KOUTS | A former local television anchor spread some cheer Thursday evening with tales of inspirational people at the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 61st annual meeting.
Charlie Adams, a former sports anchor and reporter for South Bend’s WSBT, has interviewed hundreds of inspirational sports figures and has compiled his list of positive stories in a book, “How to Build a Positive Attitude and Keep the Darn Thing.”
“God gives us a purpose, each one of us,” said Adams. “I meet people who are inspirational and I share their stories. It’s amazing, some of the people out there in this world.”
In his 20-year broadcasting career, Adams collected positive stories from sports greats and celebrities, including Archie Manning, Digger Phelps, Lou Holtz, Jim Harbaugh, and Bill Cosby.
“I covered peak performers in sports and people with incredible attitudes, and I kept the stories,” said Adams. “For 20 years I’ve just saved what everybody said. They are people just like me and you.”
Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, whom he interviewed him “200 times,” told Adams that everyone has four needs: a purpose, something to hope for, someone to love, and something to believe in, said Adams.
“When I cover those that have a faith foundation, there’s a distinct difference, I certainly believe in it,” said Adams.
The happiest people are those who focus on solving problems rather than allowing them to pull them down, said Adams.
“Every day we have a choice with our attitude,” said Adams. “A lot of it is being solution center – those with best attitude are solution-centered.”
Although we all try to be positive, we all encounter negative people and situations, said Adams.
“When something negative happens in life, you’d be surprised at how something positive can come out of it,” said Adams. “The little things – you just have to shake it off and soar above. You have to just rise above some things.”
Adams, who grew up in Oxford, Miss., said his father started his day positively with some “quiet time.”
“His quiet time built that foundation for the day,” said Adams.
Besides being a motivational speaker, Adams also hosts travel “Travels with Charlie,” travel trips for Edgerton’s Travel, in LaPorte.
Adams ended the evening with a story about Brett Eastburn, a young man born with no arms or legs who has never thought of himself as being disabled.
“He had an incredible attitude,” said Adams. “He chose to not be a victim but be a victor.”