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How I First Got Paid to Speak

People often ask me how I became a motivational keynote speaker. Well, please sit back, relax and I will tell you. My most challenging addiction to recover from was not alcohol, but rather gambling. Why? Society has identified alcohol as a legitimate addiction for decades, and resources can be found with ease. Gambling on the other hand is constantly glamourized, is not widely recognized as an addiction, and the resources for problem gamblers are sparse in comparison. After attending my first Gamblers Anonymous meeting in Edmonton it became clear that my fellow problem gamblers had also suffered in silence from…

The Greatest Battle of Your Life

“What are these scars from?” she asked. “They’re battle wounds.” I replied. She looked at me for a long time. “Who were you battling?” “Myself.” I do not believe that the greatest battle in your lifetime will ever be with another person. In the same way, it will not be with another country. The greatest battle that you will ever fight is the fight with yourself. Are you winning the fight? For years, I was at war with myself and I almost lost. Following high school, I literally ran around the whole world. At one point I moved 12 times…

Taking Time for What You Value

A father returned home from a long day at work, and was greeted by his 7-year-old daughter at the door. She looked up at him with her big brown eyes and asked, “Can I have $5 please daddy?” The father was annoyed by the fact that he had just gotten home, and the first thing out of his daughter’s mouth was a request for money. He told her, “No” and sent her to go play in her room. After a quick supper, the father retreated to his office for the evening where he focused on his work. At 8:30 he…

Born Resilient: A Sneak Peak Into Chapter 1

While it is easier to deflect your pain, the only way out is through. Our reaction to physical pain is not the same as our reaction to emotional pain. When we experience a cut or a broken arm, we are quick to act, and will immediately tend to our wound and try to progress towards healing. On the other hand, when we are injured on an emotional level, we rarely give this wound the immediate attention it deserves. This is unfortunate because emotional pain has the capacity to impact our lives to a much greater degree than physical pain. Unmanaged…