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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…

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!


unleash your dreams mini

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.