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Ripple Effect

A reader wrote that he found the stories in the magazine truly inspiring and uplifting but that he was confused. “You keep saying that the magazine is a forum for change in our world but I don’t see you doing anything to make change happen. What are you doing? How are you going to accomplish it?” He needed to be with me recently, when I drove out of the parking lot of Carl’s Jr. on Franklin Boulevard in Eugene, Oregon.  As I came to a stop at the light, I saw an apparently homeless man standing on the curb at my left.  He held a sign saying that he needed money for food.  I took a copy of WinnersWithinUsTm from the seat next to me, slipped a $10 bill inside it with the edge of the bill just visible, and handed it to him with the instruction, “Enjoy your lunch.” As I drove off I saw him in my rearview mirror, walking down the sidewalk toward the front door of Carl’s Jr., reading the magazine that he held open in his two hands.  The magazine was making a difference. It was changing his awareness. Of course there is much to change in the world: The world economy, never mind just ours, is a disaster. Banks are closing, people are losing their jobs. Politicians are corrupt. Some are forced out of office in disgrace. Others are finally wheeled out. Problems in the Mid-East scare the hell out of me. But these changes are beyond the scope of this magazine. Changing these problems for the better is the job of our leaders, of President Obama, and I sincerely believe he will make a difference. It is up to him and other leaders to forge the plans for change, to build us a better world. But the blocks they use to build us a better world, better communities – those blocks are us. They cannot do it alone anymore than Ben Roethlisberger could have won the Super Bowl without San Antonio Holmes. And the world they build can be only as good as the blocks they use. Winners Within Us MagazineTM is about helping those blocks, us, to be the best we can be so that President Obama and others like him can do their job. This magazine celebrates the best within our communities so that we can learn from those that do achieve, who are winning in spite of the same everyday problems, and worse, that we are facing. We can learn from them how to overcome the obstacles that we face, how to better ourselves, and their successes can inspire us to keep on trying. If JulieAnn can paint without arms, if Monessa can anchor and love her family while dying, then we sure as hell can overcome our problems. As publisher of this magazine, my plan is simple. I am just a guy on the shore of the worldwide pond, looking for the perfect article, that perfect, flat rock that I can skim across the water’s surface, it touching down, then lofting up, as many times as possible. The more perfect the rock I pick, the more skilled my practice makes the throw, the more times it will touch down on the surface, making ripples that each time widen away in ever reaching circles, and with each glancing impact, the pond changes into an existence it has never had before. When, finally, the rock sinks the pond is forever richer by that one more rock. And then I throw again, hoping each time to do it better than the last. Welcome to Winners Within Us MagazineTM where the change that matters is you.

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  • Jessica – Canada said:

    I believe in supporting companies that encompass the same morals I do. I look up to you because your blog is all about inspiring people and spreading awareness that may just help someone out one day.

  • PJ – Ohio said:

    I think the idea of the magazine is terrific!

  • Joy – New Mexico said:

    I like your magazine, and I congratulate you for providing these stories and for countering the fear and negativity of our media. I do think your magazine could be more effective if there were some calls to action or ways people could contribute and move the needle towards a more positive world. I’m not sure what that would look like, and I’d have to put serious thought into it, but I think it’s missing on the site.

    Have you heard about Fortune’s Change the World list? It’s meant to spotlight companies that have made significant progress addressing social problems as part of their strategy, part of their profit motive. While these companies are not “pure” in their efforts, and may have conflicting interests, they also may be innovating to address some of the world problems. They are putting money against problems to make a profit. I find that inspiring and would like to see more companies devoting more of their efforts in this direction — Doing Well by Doing Good.

  • Diane - Canada said:

    I love your magazine and the philosophy behind it.

  • Jen - Pennsylvania said:

    Good for you for spreading a positive message with Winners Within Us(tm).

  • Ally said:

    Most of the articles in your online magazine are about people who got over the “odds.” Very rarely, do you publish anything about people who are teaching people how to overcome their situations or anyone who has actually made a real difference in other peoples’ lives. I’ve heard about a million cancer stories and they all sound exactly the same, but yet there are still thousands of people dying each year due to cancer. When you handed that homeless man a magazine, do you think he found a reasonable explanation to get out of his situation, or did you hope that stories of other peoples’ success would motivate him to do better for himself?

  • Cheryl – Canada said:

    I think your magazine is beautiful and agree with the many comments you’ve received with regard to how inspirational and uplifting your stories are. I have been working in rehab for over 22 years with Occupational Therapist’s, Physiotherapist’s, Case Managers, Physicians, etc. I see first hand how life can change in an instant for a client who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Not only is it devastating to the client but it also affects both family and friends. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by individuals who focus on the positive versus negative. Our therapists take a pro-active approach in the healing process with the goal being that they will do everything possible to return the client to their pre-accident status. I have witnessed many remarkable stories over the years that have touched my heart deeply.

    I have read a few of your stories and think they’re wonderful, Alex.

  • Chris – Canada said:

    This article is very appropriate and thought inspiring indeed. So many think we can do nothing, when it is sometimes the little things that help.

    Most recently a neighbor of mine lost her cat – it is an 11 year old tabby that had never been outside. The owners were devastated which lead to a hunt for the the poor kitty at 10:00 p.m. at night. It brought half the neighborhood out of bed in night clothes, helping the neighbor in need. I was one of them as was my husband.

    There was no money exchanged in this act, but just a neighbors helping neighbors thing. The cat was found 2 days later, well. Prior to it being found, you could not walk down the street without someone asking about the status of the missing cat. People caring about people is what is important to me.

  • Andrew - Great Britain said:

    I think what follows, taken from your blog, is the gist of the matter:

    “And the world they build can be only as good as the blocks they use. Winners Within Us MagazineTM is about helping those blocks, us, to be the best we can be so that President Obama and others like him can do their job. This magazine celebrates the best within our communities so that we can learn from those that do achieve, who are winning in spite of the same everyday problems, and worse, that we are facing.”

    I like a magazine that talks about solutions and not just problems.

  • Patty - Missouri said:

    I had a chance to go look at this magazine and was not only impressed by what I saw, but also inspired. I have been on my own personal mission for the last several years to find ways to change the world. A lot of people have told me that one person cannot change the world for the better, but I disagree with them. This article, The Ripple Effect, proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. When you stopped that day and helped the homeless man, not only did you give him money, you gave him hope. We need more of that in the world.

  • Ally said:

    Most of the articles in your online magazine are about people who got over the “odds.” Very rarely, do you publish anything about people who are teaching people who to overcome their situations or anyone who has actually made a real difference in other peoples’ lives. I’ve heard about a million cancer stories and they all sound exactly the same, but yet there are still thousands of people dying each year due to cancer. When you handed that homeless man a magazine, do you think he found a reasonable explanation to get out of his situation, or did you hope that stories of other peoples’ success would motivate him to do better for himself?

  • Susan – Colorado said:

    This magazine will affect millions and the change will be awesome! And extremely functional!

  • Cole – Indiana said:

    Truthfully, I love your magazine and what it stands for. The articles from the website and twitter are refreshing and have given me a useful positive boost the past few days (and yes, they do pair well with my morning coffee)! They remind me of the newsletter I receive called “The Daily Love”, an inspirational company started by Mastin Kipp.

  • Melody – Alaska said:

    I love that the articles you are looking for are about inspirational people, role models, and those who are great achievers in life. I think this world focuses too much on negative occurrences and forgets that we should all strive to do better for ourselves, one another, as well as for our communities.

  • Fred – Florida said:

    I certainly like your concept and wish you well.

  • Connor – Indiana said:

    I am confident that what you are doing is different in a good way. It’s also a nice breath of fresh air to know that it’s a magazine that’s not biased in news stories. I try to refrain from such magazines and news outlets because of the flooded negativity. A strong holding focus on GRACE and not NATURE gives way for hope.

  • Alex Response said:

    I believe that giving him the magazine to read had a chance to address his emotional needs that cause him to be homeless. Supplying a place to sleep, giving food programs are all good, and we should do them, but they do not address the inner, emotional needs of the homeless that they deal with on a daily basis, that cause them to need help. Besides, he did not use it for drugs. He bought food at Burger King.

  • Tapaswi - California said:

    You gave a homeless man $ slipped inside of the magazine and he saw it and took the $ and was reading the magazine as he went to get food. My only question for you would be why did you decide to give the homeless man money instead of guiding him to places in your town that do assist the homeless with food, shower, clothing, etc… We have a problem in my community right now with the homeless taking that money to get drugs, alcohol, yet when we guide them to the resources they need they refuse.

  • Charles - California said:

    I must say I read your magazine and was humbled and inspired by it. This blog post about giving the homeless man ten dollars in the magazine, was proof enough that little things matter hugely. Recently I went to the supermarket and bought five dollars worth of groceries, I really only did so to get some cash back and slip the atm fees; when I reached into my wallet my debit card was gone. The cashier, a woman, took her wallet out and handed me five dollars to pay for the groceries. I was awed by her generosity, the next day I paid her back and gave her an angel pin from my mother’s collection of angel pins that she had left me.

  • Tracey - Montana said:

    You are doing an amazing job! I have followed you on Twitter, and will add your site to my bookmarks when I am home tomorrow. Thanks again for your time, and for creating such an uplifting, hopeful magazine and web site!

  • Stacy – West Virginia said:

    I read through a good bit of the stories, including a few of your blogs. I understand you hear this a lot, but I feel very inspired by what you are doing with this magazine. You mentioned in this blog “The Ripple Effect” that someone expressed confusion as to why you only write about changing the world but take no action on it, I fully disagree and for more reasons than you stated. The first story on your website I fully read was Heather Johnson’s “How You Can Prevent Suicide”, mainly because there was a picture of a cute Rottweiler on it, but I was glad I did. Although I have, fortunately, never had to be in that situation, it really opened my eyes to a growing problem that no one ever takes seriously until it hits close to home. After reading that, I read another and another and knew I was hooked. Thank you, Alex.

  • Jindati – Oregon said:

    I’m passionate about youths’ movement and how young people are turning around a world that older generations treated like they would live forever and shown little caring about what they leave behind. I travel a lot and thus meet amazingly aware, mainly younger people, who are truly winners in building community and making a change in the world. Younger people in particular, in my experience, understand that change is coming from within. Wars and fighting each other, race discrimination and just caring for your own small family and seeing everyone else as different and less important does not work anymore in the 21st century, so it looks like. I’m always open to meet older people who have this same awareness, which of course I do but not as often.

    Your Blog: The Ripple Effect resonated as you touch on what I mentioned above, building community one person at a time. Change starts to come from within and ripples out. How can community building, which in essence is supporting each other as human beings, not make a change in the world? I think it’s not the Obamas, Gandhis, politicians, corporation executives and scientists in the world that make a difference, they are just an expression of how we are doing, acknowledging where we’re at as humans. It’s each of us who makes a difference in one way or the other; we are all in this together.

  • David – Oregon said:

    I love your concept; We are looking for positive stories about people in your community who are achievers, doers, and an inspiration/role model to others.

    I believe it is so important to let people know they are of value no matter their circumstances.

  • Tamah – Kansas said:

    I have extensively perused your Winners Within Us magazine and genuinely loved what I read. I have a very low threshold for the negative, violent, and sensationalistic news stories that prevail in our society today. I think your magazine is a sorely needed positive resource and if I was lucky enough to be a part of it, I would be so proud to write human interest stories that celebrated the best, rather than the worst, within us.

  • Kim – Arkansas said:

    I read your magazine and I like what you are doing. A positive in the world can and always will make a difference, even if just a small one. I enjoyed your blog, “The Ripple Effect,” because it touched my heart and soul. It truly is the small things and acts of kindness that make a difference. I believe too many people stay glued to their own selves, needs, and wants. When, one selfless act, like yours when you gave the homeless man your magazine with the money tucked inside. You saw the difference. I can relate because last year I did a similar type of thing. An elderly lady in front of me at the grocery store didn’t have enough money to buy her groceries, and was slowly putting back her milk and bread. I slid the clerk my emergency $10 that I always keep in my purse. The appreciation on her face, thank you’s, and smile she gave me meant the world to me. It wasn’t a huge act, just a tiny one, but it made a change in her world. Ironically, when I saw the distressed women trying to figure out what to put back, I was reading a magazine waiting for my turn in line. Long story short, I followed my heart, ended up buying the magazine, shared my experience, and the magazine published the kindness act. Sometimes, things just happen for a reason and are meant to be.

    Thank you for producing a magazine focusing on important topics, happy and sad, that hold such meaning in a world of too much focus on celebrity dating, gossip, and reality mush! I appreciation your time and consideration.

  • Amanda – Kansas said:

    Good morning Alex,

    As I was reading your blog The Ripple Effect I wonder if that individual who asked what you were doing to help was only looking at the big overall picture? The article was inspiring and shows how even though, at that moment, you are helping a homeless man, you are still making a difference. It might not be to the extreme that that one reader was wanting but it is still making a difference.

    Maybe someone will see the difference you have made and give to another. This is also the affect of “paying it forward”. Someone pays for their meal and another person’s in hopes that person will continue the trend and “pay it forward”. In fact, my family did that just last week. We paid for someone else’s meal. It felt great! If that person continues the trend or not, I do not know. I just know I felt great doing it, helping out another person.

    We, as a community, should help each other out to make a better community for our families, our children, and one day our children’s children. If no one does anything then this society will continue to get worse. Even though the technology and our intelligence keeps increasing, our humanity decreases as we act more and more like animals.

  • Wayne – North Carolina said:

    I read several articles on the site. I think this is a great idea. We need more positive news. There are so many ways this can benefit individuals and the world as a whole. Reading positive news makes people feel more positive. Also by focusing on the positive in the world we will get more positive in the world.

  • Francisco – New York said:

    I am genuinely interested in your magazine’s mission. I love how you expressed it in your post “The Ripple Effect.” I have held that same mentality my whole life, “that the world they build can be only as good as the blocks they use.” If we focused more on that first, tiny ripple in the water, the bigger ripples would naturally follow.

  • Daniel - North Dakota said:

    I believe after seeing the website and magazine, I support your cause, the articles I have seen are well, good.

  • Randi - Ohio said:

    The title of this post is what drew me in. Just reading it immediately brings to mind an image of a rock falling in the middle of a pond, causing ripples to move outward. In its own way, this magazine is that rock, and our society is the pond, and we are the ripples. If this magazine impacts one person, and that one person impacts another person, and so on…it’s the ripple affect.

  • Carrie – Washington said:

    I especially liked your post on the ripple effect of making a difference within a community, demonstrating how sometimes it is the little things ($10 cash and a copy of the magazine given to a homeless person) that can impact someone enough to start taking a new direction in life. I too agree with the premise that we have so very many challenges in society today and that looking at them in aggregate from a global level can easily be daunting and immobilizing. That said, we still need to do something, even if that something is as small as $10 or in my case $5 and a hug.

  • Mary – Louisiana said:

    I wholeheartedly agree that news coverage is mostly negative, causing many people to completely stop paying attention to the world around them. I used to watch the morning news shows, but between crime, terrorism and celebrity gossip, I no longer find much of value. There truly are many people trying to make positive contributions to their communities, but those stories rarely get told. Instead, news reporting focuses on superficial and commercial aspects of society.

  • Leslie – Michigan said:

    I really liked “The Ripple Effect.” My initial thought when I’d started reading it was that it was a bit self-deprecating (which is one of my favorite traits of writer). As if to say, “I know I’m not going to change the world, but hell if I’m not going to try a little each day…” I liked the concept of this piece.

  • Tena – North Carolina said:

    What a great magazine! I spent some time browsing around and I love your positive, humanitarian articles.

  • Allison – Canada said:

    I felt that the writer was using his own voice, not that of a traditional objective journalist, which brought a feeling of genuine authenticity to what he was saying. I feel that this is an important aspect of this magazine; from what I understand, it is stories about humans by humans, and I truly feel that that human element is what keeps us all connected and reminds us that we come from the same world. I like to read things where I feel like I’m being spoken to, and I felt that with the Ripple Effect. The message of the article also resonated with me, which perhaps explains why the magazine in itself resonates with me. I feel that at this time in our world, where we see so much suffering, greed, and destruction, the most effective and positive thing we can do is focus on the good in our close surroundings. I believe it is there and I believe that people are good. I believe that the media has a way of distorting our perceptions of the world, making is seem as if everyone is full of hatred and greed. I have an awareness of the problems of the world, but I’ve learned that maintaining a perspective that focuses on the good that surrounds me keeps me grounded and ultimately gives me the energy to contribute in the best way I can for the highest good of myself and others.

  • David – USA said:

    I get the gist of what you are trying to do and applaud the notion.

  • Liz – Louisiana said:

    I really enjoy the premise of this magazine. Nearly everything in the Baton Rouge news is highly depressing. Being able to read about good things going on in the world is a great boost to my sprit.

  • Sarah – Canada said:

    This and the magazine is all very inspiring. I really love the mission statement. I believe we need more articles with a positive edge to help change the perspective that people hold. That there is goodness and positivity out there and tons of it. Three are not enough magazines covering the humanitarian side of life.

  • Penny – Iowa said:

    I read your article on the Ripple Effect, and I honestly loved it. The only problem I have is actually giving someone money. I believe it is ok to help someone, but ultimately we need to empower them to help themselves. The money did not really solve any of this man’s long term problems, but the magazine may have. Either way, giving makes us feel good about ourselves and a boost for someone in need. I agree that we are not political leaders, but we are the voice of the people, and can help create change one article or ripple at a time. I must say your style of writing has made a positive impact on me; it is far from the textbook style writing I have been seeing. Breath of fresh air, thank you for that.

  • Carmen – Florida said:

    It truly is a beautiful idea what you have done here. The most important thing is that your story is told. It is a beautiful story.

  • Herbie – Florida said:

    I respect your work and the contributions that you are making to the world. We are on the same page.

  • Kerry - Rhode Island said:

    It was the title of your Magazine that I immediately was drawn to. There was a spark there that drew me in. My life has opened up to a degree where I see all the things happening around me as opportunities sent in from the Universe, or however one might understand that, and there are no coincidences.

    I believe there is a basic goodness in all people, and that situations and conditions of people’s lives can obscure that. People are amazing and sometimes they just need a little help to scratch off the cocoon that hides their true selves beneath. It seems to me that your Magazine is a potential portal into that power. With that being said…

    The Ripple Effect is a profound piece of writing. To conceptualize the idea of change for the better as a stone being tossed in a pond is very Buddhist and enlightening. For something to happen, there must be a cause and effect occurrence. The ripples will never manifest if someone is not brave enough to throw the stone. Nothing changes if nothing changes on individual and societal levels. “You must be the change you seek”, so said Gandhi. Obama grabbed this idea and melded it into his philosophy. Smart man.

    Change of course is always happening, and it is the resistance to the change around us that causes the most suffering for most people. To open up to the possibilities and harness the good energy around and within us, and see our paths laid out before us, allows us the freedom to be what we truly were meant to be. If Ben Roethlisberger had been unwilling, or resistant in any way to the decisions of the coaches on the sidelines to alter a play or plays at the last moment in any game all season then perhaps he would never have completed the winning plays that helped his team win. His openness to change, and his belief in his organization was what won the game for Pittsburgh. I appreciate the political, sports and social references in your work. They are effective in reaching people on terms they can grasp.

  • Catherine - New York said:

    I keep loving everything I read on the website! There are so many interesting stories to tell about all of these amazing people.

  • Steve – Colorado said:

    I think we all need to have stories written for us that we can personally identify with so that we actually relate to what is being expressed. We may not be able to change the world with words, but can you honestly say that Shakespeare, or Walt Whitman did not leave the world a better place for their literature? Or Charles Darwin, Constantine, Plato, Socrates? Maybe the written CAN actually change the world, eh?

    Of course it can. The Declaration Of Independence is a written document, it changed and effected our national course of history, it still is. If people hadn’t brainstormed, the Declaration would not be quite so coherent; I guarantee you that. I know it seems a trifling analogy; but in essence, it seems that we need this tool in place as it plays its part in the grand scheme of things. People need to know that there are others in their community that they can look up to, take inspiration from, and garner some glimmer of hope in their lives, where there may be little to be found elsewhere for them.

    I think the man who critiqued you so narrow-mindedly, failed to see that if we don’t have the knowledge or physical power to change something, we adapt and try to use the tools we DO have available to us to create with. Words. And let us never forget; The pen is mightier than the sword. So you keep doing what you are doing, Alex. Don’t be discouraged by the shadow; for where there’s a shadow: there’s a light.

    Peace. SJS

  • Kristine – Washington said:

    I appreciate your time and all that you do for the world. Thank you

  • Daneil -Washington said:

    I like your focus…we need more of this in our communities!

  • Athena - USA said:

    The people chosen as winners definitely have been chosen well for the fact that they have overcome tremendous obstacles and show us how to turn the challenges many of us face into positive pathways. The visuals and extra touches like quotes, that accompany the articles are a nice touch, especially those in addition to just a picture of the individual. They help to show each person as multidimensional even though the articles focus may be highlighting a particular aspect in their lives. For example: the paintings of Brendan Gould, and Lori’s Story written in her own words and the quotes from co-workers of Robin Casterlin: Caregiver…

    I also enjoy the fact that the articles are written about a fairly wide range of people from all age groups, backgrounds, and from differing perspectives: those who built a business resulting from experiences in their lives which helps others and the stories about those who have made positive change in their lives and moved beyond difficulties to make impact for the better. For example: Alexis Sterna’s story shows how he impacts others directly, and Laurie Willmott at Spirit Horse Therapies.

    I do feel that the magazine has wonderful possibilities for future growth and popularity. Thank you for doing this.

  • Christy – South Carolina said:

    I like the theme of the magazine. Everyone has interesting stories about the interesting things that they do. Winnerswithinus.com appears to be a great place to find those stories.,Thanks for making it possible.

  • Laura – South Carolina said:

    Alex, I love your magazine and the simple yet powerful message of making an impact in the world around us. Your blog, “The Ripple Effect” is wonderfully written and the message there is spot on! The world we build is only as good as the blocks we use – how true! The notion that each of us is a source of endless ripples and to alter or improve what we are putting out in the world has an effect much farther than we can possibly see. .

  • Laura – Virginia said:

    I love the idea of highlighting inspirational figures who can motivate and serve as role models in the community.

  • Diane – Mississippi said:

    love your idea behind the publication.

  • Bill – Mississippi said:

    Very inspirational.

  • Emily – North Carolina said:

    I am happy to say I am thrilled by your website! I am an optimist and love seeing someone else focusing on the good – picking subjects
    (people) who aren’t well known, the common everyday people, and seeing how they do things within the community to help improve the world in their own small way.

  • Cherri – Missouri said:

    I have read through your website and was very impressed and inspired by its content.

  • Matthew – South Carolina said:

    The world keeps getting better and better, and yet our news stories have just gotten more and more depressing. Crime is down, but our coverage has spiked. Wars are growing fewer and further apart, but their horrors are more and more frontline news. I find the disparity interesting on an intellectual level.

  • Gregory – USA said:

    As everyone picks up a paper or watches the news there are no good situations to encourage. In fact its always what’s wrong not what’s rite, showing we care and who steps up and works a double shift to take care of their family as a single parent or starves to create a new company rarely makes the front page.

    There are many events that will encourage the mass population if only stories can be exposed to the media and pushed ahead of the crap, including the programs and community help from volunteer non profits will decrease the hunger and jobless rate by just better organization and media. Making the public see how just a little help can encourage the food lines to shorten can make a huge difference.

    Also as most rely on complete profit with companies like plumbing and repair services the word pro bono means to work without pay, one customer or family per month can help a family keep from sickness and unhealthy living like i have done.

    I knew one family who had sewage under their home for over a year and they couldn’t afford a plumber, not knowing the gasses were making them sick, waking with headaches and now that I repaired it for them, pro bono, now their new born baby can breathe easy and dad can go to work without brain damage due to methane poisoning.

    There are many of these cases and we can all make a difference by doing something.

  • Trisha - Kentucky said:

    I was very impressed with your magazine overall.

  • Bryanna - Hawaii said:

    Aloha Alex, I am very on board with your mission. I believe sharing the stories of successful individuals helps to bridge the gap between those who dream of something and those who make it come true. Mahalo- Bryanna

  • Rebecca - Louisiana said:

    I think that telling people’s stories about overcoming obstacles to create a better life and a better world is one of the best ways to do that. I believe that telling positive true stories can inspire people to move past the inertia and hopelessness that too much negative input can create. So it was great to find your your website, showing me that somebody agrees with me—enough to have built a magazine around it!

  • Jennine – New Mexico said:

    You skimmed across the keyboard with skill and precision! That was a touching beginning, the homeless guy reading your magazine on his way to get some food that you bought him. Very kind and what a great comeback to how your magazine is helping the world change. The green forest is made of green trees. Every story you publish about another winner among us stirs a little bit of hope, vision, and passion within us all. Everyone is a winner. We just have to show them that.

  • Kim – North Carolina said:

    Real change takes a significant investment of time, energy and passion. Your magazine reflects an amazing blend of all three. I am not a professional writer, but I did write all the grants, press releases and website material for grassroots organization in North Carolina. More importantly, I believe that we are all stronger, more connected and more motivated to make an impact when we see and read positive stories

  • Karie – Montana said:

    I like this article because it talks about paying it forward. It basically stands nameless yet it is a part of something we can connect to. I would like to see more articles about this. My question remains; What makes people twist to change? How do they start to accomplish this goal and when does this happen in life? I see a lot of youth struggling and fighting things in life that really don’t matter. They are attached to the dogma of social media and live within a thought process that leads to a lot of negative static. If we could change the thought process of one community of kids to think differently, think of all the wasted time we could make useful. I think we use a lot of our lives wondering how to get there and when we finally figure it out, a good portion of our lives are completed. When does that thread of life finally happen and where do you start?

  • Karie – Montana said:

    This reminds me a lot of the beginnings of Readers Digest. I would like to see a few more articles on how people get there. It shows success stories of individuals. If you take the envelope and show others how it happens then you have opened your audience level. We use to have this weekly writer in our local paper that my father use to read everyday. He would pick a human topic and write. It was always uplifting and something that people could relate in their own lives. You would have different segments of interest from self help to poems and short stories. They fill the area up yet it makes the magazine sell. Advertisers would buy into it if relates to a product they are trying to tout.

  • Sarah – Puerto Rico said:

    I like the purpose of your blog. The purpose seems to be quite inspirational. It´s nice to read positive stories once in a while when living in such a negative world nowadays, bombarded by depressing and tragic news. I like that you focus on the way to become a part of the solution and dig deep to find motivational leaders inside our communities to share their stories. This is definitely a plus. I used to write for a newspaper section called Vidas Unicas (Unique Lives) which unfortunately no longer exists here in Puerto Rico, but was very similar to what you do in the way that life stories of all kinds of people were published for the public to read and find inspiration. I met and interviewed all kinds of people ranging from powerful politicians, doctors and lawyers, to the neighborhood vegetable vendor. The experience was really great and I learned that everyone has something positive to share and contribute to society.

  • Andrea – Kansas said:

    I think your magazine offers a great outlet for positive stories- it kind of reminded me of Upbeat Times, a newspaper I used to see from time to time when I lived in Northern California.

  • Karie Godfrey said:

    I like this article because it talks about paying it forward. It basically stands nameless yet it is a part of something we can connect to. I would like to see more articles about this. My question remains; What makes people twist to change? How do they start to accomplish this goal and when does this happen in life? I see a lot of youth struggling and fighting things in life that really don’t matter. They are attached to the dogma of social media and live within a thought process that leads to a lot of negative static. If we could change the thought process of one community of kids to think differently, think of all the wasted time we could make useful. I think we use a lot of our lives wondering how to get there and when we finally figure it out, a good portion of our lives are completed. When does that thread of life finally happen and where do you start?

  • Jenee – Hawaii said:

    I like the mission of your website. I love how you want to bring more positivity and inspiration to the world.

  • Myson – Arizona said:

    As far as “believing in what you are trying to accomplish”, I’m not quite sure I know exactly what that is. I am assuming part of the goal is to spread hope and inspiration. Another part may be to inform the public what goes on behind the headlines of mainstream media. I suppose I could read a few more articles before making any judgement.

  • Nobel - Missouri said:

    I love stories about people that are making a difference in today’s society. I am also trying to do change the world too, through the foster care system. I have written my own life story about over coming physical, emotional, and sexual abuse while in foster care. My novel ‘Letters to a Silhouette’ is available on amazon.

  • Heather - Maryland said:

    I looked over many of the articles and I have to say that I was very impressed with what I read. What I like about your site overall is that it focuses on the good in the world as opposed to the bad. There is a lot of bad in the world, but you can find a lot of good if you look hard enough. I like that the articles are encouraging and send a positive message of some kind. They show that we all have inner strength, we just have to search for it sometimes. I love to read about acts of bravery, hope, and/or courage and you could find these in many of the articles. I like that you are trying to set a good example with your site and inspire people. We all need a little inspiration from time to time.

  • Gordy – Hawaii said:

    I appreciate what you are doing. As the world becomes more oppressive, we can all use a little inspiration. What you offer are the types of articles that I enjoy reading.

  • Shannon - Michigan said:

    After reading this, as well as some other pieces from the website, I feel compelled to say, “thank you.” It seems that all too often the media bombards us with negatively skewed distractions, which can prevent us from seeing the good that, I believe, still rules this world. Your vision is helping to create a sense of balance and hope, while perpetuating awareness and, thus, expanding our universal consciousness. So, please accept my smile of appreciation.

  • Ben - Maine said:

    As a licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide, I have an intimate awareness of the concept of ripple effect in many ways that most people cannot even fathom. I enjoyed this article; it compelled to keep reading more. Molto bene!

  • Lea said:

    Your title, “The Ripple Effect”, caught my eye and I’ll share with you why. I recently added this statement to a cover letter that I sent out: “I am seeking a permanent career opportunity in a field that involves helping others and creating a positive ripple effect in the world.” While it may not be the perfect business verbiage for some, it is truly what I want in my life.

    So, of course I had to read your take on “The Ripple Effect” and I have to say that it is refreshing to see yet another believer of sending out positive energy (intentions) into the world. I have learned, as you apparently have, that we can change the world, with one gesture, one smile or one word. All it takes to change the world is to first change ourselves and then we change those around us and on goes the ripple. Becoming aware of how we effect those around us is something that not everyone has caught onto yet but we all learn at our own pace and that is okay. I loved that you felt compassion for the homeless man but it was even better when you shared your magazine with him. I agree that just a simple gesture on your part could change his life in a dramatic way. After all, who among us has never benefited from the realization that we sometimes allow ourselves to sink into self-pity and despair, when all we really need is one good reality check to help us remember that we are blessed and we are responsible for creating the life we desire and that nothing is impossible. I think it’s safe to say that I am a believer in the ripple effect and I personally want to create more ripples of my own.

  • AJ said:

    Your site is thorough, unique and might I add, very inspirational.

  • Mehmed – Turkey said:

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve dealt with your problems and back on the horse, I’ve dealt with personal turmoil the last few years myself and have also had to put some projects on hold, I think we creative types deal with a lot of that sort of thing.

    To be honest with you, I did not previously know about your work, I gave it a gander and it really resonated with me, I love reading uplifting, motivational stories about people who have or have had an interesting life. Thank you.

  • Holly – Greece said:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this blog entry, it made me feel positive and motivated to play a part in change  - no matter how small, we can make a difference. I believe I share your core values. I believe the exchange of positive, educational and socially responsible information inspires individuals which can nurture a chain reaction within the larger community.

    My travels have bought me into contact with people from different walks of life. Many have been inspirational. Some leading small community projects which thanks to one or two individuals are gaining momentum. Most recently I met a Canadian born writer who resides in Bali where she’s a Reiki master and Social & Environmental activist working with fellow expatriates to resolve Bali’s water shortages. Whilst in the Seychelles I met a local man who’s pioneering a healthy eating movement on the island of Mahe and met Volunteers working on Conservation Projects to protect sea turtles and their habitat. 

  • Nate – Connecticut said:

    I have browsed your site for a while and definitely feel it’s a good publication with heart and soul.

  • Leah – Kentucky said:

    I love the entire concept of positive, uplifting, inspiring copy as contrasted to what is presented by mainstream media sources. I believe far too little focus is given to people who follow their own drum beat to fulfill what seems to be self-composed purpose of contribution to community and society as a whole using their own life story, dialog and experiences as their guide post. I don’t think there is an individual who can honestly say they are not positively affected by the works of individuals which demonstrates overcoming adversity, and being a beacon for others. While leading by example inspiring people teach possibility is limitless for anyone with a focus, drive, goal or specific mission. These myriad of specific missions is as limitless as the myriad of people compelled to help others in whatever capacity they can. The articles on your site are representative of many such diverse people, causes, missions and purposes from which an ordinary person may glean insight into the human condition, what is important to these various and diverse individuals as they navigate the journey of what represents their life here on earth, in our times, finding the purpose of it all to them, and the people they may or may not influence by virtue of remaining true to themselves, their values, beliefs, struggles, adversities, and or favorable circumstances.

  • Bonise – Arizona said:

    After reading several of the articles on your website, i like the nature of the content. I love the optimism, which is the general point of view of the writers.

  • Randi - Hawaii said:

    I really enjoyed perusing your website and the thoughtfully inspiring stories and testimonials. I truly believe that there needs to be more positive media presented via your medium and social networking. We live in a world where we are constantly being fed information because we desire and demand it. But, all too often we are exposed to negative, violent, and disparaging facets of life. Why not give people hope and clarity in others experiences?

    I am most touched by the media that focuses on every day people going out of their way to help others. I’m sure you are familiar with the video montages that show a complete stranger helping an elderly woman across the road or random people at a bus stop giving their jackets to a cold child in the middle of winter. Just beautiful!

    I’m a big fan of variety, which your website offers. Part of touching a reader’s soul is that the character and the story is relatable. You offer a spectrum that allows your readers to connect. Kudos!

  • Mike – Louisiana said:

    A feature that I think is interesting about your website is that you open it up to readers to vote stories up based on how well they were written and how compelling the story was. This seems to parallel, whether consciously or not, the democratic nature of web-based information. Certain things go viral and many other things do not. It’s also a great feature for increasing readership because it raises something from being merely text on a computer screen, and transforms it into something for the viewer to interact act with, not just with comments, but actively affecting the content of the website. One of the important things about the internet in the first place is that it creates, for maybe the first time since Ancient Athens, a truly democratic means of human interaction. A website like yours, with an outside the box view of journalism, does very well to recognize and utilize that.

  • Mike-Indiana said:

    After reading the articles showcasing the trials and triumphs of Leon Doniphan, Dave Ribbe, Adam Hathaway, and Terry Salvador, a.k.a., Terry the Unstoppable, I left the computer feeling electrified…positively charged…my own “baggage” reduced to the size of a wallet…ready to “shout my barbaric yawp from the rooftops of the world” (Dead Poets’ Society).

  • Jody said:

    I absolutely think what you are doing with Winners Within Us Magazine™ is wonderful. With so much bad in the news today, it is very refreshing to read wholesome and inspirational articles. I must say for your site to have been dormant for two years, it looks really good.

  • Samantha - Oklahoma said:

    I am a humanist through-and-through. That is to say, I believe in the power of human beings to face all obstacles — to rescue and transform each other. What you are doing is inspiring.

  • Darryl - Oregon said:

    I admire the success ethic behind the publication, and the message at the heart of the stories, at least as I understood the intended message. I’d express the deeper like this — we’re all winners. Or we all truly could be.

    It’s always within our grasp, if we cultivate the necessary tools of patience, fortitude, and the ability to turn off the pity tears.

    They’re many different kinds of winners, but no matter how harsh the circumstances of your life have been you can win by maintaining your dignity and a strong spirit.

  • Cong – Vietnam said:

    No matter how small it is , we can make a difference. As I read the blog of “Alex’s, The Ripple Effect”… Everyone is a block of this world or the world is made from our block. To have a better world, every single block should know their role do it best from president to labor worker. Enjoy the life of today as the last day.

  • Rebecca - Louisiana said:

    I really like the positive focus of your website and the wide variety of posts featured there.

  • Darryl - Oregon said:

    I admire the success ethic behind the publication, and the message at the heart of the stories, at least as I understood the intended message. I’d express the deeper like this — we’re all winners. Or we all truly could be. It’s always within our grasp, if we cultivate the necessary tools of patience, fortitude, and the ability to turn off the pity tears.

    There are many different kinds of winners, but no matter how harsh the circumstances of your life have been you can win by maintaining your dignity and a strong spirit.

  • Michelle - Kentucky said:

    I have enjoyed this magazine very much and have gone back to it several times over the day. I found it to be very inspirational and I will visit it often. I think that the world needs more good news; more inspirational stories that are full of encouragement. Your magazine seems to be chock full of these types of articles.

  • Mayalan - Arizona said:

    I am very interested in what you are doing with your magazine. I have always believed it is the everyday people who are doing work within their own communities are the ones truly making large scale positive changes. I believe in community and I believe in individual accountability. It is excellent to find a forum that wants to highlight all of the positive work that people are doing in the world.

  • Jessica - New Mexico said:

    I believe many people in this day and age are in great need of encouragement. True stories of others that have been challenged by great obstacles and overcome them and prospered are excellent inspiration!

  • Eve - Canada said:

    Finally, some positive stories.

  • Holly - Greece said:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this blog entry, it made me feel positive and motivated to play a part in change – no matter how small, we can make a difference.

  • Tracey – Virginia said:

    Very impressed with your magazine

  • Trina – South Dakota said:

    I have encountered here and there a few of these people you write about in my lifetime. They were the ones who really made me stop and think about the important things in life. They made me question my values, my character as well as search my soul to know if I was on the right path. These are the type of people who are out to make a difference in the lives of those about them. And it’s in those moments of sharing an experience with them, that you feel that powerful ripple effect that these positive beings radiate.

  • Jeanne – West Virginia said:

    Focusing on positive individuals is a great step in making the world a better place for everyone.

  • Jacqueline – Wisconsin said:

    I believe one person can make a difference, but a group of people can make a change in our world. I hope to make a I think acknowledging strong individuals in our communities who have overcome obstacles in their life, and are willing to share it with the world, is a remarkable idea.

  • Mandy - Aftica said:

    I truly enjoying browsing through the magazine! Its always interesting to me how things work in my own life, and there are days when the last thing you feel like is a winner!! Its always inspiring to read about other peoples lives, and how they defy the odds.

    Being born into relative luxury, coming from a middle class family, I have not had a terribly burdened life, nor have I battled any major so called “dread” diseases! However, I have been left as a penniless, single mother, and have lost everything in life three times, and had to rebuild my life step by step.

    I recall once, many years ago, when my daughter was about three years old, I had a really major life changing moment. I had recently resigned from my well paid and loved job, due to pressure from my then partner, who as some may have suspected, promptly left me! I was homeless in the way of not having anything other than a roof over my head – I was unable to pay my rent and the cheque I had given the Estate Agent was tantamount to committing fraud, so laughable was the amount on it! I had no furniture and not even a bed to sleep on, with a three year old child, and seven dogs and (interestingly enough) seven cats! I was terrified and helpless.

    As a white woman in Africa, jobs were scarce and I was afraid to even consider starting up my own business again. I remember that feeling of total loss and fear and I sat outside staring at a large, indigenous tree – the Black Karee tree. They are truly lovely trees, with sweeping branches, rough trunks and lovely dark green leaves,
    reminiscent of wistful willow trees.
    Suddenly I realised that the tree just carried on! It stayed there, through hail storms, wind, drought, and even attack from bugs and humans. It just stayed right there, refusing to move, refusing to die and providing something I could really enjoy – shade, and a lovely tree. The energy from the tree was amazingly powerful in its absolute desire to just “be”.
    I realised then that I would from that moment on, just “be”. I would stop worrying about not having enough and just enjoy what I did have – even if it was merely a tree to look at. It was enough.
    I have never forgotten that moment, and the feeling that came with it, although I have often wandered off the path of happiness, it becomes clearer to me every day.
    With the current trend in “The law of attraction” and Rhonda Byrnes “The Secret”, one is reminded to stay happy!

  • Jessica– North Carolina said:

    I support the message of your magazine

  • Patricia – North Carolina said:

    I love your mission statement.

  • Allison – North Carolina said:

    Looking at the big picture, changing the world for the better would be a daunting and overwhelming task. It would be very easy to throw our hands in the air and give up completely. However, there are actions that we can all accomplish that will have a positive effect. Sometimes it can be as simple as smiling at someone who is having a really bad day. Or, it can be a little more involved like volunteering at a local food bank, or in your case – publishing a magazine of inspirational stories. All actions cause reactions, and we can only hope that for all of the positive actions that we take that a positive reaction will occur. So, yes, a magazine such as Winners Within Us™ will will most certainly affect change. It is impossible to know on what scale that change will happen, but it beats the heck out of doing nothing.

    I’m one of those hopelessly happy people who chooses to “keep on the sunny side of life”. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my moments of unhappiness, but it does mean that I accept responsibility for choosing happiness and positive thinking over the alternative. It would be a honor to write for a publication that practices those same principals and seeks out stories on inspirational individuals who, in turn, will hopefully create a chain reaction of change for the better.

  • Rowyn – New Mexico said:

    I find your ezine’s topic to be fascinating and inspiring.

  • Diego – Peru said:

    I really like your cause and magazine.

  • Bridget – Florida said:

    Alex, I read both the Petty Officer and Terry the Unstoppable articles as well as your blogs. I especially liked the extra touch of the quote box left at the bottom of each of these two articles, it is something I have not seen before, so definitely originality there. I like the positive message you’re sending to your readers, it’s a great uplifting website which I’m assuming if I read more would be filled with motivation stories, which I like; no clutter of depressing content or even worse celebrity gossip. You are doing a good thing.

  • Ian said:

    I enjoyed this article for many reasons. Not only does it explain that you write not to change the world all at once, but to start at the building blocks of a community and ‘Ripple’ up ward and out ward. The last paragraph of the article breaks down your ideals and reason for publishing yours, and others, writings into a easily relate able explanation. each time the rock touches down, someone reads even a single article, the water changes, the people see that good can be done and see within themselves what they can do. When the rock settles to the bottom a permanent change has been made.

  • Ani – Montana said:

    I love your ideas and the purpose of the magazine. Seem to fit nicely with my values & my life/work.

  • Cynthia – Montana said:

    I find your writing quite refreshing. Yes, we need to emphasize and applaud the excellence in human undertakings and considerations for other. I look forward to reading the rest of your magazine.

  • Daniel – Hawaii said:

    Great writing. Very eloquently done. Reading it not only motivated me but it illustrates your deep intelligence, and how one small admirable action can go about change. There is not much else I can say about The Ripple Effect that hasn’t already been posted. It was truly powerful and inspirational.

  • Brian – Indiana said:

    “The Ripple Effect” touches on a subject that I feel not enough people take into consideration. It may not be possible to change the world for the better in one shot, however as you referenced via metaphor in the article if we can touch a few people here and there in a way that makes them want to reach out to those around them we can change it vicariously. As Lao-tzu, a 6th century Chinese philosopher wrote that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” While changing the world will without a doubt be more than a journey of a thousand miles, a single step can make all the difference.

    The article you wrote touched on a few miraculous stories. While those stories are indeed awe inspiring, I find that people do not respond well to a run of the mill miracle anymore. Hollywood has desensitized us to many of the concepts and ideal that once permeated worldwide culture. Romance, horror, drama, tragedy; these and many more have become so commonplace that we are ever forced to push the envelope further, to nudge the line that we shouldn’t cross back just a few more inches.

    This process of desensitization and exposure has conditioned us not to respond to smaller miracles. The smile on the face of a stranger for whom you held the door at the coffee shop, the spark of life in a solitary elderly man in a nursing home when someone comes to visit, the laugh of an innocent child rolling in a pile of freshly raked leaves; these are all small miracles in their own right because they can change the world a hundred times over if people would just wake up. We are so enslaved to our routines that we feel we cannot take time to appreciate the beauty all around us.

    We are all so numb to the lives we lead that we have fallen asleep. The dreamers once respected and honored among societies, are now shunned and criticized, their lofty ideals and well-wishing dismissed as impossible. One of my favorite pieces of literature is a poem written by Robert Frost. The final verse in this poem goes as such

    “I shall be telling this with a sigh
    somewhere ages and ages hence,
    two roads diverged in a wood and I
    I took the one less traveled by,
    and that has made all the difference.”

    When I was about 17 years old, my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate. I spent the summers before my junior and senior years of high school with her helping to remodel her house so that she could get an equity loan to help pay her medical bills. While we were cleaning up after finishing one of the rooms I looked out the window and saw a beautiful sunset. The masterfully artistic blend of blues, grays, reds and yellows created hues of orange and purples the like of which I have never seen in my life. The sky was a canvas and some power, whatever it may be, laid out on that canvas a work of art that no mortal man could ever hope to recreate. In that moment I wanted to share that experience so I asked my grandmother to come over to the window and see the sunset. Without looking up from the floor as she swept away the debris of the afternoons work, she responded with ” Grandson. Trust me once you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all”. To which I promptly replied “Bullshit. Please come over here and look.” much to my surprise she did, and as she stared blankly out from the window in her home at nearly 60 years of age, I watched as the numbness slowly faded and a look of serenity crossed her face that I, to this day, cannot properly articulate and she began to cry… one… solitary… teardrop… at a time.

    If there is some way to change the world certainly it has to lay in finding a way to reach those among the slumbering masses who tire of the bleak and dreary place this world has become. Surely there are those who wish to spread joy and bliss rather than judgment and prejudice. Surely there must be those who yearn to wake up. This is my reason for following your magazine. I want to be part of the solution. I want to help better the world, to skip a few stones of my own if you will.

  • Leah -- Pennsylvania said:

    Your magazine is a refreshing spotlight on those who deserve to be role models for our community.

  • Varia -- Holland said:

    I enjoyed reading the article The Ripple Effect, as I feel it concisely describes the goal and techniques of the magazine. Inspiring others is a crucial part of making a difference in the world; many wonderful people would not have had an impact on the way the world functions had their actions gone unnoticed. I think your magazine is instrumental to aiding today’s heroes

  • Lacey -- Utah said:

    This blog embodied not only what the magazine stands for, but it showed me there is a place where one can freely state his feelings about President Obama and the government. This article includes the following paragraphs:

    Changing these problems for the better is the job of our leaders, of President Obama, and I sincerely believe he will make a difference. It is up to him and other leaders to forge the plans for change, to build us a better world. But the blocks they use to build us a better world, better communities – those blocks are us. They cannot do it alone anymore than Ben Roethlisberger could have won the Super Bowl without San Antonio Holmes. And the world they build can be only as good as the blocks they use. Winners Within Us™ is about helping those blocks, us, to be the best we can be so that President Obama and others like him can do their job.

    Those words touched me. I have been in some extremely heated debates over the last two years about President Obama. I like him. I believe in him. I also realize that he can’t do his job alone and that the mess our country is currently in is not his fault. He did not get us into this and he cannot get us out of it alone. He needs American citizens to help him make the change. And I agree with you- Winners Within Us™ can have a ripple effect that will produce an immense change in our country.

    Now I realize that your magazine is not just a place for me to voice my political views. I just happened to thoroughly agree with “The Ripple Effect” article and wanted to share my thoughts. But I do appreciate a magazine that encourages its writers and readers to band together and make a change. It’s funny, but once you know there are other people out there who feel the same way you do, who want the same things you want, you’re more willing to do something about it. Strength in numbers, right?

  • will -- California said:

    I thought the ‘Ripple Effect’ piece was nicely done. The message that we all must be the change that we want to see in the world can never be stressed too often. It could have been better stylistically if the photo of the lake had shown spreading ripples from a stone skipping into the distance, reflecting the image you created in the last paragraph.

  • Michael -- Missouri said:

    I admire the kind of work that you are putting forth. It’s undeniably good, that’s a definite rarity in these dire days.

  • Gayle -- New York said:

    I like the entry “The Ripple Effect” – and of course was reminded by a Gandhi quote my son used in his graduation speech a few years back – “You must be the change you want to see in the world”. He actually combined this with a reference to social media – and actually wrote his speech from a Facebook group page over three years ago – and now we have the events transpiring world wide. The world evolves on words and social action – the internet and sites like your magazine give people a forum to share what’s good, what’s possible, and make sense out of a world where bad things happen to good people – and how they can turn that around – so many very important lessons for all of us and the truth is that happens every day.

    My critique – because I am at heart a “techy” is not really understanding the navigation of your web site, and I definitely think it can use some honing. I know with the folks at Mybridge4life.com — that has been a year long process – I am sure it will be that way for you as well. I think some great stories and writing may be getting lost because of some confusing navigation.

    In closing – I love what you are doing here. and would very much like to be a part of that.

  • bw said:

    I love the Oregon stories! As an Oregon native, it’s always nice to see some good news coming from home, especially if it has to do with the Ducks (as a UO Alumni, I’m a little biased….). Next, the subject of your magazine is pleasantly positive without being sappy. You’ve managed to get a nice blend of inspirational stories from all levels of society, congrats!

  • Maria said:

    I looked over your magazine. I believe everyone has a story and I admire your attempt to share inspirational experiences of others with the public.

  • Laura Mattes said:

    I am so pleasantly surprised to find such a positive beacon of light. I absolutely love this inspirational site.

  • Theresa H said:

    I have had a look at your website and find your efforts to focus on the community admirable.

  • Marcin W said:

    I like your approach to writing in that it focuses on people and celebrates their achievements.

  • ParkerT said:

    I was very moved by your mission statement.Let me know if there is anything i can do to help.

  • debraw said:

    I am impressed with what you are trying to do. There is a lot of good news…just try to find it! You are revealing it! Bless you!

  • ErinD said:

    Winners Within Us is an inspiring, motivating and powerful concept that I would love to be involved with. I love engaging people and bringing out their strengths. Thank you for what you are accomplishing.

  • Sabre said:

    In reviewing your website, I found your outlook most refreshing. I believe, too, that your publication provides a sorely-needed positive perspective in a world filled with new gloom and doom forecasts at every turn.

  • terrieL said:

    Congratulations on such a wonderful concept! Who was it that said “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness?” Energy does breed energy.

  • Eva C said:

    I find the concept of the magazine very touching.

  • John J. Greenway said:

    It is strange how life works, and how I came upon this webpage. Last night I could not sleep because I had a job interview this morning. I was nervous because I have been out of work for so long. Then I thought, “There would be no success without failure. No feeling of achievment without having felt dissapointment.” It made me feel less fearful of the coming day. I woke up early ready to make a great impression, but when I got outside and saw the ice on my windshield, I lost my enthusiasm completely. I came inside and called to reschedule the interview. Now I feel regretful. Isnt it ironic that I should find myself on a website that illustrates how important persistence is in allowing us to achieve our goals?

  • Dylan S said:

    The last sentence gave me chills. The metaphor of a pond as our society and seeing the image of men, women and children, all standing on the sides, relentlessly trying to find the perfect rock to add to the pond is magical.

    We all strive to find our perfect rock, and the process that gets us there helps those around us. Thus, I coined my motto:

    “As soon as we begin to live for others, our self lives.” -Dylan S.

  • Megan said:

    I believe “Winners Within Us” is a publication our country needs in these desperate times. So often, we hear of the negative news and depressing issues affecting our society. But your publication, “Winners Within Us,” stresses and focuses on the wonderful, positive people who make our society special.

    In my nearly six years of being a journalist, I have had to cover tragedies including fatal fires, loss of jobs, and scandals. While I love writing breaking news, my true love is to write about ordinary people with remarkable stories, people who are positively helping society rather than hurt it by violence and distrust. Under separate cover I plan on sending you ideas for stories about wonderful people in the Columbus area that deserve to be in “Winners Within Us.”

  • lllew said:

    I am 50 yrs old looking for work as my husband and I both are without a job and looking. Besides all that I have been praying for possitive influences in my life. The news media seems to focus on negative broadcasts. I believe people need a more possitive influence.

    Your magazine has a possitive attitude, just what I have been looking for. There is hope from adversity as life deals so many a hard blow lately. I have come from a ups and down to up then down again through out my life.

    Yet I have learned life is just that LIFE! We all can overcome as long as we believe and keep forward thoughts.

    I am a preachers daughter, my father passed away when I was 12. We went from security to unknown as my mother could not deal without my father. She went into an alternate world through presciption drugs. The rest of her life was lived in her own world that my sisters and I dealt with. We were not always happy my sisters and I, but we survived and none of us use drugs to this day. We actually are so sensative to prescriptions that we can’t take most of them.

    I am an open person and believe in honesty. This seems to conflict with the job market, as I have found out many times.

    I also believe in the power of prayer and calling on Angels. I read articles when I can find them on angel visitations. I also read Doreen Virtue’s Angel books. I noticed your magazine does not have articles on Angels or the Power of Prayer. Would this be something you would conisder adding. I firmly believe all faiths are equal to Gods love, they are just each different in thier own way. Anyway, thank you for what you are doing.

  • kthom said:

    I’d probably be a millionaire by now if I had received a dollar every time someone said to me, “Why does the news have to be so negative? Why can’t there be more positive stories?” And I’ve heard countless times from people that they want stories that leave them feeling there is a reason to feel hopeful and there are people working to make a difference.

    As a journalist for 20 years, I have covered murders to city council meetings and elections to budget meetings. The stories I enjoy writing are the ones where I walk away feeling inspired.

    That’s why I would like to write for Winners Within Us.

  • Manda said:

    I visited the website and did some browsing. The stories are very encouraging and I think people need to be seeing more of the positive that does go on every day.

  • Melissa said:

    I came across your magazine and was very impressed. I share many of your same values and am interested in a publication that aims to better the world we live in and acknowledges the people who make a difference.

  • Diego said:

    First and foremost, I commend the mission of your online and print magazine. News is filled with negativity these days and you (and your crew) have chosen to take a different approach towards making news headlines. It seems to me that you not only inform, but also educate and inspire the public to get out and make a difference.

  • jamaya said:

    I admire your organization’s commitment to giving its readers hope by sharing inspiring stories from all types of people, ranging from celebrities like Patrick Swayze to lesser-known people like Monessa Tinsley-Crabb who serve their communities despite their disabilities.

  • DawnC said:

    I find it empowering that this magazine writes about such positive issues and people.

  • GlennB said:

    I’m very interested in people who see possibility in their world, who have the courage to take a stand and be counted, who believe in abundance, not scarcity. We are living in a transitional time in world conciousness and bringing the personal stories of individuals with the characteristics I’ve mentioned above can be an inspiration to all of us. Thank you!

  • Scott H said:

    I was not previously familiar with your website, but I am glad I found it. What a wonderfully positive and purposeful thing you are doing here.

  • JaneB said:

    I like your positive message. It’s nice to see someone not focusing on gloom and doom.

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