In cities all over the world, tough neighborhoods exist where youth are exposed to the dangers of drugs, crime and peer pressure. The city of New Orleans is no different, but there are people inspired to become role models and mentors to the city’s troubled youth. Hans Shmidheiser, a respected former foreign correspondent for a major news outlet and now established author, is taking the initiative to help some of New Orleans’ youth.
Hans draws courage from the fact that he grew up in tough surroundings as well and strives to become one of the best in his profession. From fighting a life-threatening illness to living in poverty, Hans Shmidheiser can relate to some of the experiences the youth face. Rather than let such a tough upbringing derail his ambitions, he used his situations as fuel for internal motivation.
The well-known author of the Johnny Normal book series now holds a frequent literature workshop in various neighborhoods of New Orleans. After the first few workshops, it became abundantly clear that the youth required an avenue to speak out, and writing worked quite well. Thus, Hans made it a priority to facilitate as many workshops as his schedule would allow, giving young writers every opportunity to participate in something constructive.
Hans Shmidheiser knows the value of giving a helping hand. He believes that those in a position to help should make it a habit to do so. Everyone needs a helping hand, he says, so don’t pass up an opportunity to do good.
As a former foreign correspondent for a major new publication, Hans Shmidheiser’s days would often find himself chained to a desk for long periods. Alternatively, he would be traveling the globe in search of the next story, which wouldn’t leave him enough time to engage in physical activity. With that life behind him now, Hans has embraced a more healthy and active approach to living. Never will a day go by without him taking an hour (or two) to participate in some of his favorite activities, which include playing tennis and running.
The decision to leave a journalistic career behind opened more time for Hans Shmidheiser, who took up tennis almost immediately. With time, he became quite skilled at the sport. Thanks to a competitive spirit, Hans is always looking forward to the next match with a friend or local tennis club member. If he’s not playing, he can be found helping younger players learn the basics of the game. He’s never too busy to give a helping hand, and his efforts have enabled some of the younger tennis players at his club develop tremendously.
Running, on the other hand, affords Hans Shmidheiser the opportunity to relax and make use of his athletic talents. In the New Orleans community where he lives, Hans has built an impressive reputation as a dedicated runner and will often take part in local running events and marathons. The secret to good running, he shares, is applying as much effort and dedication to the activity as you would a professional career.
At the conclusion of his days as a foreign affairs correspondent, Hans Shmidheiser opted for the less travel-intensive, yet equally tasking life as a professional writer. Going on the writing skills he had honed over the years working in the field of investigative journalism, he found success by publishing several self-help novels and the increasingly popular Johnny Normal book series. But more to the writing success, Shmidheiser found he had more time on his hands to organize writer workshops for aspiring writers in the New Orleans community.
Mostly targeted at disadvantaged communities, these workshops offer a chance for Hans Shmidheiser to interact and pass on a message that he deems important to anyone wishing to accomplish their dreams: there is no alternative to hard work. Having had to endure various challenges while growing up, Shmidheiser is no stranger to putting in long hours and digging deep in order to reach his goals. Now that he’s found success in his endeavors, his aim is to help others accomplish their dreams by providing avenues crucial to their success.
In a culture where many have eschewed reading habits by choosing to focus their time on gadgets and social media, and where short form lingo has permeated into the realm of writing, Hans Shmidheiser’s workshops are slowly helping to change the mindsets of young writers to embrace old-school reading and writing habits. Good writing is a function of many things, among them hard work and persistence. Through the workshops, Shmidheiser hopes to let participants know that there is no shortcut to success.
Hans Shmidheiser has never been one to shy away from adversity. His childhood was a tough one and required him to stay strong in the face of health problems or poor finances. Through it all, he kept a strong and optimistic attitude, always looking forward to the good times ahead. He knows that every individual has their personal experiences that help mold their personalities. However, even with unique backgrounds, he sees it as every person’s obligations to try to make life easier for the people around them. In whatever way, volunteer work and helping the needy goes a long way in improving the lives of the community as a whole.
By organizing literature-based workshops in his local New Orleans community, Hans Shmidheiser has had the opportunity to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Those who intrigue him though are those that come from disadvantaged neighborhoods: the young people who often face adversity due to circumstances not of their doing. Like himself years earlier, Shmidheiser knows that a constant encouragement is key to keeping these young minds focused on their dreams, not to mention keep them away from trouble. By interacting with them, he shows them that they too, like himself, can make it in a tough world.
What Hans Shmidheiser hopes to instill in the young people’s mindsets is that giving back to the community makes a difference. The writing workshops have helped to mold creative writers who can articulate their experiences in positive ways, thus keeping the hope that their futures will be bright.
With a busy lifestyle, it can often be hard to find the time to volunteer to help those in need. However, volunteering has its benefits to you and your community. By donating your time, talent, skills and resources to helping individuals with various needs, you are helping someone else live a better life, accomplish a goal or live a fulfilling life. That is rewarding in itself, not to mention the sense of satisfaction you get that goes towards improving your sense of self-worth.
Hans Shmidheiser has overcome various challenges in his life to become the successful writer he is today. From suffering from a life-threatening disease in his young age to facing hostile communities and weather elements in war-torn locations to cover good stories, he is well versed with facing adversity. While his optimistic outlook and determined demeanor have often enabled him get the toughest of situations, he acknowledges that having people to help him was important. At the conclusion of his travels around the world, he chose to go back to New Orleans to help the at-risk youth in the community live better lives.
Thanks to the success of the Johnny Normal book series, Hans Shmidheiser is now in a position to organize writer workshops for aspiring writers in the community. More to equipping these writers with the skills to succeed in the difficult profession that writing is, Shmidheiser also uses the opportunity to instill in these young minds the values of integrity, hard work, perseverance and patience – values that are essential to helping them accomplish their ambitions.
As the author of the increasingly popular Johnny Normal series, Hans Shmidheiser finds himself turning to his collection of over 2000 books for ideas and inspiration. Over the past year, he has been hard at work on the next book in the Johnny Normal series, and d this time he has gone back to the basics of reading that Hans Shmidheiser knows are crucial to his success as a writer. In an era where mobile devices and social media have fractured attention spans, finding persons willing to read a book for hours on end is becoming increasingly difficult.
Reading brings numerous benefits, including improved concentration levels, analytical thinking, and reduced stress levels. Hans Shmidheiser, loves to read in his free time, offers the following tips to help individuals become better readers.
Much like you would make time for a dancing class or an aerobic session at the gym, set time for reading. By doing so, you have an increased of sitting down and picking up a book.
Switch off your phone and computer, and find a place with no distractions, be it your room or a shady area in the park. The fewer distractions you encounter the better it is for your reading efforts.
Go for a printed book
While you might want to advance with the times and opt for an eBook, seeing a printed book lying around will give you more impetus to read it than an eBook would.
In addition to being a renowned and successful professional writer, Hans Shmidheiser is also an avid reader. He credits his love for reading contemporary literature as having enabled him find the inspiration to write and grow in his authorial aspirations. Thanks to his love of books, Shmidheiser has one of the more impressive collection of literature in the New Orleans area, a collection that features authors such as Tom Robbins and Douglas Adams, to name a few.
Hans Shmidheiser’s collection features more than 2000 books, most of which he has collected over the last decade. Each book has played a significant role in his writing career, and thus he is unable to specifically pin down an all-time favorite. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of the titles in his collection for example, is one that opened his mind to the world of absurdist fiction, which he now portrays in his Johnny Normal series.
According to Shmidheiser, one of the secrets to growing as a writer is to read extensively. To this effect, he opens up his library to the public, more specifically aspiring writers in the New Orleans area. By doing so, he is availing to them the opportunities to expand the boundaries of their writing talent, much as his collection did for him in his earlier years. Through the library and by conducting writing workshops, Hans Shmidheiser is doing his part in helping groom a new generation of writers that will explore and test the boundaries of writing.