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#1120172 - 11/29/16 04:26 PM Success for a Coward  
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My cowardice may be typical of many others who sell themselves short and get in their own way of a success story by believing they are not good enough to compete in the music world as a writer or performer. I wrote many stories and songs for my eight children through the years but would never have had the courage to submit them for publishing or to be recorded. A friend of mine borrowed some of my stuff to read to her grandchildren, liked them, and sent them to a toy company in her home city. They called me out of the blue wanting to publish and record them and do a stuffed toy for each. The recording we made was more popular than the printed stories. Using that recording as a demo, I found a producer/musician to work with me on what are now four CDs of poem parable stories for teens and adults and funnybone fables for children. Our first CD won Storytelling World Honors for 2011. My works are now on a hundred or more websites for sale as MP3 downloads and are played on radio stations, both online (IHeart Radio, Last FM etc) and on the airwaves (NPR, Dr Demento, and a few others i.e. San Francisco, New York City, Vancouver Canada, and Chicago that I know of). I love this site and offer to share my learnings with my fellow cowards who just need a smidgen of courage to get started.

#1120173 - 11/29/16 04:54 PM Re: Success for a Coward [Re: Perry Neal Crawford]  
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That's cool Perry! Wish you much more success.

Best, John smile

#1120174 - 11/29/16 04:57 PM Re: Success for a Coward [Re: Perry Neal Crawford]  
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I'm more lazy than cowardice, really. But I'm also too stubborn to give up on myself so easily. LOL! smile

Congratulations on your success!!

Peace,

Dave


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#1120218 - 11/30/16 10:17 AM Re: Success for a Coward [Re: Perry Neal Crawford]  
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Congratulations Perry. It works both ways. Some good writers and singers will never venture out because they feel they are not good enough, while others will jump right in because they figure they are great, which they are not. But sometimes even those that are not great will find a measure of success. Go figure.

#1120220 - 11/30/16 11:20 AM Re: Success for a Coward [Re: Perry Neal Crawford]  
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Welcome to JPF, Perry:

I would not call it "cowardice!" For most of us, we are taught to suppress our feelings and blend into society quietly. I waited nearly seventy years to crawl out of my box of shyness.

Great story you've shared with us. All of us need inspiration and thanks for bringing your success story to this site.

Here's hoping you will have the trust in your abilities and continue with your unleashed talent.

All my best wishes, ----Dave


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