Did your parents set you up for failure or success by naming you?
A name can influence your identity, but can it determine your future success?
Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of my favourite quotations is from The Dalai Lama.
"My religion is simple, my religion is kindness"
A beautiful and profound phrase that has the ability to soothe the soul and allows us to pause and reflect in our lives and in our businesses.
This past week was a challenging one. Both in my business and in my personal life. With so many demands from others, commitments, and hopeful expectations dashed, I was searching for a port in the storm. Just a few kind words, a genuine smile, something that would help to bring me a small semblance of peace.
When it didn't come I recognized that I needed to change my thought patterns.
My expectations of both others and of myself had to be altered.
I decided that I would start with myself. For most of my adult life, each day I would wake up with the resolve to be kind to everyone around me. The problem was, I forgot to...
No matter how successful we are, how much we have accumulated, or how respected we are, there is always a search for what really matters.
We consume self help books and personal growth books to help up find the answers even though we may not truly even understand the question.
One of my favourite books of all time is Autobiography of a Yogi.
The book was the ONLY book that was on Steve Jobs iPad as well as being his last gift to his friends. Everyone attending Steve Job's funeral was given a copy of the book. I feel as though I'm in good company.
I read Paramahansa Yogananda's story every few years. It was a well known fact that Steve Jobs re-read the autobiography every year.
Why do I love this book as so many others do? At its core, it is a path to self-actualization, a way to build our internal voice and to build companies and organization in that same way. To build what matters.
When things are easy, momentum has a habit of slowing down. When tragedy strikes, we often feel we just don’t want to do anything and so momentum can be lost. We know we should be moving forward, but what do we do when we can’t find momentum.
But if we condition ourselves to always be focused on momentum it makes us better and stronger and helps us overcome even the worst case scenarios.
Sheryl Sandberg,the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of “Lean In,’’ delivered the commencement speech at the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday. She said “It’s the hard days that determine who you are”.
Well said. Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s true.
I often remember seeing people on TV after they have experienced tragedy whether they had an illness, a death in the family, or a financial or emotional challenge. Whatever the situation, they always said it made them better,...
I am a perpetual student. I LOVE to learn! I am in a mastermind, I read books, I take courses, Its my way of showing myself I am worth it.
I don’t spend time at the spa, I’m not a huge fan of shopping and I don’t have many hobbies, except learning.
I love to learn, I am happiest when I’m learning. What makes me happy? Learning something new, and of course Red Lipstick! (But that’s another story).
I was working at my desk last night, and I received an email from Brendon. He was interviewing Larry King live. So I immediately jumped on!
Brendon Burchard did an amazing job and after the interview I bought Larry’s New Program. So essentially I am being coached by Larry King for the next 12 months!
Larry let us in on his number one secret in being an effective communicator. The secret?
The first time Larry was on the radio he told the listeners it was his first time, and although he hoped to be good, he wanted everyone to know so in the...
I remember I once asked a CEO if he ever looked in the mirror and thought “I can’t believe they actually think I can do this job!” he looked at me surprised and smiled and said yes! I couldn’t believe it! I thought it was just me that had silly random thoughts.
It’s called Imposter syndrome and sometimes no matter how much you have studied, trained and achieved success it rears its ugly head. The syndrome makes you feel like you are a fraud even when you’re not and you worry you will be found out soon!
Everyone suffers from it at one time or another. Actors, Writers, Sports Figures and probably some doctors, although I like to think that it never crosses the minds of the world’s best Neurosurgeons!
This week I was quite surprised to learn that I’ve been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
My first reaction was “Wow that’s amazing!” My second reaction was “Why would they nominate...
The lucky front door according to Feng Shui!
The most asked question in Feng Shui? Simple, "Should I paint my front door red?"
You have likely met someone that has told you after they painted their door red their life changed!
It's true that painting your front door will likely bring new energy into your home! But, Red is not your only option, and in some cases not even your best options.
Red in Feng Shui is very powerful and brings with it prosperity, abundance and success but it may not be the right choice for you.
With the Flying Star method of Feng Shui - we can determine if your home has any "star combinations" that are unfavourable.
If so, then painting your door red might actually make the energies worse! As well there are certain directions each calendar year that are not good options to place any red in so you should be extra cautious with these directions.
With Traditional compass directions, colour is...