Siobhan Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: October 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Creating opportunity

I read something the other day about creating opportunity and it reminded me how we all have a role in our own success.

Opportunity doesn’t always knock on the door.  I was speaking at a school a few weeks back and I told the students that someone is not going to walk into the school hallways and announce, “We need a student on a full scholarship to attend our university.  You there, come with me.  You have the position.”  We have to make things happen. Continue reading

Compound time

I read a very inspiring article entitled “Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week On ‘Compound Time'” by author Michael Simmons.  He says, “Despite having way more responsibility than anyone else, top performers in the business world often find time to step away from their urgent work, slow down, and invest in activities that have a long-term payoff in greater knowledge, creativity, and energy. As a result, they may achieve less in a day at first, but drastically more over the course of their lives.  I call this compound time because, like compound interest, a small investment now yields surprisingly large returns over time.” Continue reading

The leakage of emotions

Science journalist Daniel Goldman said, “Like secondhand smoke, the leakage of emotions can make a bystander an innocent casualty of someone else’s toxic state.” Continue reading

Talk about bravery

Tears are streaming down my face.  Just watched the documentary about the final 15-show tour of The Tragically Hip.  Talk about bravery.

None of the band members thought the tour would actually happen.  Based on how front man Gord Downie was doing after brain cancer surgery.

But they stoically met at the rehearsal stage and they prepared. Continue reading

In the thousands of days

Author Dani Shapiro said, “It is in the thousands of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, ravelling, unravelling that we are at our most engaged, alert and alive.” Continue reading

Went to walk among the stars

In honour of Gord Downie, a Canadian poet and hero who went to walk among the stars today, I would like to share an excerpt from my book, The Treasure You Seek, which I wrote about Gord. Continue reading

You can be good

Author John Steinbeck said, “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”  How many of us are reaching for the unattainable goal of perfection which causes us to freeze in space and time?  We don’t want to start or speak or move because we’re scared of doing it wrong, of offending someone, of falling flat on our face?   Continue reading

A published author

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

Cheated or blessed?

When we wake up in the morning, do we feel cheated or blessed?  Do our thoughts land on the fact that we didn’t get enough sleep or we didn’t make good choices with what we ate yesterday or we didn’t finish what we started?  Or do we feel lucky that we have a blank page to begin again? Continue reading

The healing room

Someone recently pointed out the lyrics to Sinéad O’Connor’s song The Healing Room to me.

“I have a universe inside me
Where I can go and spirit guides me
There I can ask oh any question
I get the answers if I listen.” Continue reading

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