The Song Inside

Ian Paul Marshall —  November 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

the song inside

A little story for you…

The last note echoed through the air sending an electrifying shiver racing through my body.

My eyes were closed as I was playing so I didn’t notice the small crowd that had gathered around the piano.

“That was beautiful.”

“How long have you been playing?”

“Did you write that?”

I was a little shocked. I didn’t know what to say. I had never played the piano before. Like ever.  Continue Reading…

Trust Your Path

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

trust your path

Sometimes life can lay a serious smack down on you.

Ripping everything you hold most dear away from you.

Throwing you off course. Tossing you into unchartered territory.

Tearing your heart in two.

Thrashing you to the floor.

Leaving you broken and bruised – confused and alone.

All the strength sucked right out of your life.

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let go or be dragged

My heart raced as I approached the intersection where the accident happened. I could still hear the screeching of the tires. The sound of the truck smashing into the back of my car rattled around my brain. My eyes constantly flicking up toward the rear view mirror – on high alert to see if there was anyone behind me driving a little too close for comfort.

And even though the accident happened a week earlier I couldn’t believe how fresh it still was within my mind. I needed to do something to get rid of this feeling. I needed a way to get back my love of driving. I needed to let go so I wouldn’t keep being dragged along. Continue Reading…

the most astounding fact about the universe

What is the most astounding fact about the universe?

It’s a crazy question. One that stirs something deep inside of us. Unlocking within us one of the most human of all emotions – wonder.

That question was posed to Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?”

Below you’ll find his answer. Continue Reading…

success is simple

Sometimes success is staring us right in the face. Take the story of two young furniture designers who are lighting up the home decor industry.

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Vincent and Paul Georgeson founders of the award winning design company Misewell have a simple mission, “Create beautiful furniture that will last for decades.”

In a recent interview on Dwell Paul said that, “We want our pieces to look great in 30 years rather than turning into hideous eyesores. We want our customers to pass this stuff on to their grandkids.”

And so far that idea is working. They’ve won awards and become the darlings of the home design world.

Misewell began as a conversation between two brothers.That conversation slowly evolved into a furniture collection, which grew into an award winning design company.  Continue Reading…

the true price of anything

So you want a new car, a new career, a new house, new clothes, etc. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things. Having goals helps focus your energies, direct your attention and give you the motivation to take spirited action.

But have you really looked at the true price you’ll have to pay in order to get any of those things or anything you really want.

The true price you’ll have to pay for anything is the amount of time (life) you’ll have to give up for it. So before you blast ahead with your action plans take a moment to really look at the price you’ll pay for what you want.

Ask yourself…

How much time is this going to take away from my family?

How much time will I actually have to trade off in order to get this?

How much time will this steal from what actually is truly important to me?

I remember at one point in my career I was working for a extremely wise man. He was successful in every area of his life. I had been working for him for awhile and we were renegotiating my contract. I was asking for a lot (I knew my worth and the value I brought to the organization so I wasn’t shy about asking for exactly what I wanted).

And one of the key items for me was to have more time off to spend with my family. And in the end I got everything that I wanted – except for the time off.

That’s when I realized that time is the most valuable of all currencies. Money didn’t matter to him as I got a huge bump in salary. But what did matter was time.

Time is the most precious of all currencies so guard it and spend it wisely. It’s the true price you’ll pay for anything.

Keep Being Awesome!


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Picture this…

It’s 11pm on a Wednesday night in Downtown Toronto. It’s damp and cool. A light breeze makes you zip your jacket up all the way under your chin. The streets are empty – just you and the street-sweepers are out to enjoy the freshness of the night.

Well that’s what you thought until you round the corner near one of the most popular bookstores in Toronto.

And right there, before your eyes a lineup has formed. It snakes along the length of the store and then-some. People gathered outside – bonded together by a single purpose – to patiently wait through the night and be one of the first people in the city to get a much coveted wristband. One that’ll give you a chance to meet the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Are these star-struck fans just a wee bit nuts? Crazy for staying up all night for a chance to meet the govenator?

Or is there something more…?

You can’t ignore their commitment.

Their dedication to a goal and the action and planning they put in place to reach that goal.

It got me to thinking about commitment and desire. Two of the fundamental keys to success. And how so many of us just go through life being thrown this way and that. Tossed about because we don’t know where we’re going or what we want.

What are you committed to achieving? What goal(s) have got you so fired up that you’re willing to stay up all night to see them become reality? What ideas or dreams spark a fire in you that consumes your every thought?But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Goals Unleash our potential

That’s the lesson these fanboys can teach us.

That Goals kick-start action. They spur us on and push us forward. Bringing into our lives unimaginable experiences. Goals unleash the awesome potential that’s sleeping inside of you right now. Because there’s a dream inside of you right now that’s looking to be unleashed.

Sure some people may think we’re crazy for doing what we do. But in the end we’ll have some pretty amazing stories to share with our loved ones. And the person we become by going for our goals is totally worth the risk.

Keep Being Awesome!


P.S. Need some help with your goals? Check out the personal goal setting worksheet.



Even if You Stumble

Moving forward, making the leap, taking a chance. We hope, we pray and we hesitate. Worried. Watching. Waiting. Wondering…

“What will they think?”

“What if I fail?”

“What if I’m wrong?”

And the answer to all of these is…who cares.

Who cares what they think. Who cares if you fail. Who’s to say that you were wrong?

All that matters is what matters to you. All that matters is the movement toward your goal. Toward your dream. Toward unleashing the greater aspects of yourself.

And you will stumble. You will fall short of your goals. You will make mistakes. That’s just the way it is. And that’s the beauty of being human. Of being you. Of moving forward in spite of the fears, doubts and darkness.

And with each step you take you grow. In power. In wisdom. In joy. In experience.

Move forward because you want to. Because you have to. Because you are compelled to. Like there’s no other option. Because if you don’t, something inside of you will die. Something special. Something sacred. Something indescribable.

It’s better not to think. Just move. Take action. Go forward. Take that step. Because that next step may lead you on the journey of a lifetime.

And remember, “Even if you stumble you’re still moving forward.” ~ Unknown

Keep Being Awesome!


The Remembering Shambhala Exercise…
The road to success is to be created within your mind. Your mind is amazing and it’s the chief tool you’ll use to create the world and life of your dreams.

A student must perfect their skills before they can be called a Master. So we’ll begin to train and transform our minds to become, as the Buddhists like to say, “A wish fulfilling gem.

Remembering Shambhala is simple and can be done at any time during the day. I would recommend to practice this exercise either in the morning shortly after you wake or in the evening a little bit before you go to bed.

Shambhala is a Sanskrit term meaning “place of peace, tranquility, and happiness”. Shambhala is believed to be a mythical society where all the inhabitants are enlightened.

It’s time now to transform your own world into Shambhala.

My Personal Shambhala Exercise

1) Take out a piece of paper and a pen.
2) On the top of the paper write “My Personal Shambhala”
3) Put the date on the page but make it one year in advance.
4) Write out the sentence, “What an awesome year it’s been!”
5) Before you move on, think about all the things that you’d like to
change in your life. What would you change to bring your more
happiness, peace, tranquillity, prosperity.
6) Now write out all the different aspects of your life that you’d like changed as if they’ve already been accomplished. It could be anything. Like a “perfect relationship” or “perfect home” or “the trip around the world” or “more amazing friends” etc. Make this as rich, vivid and juicy as you like.
7) Read it nightly.
8) See it.
9) Feel it.
10) Every day for the next 90 days take some sort of action to make this vision your reality.

I hope this helps…

Be awesome!


from cuba with loveWe were sitting on a patio in downtown Havana Cuba waiting for our mojitos to arrive. A cuban five piece band played. The air was filled with music, sunshine and the wide eyed wonderment of a thousand tourists.

It was hot. Not that we were complaining. Back home in toronto canada it was the deepend of winter. Average temps of -20 degrees Celsius with enough snow to throw out your back from shoveling the white fluffy stuff.

So as the cuban music played we sat back soaking it all in. The sun, the breeze and the moment.

Life is all about the experiences we have. Those million little moments that make up life. Sharing them with people we love makes it all that much better.

Buddhists have an interesting take on life. And in the Tibetan tradition they remind themselves daily that they are lucky to have this day – that tomorrow may never come. With that type of awareness they pour themselves into the experience of the present. They infuse the moment with joy, helpfulness and the reminder to soak it all in. To not worry about the past and fret about the future.

It’s a mindset that we tap into a little easier when we’re on vacation. Everything’s new, fresh and exciting. But the minute we touch down in our hometowns we quickly slip back into our routines. Into the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

But we can bring the magic back into everything that we’re doing by touching the present fully with our awareness.

Like right now – I’m writing this post on my blackberry – sitting on the back porch while I sip my coffee. The sun is shining, there’s a cool easternly breeze blowing, the neighbors kids are chatting away next door, the birds are singing their spring songs and a big muscle car has just rolled down the street.

Life is beautiful.

I’m thinking about how lucky I am. I’m thinking of you – that I hope these words touch you in some way. That they remind you to come back to the moment. To breathe it in fully. And to give thanks for everything that you have.

Because there’s magic happening right now in your life. It may not be over-the-top earth shattering awesomeness but it’s there. Hiding in plain sight. All you got to do is notice it.