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Monday, May 27, 2013

My Journey with Kids


I had quite an interesting week.

It has been a few months that I work with a Speakers Bureau and, they call me up when they have speaking gigs for me. Last Friday, I was booked to speak at a school in Toronto. I had a contact person there who discussed with me about the theme and topic of my presentation. I was ready

There is a first in everything. Guess who was in my audience? Kids from grade one to grade six. I must admit. I have spoken numerous times in from of hundreds of people, but grade one students? Never.
How about 400 of them? The room was packed!

Most of my talk was about Basketball. I had really fun. As I was mentioning names of great basketball players, I talked about Michael Jordan and the kids were like “Michael who?”.One of the kids just shouted: “I think he is retired”. How about Lebron James? Now we are talking... I am really old.

I loved speaking with kids, and was so much amazed by the incredible work of the teachers and the staff. I was so inspired.

On the next day, I was invited by my friend Jim to speak to his guests about my experience with bloging. Can you talk about comfort zone? Now I was in my element.


I said that I had quite an interesting week. That is true.

A good friend of mine called me up a few days ago, but we couldn't talk much as I was putting Skylar to sleep. The next day, we spoke a bit and we agreed to meet. Do you know what was the meeting about? He just wanted to know how I was doing and if I needed any help in whatever I was doing! To tell you the truth, it is so rare that somebody asks me such a question. I was so moved by his gesture. He is just a great friend.

We spent almost two hours. As we were about to say goodbye, I just went. I talked so much about me, what about you? He told me a little bit about his plans, and as it turned out, I had a great contact for him. Somebody who could be of great help. Isn't that funny? He wanted to help me, and he got the help he needed as well (is it sowing and reaping or what?)

Do you have friends who may be in need? Giving them a hand would mean helping yourself as well. That was my experience.

Moral of the story? Do you want to speak to kids? Make sure you talk about Lebron and you will gt help from a friend.




Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman


Monday, May 13, 2013

My Journey To A Proof

Too bad I am writing this blog after the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. It was really a heartbreaking loss. The only victory in the series for me is that they made me watch hockey for the second time in almost 11 years in Canada (the first time being in the last Vancouver Olympics). I think it's a great game.

Anyways...

Have you been in a situation when people tell you things about you that you don't see yourself? It has been the case with my wife telling me that I snore when I sleep. I kept denying it until yesterday. Now she had the proof. Do you know what she did? She recorded me while sleeping last Saturday. When she played the recording, I couldn't believe what I heard. I thought it was a train or something. The only thing I could say was: “you caught me on a day I played Basketball. I was just exhausted...” I think my wife should be in the CSI movie series.

Anyways...

Today, I went to support my good friend Motivatorman at a workshop he was presenting for entrepreneurs. It was a real slam dunk. Very well done. As I got there just a few minutes before the presentation, he asked me if I could take a few videos of him doing his stuff. I agreed. So, I had to sit on the front seat to get a good view. Guess who was there next to me? Charlie my former coach.

It has been a while since I talked to Charlie. After the presentation, we had an opportunity to talk some more, and of course, with her usual (soft) way, she suggested some stuff to me which were so scary. Do you know why? Because they put me way off my comfort zone. I agreed to take on this project. So stay tune, I will keep you posted.

That is the thing with good coaches. They know how to push the right button to make us want to do more and be more. Once we respond to these requests, even though they are uncomfortable, they make us grow. Discomfort is a good thing. I have learned to embrace it, even though they are most often a tough pill to follow.

So, if you are now in an uncomfortable and difficult situation. It's time to cheer up. Do you know why? It's growth time. Something to think about.

Moral of the story? Do you want to take advantage of your coach? Just snore when you sleep and you will be recorded.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman


Monday, May 6, 2013

My Journey To M-Bridge

Her name is Sophie. We have been friends for over four years now. We met in a very unusual way. I was asked to be part of a team designed to produce a DVD to be handed to new immigrants to Ontario. A year later, we were called to watch the DVD and see if it had all the elements we had discussed. Guess what! Sophie was in the movie. I saw her , and in my mind I was like “I know this lady but I don't know where”. As it turned out, I was in the same class with her in a course I was taking at that time.

The same evening I went to my class. Guess who I met in the elevator? Sophie! I told her that I saw her in a movie. She went: “What movie?” We have been friends ever since.

As I came to know Sophie more, she shared with me a project she had started. Her dream was to help professional newcomers to integrate the Canadian society. She had created an organization called M-Bridge. It is a volunteer operated federally-registered non-profit organization providing educational services on Canadian workplace and social culture.

I have been one of the M-Bridge speakers for years now, and I am also part of their advisors. For almost two years though, I have not been available to do any workshop for them, but I made sure to promote the organization to different speakers who gladly accepted to give a hand.

Last week, I was back to M-Bridge again. After my presentation, I sat down with Sophie who gave me an update. They have now over eight hundred members, they operate on two locations in Toronto, they are frequently featured in the media, and this past weekend, they were invited to Ottawa to visit the Federal Parliament. What a success! Things are really falling into place for them.

You may be thinking that it has been a smooth road for Sophie, Alex, Pauline, May, and other faithful volunteers at M-Bridge. Far from the truth. When Sophie told me what she personally went through in her life the last few years, I couldn't believe what I heard. This lady is a true warrior. She had overcome hardship that very few of us can endure. I was blown away. It was like a movie. I told her that when she writes her first book, I will be the first one to buy it. WOW!

That's the thing with dreamers. They go through so much hardship without losing the focus of their dreams. Why that? In the words of Paulo Coelho, author of “The Alchemist”.

We who fight for our dream, suffer far more when it doesn't work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse:”Oh, well, I didn't really want it anyway.” We do want it and know that we have staked everything on it and that the path of the personal calling is no easier than any other path, except that our whole heart is in this journey. Then, we warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.”

Well said sir.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman