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Monday, April 30, 2012

My Journey to a Meeting with Brian Tracy

Last Tuesday I finally met Brian Tracy. We have been preparing this event for a while that I was glad he was finally here. This guy has been teaching success principles for decades and I couldn't wait to meet him in person. With a room full of people, I was wondering how I was going to find him and ask for a picture (so that I could show off..). I had my camera ready, and I followed him wherever he was going, and I finally got a chance to talk to him. He agreed to take a picture with me. He did not know he was with an upcoming superstar (if I don't say it, who will? Lol)

For fans of the great game of Basketball, I hope you are enjoying the moment. The Playoffs are on baby! For non Basketball fans, you have no idea what you're missing. The Playoffs are for the Big Boys only. It's an endless fight that will lead to the ultimate goal of the NBA championship. The series are tight (except Miami crushing New York in their first game), and injuries are “monnaie courante” as we say in French. D Rose will be missed

While I have missed some games (yes, I have to share TV time with a not so quite big fan of the, I was glad I watched yesterday game between Memphis and the Clippers. What a game!!
Check this out: at the end of the third quarter, the Clippers were behind 27 points!! At the beginning of the last quarter, they were still behind 21 points and their coach decided to enter bench players ( for me the bench is a was familiar territory lol), thinking that the game was over, maybe saving his superstars for the next game.

Chris Paul (The Clippers Superstar point guard) did not see it that way. He still believed, against all odds, that they could still win the game. He pleaded with his coach to let him get back in the game. Thank God the coach agreed to. The fight was on. These guys were playing the game of their lives. Not only they rallied to come back, they won the game in a historic fashion. It took a lot from me not to scream as my wife was sleeping (you can tell she is not a huge fan...). Man, it was fun to watch.

As I mentioned many times before, Basketball is a school of life. It is one of those sports that remind us that the game is not over until it is over. When all things seem to tell that we're done, there is still a chance. It took one man to believe that they could still win, he convinced his coach and the rest was history. I love that!

If you feel like all hell is turning loose on you, if you feel that there is no more hope, Basketball is there to let you know that, until it's over, it's not over yet. Keep believing, keep the faith, there may be a historic come back, like the Clippers demonstrated yesterday .I hope this will convince non Basketball fans to give this game a chance, but above all, will convince my wife to let me watch more games. Her husband needs to be inspired all the time to provide for the family (that's my sales pitch lol).

Moral of the story? Do you want to be inspired? Just watch NBA Basketball and you won't fall asleep when others do.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Journey with Simon, Part 2

I thought I would write this blog on Sunday, but after what I thought would be a quick trip to Hamilton Ontario, I got home almost at 11 pm. I couldn't write at that time as I was exhausted, my only hope was that the inspiration would be still there when I wake up. Then I thought I would write it on Monday morning, but my work could not allow it. The good news is that I am here writing now. Aren't you glad? It's about time you left your computer now. You have been waiting for a long time.

Last week I wrote about how I was becoming a huge fan of Simon Cowell of the X Factor TV show (among other shows). To tell you the truth I was hoping to get an e-mail or phone call from him to thank me, but I am still waiting (patience is a virtue I have learned). I guess he is busy producing artists (he doesn't know what he is missing for not calling me lol)

Once again, I watched a few clips of the show this week (don't worry, I have other things to do as well). Do you know what made me think the most? The reaction of the contestants. Those who made it were crying, and those who had to go home were crying as well. I guess they were not crying for the same reasons, but they were all crying nevertheless.

Which led me to this crazy thought. When you think about it, all the contestants were there for one thing and one thing only: to win, or at least go through the first stage. May I suggest to you that it is not the case? Aren't they there to win? You may ask. I am here to say that they are not.

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Let's say you are one of the contestants. Your dream has been for a long time to become a recording artist. You have been working hard to get a recording deal but you seem not to get ahead. Then you hear that Simon and the X Factor are coming in your city and you can go there to audition. Your only hope is to get there, let them hear your music, and perhaps you will convince them that you are the one.

You pack your stuff, you make sure you have been practicing your stuff, and before you know it you are in front of Simon and the crew. You know that this is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you miss this one, maybe your dream will die. You are nervous, but you know that you are good enough to win, only you did not get a chance like this before.

Two minutes go by, you showcased your talent and...yes, you got it. You are going to the next round. You are now crying and these are tears of joy. Let me ask you something. Why are you crying? Isn't that you have a feeling that your dreams are now coming true? I guess so. And when your dreams come true, you will finally be...happy? So, happiness is then the ultimate goal, not the stuff. Am I right?

So, if happiness is the goal, why wait when we achieve things for us be happy while we can be happy regardless. Happiness is a choice and it is an inside job. We should be happy regardless of what is happening around us. Do you know the funny part? Once we decide to be happy, things around us will arrange themselves to keep us in that mood. But this time, we won't be attached to things as our source of happiness. If we win, it's good, and if we don't, it's still good. It's all about experiencing the journey, nothing more (then, we are all journeymen and women...).

I have to admit that I have been in that trap for a long time, thinking that when I reach my goal I will finally happy, but every time I reach the top, there is another thing that I want. Here we go again, I am back to the hunting mode. There is nothing wrong with wanting more out of life, but we should not be attached too much to the stuff that we forget to enjoy the moment. That's my opinion.

Moral of the story? Do you want to meet Simon and audition? Just read my blog and ask him to call me.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, April 16, 2012

My Journey with Simon

We finally got to say the last goodbye to our friend Gentille this week-end. It was an emotional week-end but everyone agreed on one thing. She went home in peace. Once again, you will be missed Gentille.

It feels like I am back to normal now. By the way, Toronto people, did you feel the wind today? I wanted to sing “I believe I can fly” because that's how I felt when I was outside.

Just the other day my wife was asking me why sometimes I go to sleep with my earphones plugged in my ears, all night long. Trust me, it's not that I am avoiding hearing me snore. I don't snore (even though my wife tells me the opposite lol). I told her that I constantly need inspiration, even while I am sleeping. I explained to her how the mind works (I am not really an expert in the field, but I have read a bit), how our subconscious mind is still at work even during our sleep. So, why not give it some instructions so that it could work for us...

I am constantly in search of inspiration, and it does not take much for me to get inspired. I think that the person who invented Youtube deserves a Nobel Prize. What a delight! This last week, I spent countless hours watching episodes of The X-Factor TV show. There are numerous inspirational stories (and some are not inspiring at all lol).

After watching a number of clips, I couldn't help but admire, not the singers, but one of the judges. And of course you know which one I am talking about: Simon Cowell. He may be hated by many, especially for his sharp criticisms, but this guy has helped young and old (Suzan Boyle!!) to realize their dreams in a way that they could never imagined by putting them on a global platform.

While searching on the Internet about Simon's life, I found out that success did not come easy for him. He had his struggles before becoming an icon. His dad offered him a job in the music industry, and the rest is history. He worked his way up until he decided to start his own production company.

I think one of the reasons why he succeeded is because he found what he loves to do and did it by helping other people fulfill their dreams. I heard someone say that if you help enough people get what they want, you will get automatically get what you want. Simon is the living example. I would like to meet him someday, but I won't sing in front of him. I don't want to hear him say his famous “I don't want to be rude, but...”

“Do you have a dream? Do you want to succeed in life? Find something you love to do and use your passion to help as many people as you can.” That is what I learned from Simon Cowell.

Talking about helping people, I have a great deal for Torontonians. We have a package at Goal Achievers that will blow your mind. Unfortunately it is only available this week. It includes 8 hours of coaching from...Brian Tracy. Just e-mail me if you want to take advantage of this deal, and we will take it from there.

Who is Brian Tracy? You may ask..Simply click here

Is he The Man, or what!

Lastly, I have great news for my blog fans. It.s a boy....(I know very few of you will understand this

Moral of the story? Do you want to meet Simon Cowell? Just give me a call and I will show you where you can watch him on Youtube.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Journey to an Emotional Easter Week-End

I can say that I am rather pleased to get back to work today after a quite emotional week-end. It has been a very long time since I cried the way I did these last few days.

As I was about to go to bed last Friday, around midnight, I received a phone call from a good friend of mine. At first I was surprised to hear the phone ring at that time. I thought it was an early long distance call as it was Saturday morning back home. I picked up the phone, and my friend on the other side of line asked me if I was sleeping already, to which I responded no. She then asked me to go to a place I could be alone. I went upstairs, and all this time my wife was asking me what was going on. I did not tell her at first (myself I did not know what was going on).

Five minutes later, she joined me upstairs to find me crying on the phone. She asked me what happened, and I broke the news: My good friend Gentille had passed away...

A few weeks ago I wrote about her in my blog. For over two years, Gentille had been fighting cancer, and we thought she had won. She was full of hope, she had tons of projects she wanted to take on, she was once again active. She was not 100% yet, but she wasn't where she used to be.

About two weeks ago, she went back to see her doctor for her regular check up, to her surprise, they told her she had to go back to the hospital. She couldn't believe it. After crying a lot, she called me to let me know about the news. I was devastated. She had to start from scratch again, for another two years. I didn't know what to say.

She went back to the hospital and we kept in touch regularly. I was supposed to go to see her on Thursday, but at the last minute I couldn't. That is my biggest regret. The next day...she was gone.
If there is a good way to die, Gentille experienced it. She had peace in her heart, she was at peace with God, she was, for a very long time, looking forward to the future...She did not know which future.

I learned so much from Gentille. She taught me how to look at the bright side in the face of adversity, one more time she reminded me that everything happens for a reason (even though we do not understand why at the moment they are happening). I learned to appreciate every moment, to live life to the fullest, and above all, cherish every moment I spend with my loved ones. We do not know what the future holds.

After I had sent her an e-mail notifying her that I could not come to visit her on Thursday, this is what she e-mailed back

“Its all good papa BOY,so r u happy??? I just wish your future kid to have a big heart just like his daddy :-) “

Few hours later...she was gone. You will be missed Gentille.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, April 2, 2012

My Journey with a Life Changer

They say that everything happens for a reason. I totally agree. But it is not that easy to see when things are happening to you that you cannot understand. It is only after the fact, looking back that we can connect the dots. Then, we can understand that all the things happened for a reason.

If you really think about it, life is a mystery. I can even say that life is a miracle. We can predict all we want but nobody really knows what tomorrow holds (all of a sudden I am a philosopher...)

Never in my dreams have I thought that my life would be like this, until I met this precious friend. This person changed my life forever. After many attempts to have a friend like this, I finally gave up. You see, I had a checklist to follow, if I met any friend who did not meet these requirements, either there was not a chance to be with the person, or I will do my best to make them change (try that one..)

As I said, I finally gave up. It was too hard for me. I had to let go and focus on the things I could control. It did not take long, in fact it took only twelve days to finally meet my friend, whom I now call my best friend. We met in a very unusual way, but I did not really care. I finally met what I was looking for.

In a matter of days, my life changed forever, No more extensive traveling, no more eating stuff uncontrollably (very hard one as you know that in terms of food I am always open to opportunities), no more staying out longer than required (that was an easy one for me). I was then a very disciplined man, just because I met my now best friend. Who would not want a friend like that?

Most of all, since I met this person, I feel that my life has now meaning. I have someone to take care of, someone who cares about me in a way that I was not used to (for a very long time), and someone who tells me that all will be fine no matter what. Someone who loves me unconditionally

As you have guessed, I am talking wife. Words cannot express how I am so thankful to have her in my life. I always tell her, and I mean it, that she is an answer to my prayers. But never, in my whole imagination would have thought it would be like this. All I had to to was to pray and let go on who, how, when this person would come in my life. It took only twelve days after my prayer, and life was never the same.

My prayer for you is to find someone who can change your life for the good, and if you have that special person, cherish him/her, cause life is too short not to appreciate every moment of it.

Moral of the story? Do you want to get married to a special person? Just create a check list of how the person should be and give all that up.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman