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Thursday, September 26, 2013

My Journey to the Library

As I am getting to the library to get some work done, just before I start my computer, guess who I see in one of the meeting rooms? My friends Jim and Bonnie doing a presentation. They do not see me, but I am sitting right behind them.

Jim is so focused on the work at hand. So, I decide to text him. The text goes like this: Turn around, I am right behind you. There is no reaction. I just think that he is too focused to notice my text. I start working on my computer. About half an hour later, guess who is now behind me? Jim himself. I guess he saw my text. I knew this one was coming: what's up with your blog? He asks

So here I am. I don't want to be in trouble with Jim.

Thanks a lot for your positive feedback on my last blog. Do not worry. I am doing ok. I think I am even stronger than last week lol.

Yesterday I watched the movie "Pursuit of Hapiness" one more time. Oh boy, the guy went through some serious stuff. Do you remember the scene where he was finally offered the job? That is my favourite one. Will Smith played brilliantly that part.

I had a chance to see the real Chris Gardner speak at an event and he shared that the movie just showed a little portion of what he really went through. I was shocked when I heard that.

Something caught my attention while watching the movie. For those who have seen it, do you remember the part when he met his future boss on the street and he decided to go in the taxi with him? Of course he did not have the money to pay for the cab but he just wanted to have an opportunity for a job interview. He started talking about his skills but the guy was busy playing with a gadget that he found impossible to fix. Do you remember that?

Will Smith decided to stop talking about himself and offered to fix the gadget. His boss told him it was impossible but he did not know that Will has done it hundreds of times before. Before long, the gadget was fixed, to the amazement of his future boss. That "simple" thing got him the job interview that he badly wanted. If he was skilled enough to fix the gadget, doing the job would be a piece of cake.

That part of the movie made me think of so many little things that we know, or things that we have done in the past that can make a huge difference now. Simple things but that can put us above the competition. I remember my first job interview in Canada. I mentioned that I was a Basketball coach (which had nothing to do with the job description), and that alone was a proof that I was a team player. I got the job

Do you want to discover your hidden talents? Things that you have done in the past that can, maybe help you get the job you want? I have a friend who can help you with that. He does an amazing work. His name is Emmanuel Lopez a.k.a Motivatorman.

If you insist, I can hook you up with him.

Moral of the story?
Do you want to discover your hidden talent? Just go to the Library and Jim will stand behind you.

Always a pleasure.
Patrick
The Journeyman
www.umleashedpossibilities.net


 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Journey Back to Writing

It has been such a long time since I posted my last blog that I don't even know where to start.

It has been quite a month.

First, this gig at the Rogers Centre Stadium where I was speaking to entrepreneurs before Toronto vs Montreal football game, then being contacted by a website host asking me to write stories to his 200,000 readers per month, add to that a few invitations to TV shows in October, plus a potential work with a very respectable institution, it's been quite a month.

You might be thinking that I am a Superstar or something, and that things are going so great for me. Oh no. When you least expect it, life throw some punches at you that it is so hard to get up. I am so thankful for what I have, I will never take it for granted, but man!!!!

Do you know what is helping me keep my sanity? Something called Youtube. Whoever invented this stuff deserves a Nobel Prize. I have been watching hundreds of videos of Bishop TD Jakes sermons. This guy knows how to speak to me when I am down. How come every time I listen to him, he seems to be talking to me? How does he know what I am going through? Did someone called him to let him know? lol

I guess he, himself went through tough moments in his life that he can now relate to all of us.

What I am learning is that we won't stop learning. As TD Jakes says, every new level brings new devils. I thought this was a funny one

So, don't worry, I am back. I know that you missed me, but that is life lol

Moral of the story? Do you want to go to a new level in your life? Just watch Youtube and you will defeat new devils

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman.