail is an excellent motivational tool to help students believe in themselves and to set and achieve high personal goals.

The goal is to begin presentations and award the first scholarships this school year.

to learn how your Kiwanis and Key Leader Clubs can work with us in your area contact:

Wayne Winsley wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org

Learn more by clicking the link www.BraveEnoughToFail.org

Jessica Rathmann Takes 2nd Nationwide in Short Story Contest

 

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Jessica Rathmann is a 14 year old writing & reading fandom fan of San Antonio, Texas. She has always enjoyed writing and has taken it seriously for the past two years. She admins a young writers group on Facebook and her favorite authors currently are Sarah J Maas, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, and J.K. Rowling.

Her contest entry, The Story Gets Harder with Every Word is a cautionary tale that could come straight out of today’s headlines. It is written with a depth of emotion and gravitas that belies the author’s young age. This may be a fictional story but it delivers a message that is all to real and that EVERYONE should hear.

In the eyes of the judges, Jessica’s story stood out above all the entries in her category but one, and earned her second place the 17 years old and under category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

Read The Story Gets Harder With Every Word

You can also follow Jessica on her blog, Here

Sarah Tehuitoa Wins $1,000 Grand Prize in Nationwide Short Story Contest

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Sarah Tehuitoa is a 21 year old English major from Pahrump Nevada, commutes weekly to classes at University of Las Vegas.  She is working her way through college by working at a grocery store. She entered the contest on her 21st birthday. Sarah says,

“All I have ever wanted to be is a writer. It’s been my dream ever since I was little, and I haven’t been able to give it up so far. Books and music are my passion, but if I had to chose between the two, I wouldn’t ever be able to give up my writing. So far, it’s been a rough road. I mean, I’ve had a great life so far, no problems whatsoever, but it’s not exactly been easy for me having a dream that doesn’t exactly have a stable future. My parents are always telling me to make sure that I have a job that I can support myself in, but I’ve always equated that with having something like an office job because my dream is not exactly steady. But now, well, I think I have a chance.”

She most definitely has more than just a chance according to contest judge Ethan Carey, host of the Rock & Roll Morning Show on WRKI I-95FM.  He says Miss Tehuitoa’s writing style reminds him of James Patterson or Daniel Silva.

Her short story, “The Sands of Time” is a gritty (pun intended) tale of love, loss, despair, and just maybe a shot at redemption with a dash of magic thrown in as a tantalizing garnish. That recipe was just enough to get a one vote edge on the second place finisher and claim the $1,000 grand prize in the 18 years and older category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. Learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

Read The Sands of Time here The_Sands_of_Time_by_Sarah Tehuiotoa

17 Yr Old Homeschooler Wins Top Youth Prize in Nationwide Short Story Contest

 

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Isabel Adams is a 17 year old young lady from Weare, NH. who’s always had a passion for writing, photography, and singing gospel music.
She has proven over and over that dreams are realized through determination and work.
She also has a desire for nursing. She’s a homeschool student in her senior year.
But lets talk about her writing. Creating and developing a character that the reader can both relate to and care about is a challenge.  Taking the reader on a journey with that character, a journey that is filled with harrowing adventure, a struggle against seemingly insurmountable challenges, a dramatic and satisfying climax, and valuable life lessons for one and all is even more challenging. Doing all that in less than 6,000 words is , well…its really really hard.
Isabel Adams did all that in her short story, Spirit of The Warrior.
That’s why she won the $500 top prize in the 17 years and under category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

Read Spirit_of_The_Warrior

Maddie Guerrera Gets The Bronze In Nationwide Short Story Contest

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Madison “Maddie” Guerrera is a freshman at Faith Preparatory School in New Milford, CT.  She enjoys writing, musical theater, 1930’s cartoons and photography.  She has performed in many different musicals and plays at the local theaters and hopes to one day become and actress on Broadway and a playwright.  Her natural curiosity and strong desire to overcome new challenges give Maddie her inspiration when writing.

Madison submitted a fictional autobiographical tale set in the pre-Civil War South. Her “Diary Of Susie Valentine” navigates one of the darkest moments of America’s existence with the kind of faith and imagination found only in the heart of a child, and in the pen of a budding novelist. Which is why she placed third the 17 years old and under category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. Learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

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David Moore Takes 2nd Nationwide in Short Story Contest

 

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David Moore of St. Charles Missouri is a darn good writer! Let’s get that right up front!

In fact, David Moore is such a good writer that he came within one single vote of winning the $1,000 top prize in the 18 years old and over category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

“Love, Life, and Bacon” is a really cool story about…well, Love Life and Bacon, but not in the way you think. To say any more would spoil it for you.

Just read it Here! Love_Life_And_Bacon

And by the way, David’s personal story is so compelling and inspiring that we posted it in it’s entirety below. Read it and be inspired to go after your dream, whatever it is!

My early education was, in the simplest of terms, lacking.

Before I had changed schools, I had been in a less than reputable school closer to the St. Louis area. The school had been so bad that when I had entered the second-grade in my new school I was behind and had to attend a special class that was meant to help me learn to read and write on the same level as the other students in my grade. Through these special education classes, I was able to become a better reader but was never quite able to get on the same level of the other students in my same grade. This was a problem that followed me out of elementary school and led to me being required to attend more special education classes through middle school and into high school.

It was in these classes that I found a passion for writing. We would write little stories which were intended to help us gain a better understanding of how sentences were structured as well as introduce us to new words. Writing these short stories had always been one of my favorite exercises but having as much trouble as I had with reading and writing a career as an author seemed absurd. The short stories I had written were never intended to get me anywhere. They were simply something I did because I liked to do it. In fact, the idea of being a professional writer was so far out of my mind that in my entire academic career I have only ever had one creative writing course that I attended my senior year of high school. The only other writing courses I had ever had were those that came as general credit courses in college. (English comp, Technical writing, etc.) But, even with the idea of being a writer far from my mind I never stopped writing. Short stories and half-finished novels of distant worlds, medieval towns under siege, and many other tales of woe and triumph. They were always for fun and always just for me.

It was many years later while I was working as a marketing designer and listening to the Harry Potter audio book series (for the fourth time) that I found a sudden burning inspiration in me. I felt for some strange and unknowable reason like I could be a writer if I really wanted to. So, I began writing again but with more intent and more passion for being a writer, not just as a hobby. I am now wrapping up the final edits to my first novel, which will be book one of a three to four book series that I hope will be my path to a career as an author.

Having a career as an author isn’t just for me. It’s something that I hope to be able to show my daughter when she gets older. Something I can hold up and say “Look I followed my dream. I worked for it and it came true.” and maybe, if I’m very lucky, I can one day inspire her as much as she inspires me to keep going every day.

By David Moore

Molly Anne Brewer Nabs 3rd in Nationwide Writing Contest

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Molly Anne Brewer of Indiana is a new author who enjoys penning stories with fantastical and sometimes macabre twists. She grew up in a small town, the youngest of eight children in a family of musicians, writers, actors, poets and artists. She is currently working on several short story projects and a full length novel entitled ‘Collide’. She makes her home in the Midwest, which she shares with her husband, two dogs and two cats.

Molly’s  short story, entitled “The Library” is, according to one of our judges,  reminiscent of an episode of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery for folks over fifty, or an episode of Stranger Things, if you’re somewhat younger than that.   Either way, it was scary enough to grab third place the 18 years old and over category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

Read The Library by Molly Anne Brewer

 

Chris Cassone Takes 4th place in Brave Enough To Write Short Story Contest

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Chris Cassone of Patterson New York is a writer of songs, stories, fiction and screenplays.
His Beatles fan fiction,  ode to the sun and angst filled days of summer in upstate New York  wowed the judges garnered Chris fourth place in the nationwide 18 and over category of the Brave Enough To Write short story contest. the contest was held as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail which provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!
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Chris is the composer of 18 songs for “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – The Musical” which premiered this past June in the 1000 seat Charleston Music Hall. Now it is on its way to off-Broadway.

Last year he had his first top ten record, co-writing with old friend Ace Frehley (former KISS founder and guitarist) on his Billboard #9 CD, “Space Invader”. This came on the heels of his You Tube hit, “Route 22,” about the road from the Bronx to Canada. In 2012 he led the BBQ All Stars on a tour of BBQ festivals with “My Baby Loves BBQ”.

Chris started his path as a recording engineer in the late 70’s to better document his songs, mentoring with hit maker, Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Frampton) where he learned the art of production and the need for story in the song. He worked with Dr. John, Mercer Ellington and Billy Joel, among many others. Old friend, Chazz Palminteri and director Robert DeNiro, tapped him to record the music for A Bronx Tale in 1992.

His next production, The Cakeman Chronicles, is a one man musical about the intrigue around his family bakery in New York in the 50’s and 60’s, including his finagling into concerts using sheet cakes.