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.
An accomplished professional writer, Han Shmidheiser often finds that his days consist of long hours working in front of a computer screen with few breaks in between. Such a deskbound lifestyle, in the long run, is not encouraged by doctors as conducive to good health. To keep his body fit, Shmidheiser often participates in competitive running, something he has loved since he was young.
To participate in a marathon, whether it is a full-length or mini version, requires a significant commitment of time and energy from the runner. As Hans Shmidheiser knows, good preparation is the key to success. In the races he has participated in, he’s seen that it’s often the runners who took the time to prepare and adjust to the race conditions that were able to finish. From his experiences, he shares two insights that he believes aspiring runners can utilize for success.
Know your limits
A marathon will expose you to far greater risks of injury than a normal jog around the neighborhood. The long distance of a marathon pushes one’s mental, physical and physiological boundaries. Before you begin, consult with a physician to establish how far you can push your body.
Keep your motivation
For many runners, the desire to participate in a marathon is often tied to breaking personal limits. You may want to test how far you can go, or perhaps are doing it to support a charitable cause or get healthier. Whatever the reason, hold on to it and keep reminding yourself in the times ahead. When your legs feel like rubber and the bed seems more comfortable than the rain outside, your motivation will keep you strong.
Many are privy to Hans Shmidheiser’s considerable skill, and accomplishment, as both novelist and foreign affairs correspondent. For much of the last decade, Shmidheiser has been inspiring, educating and empowering through enthralling, elegantly-written feature-length news articles, self-help books and full-length fictional novels, and has become a well-respected, even revered name in the fields of journalism and literature.
Many are not aware, however, of Shmidheiser’s considerable musical prowess, a skill he has developed over many years of professional training, practice and love of the art. A classically trained violinist, Hans Shmidheiser maintains the same high level of passion and commitment to classic music, and to the instrument, that he has had since childhood, and can commonly be found playing one of his favorite pieces during his time away from the computer or typewriter. Hans Shmidheiser, whose father himself was a well-known musician, worked to instill a love of both music, and the violin, into Shmidheiser at a very early age; a love that continues to be an undeniable and inseparable part of his soul and his being.
Shmidheiser has earned much respect and admiration for his skills as a writer, and continues to receive praise for many of the pieces he has written as an overseas journalist, composed at various points over much of the last ten years. Now with a focus on fiction, particularly absurdist literature, he continues to show the same passion and dedication to the Johnny Normal book series as he did towards the late-breaking news story.
New Orleans is perhaps best known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, which continues to attract millions of party-goers and tourists from around the globe each and every year. A long time professional and resident of the New Orleans area, Hans Shmidheiser understands the many amazing things to see and do both before and after the weeklong Mardi Gras festivities, as his hometown offers an abundance of historical and mysterious value to vacationers the entire year round.
Below, Hans Shmidheiser shares some of his favorite places to visit, and to experience, in the New Orleans area.
The French Quarter
Any tour or trip to New Orleans would be remiss without beginning in the French Quarter, the heart and soul of the city as well as a National Historic Landmark. Established by the French as the original New Orleans colony in 1718, the French Quarter offers the visitor the opportunity to stroll up and down historic and narrow cobblestone streets, and to come face-to-face with such beautiful and significant attractions as the Faulkner House, the Cabildo and Jackson Square. Bourbon Street is, of course, the Quarter’s primary draw.
St. Louis Cemeteries
Believe it or not, says Hans Shmidheiser, some of New Orleans’ most popular and enduring attractions are the St. Louis Cemeteries. Numerous cemetery tours are available to anyone brazen enough to experience the hauntingly beautiful, historic and often ornate “cities of the dead” found throughout various areas of New Orleans.
The National World War II Museum
Visitors of the National World War II Museum have the opportunity to peruse an amazing collection of wartime artifacts, and to get up close and personal with one of the biggest and most important conflicts in both American and World history.