Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Journey To a Networking Event.

A few months ago, I received an invitation to a big networking event here in Toronto. I said yes right away but I wasn't a hundred percent sure that I would be there, the reason being that it would be on my birthday. But after all, I thought that it was not a big enough reason for me not to show up as I was not going to celebrate my birthday anyway.

So, last week, with hundreds of other business owners, we were gathered at the Ontario Place for a networking bash. It was a great event. I told Jennifer, the organizer, that she did all of that just to celebrate my birthday. She laughed, but, in a way I did celebrate with all those wonderful people (especially when there is food involved).

As I was standing at our table, a gentleman came over from a corner, as if he had something important to tell me. He asked me to join him where he was. I immediately went to him. His face looked familiar but I couldn't remember where I met him. He looked in my eyes and just said: I don't know if you remember me, but I was at your event in May last year. I heard your speech and I was so inspired. Your story was simply amazing. Keep doing what you're doing.

The guy came just to tell me that. I tell you what! He doesn't know it maybe, but that guy made my day. Do you know when you start doubting yourself (yes, it happens to me more than once lol), when you are thinking that, maybe you have made a huge mistake, and somebody comes and tell you those kinds of words!! Man, it was a breath of fresh air. Funny enough, about ten minutes later, a lady came to me and said: I heard your story last year. You inspired me a lot. Keep doing what you're doing. You are on the right track.

This time I was not doubting anymore. I felt I could fly man. Those two conversations were worth every penny we invested in the event. They brought me back to life.

You see, I have realized that in every dreamer's journey, there comes a point when nothing seems to work. Where every effort we make, it seems that nothing is moving. That's when so many people give up. If that hasn't happened to you, just wait and you will see. But those are great moments if you understand the reasons behind them

Just this morning, I picked up one of my favourite books, namely Bruce Wilkinson's book “The Dream Giver” (if you haven't read it, it is a must read). He beautifully summarizes the dreamer's journey in these terms. He says that Dreamers:

1. Become aware of a personal dream or calling, and then decide to pursue it.
2. Face fear as they leave a place of comfort.
3. Encounter opposition from those around them
4. Endure a season of difficulty that tests their faith.
5. Learn the importance of surrender and consecration to God
6. Fight the giants that stand between them and the fulfillment of their dream
7. Reach their full potential as they achieve their dream and bring honor to God.

Bruce Wilkinson ended this part by saying that the good news for every dreamer is that each stage or obstacle along our journey is intended not to block our dream, but to help us break through to the fulfillment God promises.

So, if you are pursuing your dream, maybe you can relate to the paragraph above. The key is not to give up when the going gets tough. Keep believing, keep the faith and we will see you at the top.
Moral of the story? Do you want to live your dream, just invite me at your event and I will inspire you as I was inspired.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

PS: A shout out to my friend Courtney Caroll for publishing his first book "The Financial Fitness Blueprint"

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Proud of you my man!!!

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