When Drew Dudley started talking about lollipop moments, he started talking about a janitor at his high school what had made a big difference in his life without realizing it. The story immediately brought to mind my high school, and the English teachers I had through my five years.
Mr. Gamble believed I was smart, and I believed him
Mr. Riddell told me I was a good writer, and I believed him and kept writing.
Mr. MacGregor challenged me and made me realize a lot more about the books I was reading. I still have the essay I wrote that year, saved for the comments on the back page.
These teachers took me through some great literature. I will never forget reading Great Expectations, Fifth Business. We read Catcher in the Rye, which lead me to JD Salinger’s short stories, which changed me when I read them.
There was a lot of good in my high school. I went through bad things while I was there, but the good stuff stuck with me.
If my life hadn’t been touched by these three teachers, I may not have decided it was okay to pursue writing. I wouldn’t have the skills that I have now, and I wouldn’t have the confidence I have in building my business.