'Dear GMA' Entry: Are You Our Next Advice Guru?

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"Good Morning America" is launching a nationwide search for a 21st century Advice Guru.

This is a full time, on-air position at "GMA." You could sit next to George and Robin and be a part of the "GMA" Team!

Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring some of your entries on the website.

Check out this one from Renee Adamczyk of Sherman Oaks, Calif.

What's the best advice you have ever given? What was the result?

Don't let the hurdles block your jumps. Stretch your legs and jump over them rather than lean on them as crutches. A student who had no self-confidence in achieving her goals, just graduated and was our student speaker. She is now working as a Medical Assistant.

What would you tell his person: "Whenever there is an issue between my mother-in-law and me, my husband refuses to stand up for me. How do I get him to value our relationship more than the one with his mother?

This isn't a competition. Learn to share love. If there is an issue with your mother-in-law deal with it yourself, do not rely on your husband to support either one of you. He will respect you more, and so will your mother-in-law. If you make him choose, it will only put a strain on your own relationship.

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What would you tell this person: "While cleaning my son's room, I accidentally saw on his Facebook page threatening remarks from his friends. I fear he's being bullied. What should I do?"

Provide a story to your son in hopes that he will open up to you. If you have been bullied yourself, talk about it and how you handled it in positive ways. If not, talk about a situation whereby a person you know, or have heard about was being bullied and what outcomes can prevail. If he doesn't open up, try asking through a similar discussion if he ever knew of anyone that has been in this situation and the fear they may be housing.

What would you tell this person: "My boss keeps taking credit for my ideas. What should I do?"

Who cares? If your boss is taking credit for your ideas, he or she must think you have very unique ideas. I recall making many of my bosses shine based upon ideas I have generated. I've learned to give myself kudos for coming up with unique approaches to things even if he did take the credit. I also produced some great student help books that I put around campus after my boss reviewed it. Not only did it take off at my campus, but around other campuses as well. I made a name for myself without worrying if my boss was going to take my idea or not.


When I first heard about the GMA Guru, I thought to myself what better of a fit can a job be for me than this? I have been through it all, and when I say all, I mean everything from soup to nuts. I was quite innovative as a young girl and went from being picked on for coloring my hair very blonde to becoming a twirling captain with little to no lessons. I figured if I tried out for something worth while, my hair wouldn't be a target any longer. The first year I tried out, I barely held the baton in my hand and everyone laughed at me.

It didn't stop me the second year because I took a few lessons, but primarily taught myself. I tried out and surprised even myself by winning first place. I earned the respect of my fellow students and my perseverance paid off. As the years went on I went through a lot of dating, a marriage, divorce, and pushed my way into a college that turned me down. I didn't take no for an answer, and they went against policy (denying me acceptance) into entering me that winter session. This is a top university and I was an older student. Needless to say, I received top honors and struggled to get straight A's while going through a divorce and raising my twins. I had lost a child as well. After my divorce I met a man with whom I got engaged three years afterwards. He had a horrible temper, and it ended badly. I however moved on and had to rebuild my self esteem. I thought at this very moment, nothing else can possibly happen. But as life should have it, I discovered I had stage two breast cancer.

Attitude in life is everything, and I smiled though my mastectomy, hysterectomy, and chemotherapy. I was the strength and solid foundation for my twins and many other women of whom I helped through this. My philosophy of maintaining a positive outlook truly paid off. I'm now the dean of a college and work with a diverse group of students that struggle in every day life. I have coached, advised, and nurtured so many people through many different things. It's all in one's perspective. And if you can get people to think about not taking things personally, but to look at solutions rather than problems, this is the key in life's adventures.