One year ago today I was told that my book was live and available at Indigo and Amazon. I grabbed a copy, ran outside and got my son to take my picture. Then I shared my story and never looked back. What a whirlwind year. I’ve done book signings, spoken to students and executives, and been honoured each time someone decided to purchase a copy of The Treasure You Seek. Continue reading
Getting into medical school is hard. Getting drafted into the NFL and being a starter is harder. What if you wanted to do both? People would probably tell you it’s impossible. Continue reading
When it comes to greatness, it’s inside all of us. And the only thing that lets it out is action.
Mozart composed over 600 musical pieces. Picasso created over 50,000 works of art. And Van Gogh painted 900 paintings. Continue reading
After playing for ten years in the minor league, and working as a math tutor, Andre Ingram got the call he had been waiting for. At age 32, he made his debut this week in the NBA for the LA Lakers. Scoring four three-pointers and 19 points overall, it was a night that dreams are made of. The crowd started yelling, “M-V-P!” Some of the players on the team his age had already played almost 1000 NBA games. And this was Ingram’s first. Continue reading
Dreams. They are what keep us going. Motivate us to get up and try again. Focus us in our youth when we have to decide what our path will be.
The Oscars always remind me of dreams coming true. We hear so many stories of people waiting tables while waiting to make it. The part they got that changed their lives. The story they told that the world was waiting to hear. Continue reading
Poet Walt Whitman said, “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”
What satisfies one may not satisfy another. But each person must seek their own truth.
What makes your heart sing? What makes you jump out of bed and race into your day? What makes you laugh? What makes you curious and energized and excited?
That is your truth.
Walt Whitman also said, “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.” Before a million opinions and options and others who see things differently. Stay composed in your truth. Forge on towards your dream.
Once you have locked on to your gift, your truth, don’t ever let it go.
As speaker and behavioural scientist Steve Maraboli once said, “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Author R.A. Salvatore said, “I have come to know that death is an important thing to keep in mind – not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die can I ever truly begin to live.” Continue reading
Ann Dowd is a 61-year-old working actor. For thirty years she has played under the radar supporting roles in movies including Philadelphia, Marley & Me, Lorenzo’s Oil and Manchurian Candidate and television shows including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The X-Files and Chicago Hope. But she never received a prestigious award for her work.
Until last night. She took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the character she plays in the screen version of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She started her acceptance speech with, “Well, I think this is a dream…” Continue reading
I saw a picture the other day of all the different cell phones that have been around over the years. It made me think about Alexander Graham Bell who was experimenting with getting sound to travel across a wire because his mom and his wife were both hearing-impaired. He changed the world when that first “call” went through in 1876 and the telephone was born. Continue reading
I’m a big believer in the arts. I feel the arts stretch our thinking and no matter what our career is, we’ll always do better if we colour outside the lines. I’m also a big believer in dreams and taking action to make them come true. Continue reading