English and Journalism

Bruce Littlefield STD Fall Speaker Event: "Arming Yourself for a Winning Career," Oct. 18, 2012

Kelsey McGuire, STD Secretary

New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle expert Bruce Littlefield visited Western Illinois University on Thursday, October 18. Littlefield joined students, faculty, and interested community members for two events sponsored by the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, the Department of English and Journalism, the Council on Student Activities Funds, and the Visiting Lectures Committee. More than 50 students and faculty attended Bruce’s evening presentation “Arming Yourself for a Winning Career” held in the Lincoln Room of the University Union.

Bruce has received high acclaim for his numerous books, which reflect a wide spectrum of expertise from Garage Sale America and The Bedtime Book for Dogs, to My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family, a novel he co-wrote with civil rights activist Zach Wahls.

Bruce, who has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show and ABC’s The View and who has been deemed a “lifestyle authority” by the New York Times, shared his amazing success story, starting with his humble beginning in a small South Carolina town with nothing but a dream of moving to New York City. He gave students in the audience some of his keys to spotting opportunity and achieving personal goals, such as “always be curious” and “never burn bridges.”

Using extraordinary wit, masterful storytelling, and a clever Power Point presentation, Bruce charmed the audience. His advice to the young participants ranged from the small – always send a handwritten “thank you” note – to the large – “Keep the vision, change the dream.” Whatever your goal, he reminded students, always play to your strengths and you will be successful.