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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Journey to a Great Month

Yes I know, I know. You missed me last week. I must admit. I miss my blog too (am I narcissist?). Jim, here I am. I cannot afford another reminder from you. I know you were thinking about how you were going to punish me if I didn't post my blog this week.

For many years, great things have happened to me in the month of August. It is then safe to say that I am expecting great things this upcoming month. I don't know what it will be this time, but the expectation is so high. By far, the month of August has been the best month of my life so far. And if nothing special happens, at least I will celebrate a few days. August 6 is our wedding anniversary, August 7 is my wife birthday, August 8 is my eleventh year in Canada and five years as a Canadian citizen, August 15 is my birthday and my younger brother is getting married on August 30. How about that!?

The month of July has been a great month as well. It's been a very busy month but I cannot complain at all. I did a few presentations here and there, a lot of meetings and a lot of great surprises. How about this testimonial from a lady who attended my presentation last week: Check this out:

"Before the seminar, I did not know what to expect.  I thought that probably the information presented would be whatever I can find on the internet about productivity.  Boy I was wrong.  Not only was your presentation entertaining, but also it was inspirational.  Your passion was very infectious, the only reason you can deliver the speech without your Powerpoint is because you were powered by passion and purpose.  Everything you talked came straight from your heart.  You do not need to memorize the speech, the message just flows.  

I was impressed by your courage to pursue your dream.  I would never be able to do what you did, worked free just because you loved the work even when you were broke.

In comparison to you, I am at a much better situation...... 

So thank you for giving inspiration to keep walking on my journey and enjoy it along the way."

I won't share with you the entire message she sent me for confidential reasons, but I must tell you, her message was worth every struggle I went through. I now understand that everything we go through is for us to share with others once we are on the other side. As I heard someone say, there is no testimony without tests.

I am glad I was able to inspire my audience, my hope is to do more of these presentations.

Moral of the story? Do you want to get inspired? Just send me your gift on my birthday on August 15, and your will get a great message on your e-mail

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman.

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Journey to a Legacy


It is almost midnight on Sunday and I am putting the baby to sleep after a long day at the beach. She is exhausted, and so am I.

You might be thinking how am I able to put the baby to sleep and write at the same time. It is simple. After a long time of trials and errors, I have found the secret. Do you want to know what it is? I will tell it to you and it is free of charge: Music

When my daughter hears music, everything changes. Life becomes easy for me. However, lately I have discovered that, even though she likes music, there is one particular artist that does the job the best: Bob Marley. When she hears Bob Marley, she just stands still. Nothing can disturb her. All she wants to hear is the reggae song. As soon as the music starts, she widely smiles and she wants to dance.

Guess what CD i play the most? You guessed it right; Bob Marley. She could be crying but, as soon she hears "little darling, still it up", she just stops crying. It is so amazing.

The other day I played the entire CD and my wife couldn't help notice that I was singing everyone of Bob Marley's songs (I think I know almost 99% of his entire repertoire). She was pretty much impressed (not by my voice though).

What she doesn't know is that I spent my childhood listening to Bob Marley songs all day long (without even understanding what he was singing about). Later on when I could speak English, I kept a book which had all Bob Marley's lyrics.

Isn't it funny that many years later (and I won't tell you how many), my daughter goes to sleep  listening to the same music to which I grew up listening.

Just two days ago, I was discussing with a great friend about the legacy we would like to leave for our children. I think it is safe to say that Bob Marley got that covered. Over thirty years after his death, his music is still alive, and we still love it. Isn't that beautiful?

What legacy would you like to leave to your family? Better yet, what legacy would you like to leave to the world?

It is something that I am now seriously thinking about, and my hope is that, even years after I will have passed on, generations would still remember me for the contribution I would have given to the world. That's my prayer.

Moral of the story? Do you want to leave a great legacy? Just listen to Bob Marley songs and you will fall asleep.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My Journey to the Patio Power Event

My friend Jim has been promoting his annual event called Patio Power, it finally happened tonight. I was one of the speakers last year, I am glad he invited me again this year. I just came from there. Wow!

Things happen for a reason. I had planned to write my blog yesterday, and then the flood happened in Toronto. Wow! I have never seen anything like this. My Internet went down (I guess the server crushed) , so I could not publish anything. And here I am now, talking about the Patio Power.

I knew that I was going to be one of the speakers a long time ago, but Jim never gave me my topic. We had a conference call yesterday and he went: "Figure it out. You are the Journeyman". So, I had to figure out what I was going to speak about. To add to the pressure, Jim put me first. I was going to start the event.

I was given 8 minutes to speak, I was done in 5. To tell the truth, I was more interested by other speakers' presentations. I don't know how he does it, Jim knows how to find great speakers (other than myself of course).

Man, I was so inspired. I have never heard most of the speakers who came out tonight. They almost moved me to tears by their stories.

To tell the truth (not that I was lying before), sometimes I have doubts and fears. I question myself, I loose faith and I get discouraged. But, being in events such as the one I just came from put me back in the game. Hearing people who went through real hell and overcame stuff against all odds is really inspiring. They showed me that I am on the right path regardless of what's going on now.

It has a lot to do with my environment. I have to hang around with positive people a lot more. They shape my thinking, they challenge me, they push me to grow, and above all, they inspire me to keep going, to keep believing.

I have a question for you. How is your environment? Do you feel inspired whenever you leave people you have been talking with? If not, maybe it would be wise to mix up a little bit with people who will inspire you and challenge you to grow. That was my experience today.

Moral of the story? Do you want to be inspired? Just get invited to speak, and you will write your blog on Tuesday.

Always a pleasure.

Patrick
The Journeyman.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Journey to a Triple Celebration

Yesterday was Canada Day and celebrations were going on all over the place.

In our household, it was triple celebration. I am from Burundi, my wife is from Rwanda (both having July 1st as their Independence day), and our daughter was born Canadian. Can you imagine some years down the road, our daughter saying " Hi, my name is Skylar, my father is from Burundi, my mother is from Rwanda, but I am Canadian..". I think she should call herself United Nations. How about that?

Talking about Skylar, her new thing now is giving high fives when she is eating. It is so funny. By the time she finishes her food, we are down to about twenty high fives. My wife says Skylar is eating like her father. I think it is a compliment for our daughter.

We stayed home on the weekend watching movies. We watched all kinds of movies, but the one that was the most interesting was Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator". It is so hilarious. Even now we are still laughing when we remember some of the scenes.

The long weekend came really handy after intense weeks of work. I have been working on a project that is taking all the energy that I have. It is an uphill climb, hopefully I will be able to pull it off soon. It is not easy to stay motivated and keep the course when life is throwing punches at you. I guess the secret is to punch back and get up every time we fall down.

While working hard on our success, I think it is good to celebrate the success of others. That is the case of my friend Jim who just started his own radio show, and Jamaal for his book launch this coming Thursday. Congrats my men. You both deserve all the success that is coming to you.

So, like me, if you are working on something that is challenging you, please do remember to take some time off and have fun while celebrating the success of your fellows.

Moral of the story? Do you want to have fun while working on your project? Just give high fives while eating your food and you will have a radio show.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman