By Lin Parkin
September 10, 2013
When I was young I was inspired by an unlikely teacher. He was brash and yelled a lot at the students. He didn't take anything from anyone and, while his bouts of classroom fury were not projected in my general direction, it accomplished what I can only presume it was meant to do. I was intimidated.
To add a little perspective, I come from a quiet family. We never raised our voices. If for whatever reason we were mad we did not yell at each other. We discussed it, sometimes heated, but never loud. So his way of 'reasoning' with students was a little scary to me.
I have always had a vivid imagination. My dreams are dreamt with such clarity that in my pre-teens I started writing short stories of them and when I would have nightmares, as many children are prone to, I would end up writing thrillers or suspense stories.
One day our brazen teacher handed out a creative writing assignment. It was a short-story due at the end of the week and, naturally, under the pressure to write, creative inspiration completely left me.
I lucked out though. The night before it was due I had one of those vivid suspenseful dreams and when I woke I feverishly wrote it all down. I took some creative liberties to make it more intense and, well, longer to match the page count I needed. I wasn't sure what my teacher would think of my story but it was the only one I had, so it would have to do.
I handed it in that morning and waited. A couple days later he approached me, which he rarely did, and squatted by my desk with a pleasant smile that I will never forget. He handed me the paper and I saw it was marked with an A+. I looked up at him, surprised, and he said "you have a natural talent for writing, Lin." And with that he walked away. That one small comment from a most unlikely source of inspiration sparked a lifelong love of writing.
It is incredible how impactful simple comments like the one that long ago teacher gave me can be on an individual's life. As children they stick with us through adulthood and it reminds us of the importance of acknowledging others and the talents they have. Much like the feedback given and received once a job is completed at Voices.com, a few simple but impactful words can help spur the recipient on for years to come.
Was it a small comment from one person? Or was it a lifetime of hearing, "Wow! You have such a great voice!"?
Have you received feedback from a client that helped you stay the course and follow your dreams?
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