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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.

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