What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?

What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?  This is a question I’ve been asked as part of my 21inc Leadership training, and I found it hard to answer… is it climate change? is it poverty? I thought about long and hard, and here is the fruit of my reflections: I believe all the issues named above (climate change, immigration, war, poverty etc.) all stem from common traits of greed (and the corollary, lack of compassion). For me, it is the common behaviour of many humans to take more than they give back. This obviously leads to imbalance. … Continue reading What do you consider to be the most pressing world issue?

Increasing Your Life Fulfillment With Einstein’s Wise Words

A quote can change a life, inspire or give purpose. A few days ago, I read a compilation of incredible quotes on success, 101 in total. I recommend to read through if you have 5 minutes! Albert Einstein’s quote really struck me this time around: Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. –-Albert Einstein Brilliant. Powerful. I feel like I’ve been selfish in my life recently. Always asking “What can I get out of this? What can this person bring me?” What I’m slowly learning and what is “common wisdom” is that to … Continue reading Increasing Your Life Fulfillment With Einstein’s Wise Words

Practical Lessons on How to Accomplish Your Biggest Life Goals

These are photos from a race from Summerside to Charlottetown, my longest voyage of the year! Most of us have “big dreams”, that we hope to “someday” accomplish. They often stay as “someday” projects as they seem to ambitious or distant. In my case, my “big dream” is to sail around the world, this is a dream I’ve had since sailing on the tall ship “Sorlandet” as part of the Class Afloat program.  I didn’t make progress on this objective… until this Summer. Why didn’t I make headway on this project? Because I was focusing on the end goal, i.e. … Continue reading Practical Lessons on How to Accomplish Your Biggest Life Goals

How to Use Your Mind to Become Superhuman

Yesterday, I watched a documentary on “the Iceman”, this strange/fascinating 50 year old Dutch man who defies what we think we know about physiology.  The man, Wim Hof, holds 20 Guiness records and has defied science by being able to be submerge for almost 2 hours in ice, WITHOUT change to his body temperature. I am VERY intrigued. He and his students have done numerous tests with scientists/doctors and seems it checks out. Meditation/breathing techniques are what seem to be key to power, health and happiness says Hof. From a Sense of Purpose One of the interesting elements of the story … Continue reading How to Use Your Mind to Become Superhuman

On Why The Pursuit for Happiness Is Not Your Most Important Life Endevour

“What sets human beings apart from animals is not the pursuit of happiness, which occurs all across the natural world, but the pursuit of meaning, which is unique to humans” – Ray Baumeister “It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” – Victor Frankl Victor Frankl, one of my heroes, is a psychologist who survived Nazi concentration camps. He explains that the BIGGEST factor which determined survival in Nazi concentration camps was… meaning. I’ve just finished reading this fantastic article on the pursuit of meaning vs the pursuit of happiness.  “He knows the “why” for his existence, and will … Continue reading On Why The Pursuit for Happiness Is Not Your Most Important Life Endevour

Lessons from the “Trenches” in district 13 of the 2015 PEI Elections

Last Monday, I had the priviledge of taking part in the PEI Election at one of the poll stations. I was the poll clerk @ Poll #6 of District 13, (yes, that distict from the Hunger Games), the epicenter of one of PEI’s most heated battles between Rob Lantz leader of PC party and Jordan Brown, a well known lawyer and 1st time politician of the Liberal party. As a poll clerk at the voting table, I had a front view seat of the mechanics of voting and seeing first hand the diversity of people who come out to vote. It was eye-opening … Continue reading Lessons from the “Trenches” in district 13 of the 2015 PEI Elections

Blame and Judgement Are Running Your Life, and How You Can Get It Back

What if there was a way we could simply and efficiently eliminate most of our frustrations in our romantic and work relationships? What if what is stopping us is simply asking ourselves “what we want” and communicating it? I work with youth now (4th graders the other day), and I’ve garnered lots of insight from them about fulfillment. The insight came after we asked kids “what makes you happy” and they all answered immediately with great certainty. Moreover, they do WHAT THEY LOVE. I realized that as adults, not only we don’t DO what we want, we often don’t KNOW what we want. For mylsef, … Continue reading Blame and Judgement Are Running Your Life, and How You Can Get It Back

Bill Martin and How to Transform a City in 3 Simple Steps

So how does one transform a city in 3 easy simple steps, it may be as simple as Step 1: Have a Vision Step 2: Find out how to implement vision Step 3: Implement vision City Transformed! I think we as humans spend so much time thinking, planning, reflecting, humming and hah-ing, while it appears that we are much more powerful and can exert much more change than we think. I believe that it is often easier that we think to implement change. I think it requires, vision, a belief in yourself, putting energy and time and seeking the most direct and efficient way possible! Bill Martin … Continue reading Bill Martin and How to Transform a City in 3 Simple Steps

Lessons from Jaromir Jagr on How to Live Life By Your Own Terms

Here is article on Jaromir Jagr who says he wants to play in the NHL until he’s 50 years old! Considering the average “expiry date” or retirement age of an NHLer is 28 years old, the fact that he’s still playing (and producing!) at 43 is incredible. He’s already one of the 10 oldest players to play in history. And looking at him now, and what he’s done to this young Panthers team, it’s not unthinkable that he could keep going till 50. What I take out of this, personnally is that “nothing is written in stone”. There are no … Continue reading Lessons from Jaromir Jagr on How to Live Life By Your Own Terms