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Thursday, January 16, 2014


"Some [wo]men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not."


 Robert Kennedy

  

 Imagine if you current life situation included the following:

 
·         Your first words are uttered at the age of 4

·         You have less than 4 years of official schooling at the junior level

·         Your teachers think you will amount to nothing

·         You have dyslexia

·         You are rejected 30 times while trying to promote your first piece of work

·         While a kid you are molested by family members

·         You decide to apply to film school but you get rejected not just once but twice
 

When I read the above list I couldn't help but ask myself what could anyone accomplish in their life if they had to deal with all, or even only one of these adversities.  Can you imagine how many job interviews you would get if you had less than four months of junior school training? I am sure you would eventually get an interview but only after being rejected countless of times. Do you have what it takes to overcome the abundance of rejection? In fact, let's imagine you got up one day and felt inspired to write a book. How would you feel if your work, which represented your finest piece of work, was rejected not once, not ten times and not even twenty times? Let us say your work was rejected a total of thirty times; would you feel inspired to continue, rejected or just give up?
 
How would you deal with being molested by not just one or two but by three family members? My guess is that for many of us just making it through such a despicable ordeal would be a great accomplishment.
 
Imagine if you suffered with Dyslexia; how would you even begin to learn to read and/or write? Can you imagine going through the junior high and senior high school time of your life with this reading and/or writing challenge?  We all know how some kids can be when they see another kid who is perceived as different in some way.  Let’s be honest, some of them can be terribly mean spirited.

Let us imagine that ever since you were a kid your teachers told you that you would amount to nothing.  Could you imagine how that would feel?  Now imagine how that would feel if you were a kid? Let’s assume you make it through that ordeal and you go on to apply for college. In fact, let's say you wanted to follow your passion and decided to apply for film school. How would you feel and what would you do if you were to get turned down by film school; and not just once but twice!

You must be wondering or at least saying to yourself that there is no one on earth who has faced all of these challenges and rejections. Well, based on my research you are correct. There is no one that I have come across during my life or during my research that has experienced all of these challenges but here is what I found:
     
  • Albert EinsteinDeveloped the theory of Relativity – he did not speak until he was 4 years old and many of his teachers thought he wouldn’t make anything of himself
  • Thomas EdisonCredited with inventing the practical light bulb – he had no formal education and was hearing impaired
  • Richard BransonDeveloped Virgin Records and is one of the top ten richest persons in the UK – he had Dyslexia and was a bad student (didn’t get good marks)
  • Stephen KingHe has sold over 350 million copies of his books - his first novel was rejected 30 times by publishing houses
  • Oprah Winfrey - She is an entrepreneur who is admired by millions and she has a net worth of approximately $2.9 billion – she was repeatedly molested by three family members
  • Steven Spielberg One of the greatest filmmakers of all time – he was rejected from USC twice; couldn’t get into the film school of his choice

Amazing isn't it? Each one of these individuals could have given up but for some reason they continued. They were determined not to look at their current situation or adversity and use it as a reason to quit. Instead, they pursued their goals with relentless endeavor. Now allow me to ask you a question. First think of a goal or dream you have always dreamed of accomplishing.  Ask yourself what is it that has caused you not to achieve it. Write down the reason, situation or circumstance that has prevented you from achieving this goal or dream. Now, look at the list of adversities I wrote at the very beginning of this blog and ask yourself the following question:

 
Which of the following adversities would you prefer to have to overcome in order to achieve your goal or dream:
 

1)    One of the adversities listed at the beginning of this blog

or

2)    The current adversity that is holding you back from achieving this goal or dream

 
My guess is that most of you would prefer to take on the challenge of your current situation than most of the adversities mentioned in the list found at the top of this blog.  In fact, let me say this to you: the fact that these people were able to overcome their adversities and go on to achieve their dreams and goals prove that it is also possible for you do the same!   So with that said, I encourage you to go out and write your own story of how you overcame your adversities to achieve your goals and dreams. In life anything is possible and that is why in two or three years from today your name can also be one of the names that comes up under the Google search "successful people who overcame great adversity and went on to achieve their goals and dreams".
 
Well, before I leave you, I want to take this time to leave you with the quote below and to encourage you to take a look at our upcoming events:

 
If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen.”
 
Richard de Vos
 

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Author:

Unleashed Possibilities (UP) Inc.


Registration Information

 

Evening Sessions:


The Power of Pursuing Your Dream  Patrick Bizindavyi $12 per session 7:00-9:30pm


Date:  Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm

Cost:   $12

 

Date:   Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Time:  7:00 – 9:30pm

Cost:   $12 
 

Date:   Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Time:  7:00 – 9:30pm

Cost:   $12
 

Location:     

Dora’s Studio
452 Gladstone Avenue (Behind the house)                  

Toronto, Ontario

Registration: 

Please click on the following link and scroll down to the Session called “The Power of Pursuing Your Dream”

 

 
Workshop: 

                        “A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step: How to Transform your   2014 New Year Resolutions/Dreams from a Goal into a Reality.” 


Date:              Saturday 22nd February, 2014

Time:                         10am – 4pm
Cost:              $35
Location:      Dora’s Studio
                        452 Gladstone Avenue (Behind the house)                  

Toronto, Ontario
Registration:           

Please click on the following link and scroll down to the workshop titled “A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step: How to Transform your 2014 New Year Resolutions/Dreams from a Goal into a Reality.” 
Registration Link:  http://www.aangen.com/workshops.asp



 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 6, 2014


Hey there!!
After a few weeks away The Journeyman is back! I needed the time to reflect on things and get some directions.  Am I there yet? Not at all. But I am not where I used to be.
Happy New Years everybody. I hope you enjoyed the holidays. Mine was interrupted by a nasty cold from which I am still recovering.
This year will be different as far as this blog is concerned. New ideas, new revelations (Paparazzi get ready) and new writers. Yes; you heard correctly. Periodically, I will have guest writers share their blogs with you. Don't worry, they will be as qualified as I am (was I even qualified in the first place?).
I know you will enjoy them. In fact, here is the first one. It comes from Unleashed Possibilities.
Enjoy and I truly welcome your feedback on this blog!



“A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step”


Confucius


Can you imagine where you would be if for the last one, five or ten years you had taken one action per day towards pursuing and achieving that goal or dream you have always wanted to accomplish?


It never stops to amaze me how quickly each year seems to go.  I remember when I was a kid and how the days felt like it was a year and the year felt like it was forever.  As an adult it seems like not only is society racing ahead but that of time as well.  Of course, we all know time doesn’t speed up or slow down.  So what is it that makes it feel like it’s increasing especially when we come to the end of a year and have started a new year?  Have you ever heard someone say that they like having a lot to do at work because it makes the day go quickly? Well, this thinking can also be used to explain why many of us feel like the year has gone by quickly; we become so busy and involved with all the daily stuff that we don’t realize how much time has past until it gets closer to the end of the year.


So many times in life we get caught up with trying to keep up that we fail to recognize that the clock of time keeps ticking regardless of how much or how little we do. Our lives have become so busy because of all the responsibilities that come with family, career, Facebook, Twitter, sports, and life in general that we fail to recognize how much we did in the past year.   In fact, the question we should ask ourselves is did any of the actions we took in the past year go towards building our short term to long term future?  In other words, did you take at least one or two actions daily that have brought you closer towards achieving your goals and dreams?  Let’s be honest we are all guilty of finding excuses to explain why we did not; and in some cases many of these excuses are very valid.  Now that being said, can you imagine where you would be if for the last one, five or ten years you had taken one action per day towards pursuing and achieving that goal or dream you have always wanted to accomplish?


One of the most inspiring persons I have read about is Wilma Rudolph.  WiIma contracted infantile paralysis (caused by the polio virus) at the age of four and as a result of this illness she had to wear a brace on her left leg and foot until she was the age of nine.  It took another three years of wearing an orthopaedic shoe and visiting hospitals for treatments before she achieved her dream of overcoming her disability.  Despite these set-backs/obstacles/challenges she went on to earn a berth on the 1956 U.S. Olympic track and field team at the age of 16.  She returned home with a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 relay which she proudly showed to her high school teammates.  Remember, that up until the age of twelve Wilma had to wear some type of leg and foot support because of her disability.   This meant that between the ages of 12 and 16 she went from being physically handicapped in her leg and foot to that of an Olympic medal winner.   She again represented the US at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome where she won three gold medals (100 m, 200 m and 4x100 m relay).  She was considered the fastest women in the world at that time and retired from track at the age of 22.  In 10 years she went from being disabled to being the most abled runner in the entire world.   Let me ask you this question: when you look back over the last ten years of your life can you point to two dreams or goals where you had to overcome great obstacles to achieve?


Thomas Edison who is credited for inventing the light bulb was considered to be “too stupid to learn anything” at a very young age.  In fact, he had less than four months of official schooling.  He was fired from two jobs and made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.  When he was asked by a reporter: “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison responded by saying “I didn’t fail 1,000 times.  The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”


Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player ever, was cut from his basketball team.  On reflection Jordan said “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”


I could go on and on but instead I will stop and ask you the following question: “Are you today where you had hoped to be ten years, or five years or even one year ago?”  Think of how busy you were during the past ten years and five years or even the last year.  Now ask yourself this question: “Did you spend any significant time working towards those dreams you had ten years, five years or even one year ago?”  If not, do you realize that the next ten years will come and go faster than the previous ten years? Remember we are only getting busier as a people and before you know it you will be at the end of your road.  At that time will you be able to look back and honestly say that you had the courage to pursue and achieve your dreams despite the many obstacles and challenges; or, are you going to look back and say that you didn’t achieve your dreams in life because you were too busy? 


There is a Chinese quote that says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.  So when you look back over the last year can you honestly say that you took actions that could have helped you achieve your goals for 2013 or for dreams you want to achieve in the next five to ten years?   If you did not and would like to, or maybe you did but stopped along the way then I encourage you to join us on Saturday January 25th  2014 for our workshop called: “A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step: How to Transform your 2014 New Year Resolutions/Dreams from a Goal into a Reality.” 


My guarantee to you is that you will not only leave this workshop with a plan of action but also with the motivation, inspiration and an opportunity to have the support you need to continue it for the rest of the year.  Please see the link below in order to register.  Please note that this workshop is in person and there are only a limited number of seats available.  So in closing, I leave you with the thought below:


“If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen.”


Richard de Vos



Author:
Unleashed Possibilities (UP) Inc.




Registration Information


Workshop:     “A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step: How to Transform your   2014 New Year Resolutions/Dreams from a Goal into a Reality.” 


Date:               Saturday 22nd February, 2014
Time:               10am – 4pm
Cost:                $35
Location:        Aangen Community Centre
                         868 Dovercourt Road
                        Toronto, Ontario


Registration:  Please click on the following link and scroll down to the workshop titled “A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step: How to Transform your 2014 New Year Resolutions/Dreams from a Goal into a Reality.” 
                 
                        Registration Link:  http://www.aangen.com/workshops.asp


Contact:          Patrick Bizindavyi, on behalf of Unleashed Possibilities (UP) Inc. @ 416-760-4644