Last week, I watched this incredible TEDx talk by R. Alan Brooks, one of my colleagues at Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop.

Wow! I hope this talk will be shown to teens everywhere. And adults, too, for that matter.

As you’ll see in Alan’s talk, it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Especially in these intense times, when there’s so much at stake.

(Spoiler alert: Brooks quit his day job in insurance to write comic books. Wait until you hear what happened next.)

Here’s a short excerpt:

“If art really has no power, if it’s really a silly waste of time, then why are dictators afraid of it? Why were Nazis burning books and paintings? Why was McCarthy so dedicated to blacklisting artists in the 1950’s? Why was Stalin’s government so focused on censoring artists in Russia?”

I hope you find this talk as inspiring as I did.


Wishing you a wonderful week!



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