Growth 101: Committing to Change

Growth 101: Committing to Change

Before we get started.

For this post, I’m trying something new. I’d like you to please play this song while you read my post. Allow it to pump you up, while at the same time creating an immersive atmosphere for the post itself.

Committing to Change

Change; a word that for some is impossible. However, others view it as means of growing and ultimately creating a new life for themselves. Nothing changes over night, but commitment to change allows ourselves an opportunity to become more.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw

I’ve been committed to some major changes in my life. Before I committed to my changes, I was fearful of what could happen, rather than what would happen. What was scarier was that I could be in the exact same place next year.

I had to formulate a plan, a means of setting myself up for success.

The major changes I laid out for myself were:

  1. Get in shape
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  2. Genuinely connect with people 
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  3. Create my own happiness
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  4. Spread positivity and inspire people
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I had these four ideas as a means of changing my life. The question remains, how?

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams

For my first goal of getting in shape, I decided to get rid of my car and bike/run everywhere. As well as incorporate other activities into my daily routine. Not only has this physically and mentally transformed me, the energy I have now is incredible. I feel like I’m accelerating. Faster and faster, growing and improving myself. I can say that I’m in the best shape of my life, but it’s only getting better. I balance this with a very healthy diet of veggies and meats, very little carbs, cutting sugar (except the odd treat from time to time) and lots of water. My body loves me back, I can feel it.

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The second, by disconnecting my cell phone I’m now more genuinely engaged in the interactions I have on a daily basis. There’s no longer a superficial “Hey, what’s up?” digital interaction, there’s a heartfelt conversation with people. It’s quite powerful. I’d forgotten what it’s like to be in the moment.

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Third, by doing more of what I love. I now everyday go for a paddle-board, golf, bike, run, meditate, play tennis, write, read, cook healthy delicious food and connect with more people. At work I give everything I have to add value to everything I do. No matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from; everyone is treated accordingly, the same.

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Finally, my goal for spreading love and positivity, along with inspiration. I had to find a way to utilise my abilities to help build people up. My talents lay in both the verbal sense and written word. I have a skill in speaking, I’m also a strong(ish) writer. I have these means to spread my message. I have a responsibility to use the talents I was gifted with to engage, inspire, motivate and ultimately get you to follow your dreams. There’s nothing more exciting than people pursuing their dreams and a life they’ve dreamed of. You can do whatever you’d like. Just make that change.

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What’s stopping you? Think about it.

The ability to commit to change is like a muscle, work it out. The more changes you make, the more comfortable you get with change. Furthermore, the more often you make changes, the better chances you have of following through with them.

I can say this from a first person perspective. Now from the outside looking in, I’ve made the changes. I’m committing and reaping the benefits.

The bell has struck midnight, a new day has began. Make the changes you know are necessary for your success. The video below is a spot on visualization for change and the motivation you need to improve. Enjoy.

 

Continue to grow, love each other and become more.

A pleasure as always, thank you for stopping by. Have a a great day.

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Growth 101: Surround yourself with Drive

Growth 101: Surround yourself with Drive

The people that you surround yourself, ultimately make you who you are.

Take a moment and ask yourself, who do I spend the majority of my time with? Do these people push me to be more? Are they trying to become more and grow into something greater?

Yes we all have friends who are always doing something new and exciting, do you associate yourself with that?

Think about it. What do we do that helps us get to a ‘whole nother level’?

More importantly, are these people honest with you? There’s no point in surrounding  yourself with a bunch of yes-men/women (I don’t discriminate).

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If the people you’re constantly in contact with aren’t upfront and honest with you, what’s the point? More along the lines of calling you out on your bullshit, those people want to see you grow. They call you out because they don’t want you sounding like an ass-hat.

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Thanks Morgan…moving on.

The main purpose of discussing people you surround yourself with, is that they ultimately will help you or hurt you on your climb for success.

 

How do we improve ourselves through the people we surround ourselves with?

Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich“, has a principle called the ‘Mastermind Principle’. As he defines it,

“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”

He continues…

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind].”

The video below is Napoleon Hill describing in detail what the principle is and how to apply it. These are important lessons to understand to accelerate your growth.

WATCH IT! It’s only 3 minutes, you can spare that time.

Furthermore, a great summary of the benefits of Mastermind Group comes from the blog The Success Alliance, they describe it below;

In a mastermind group, the agenda belongs to the group and each person’s participation and commitment is key. Your mastermind partners give you feedback, help you brainstorm new possibilities, and set up accountability structures that keep you focused and on track. You create a community of supportive colleagues who brainstorm together to move the members to new heights.

You’ll gain tremendous insights which improve your business and personal life. Your mastermind group is like having a objective board of directors, a success team, and a peer advisory group, all rolled into one.

Whether you find an existing mastermind group to join, or start a group of your own, you’ll love what this group process can help you accomplish.

This post was inspired by the book, “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Keys to Success“. When you have a core group of people that are ultimately a step ahead of you or pushing as hard as you are, you have something to cherish. Discuss ideas, not people. This expands your mind and creates a bond with the core group.

Look out for each other. You have skills that others do not possess. Understand where your weaknesses are and find people who have those skills, together you are now much greater. You are growing and growth is essential to success.

Looking for more information on how/why you should start a mastermind group? Here’s a great article from Forbes magazine. The 7 Reasons To Join A Mastermind Group. Enjoy.

The Mastermind Group, create yours.

 

 

A pleasure as always. Thanks for dropping in.

Growth 101: How did you get there?

Growth 101: How did you get there?

Good fine Friday! Let’s take a moment and reflect on where we are and where we want to go! My blog will be making a bit of a change. I want this place to be where you can learn how other’s have climbed the ladder to success. No journey will be the same, but if someone can take something away from it, then it’s a success.

We’re all on our own journey to discover ourselves, more than that we’re on a path to the life that we’ve dreamed of, focused on and worked for.

Yet there’s really no blue-print on how to get there. Yes, of course there are all those self-help books that you can fill your house with. Still, there’s nothing that allows for people to describe their story on how they came into that job/role/career!

This is what I’m proposing. 

  1. Weekly discussions with someone who has been fortunate enough to have earned a kick-ass career.
  2. Discussions on how they got there, their set-backs and motivations that helped them arrive at success.
  3. Advice for those who are looking for that role but have NO idea how to get there.
  4. A platform to ask questions and add value you anyone looking for that guidance.

When I started, it was a blank canvass. I had no map, chart or direction. The only thing that I knew was that I was going to be the best in the world at inspiring people.

I LOVE to see people succeed. I want to see this entire world reach their potential and realize how incredibly talented each and everyone one of us is!

 

This is the next step.

Shall we…

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. A pleasure as always.

 

 

Growth 101: How did you get there? Be Phenomenal!

Growth 101: How did you get there? Be Phenomenal!

Growth is in Risk.

Before we even get going. This video is one that I downloaded into an audio file about 3 years ago. I listened to it EVERYDAY! This fires me up and forces my mind to focus on my goals!

We’re all told as kids that if we go to school , learn a  subject and then pursue post-secondary that we will get a job. Is it the dream job or the life you’ve dreamed of?

Well I’m going after my dreams now. This is merely a preview and a resource for anyone looking for inspiration and motivation to do something new and exciting. More than that, a career that’s ultimately fulfilling! That makes you wake up and say…

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What you’re not told is how to get these amazing jobs you aspire to. Whether that’s creating your own company, finding a path to the ideal career or growing into the role you want. There’s really no blueprint to get you there.

So what do we do? We try and find something that’s safe and comfortable. However that’s NOT how you grow. You have to push yourself outside of that comfort zone.

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Well what resources are available? The world is at your finger tips, anything you could ever want is just a few clicks away.

From TED talks to Kahn AcademyInvestopedia to Reddit; these are just a few useful resources available to you for FREE. These allow you to grow and improve your mind.

To grow you have to change your entire mindset.

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I first realized I was in control of my future was when I read ‘Think and Grow Rich‘, by: Napoleon Hill, ‘As a Man Thinketh‘, by: James Allen and ‘From Poverty to Power‘, by: James Allen. These books ultimately changed how I looked at the world and my own thoughts. Especially how I let them affect me.

What you put out, is what you reap. As James Allen once said,“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” You control your future!

Here are all the books for FREE:

READ THEM!

If this doesn’t get you ready to hit the ground running, well Ali will get you going!

This post is to act as a way to PUMP YOU UP! You have to work your ASS off to become something great.

There’s really no traditional blue-print, other than the one you create. Someone I respect gave me this. It’s a way of outlining your goals for your life. Look at them everyday. Make them your obsession. Be as specific as possible!

Here are the goal setting checklists and plans:

These are resources! Focus, think, re-focus, adjust and GROW!

This is how we finish: BE PHENOMENAL!

Today is your day. There is no better time than NOW! You have everything you need to be great. It’s now a matter of putting it into practice and creating the future and life that you’ve dreamed of. Keep dreaming, keeping fighting, keep pushing! GRIND! Greatness is on the other side!

 

 

Thanks for coming by. I’ll see you at the top!

 

Growth 101: Right place at the right time. You never know.

Growth 101: Right place at the right time. You never know.

You never know the potential of every interaction.

Each and everyday there are countless interactions happening around the world. I know that when we wake up in the morning, sometimes it’s a hassle trying to put on our game face for the day. Especially if we aren’t excited about what we’re going to do for the day. However in those moments of solidarity come opportunity. What’s important is, how are they being utilized?

So when you meet someone are you:

  1. Ugghh not today.

2. Let’s do small talk, weather?

3. Genuine conversation.

 

That’s right you never know who you’re talking to.

 

My SUITS story

Waiting in line at TD Bank, I notice a woman behind me looking rather frantic. I turn and asked,”excuse me, would you like to go ahead of me.” She then looked at me and said, “Are you sure?” I insisted she go ahead of me. After she was done with the teller she said, “Thank you for that, by the way have you ever considered acting?” In my head I said…

I looked at her and then continued, “I wouldn’t say no.” Turns out she was a casting director for the USA show SUITSFrom there she asked for my email, which I gladly gave. Then to my surprise I received an email the following day stating that I will be contacted soon with more details on the shot.

Here’s just a few of the shots of me from last season.

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Season 3 – Episode 11
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Season 3 – Episode 11

Yes I’ve been a Lawyer, Student, Bailiff, Upscale Business Man and of course my favorite; bar patron chatting with Michael Phelps. Turns out the guy loves to drink Fireball whiskey, who knew?

Granny loves her some FIREBALL!

Point of all this is that you truly never know who you’re talking to and there is always an opportunity, you just may not see it. However, those opportunities will come to you when you least expect it.

Heck, that was so much fun to do.

To sum this all up, be open to possibilities. The people you meet in you life can have a positive of negative effect on you. It’s just a matter of how you want it to be.

Be open, put your phone down (after you read my blog of course) and have a conversation. You may just find yourself opening the door to a brand new opportunity and creating a lasting relationship. The more you spread yourself out, the more you grow. Whether it’s the growth of your network, your personal development or your skill set; it’s growth. If not, you’ll have a fun conversation about the weather.

 

Thanks for coming by. You stay classy San Diego.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growth 101: Here’s an idea. Do something with yours!

Growth 101: Here’s an idea. Do something with yours!

FAIL your way to SUCCESS.

We’ve all come up with that million dollar idea. But what do we do with them?

We know it’ll work.

Why don’t we pursue it further? What’s the reason why we don’t create the life we’ve dreamed of?

I’ve been guilty of it. I mean there’s a reason why my family calls me the idea man. It’s like anything, the more effort you put behind something, the more we get. Yes thinking about it is essential, however action makes all the difference. You need to lay out what you’ll do, how you’ll do it and why there’s a need for it. It will all come together.

Yes, sometimes all we need is a…simple plan.

Back to it, you need to have faith in your idea. More importantly, we CANNOT be afraid to fail.

In the words of Michael Jordan: “To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.”

 

When we come up with something, it doesn’t matter what it is, you need to JUST DO IT (see what I did there).

I can speak from experience, I mean this blog is the epitome of an idea. It has ultimately come together and I’m so happy I put action behind it. Initially I was fearful on how people would receive it. But then it hit me…

Never stop because of what you THINK people will say.

Yes, another quote, but hold on to your saddle; this one’s relevant.

 

Action leads to satisfaction, honestly, just try something new. Growth comes from taking chances.

Well, don’t go to crazy. Actually, do it. Why not? There’s no reason not too. Don’t be afraid to break the rules, laws not so much, but rules are meant to be broken!

 

 

Mr.Black (Schneebly) has a very good point. Thanks Ned.

I wouldn’t be where I am if i hadn’t broken a few (lot) of rules along the way.

As Steve Jobs once said: The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

There are rules to success though. Arnold Schwarzenegger has SIX rules to success. 

This video is ultimately what inspired me to follow my passion and try something new. I queued it up to the best part. Watch this: 

So let’s review.

  1. Trust Yourself
  2. Break The Rules
  3. Don’t Be Afraid To Fail
  4. Don’t Listen To The Naysayers
  5. Work Your Butt Off
  6. Give Back

Here is a link to the text version of his rules and why6 Rules of Success.

 

To conclude.

Take a chance. Make that idea happen. Go for it!

Never let up, never give up, NEVER settle!

You have the ability to do great things. All greatness starts as an IDEA.

If you got one, PURSUE IT!

 

 

A pleasure as always. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Growth 101: This thing called life. Do you know it?

Growth 101: This thing called life. Do you know it?

Wake, Skate, Schwarzenegger.

Everyday we look at where we are. We try to figure out how we can reach our goals. More than that, how can we use the present moment to our advantage?

Do you know who you are, what you love, how you’ll grow?

 

How do you know that you’re truly living? As a serious question; Are you living?

Now I’m not talking about eating, sleeping, working and socializing (yes, even Pokemon Go`n). I mean LIVING, are you reaching your fullest potential? Are you becoming the person you dreamed of? Heck, have you even begun to set goals and plans for how you`ll achieve them? I’m not trying to intimidate you, but there is truly no better time than now to live in the moment.

I’m closest to truly living in the moment when I’m on the edge. Whether it`s skateboarding or wakeskating. Here’s why:

 

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Skateboarding at Markham Skate Park

Skateboarding

You may ask yourself, why skateboarding? Well for one you HAVE to be in the moment or you’re going to take a serious spill (setback). You have to have full confidence in your abilities, or else you will get hurt (miss your target). Committing everything you have to your trick (goal) is the best chance you have of reaching it. If you hesitate, the opportunity may pass by. Every move you make affects the results of what you’re doing. Lean too far to one side, you fall. Too much to the other, the same result. It’s about balance. There’s something to that when compared to life. The better your balance, the stronger your growth and progression. Combine that with commitment and focus, it`s a recipe for success.

 

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Wakeskating on Lake Muskoka

Wakeskating (Wiki)

When you’re behind the boat, there’s nothing more than you and the water. You carve left and carve right, you feel free. No bindings to hold you down, you have full control of your movements. There is no stress, no jealousy, no anger; only the moment. You are forced to live in the moment or face the consequences of falling. Especially when learning a new trick, or in life when acquiring a new skill. That being said, there’s something to that, the ability to pick yourself back up and try again. You’re forced to be in that moment. In other words, when you are closest to failure is when you’re truly living. Once you’ve met failure, you dust yourself off, learn from the experience and try again.

 

 

Reaching your goals and taking chances are fundamental to success. By taking that chance and going for it, you’re already further ahead than the majority.

Hasta-La-Vista Hesitation!

One of the best and most inspiring examples I’ve ever heard, was the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a boy from Austria with a name no one could pronounce (yet). If he didn’t take the chance, he wouldn’t be who he is now. There’s always a way. FIND IT. The following video is 12 minutes of the most inspiring tale you will hear. That is, until you write yours.

Let’s take a step back and look at exactly what living is. It’s how we go about each and every moment of our lives. Making the most of every moment while utilizing focus and commitment to find a balance that leads to our own personal growth.

So, how do we get there?

Well, that’s the million dollar question. So go out and find it. Because no one is going to knock on your door and say, “excuse me, all of those hopes and dreams you’ve wanted…well here you go, no need to work for it.”

 

 

Thanks for dropping by. It’s been a pleasure.