Growth 101: So, what next?

Growth 101: So, what next?

Much time has passed since I’ve last posted. A couple months if I’m not mistaken. Why? Well I didn’t know what to write about, I wasn’t sure where to take this. I was at a blockade. I’m speaking to you honestly when I say that I’m not sure what I’m doing.

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I made the big change, moving up north to Muskoka, yet I see the summer slowly winding down. The thought of then next season is something I’m not sure about. Yet, I’ve had a hell of a time.

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I want to be somewhere where I can continue to grow, is this the place for me, who knows. What I know is that the people I’ve met and friends that I’ve made will be treasured for a lifetime.

There are so many great people here with a story to tell, a reason why they’re here. Whether it be for good or bad; question remains, why am I here?

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Taking a moment to reflect, I realized that I’ve changed since arriving. I’m more relaxed, in the best shape of my life, my golf handicap is to a single digit, I’m ridiculously tan; but what else?

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In terms of where I want to take my life from is uncertain. What I do know is that following my passion and doing what I love has given me incredible satisfaction.

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So is that what life is all about? Doing what you love and enjoying life? I still feel as though there’s much I need to do and give back.

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I’m lucky enough that I love to write and I feel as though I’m pretty fucking good at it. What can I say, my vocabulary is vast, however sometimes those words really help enunciate the point.

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Any who, if you’re reading this and wondering, what’s his next move. Well confession, I don’t know. I’ve become quite comfortable with change and risk. The fact I took it, makes it easier to make the jump again. Where I’ll land, well that’s the million dollar question.

What I do know for certain is that I want a way to continue the lifestyle that I’ve enjoyed, but I need a variation or else I fall in the perpetual lifestyle of comfort (I’ll avoid that, thanks).

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I missed writing this blog, but where shall we go from here. I have a few plans in the works. Time will reveal them, actions will show and words will be few.

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The world is a big place, I want to experience it. I want to continue to inspire and motivate people, while at the same time growing as a person. My spiritual, mental and physical aspects of my person have grown drastically.  Where shall we take these new found skills?

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Ladies and gents, we’ll get back together soon. I’ve changed, so my blog should reflect it.

Changes are coming. Here we go!

Thanks for stopping by, peace and love!

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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: 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: Love is fundamental!

Growth 101: Love is fundamental!

I’m back! Yes, I’ve been gone for some time but not forgotten!

Through my life recently I’ve discovered something that is always there but sometimes over looked. It’s LOVE!

Yes, love, now why am I talking about love when we look at growth? Well for one, it can inspire you, drive you, encourage you and even destroy you. You choose how love plays a role in your life.

 

Let’s break it down…

 

Where do we get love from in our lives?

  1. We have love from friends
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2. We have love from family

 

3. We have love from our significant other

 

4. Honorable mention – Love from our pets

 

Be open to love, it can change how you look at the world. Better yet, it can change how you impact the world.

Positivity and love play such a large role in our lives that we tend to forget just how important it is to us. More than that, we tend to forget how important being loved is.

We only miss it when it’s gone, but appreciate those that give you love. To do that, give some right back.

Whether it’s a stranger on the street you greet with a smile, offering encouraging words for a colleague or just being there for your friends. It’s all centered in love.

Think about it, when we grew up, how much did we appreciate the love that our families gave us. I was fortunate enough that love was always readily available and that made me feel invincible. There are people that love and care about you; now go out and make them proud!

The world needs more love, don’t be afraid to show it. The more you give, the more you’ll get.

Love = Growth (give more, grow faster)

 

Enjoy these videos on selfless love. Prepare for some emotions. 

 

 

Do it for love.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. A pleasure as always.

 

Growth 101: Happiness – Fear and Love

Growth 101: Happiness – Fear and Love

It’s been a couple weeks since my last post, but I really wanted to put some thought into what I was going to focus on for this one.

It really got me thinking.

What is the cost of happiness? What do we give up in order to be happy, whether it’s in our jobs or in our personal lives. What are we doing to feel ‘safe’ and ‘comfortable’?

Do we sacrifice our happiness for fear? Have we not gone for that job because you were afraid that you weren’t qualified, or not pursued that crush because you were afraid they weren’t interested. Fear is an invention within our minds.

Love and fear. 

Jim Carrey, while delivering his commencement speech to the Maharishi University of Management, really hits the nail on the head regarding fear and love.

Take a quick watch, I’ve queued it up for you.

After watching that, think about it. What do you sacrifice for your happiness in life. More on that note, does fear hold you back from becoming your ultimate self?

We have the fear of not having money, fear of not being liked, fear of the unknown. However, what’s the true cost of NOT doing what we love?

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Fear is the ultimate killer of people’s dreams and aspirations. You have to push through it and open yourself to being in a place of uncertainty. Now, you certainly have to have a goal in mind, but in that uncertainty, you grow!

When you’re in a state of flux, continue to improve yourself each day, that brings you closer to the person you’re meant to become.

We all want the perfect career that excites us to start each day. Doing what we love ultimately fosters an inner growth that excites us for the next step in our lives.

That’s why I’ve been started to to do this. I love to write, to create, to inspire! This is a means for me to connect with like-minded people. If I can encourage someone to do something that they’ve been thinking about for a while; one of my goals is achieved.

It’s a step in the direction I want to travel in. One where I can choose how I spend my life.

Fear is only a temporary state, only you let it control you,  in-turn you have the power to choose love instead.

Love what you do, it will love you back. 

 

 

Pleasure as always. Thanks for stopping by.

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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.

Suits Court room
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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.