I grew up in Ootischenia, a small town in British Columbia, Canada – population of 500. I grew up fishing, playing hockey and tormenting my younger brothers. Under firm parental guidance, I learned the “life trades” of discipline, work ethic and execution. Fast forward more than 20 years of working and leading in large U.S. corporations, here I am. A husband. A father. A leader. A manager. A grinder. A reader. A learner.
As Craig Harper states, “genetics aren’t optional but what we do with them is.” I believe that being a life long learner is core to an inspired life. Life is about growth and realizing our own unique potential. Inch by Inch. Day by Day.
I’ve arrived at mid-life. It’s come shockingly quickly. And perhaps it’s not a coincidence that it has come along with a better appreciation of the wonder of nature, the beauty of art and the magic of music. This realization has come late, but it has come. I read a passage in a book by Paul Pearsall titled “The Beethoven Factor: The New Positive Psychology of Hardiness, Happiness, Healing, and Hope” where he stated that cancer survivors who thrive (“thrivers”) dig deep to see the world and their experiences in a most human way – and you haven’t lived the day if you haven’t laughed heartily and cried freely. I’m trying to live a similar life – and share some of these “ah-ha” moments or inspirations that make me wonder, make me laugh or bring tears to my eyes.
Why Blog? I think Seth Godin captured my inspiration for blogging when he was asked why he blogged. He said “if you are blogging for other people you are going to be disappointed…even if no one would read it, I would still blog…this is a great chance for me to clear my thoughts and put them into the world, what an opportunity.”
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