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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 18:12

‘ToyMakerz’ Star David Ankin Shares Message With Youth: 'If You Can Dream It, You Can Build It'

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I appreciate all of the help my behind-the-scenes team provides as well, which includes the film crew and editing team. I have a major team behind me that I wouldn’t be able to survive without.


Q: Can you tell us about your message, “If you can dream it, you can build it”?


A: I think that’s life. You should never think you can’t do it. Why can’t you do it if somebody else can? The only reason is that you haven’t put in the time or you haven’t had the desire to do so.


I’m a normal guy from a normal world. I had an incredible family but a very normal upbringing.

I went to a public school, and I didn’t have a silver spoon in my mouth. From the time I was a child, I worked very hard and believed. This is a great country, but life is not handed to you. You have to go out and get what you want. If you truly put in the effort, you can do anything in life. You just have to have a little bit of faith and perseverance and work hard. This is true if you’re painting a wall, laying bricks, building a motor or driving a car.


Q: How are you inspiring and motivating kids to take a break from screen time?


A: I understand that times have changed and kids aren’t doing the same things that I was when I was younger. I really enjoy being hands-on, and they’ve taken that opportunity out of many schools. Any time you can get kids hands-on things and show that it can make difference, I think that is a good thing.


My 13-year-old son, Braydon, like others, grew up around computers, and I know screen time is very common. I think it’s important to try and reach our kids’ other senses as well: to get them to feel it, hear it and touch it. I think the more senses you can get them in tuned with, the more you can teach children, and then they don’t even think about screen time anymore. For example, Brayden often lends a hand in my shop.

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