posted on July 31, 2012 05:25
Do you have a story to tell? Do you know of someone who should write a book about their interesting life? By telling me your story, you could win money for yourself and help Native American people receive the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency.
Since becoming and author, I have realized that everyone has a unique story that could ultimately make the world a better place. Jack Canfield author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, capitalized on this idea going on to sell over 500 million copies of other people's stories. Recently, I partnered with a charity called Running Strong for American Indian Youth. I was inspired by the heart-touching story of one of its co-founders, William Mervin Mills. The world knows him as Billy Mills, but on the impoverished Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Billy was born, he is known as MakoceTe'Hila (meaning Loves His Country or Respects the Earth). Before he reached the tender and life-changing age of twelve, Billy had lost both his mother and father. Billy adored his father and learned many virtuous life lessons from him - shaping him into the nurturing man he is today.
After his father died, Billy found peace by running through the canyons on the reservation. His father told him running would make him physically fit, but Billy soon learned that running helped him overcome many mental challenges as well. Billy ran in the 10,000 meter race in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and he is the first and only American to win a gold medal in this event.
Billy's contribution to the United States didn't stop there. He has gone on to write several books; one he co-authored with the famous Nicholas Sparks, titled Wokini (translated from Lakota means: Seeking New Beginning). He served in the United States Marine Corps, and continues to serve our country by giving inspirational speeches. The work he as done with Running Strong for American Indian Youth is unprecedented. He has dedicated his life to giving back to the American Indian, young and old alike, by helping to provide desperately needed basic necessities like - water! Some other programs offered by Running Strong have brought healthy food and constructive activities like organic gardening. Giving hope and honor back to thousands of American Indian families.
If you have a story to tell I would love to hear it. I've sponsored a Summer Writing Contest for all ages. (Starting June 29 and ending September 3, 2012. Enter by clicking on the contest icon at the top right of my website.) After your story is posted on my website, have your friends and family members vote for their favorite.
A portion of all proceeds will go to Running Strong for American Indian Youth and a portion of all proceeds will go to the top prize winners. Every time someone enters the contest the prize money goes up - as does money for Running Strong. By helping me spread the word and getting people to enter the contest, you can help Native American people and in the process win money for yourself. I need your stories. The world needs your stories. What is that little voice inside asking you to share with the universe? Listen closely, and then send me your story.
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