Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Stephen J. Cannell

I got to meet Stephen J. Cannell in a Border's in Oakbrook, Illinois.

I grew up on his TV shows, The A-Team, Greatest American Hero, Renegade and a bunch more.

The man is an inspiration.

He failed three grades and has severe dyslexia and he went on to write more than 450 scripts, produced over 1,500 TV Shows, has a dozen novels, received many awards - the man is unstoppable!

The comment that struck me the most was something his father shared with him:

"Try to catch people doing right."

Instead of constantly focusing on what people - or you - are doing wrong, tell people what they are doing right.

What a concept.

After hearing him talk, I love this guy even more than I did before!

Stephen J. Cannell