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Monday, May 30, 2011

My Journey to Saint Joseph Street

I remember the first time I went back home after six years in Canada. It was quite something. It looked like the place had changed a lot. But it didn't. I changed. It was a strange feeling.

I had the same reaction last week when I went to 6 St Joseph street downtown Toronto. For over six months I have been to this place literally every Sunday. And every Sunday, it is the same quiet and clean place where everything is where it should be. I noticed though a number of inspirational quotes everywhere in the room.

What a surprise when I went there during the week! It was like I had never been there before. You know me well now. The best way to catch my attention is to give me free food lol. They sure did. This place is unbelievable.

Now you are asking yourselves: what the heck is he talking about? That is a good question.

I am speaking about 6 Saint Joseph House where Goal Achievers meetings are held. When I joined the group, they were meeting at this place, and I did not ask any question about it, I just knew that it was our place of meeting. When Paul and I took over Goal Achievers Canada, I thought maybe I should try to learn more about this place. I thought, why not pay them a visit? So I did.

Oh boy. The place was packed. There were activities going on everywhere. The lovely Darlene offered a tour of the place while explaining to me what they do. By the way, every Tuesday and Wednesday they offer free lunch (for this only reason you should check them out).

6 St. Joseph is a community that supports people who are taking a step up from livelihood challenges, while connecting them to a “home” and a community of people ready to help others. Many of its activities have the potential to serve as a model for outreach programs at other neighbourhood centres.

Located in downtown Toronto near Yonge & Wellesley St., 6 St Joseph House is a creative resource centre where everyone, no matter what their circumstances, has an opportunity to contribute their talents, feel a sense of belonging, and receive support from one another.

It is a place where positive life-change is a realizable goal, and where people of all backgrounds pitch in to lead the programs & activities. From the beginning, their goal has been to invite people from diverse backgrounds to work together and support those taking positive steps out of addiction, social isolation, panhandling, and homelessness.

Of all the things that they told me they did, do you know what part got my greatest attention? Well, it was the part where they told me that the centre functioned mainly because of people's donations. There is a such a positive and embracing energy you feel when there that it makes you want to be part of what's happening. I paid them a visit the next day, and David explained to me in details what they do. Guess what? They have other locations in the city as well.

Here is my shout out to you (yes you my beloved blog readers). I know you want to make a difference; I know some of you are even looking for a purpose in life. Why not starting by giving your time or even your money to a place that is worth it? 6 St. Joseph Street is the real deal. Check them out at

Moral of the story? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Just visit 6 St. Joseph Street and you will get free food (only if you get there before me lol)

Always a pleasure.

The Journeyman

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Journey to the NBA Playoffs

By reading the title of my blog you may think that, I am either an NBA player, or I went to watch those games live. I wish.

It seems though that I have been doing both. I won’t tell you my age, but I started watching NBA games in 1986 (I know, some of you were not born yet lol). We used to go to my friend Alex’s place to watch games on VHS tapes (I hope you know what those are), and we knew all the good players (Jordan, Magic, Bird, Ewing…).

I became fascinated by the game (almost addicted); to the point that now my schedule goes around those games, especially during the Playoffs.

For me, sport in general, and Basketball in particular, is a school of life. Think about Michael Jordan for a second. He is making over forty five million dollars a year and he has been retired for year. I believe he put the NBA on the world map. Now every kid wants to be like Mike (I wished they wanted to be like the Journeyman, why not?)

Do you know that it took eight years for MJ to win his first championship? Eight long years!!! He was the best player, the best scorer, the best defender, the best competitor (that’s my opinion of course), but still, no championship ring on his finger.

Then, a series of things started to happen. Scottie Pippen came over, then Horace Grant and the other guys. Finally, the Zen Master Phil Jackson took over as the Bulls head coach (some of you are now saying “who the heck are these people”? Don’t worry, they are all friends of mine, I will introduce them to you).

Phil Jackson introduced Tex Winter’s triangle offense, and then convinced Jordan to share the ball with the other guys, waiting for the fourth quarter to take over the game. Guess what! It worked. In 1991, the Bulls won the first championship, and went on to win five more over the years.

Why did I say all of this? Just to convince you to give up hockey and watch Basketball instead. Just kidding.

What I am trying to say is that when we are pursuing our dreams, they may not come as soon as we want them to (8 years for Jordan). Maybe it’s all about timing, or there are things we need to learn first before we achieve our goals. It could be having good mentors (Phil Jackson), it could be having a team around us (Pippen, Grant…), it could be letting go of our old way of doing things (sharing the ball with others), or anything.

However, when we wait long enough, when we keep working at it and never give up, the victory will be sweeter than we thought in the first place. In case of Jordan, he did not win one, two or three championships. He won six of them and in the process became a world Icon. Now he owns his own team. How sweet is that!!!! (I believe he stole that idea from me lol). I heard someone say “your biggest struggle will be your biggest victory”. So don’t give up my friend. Victory is on its way.

Moral of the story? Do you want to live a victorious life? Just give up any other sport you are watching or playing, and focus only on Basketball.

Always a pleasure


The Journeyman

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Journey to a Breakfast

I remember the last time I was in New York, a friend of mine came into my hotel room with lots of food. I thought it was just for her, but she brought some for me too (how could I refuse). I asked her why she had brought food me, to which she replied: “I read you blog. I know that when it comes to food, you are always open to opportunities”. Somebody is reading my blog....

I shared the story with our guests at our seminar last Saturday and I told them that it was my time to give back. I offered to pay for breakfast for those who were interested in learning more about what we do at Goal Achievers. I had 7 hungry (lol) people at our first breakfast and it looks like I will be doing it every week-end (are you interested?). It was awesome (I mean the food lol). I will get back to the breakfast story in a second. They are showing Derrick Rose and the Bulls on TV. What an impressive win over Lebron and company!

So where was I? Oh yes. The breakfast thing. It was magic. People who thought that their goals were out of reach went home so excited and with an action plan in hand. Some of them had some audaciously big goals. My friend Motivatorman wants to be on Oprah's last show on May 25 (a longtime dream of his). To tell you the truth, I think he is close to his goal. Check out his blog here:

I have attended lots of seminars, I have read many books, I have taken lots of courses, but never had I experienced what I am experiencing now with our Mastermind group. It's crazy! Things are happening so quickly that our biggest challenge is to keep up with everything that is going on (how about co-authoring a book with the Canadian bestseller author, in less than a week! Are you kidding me!)

Jim Pagiamtzis, one of the members of our team, is a published author, speaker and entrepreneur . He is the founder of Get Connected Make Wealth Happen! It has been a privilege to share my life journey with this guy! I call him Mr. Connector because that is exactly what he does. Do you need anything? He can connect you with the right person in a few seconds. Jim is so committed that he doesn't mind picking me up at 5.45 AM so that we can ride together to a workshop sponsored by Goal Achievers. Wow!!

Let me take a short break here. I need to call Kigali...

Okay, am back; but now I can't recall where I was in my story. Sorry guys. I will have to write another one next week.

Have you seen the movie “The Ultimate gift”? Not yet? What do you mean? I have mentioned this movie many times in my blogs. Please take action and watch it (so that I can get my commission from the producer lol). Anyways, a guy in the movie was asked to talk about his dream. After thinking about it for a while, he responded: “I don't know what my dream is, but I can certainly help others achieve theirs”. Wow!

I am experiencing the same thing!

Moral of the story? Do you want to have your dream come true? Just read my blogs and you will offer me free food.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Journey to a Seminar

It has been a while since I had an entire day to rest. On Saturday I went to bed at 9 PM (I think it is the first time I ever went to bed this early). I was so exhausted that I couldn't stand (which leaves me wondering if that is the reason why my Lakers lost on Sunday?).

Saturday was a dream come true for me. I have spoken in front of hundreds of people before, but this particular event had something special to it. We had a line up of amazing speakers, guests showed up as expected and I had so much fun being on the stage sharing my story. I had great feedback and many of our guests expressed interest in meeting up with me so that I could share with them what we do at Goal Achievers.

It was eight years ago that Paul and I used to meet for breakfast almost every Saturday to talk about what we wanted to do in the future (one of them being Paul paying for the breakfast lol). As I was waiting for my turn to speak on Saturday, I couldn't help but notice the smile on Paul's face. He did not have to say much. I knew what the smile meant. “Yes we made it”. Who knew?

These are the finest moments of my life as I am getting ready to go back home to Burundi for three months, and return to Toronto to run Goal Achievers Canada full time. Yes Torontonians, June 14 will be my last day at my current job (a job that has been a blessing to me for almost 7 years). I am dedicating the rest of my career to help others achieve their goals, doing what I love to do: writing, coaching and speaking.

Sometimes we do things or things happen to us that we do not realize their impact on our our life until we share them with others. As I was talking with my good friend Jeff, he couldn't believe what was happening to me. I mentioned to him that all these good things started to happen to me since I got married (I know I am getting too personal here lol). It doesn't seem to stop (and I don't want it to stop lol). I will always give credit to God, but my wife is playing a big role in my life (I hope she will read this one lol). She just allows me to, and she is with me every step of the way (even though she is miles and miles away). What a blessing.

My friend Barry said at our seminar “if it is not my genius, it's not my job”. How true it is! Once we find what we are supposed to do on this earth, the rest is not even up to us. We enter in a flow that allows us to reach our goals effortlessly, the right people seem to show up at the right time, and even challenges don't seem to affect us anymore. We know it is part of the process.

My challenge to you all is to find what you love to do, and then do it. Something that you feel you could do for free, something that you fall in love with, something you are so passionate about that you can't wait to wake up in the morning so that you can do it. When that happens, just watch how things move so quickly that your next challenge becomes finding a way to manage them. It takes faith to take the first step, but once you take the step, the rest will fall into place. Remember you have to plant a seed first before it can grow into a tree. But, please do not forget that it is all about the journey, not the destination. That is the word from the Journeyman.

Moral of the story? Do you want to enjoy your life? Just find what you love to do and my friend Paul will buy you breakfast.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman
Twitter: @journeymanstory

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Journey to a Meeting with my Publisher

For the first time ever in almost two years, this is the first time that I forgot to write my blog on Monday. Can you believe that? Please don't boo me. I know you couldn't sleep last night waiting for this week's blog in vain. I have to apologize, but once I tell you the reason why, you may forgive me (if I forget again, I will all buy you diner. Hope you won't be so hungry).

My Publisher happened to be in town and he was conducting a two and half day intensive workshop called “Publish your way to profit”. Do you think I was going to miss this one? No way. When I said “intensive”, it is an understatement. It was so intensive that I forgot to write my blog on Monday. Do you forgive me now?

What a week-end! Everything I wanted to know about publishing a book was covered in the workshop. Do you know the best part? I am glad I am THIS attractive (why are you laughing? Don't you find me attractive?). It happened that, in the audience, there was Canada's most successful bestselling author Barry Spillchuck who authored Cup of Soup for the Soul (A Chicken Soup book). Not only this guy is so successful, but he is also so funny. Guess what! Your Journeyman is co-authoring a book with him!!
Can you please read that again? Yes, you got it right. I am co-authoring a book with Barry (talking about being at the right place at the right time). The book is going to talk about the power of mastermind (coming soon in a Theatre near you). What a blessing!

When I arrived home after hearing the news, a friend of mine called me and said: “please watch CNN. They are about to announce a big news”. I thought to myself: “how in the world does CNN know that I am about to co-author with Barry Spillchuck? I didn't tell it to anybody!!”. As it turned out, Obama was announcing....I guess you know what! Anyways. I couldn't sleep that night (like you did while waiting for my blog lol).

When Barry told me that he wanted to co-author with me, all that was going through my mind was the book “The Alchemist”. Paulo Coelho said in the book (and I am paraphrasing) that when you really want something, the whole universe conspires for you to get it. How true is that! All I want is to influence the world by my writing, and I happened to be in the right workshop with the exact people who are going to help me fulfill my dream. What are the odds?

As I am catching up my breath, now comes another exciting event this coming Saturday as I will be sharing the stage with Gerry Robert (are you kidding me!!!).

All I got to say is, please do follow your dream. It may be hard, it may be scary at moments, but all we need is take the first step and the rest is in God's hands. I can't say that I thought about quiting when it was hard, but it was so hard (and still is) to keep going without seeing any results. But if we don't give up, there is a prize at the end. Barry Spillchuck was my prize this week-end.

Moral of the story? Do you want to make your dreams come true? Just keep reading my blog and you will also be attractive.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman
Twitter: @journeymanstory