Back in 1988, local guys Dave Rudofsky and John Snow got excited upon learning that Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author of self-improvement books, was coming to St. John’s.
“In those days, St. John’s was hardly a ‘must include’ destination on the speakers’ circuit,” the pair explain in a written statement.
“Brian’s theory and teaching was centred around the fact that what we see and perceive, the mind will believe, and we become what we think.”
It was at Tracy’s event in St. John’s that the seeds of the Positive Thinkers Club were sown. Founded by Rudofsky and Snow, the club held its first meeting a year later.
This weekend, the club will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open house brunch event at Uptown on Kenmount Road, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Guest speakers will be Lorne Rostotski and Donovan Taplin, and Tracy will participate via a video message. More information can be found online at www.positivethinkersclub.ca.
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are pleased and proud to have had a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians over those years,” Rudofsky and Tracy said. “Many have had life-changing experiences, while others have witnessed small adjustments in their careers, their personal lives and their overall happiness.
“For us, the co-founders, it has been a journey of immense joy and satisfaction as we have seen many people become happier and more successful in their daily lives.”
Here are some personal stories from members provided by the Positive Thinkers Club:
“For the past 15 years, the Positive Thinkers Club has been a place of inspiration. This group of like-minded people has been a consistent source of strength, a place where amazing friendships are born, and a place of such positive energy that has enriched my life in many ways. I have learned from the amazing and diverse speakers who share their positive stories with us, and also from other members who greet each other with a smile. The Positive Thinkers Club has helped me look at even life's most difficult challenges from a positive perspective. It's a fantastic way to spend the last Saturday morning of each month!”
“I’ve been going to Positive Thinkers for a little over four years. It’s a place I can go and be with friends, laugh, be thankful and mostly escape my own life and the problems in it. You see, my husband was full of life. He was carefree, charming, funny, enjoyed having a great time and just loved life. He was the rock of my existence. One Thursday night in April 2009, he went to bed early because he didn’t feel well. That night our lives changed forever. He woke me out of my sleep burning up with a temperature and within minutes he started having seizures. Two days later we were told he has five unknown brain tumors ... all they knew was they were not cancerous, but they were inoperable. I began the tasks of helping my husband cope with short term memory loss … loss of his job, loss of his driver’s licence and, most importantly, loss of my rock. He wasn’t the man I married; he was angry, anxious and had major anxiety. It was heart-breaking to see him go into a depression, and I was slowly following him. My great friend asked me to go to Positive Thinkers. I thought it was a joke and didn’t really know such a club existed. I thought it couldn’t hurt and if I didn’t get anything out of it at least I was getting away for a few hours, enjoying some good food and great friends. To my surprise, every month I started to look forward to going for all those reasons and couldn’t wait to hear the guest speaker. I laughed, cried and always took away something positive in my negative world. My husband and I spent more time together and I told him if he wants to be together he needs to follow my actions. He came on walks with me, we talked more, we prayed, we went to church and he came to Positive Thinkers breakfasts. We learned how to deal with memory loss. … Through prayer and meditation his anger has subsided and (we deal with his) anxiety one step at a time, side by side. My husband is not the same man I married, he’s much more.”
“In 1992 I retired, after working steadily since I was 18; a grand total of 37 years. Retirement is a life-changing event, but there were at least four other life-changing events that year. A friend introduced me to Positive Thinkers and I joined that fall. Positive Thinkers helped me through that stress-filled time and was the day I looked forward to every month. Meeting other positive people and getting involved with the group was what I needed. Of course, 22 years later, I am still a member.”