I watched a video clip of actor Will Smith the other day and he shared a powerful message. He started with a quote from the poet Rumi which was, “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
He then asked who are the five people you spend the most time with? Who are your last five texts from? Who are the last five people you met for coffee or had a long chat with? Continue reading
There were 13 NFL teams that had never won the Super Bowl. And now there are 12. The Philadelphia Eagles had been to the big game twice before and lost. But not last night. The underdog took the biggest prize. Continue reading
When the Jacksonville Jaguars met the New England Patriots yesterday to vie for a spot at the Super Bowl, many pundits said it would be a David versus Goliath scenario. The Patriots, along with their quarterback Tom Brady, have been at the Super Bowl seven times before this season. What chance did the Jaguars have? Continue reading
Yesterday I was standing in a Grade 10 classroom talking to students about my journey to become a published author. Sharing my message about grit, resilience, embracing failure, finding your gift and never giving up. Continue reading
Everything happens for a reason. I tried to explain that to my 12-year-old son a few weeks back when he was cut from the hockey team he played on last year. I told him that sometimes life isn’t fair. As an adult, you may feel that you are the most qualified for a certain job and then be passed over for a promotion. But you’ll end up on the path you were meant to be on in the end. Continue reading
In the early 1980s, Oprah Winfrey was a 28-year-old talk show host in Baltimore. She read a book called The Color Purple and it completely changed her life. She had been abused as a child and had never told anyone. A character in the book had the same thing happen to her so Oprah finally felt like she wasn’t alone. She felt heard and validated. She went to the book store and bought every available copy of the book. She carried them around in a backpack and handed them out to friends, colleagues and strangers, urging them to read the story. Continue reading
Artist Vincent Van Gogh once said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Sometimes it may feel like you are taking two steps forward and one step back. But that still means you are moving forward. No matter how small the increment, moving ahead is always the motion that counts. Continue reading
Are we getting older or bolder? Each day we have the opportunity to think we have missed our chance to do something or we can just jump in and do it.
And the bolder we are the younger we feel.
Last weekend I literally leaped right out of my comfort zone and went ziplining with my kids for the first time. Continue reading
I’m reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. If you haven’t watched his TED Talk, it’s a must. He reminds us through years of research he did while at Harvard that happiness comes before success. Not the other way around.
So many of us think we will be happy when we meet that special someone, graduate, get a job, earn a promotion, buy a house, have children or lose weight. But research shows that if we are happier where we are, we will end up getting to where we need to be at a much quicker pace. Continue reading
There was a young boy in the early 1800s in England who got very little formal education. His father was imprisoned for having debts when the boy was 12 years old. The boy got a job in a shoe polish factory and lived in a tiny room while his mother and other siblings joined his father in jail which was the practice at the time. Continue reading