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Monday, October 27, 2014

My Journey to a Change

I haven’t been on this earth long enough to claim that I know a lot, but the little I know has shown me that people do change. Who I am now is not who I used to be. Am I getting better as I age like it is the case for wine? I really don’t know.

I remember many years ago as Paul my business partner and I spoke about what we would like to create in the future, he told me that I would be the front man of our company, and he would work behind the scenes.

He kept his word for a long time. I can assure you that he made me look good on numerous occasions while he did most of the work. My job was to go out and present; I had a very good deal.

That was a few years ago. I guess I did a very good job at presenting our stuff (at least that is what I tell myself). Well guess what happened a little over a year ago? Paul went out and got his coaching certificate and now he is presenting workshops with me and coaching as well. I think I inspired him lol.  He even did an entire presentation the other day by himself.

Now don’t get me wrong, Paul is a very good presenter. He has done this at his job before on a number of occasions. But somehow, he decided to be the behind the scenes guy in our company (maybe he thought I was the good looking one between both of us lol). People do really change and now he is the front man.

In fact, we are preparing to host a workshop on Saturday November 8th. As usual, Paul is doing all the work, and I am getting ready to look good again thanks to him. This time, I don’t think I will look good for a long time as he will be doing most of the presentation. I think I went from being the front man to being a cheerleader for Paul lol. People do really change.

If you are in the Toronto area, you are invited to this workshop as well. Click here for more information

Seriously though,if you are in a relationship with someone (could be professional or otherwise), please allow them to be who they are. Allow the relationship to evolve without any hindrance, because people do change. At least, that is what I learned with Paul.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Saturday November 8 but please register as soon as possible because seats are very limited and it is almost 50 percent booked.

Moral of the story? Do you want your life to change? Come to our workshop and you will meet Paul. You will be doing all the work while I look good lol
Always a pleasure
Patrick
The Journeyman

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Journey With Richard

You might be wondering who the heck is Richard.
He is a gentleman I met a while ago when I was participating in a training program for coaches. For two days, I was part of a class where we learned how to customize our coaching approach when working with new immigrants to Canada. The training was amazing and I am looking forward to the next part where we will be assigned a person to coach for 6 months.

During the first day of training, they told us they would bring somebody to share a story about how the coaching program had helped him to find his first job in Canada. Richard was the guy.

He was well dressed, he was funny and he was ready to share his story.

Richard has been in Canada for only five months now. He was a very successful professional in his native country and also had experience working in many Asian countries. He was very successful before coming to Canada.

When he started to share his story it didn't take too long to realize that his first days in Canada were very tough. I won't go into details about what he shared with us, but I was moved to tears. It was a very inspiring true story.

At the end of his presentation, he shared that before coming to Canada he had a plan (he showed us his very impressive plan). Guess what? Despite all the challenges he went through, he recently hit his first goal in less than five months in Canada. He is a man on a mission. I was very much inspired.

This brings me to the reason why I am sharing Richard's story with you.

You see, the entire training was very good for us (and the trainer was amazing). But hearing Richard's story was something else. I can't stop thinking about it, which leads me to this question: what is your story? What are the three moments of your life that you credit for making you the person  you are today?

If you stop and think about it, you will be amazed how your life can be summed up in a few "events" that led to where you are now;  and when you share your story with someone else, you have no idea how impact full it can be.

My challenge to you is to share your story with somebody and listen to his or hers as well. Not only will you find that you have many things in common with that person, but you will also be an inspiration to him, or her. Richard was my inspiration, and I am glad I was there to listen to him.

Moral of the story? Do you want to have a plan for your life? Just tell your story and you will meet Richard.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman