I recently saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody and it was so inspirational. Talk about following your heart, finding your gift and never giving up. I always knew of the band Queen and Freddy Mercury, but when I look at their list of hits it’s mind boggling.
Another One Bites The Dust. Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Somebody To Love. We Will Rock You. We Are The Champions. And of course, Bohemian Rhapsody. Continue reading
Oshawa is a city outside of Toronto with a population of 160,000 people. In the recent election, a new mayor was chosen in Oshawa with 70% of the vote. His name is Dan Carter. And he spent many years homeless due to addiction that stemmed from tragedies in his youth. He was assaulted as a paper boy at the age of eight and his older brother died in a motorcycle accident when Dan was only 13 years old. Continue reading
American writer and comedian Bryan Callen said, “I think you should try to slay dragons. I don’t care how big the opponent is. We read about and admire the people who did things that were basically considered to be impossible. That’s what makes the world a better place to live.”
That idea is what inspired me to write my book, The Treasure You Seek. People who failed countless times before they succeeded. People who overcame impossible odds. People who never gave up. Continue reading
Forty-seven years ago, on October 1, 1971, Disney World opened in Orlando.
Walt Disney was turned down over 300 times for financing when he was trying to build Walt Disney World. But he was used to rejection. Continue reading
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.