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Monday, May 28, 2012

My Journey to a Bookstore

A funny thing happened to me a few weeks ago. Do you remember that a few weeks back I wrote back to back blogs about Simon Cowell? I hope you do remember. Otherwise, go back to those blogs and read them before you proceed with this one.

Are you done? Great. While you were reading them, it gave me time to rest a bit...

Just the other day, I went downtown Toronto to get some special dish for my wife (you should check out the Somalian restaurant downtown...). On my way there, I said to myself that I should pass by my second favourite place in Toronto (the first being a place where I can buy food lol). My second favourite place is...the bookstore. Sometimes I go to a bookstore, pick up a book, read it entirely right and there, and ending up buying it. Go figure.

Anyways, as I entered the bookstore, the first book I see is...Sweet Revenge. The title did not mean much to me, it was the picture on the cover. Guess who was on the cover? Simon Cowell himself. There was no way I could miss that one. I bought the book (a huge book by the way), and since then It doesn't leave my hands. What a great book! It is the authorized biography of Simon Cowell. I just finished it. Some nights I went to sleep at 3 AM because I couldn't stop reading.

I already admired Simon, but now it is more than admiration. I respect the guy. He would tell you himself, he is not perfect, but he is a fighter. He went through hell before making it big. Now he is on his way to become a global icon if he isn't already.

As I was going through the book, I couldn't help thinking how I have been thinking very small. There was a time when Simon was offered a $300 million contract. He ended up not taking it. I was like “are you kidding me? That kind of money ??!!!!” Now, he is almost worth a billion dollars.

I really encourage you, if you want to stretch your mind, please do get this book, or any other book, video or audio that will show you how others have done to succeed. I guarantee you, your life will never be the same. Now I am thinking bigger and how to get there faster.

Moral of the story? Do you want to get great books, go to an African restaurant and you will read a great biography. Hopefully it will be mine.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman
patrick@goalachieverscanada.com
www.goalachieverscanada.com

Monday, May 21, 2012

My Journey to a Week-end with Friends

It's been a week that, almost every day we have a visitor or two at our home. It really feels good. For some of them it's been a very long time since we saw each other, some others it's been only weeks. Either way, we had great time.

For sports fans, this is one of the greatest moments of the year. The NBA and the NHL are in the heat of the Playoffs, soccer fans were enjoying the final game of the European Champions League (how about Didier Drogba!)

I am so glad that my wife has agreed to watch Basketball with me. Although she played the game long time ago, she is not really a big fan of the NBA. Thank God she is now starting to loving it even though she doesn't like so much my Lakers lol.

Just the other day, we were watching San Antonio playing the Los Angeles Clippers. I was so much impressed by the Spurs. Wow, these guys put on a show of excellence in all aspects of the game. By the end of the second quarter, they were down 24 points. I was worried that they were going to lose the game. Do you know what? The players were not worried at all. Tony Parker was joking with his coach, Tim Duncan (their best player for a decade) was resting on the bench, and I was like “do these guys know what the score is?”

They seemed not to worry at all. I guess they knew what they were doing.

Guess what! In the third quarter, they turned up the heat on defense, and, in a matter of minutes, they scored 24 points to....zero! They ended up winning the game. I couldn't believe it

Looking back, I now understand what happened. The San Antonio team has developed a winning mentality in such a way that it doesn't matter what the score board is saying, they KNOW they are going to win. They could be ahead or behind in the score, they have the same face. Nothing really bothers them. They are so confident and they do trust their coach and system, they trust in the team.

I started thinking: what if I could have the same approach in life? What if, no matter what's going on in my life, I KNOW I am going to win? How could my life be? What if I could completely trust my “coach” (and you all know whom I am talking about) to show me the winning strategy? I wouldn't worry about the future or anything. The outside circumstances would not dictate how I feel inside. I would know I would win eventually. Wouldn't that be great?

Don't you think that Basketball is a great game? Don't miss tonight's game. Hope that the Lakers will win (please Bertrand, don't text me if they lose lol)

Moral of the story? Do you want to win in life? Just watch Basketball, and you will keep reading my blog.



Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman
patrick@goalachieverscanada.com
www.goalachieverscanada.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Journey With an Old Man

Have you been in a situation when nothing seems to work? You do the best you can but, instead of getting better, things seem to get worse and worse. Then you say to yourself: “maybe I am not trying hard enough”. You double your work, you wake up earlier, you focus more, but in vain?

Well, that has been my life the last few weeks. I won't lie and say that it is not frustrating. Of course there has been plenty of blessings lately, but it's been hard to focus on them when you are facing insurmountable obstacles.

After a while, I got tired of this and decided to take some time off for some soul searching. Then, I remembered a story that goes like this:

An old guy was sleeping, and his grand kids decided to make fun of him and put a piece of cheese on his nose while he was sleeping. When he woke up he exclaimed: “this room stinks”. He left his bedroom, went in the living room and found out the same thing: “this room also stinks” he said. He decided to go outside, maybe the backyard would smell better. Nothing changed. He then said: “the whole world stinks!”. Little did he know that it was the cheese on his nose that he was smelling.

Why did I remember this story? Simply because the whole world was stinking around me. It was time for me to see if I did not have a piece of cheese on my nose.

I stopped everything I was doing and, for the last few days, I can't count how many audios I have listened to, how many videos I watched, how many books I read.

In my search, I discovered one thing (among many). The image outside is the exact reflection of the image we have in the inside. If the image inside is an image of lack and limitations, guess what! We will see lack and limitation around us. Then, the only thing we need to change is...us. It is a tough pill to swallow to admit that I am the cause of the things that are happening to me, but at the same time, it is good news because it is up to me to fix them. .

That is my new mission. I am on the quest of changing me. Not that there was something wrong with me, but I got to change the image that I have of me. By so doing, things around me have no other option. They will have to change. At least I will change my perspective about them.

I invite you to do the same.

Moral of the story? Do you want to change your world? Just go to sleep and you will smell some cheese.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman
patrick@goalachieverscanada.com
www.goalachieverscanada.com

Monday, May 7, 2012

My Journey to a Week-End of Fun

She was growing suspicious with time. All those text messages, e-mails and phone calls that I was hiding from her got her to finally asking me: “what's going on with you?” I didn't want to lie to my wife, so I told her the truth: “My sister-in-law is preparing your baby shower”. For some of you, this may be breaking news (no I don't work for CNN...). Yes, we are expecting a baby boy in the month of June.

So, now she knew what was going on. But what I did not tell her was the day and the venue of the event. She thought it would be in the month of June, and she was a little bit worried because she thought that we did not have a big enough place to hold a party. To which I responded: “Don't worry. We live near a park that can hold hundreds of people”. She thought I was crazy.

We had only a few weeks to prepare, my sister-in-law took charge of everything. She should be an event planner. I was really impressed. The only thing I did was secure the venue. The rest was in her hands. She had a few friends helping her and they did an amazing job.

The day was set. It was going to happen on May 5 (which was this last Saturday). My wife had no clue that it was THE day. I had a 3 hour meeting in the morning (luckily it was at the same place the party was going to happen). My sister-in-law and I had a plan. I was going to leave the house at 3pm (pretending that I did not finish my morning meeting), go there and meet her to get ready for the guests, then, around 5pm, she would go to pick up my wife so that they can go “shopping”. The plan worked perfectly.

They were supposed to come and meet me at my “meeting” place to get some cash so that they can go “shopping”. Little did she know that she would find a room full of people, waiting for her, with cameras in their hands to capture the surprise. Oh yes. It worked. She was shocked. She couldn't believe it. She had to sit for five minutes to breath a little. The surprise was perfect. We had tons of gifts from friends, so much that we are still speechless. She cannot stop saying “God is good”.

What about the party? You may ask. Then my question to you is this: Which one? The main party, or the after party? Lol. We went home at 9pm, few friends came over and the party went on until...2am!!! We still have few drinks in the fridge if some of you want to come. There is also food left over, but please don't touch it because it belongs to me...lol

Once again I was reminded of the value of true friendship. Friends have been so amazing for us. We will never take them for granted (and I think nobody should). My only regret is that I may have omitted to invite some of you. Either it's because I did not have your contact information, or simply because I forgot. I hope you will forgive me.

So, if you have great friends, please don't take them for granted. Cherish them, and cherish every moment you spend with them. They are a true treasure.

Moral of the story? Do you want to surprise your loved one? Just pretend that you have a long meeting and my sister-in-law will take care of the rest.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman
patrick@goalachieverscanada.com
www.goalachieverscanada.com