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: 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: 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

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.