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Be Your Brand! Gary Blehm, The Optimist Since 1989, says, "Do What You Like to Do" and "Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams".

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Do what you like to do. Be positive and follow your dreams. Never Surrender. Never Give Up. Spreading the Power of Optimism and Positive Vibes, Gary Blehm is a motivational speaker and cartoonist encouraging kids to "Be Your Brand" and take what you love to do and make it your life. Blehm created his optimistic character, Penman, in the fifth grade of a one room school house near Aspen, Colorado in 1977. He told his parents that day that he would draw the character as a career for the rest of his life. At age 55 Blehm is doing just that. Be Your Brand and never look back.

What will today bring. I'm betting on something Positive.

Penman Gary Blehm, The Optimist. The ice is melting and I can see blue sky. Optimism flows through my senses. The dream is still alive through the Power of Optimism and Providence. Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams!

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Spread Positive Vibes

Be Positive and let everyone see it. Smile like you mean it. Spread Positive Vibes!

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The PENMEN® Comic Strip, a Wordless, Sequential Art Curiosity

The PENMEN® Pantomime Comic Strip ran in a limited number of newspapers through the 1990's. There was never a single word used to tell stories in three frames or less. Creator, Gary Blehm tried to introduce something new into the comic pages and it did best in color Sunday comics reaching millions. To this day [...]

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Optimism isn't Always Easy

Optimism isn't always easy. There are road blocks and pessimistic forces ready to hold you back. Keep going! Never surrender! Never Give Up! It takes a special kind of motivation to follow your dreams where few dare to go. Believe in yourself and you will conquer mountains. Let nothing stop you. Push on. Nothing worth [...]

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Penman the Optimist Turns 30 This Year

Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams. Penman the Optimist Turns 30 this year. We're positively optimistic about the year ahead. What began as a cherished character drawing in the fifth grade of a one room school house near Aspen, Colorado in 1977 has become a positive and timely motivational inspiration to all those who refuse to [...]

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This is Optimism

Be positive and follow your dreams with the power of optimism and positive vibes. Gary Blehm, The Optimist, spreading optimism and positivity since 1989. 

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​Gary Blehm, The Optimist Since 1989, a Life of Optimism in His Own Words

Gary Blehm, The Optimist Since 1989, tells his story of spreading optimism in his own words. "Be positive and follow your dreams. Take what you love to do and make that your dream. Shoot for the moon, and only settle for top of the world.

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The Optimist, Gary Blehm Spreads Optimism and Positive Vibes from a Colorado Campsite

The Optimist, Gary Blehm Spreads Optimism and Positive Vibes from a Colorado Campsite after selling t-shirts at a local spring festival.

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