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The Character Leadership Company

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Monthly Archives: February 2017

News and Views, Volume 1

News and Views is a new initiative for 2017.  On a more random and periodic basis, we will do a short post with some links to read and ponder.  In some ways, it is a catch up.  In other ways, we might bring the mustard; and a little relish.  🙂

THE CHARACTER QUOTIENT™

This first issue examines the role that character and virtues play in leadership and living.  We call it Heroic Character Leadership.  Character is the highest form of emotional intelligence, and a powerful foundation to leadership… and we start to explore it here.

THE HOT DOG

The HOT Dog™ is our lead piece.  This weekend, we posted this on building strong, diverse and united cultures.  It was inspired by a post on emotions, the internet and the state of the world.  A link to that post is contained therein, as well.  Have a read and see how it might apply to how you lead at home, school, work or community.  We invite you to read and reflect upon how it might be applied to your world, or corner of it.

THE MUSTARD

In support and addition, we also offer this post from the Ivey Business Journal on Developing Leadership Character.  It is a great read on the vital importance of character.  This is not about the warm and fuzzies.  It is real; and it is crucial to thrive in today’s world.

THE CATCH UP

Finally, and as a compendium of sorts, we offer this link to well over 300 LinkedIn posts to date around character and leadership and education… and this link to our EPIC Blog.  You will find hundreds of posts addressing matters of character and leadership pertinent to school, work, business and community.

THE RELISH

And we offer this video to review and possibly relish. 🙂

 

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PPS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

The Confidence Factor

Inspiration is sourced in Confidence.  Confidence is sourced in Strength.  Strength is sourced in Character.  That is why we say “Strong Character, Inspired World”.  It is the basis of what we call Heroic Character Leadership.  It is also foundational to what we call The Humanity Factor.  Indeed, it what we seek to study and advance in our explorations with leaders.

One of my favorite pieces of thought and writing is..

DESIDERATA

 Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

I have it hung in my living room.  Here it is in music and video.  It speaks to me of true Confidence and matters of Character.  In a world of shifting allegiances, expectations and understandings… this thing called character advances our best confidence … at home, school, work, business and community.  We, at Epic Engage™, fiercely contend that it is the basis of how we get through and out of any trial or challenge; and in times of triumph and championship alike, it enables us to have the humble confidence of character.

Going forward, it will be our core and brazen focus in building the kind of capacity, creativity and confidence to build peace, passion and prosperity in all arenas of human endeavor.

To that end, we wish you that…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Leader ToC with Ray Hollister

This month, with our second in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we interview the stupendous Ray Hollister.  Another longtime colleague and friend, I first experienced Ray at a CAPS Convention in Toronto back in 2010.  His talk was mesmerizing.  I knew, one day, that I would want to interview the man because Leader ToC™ is all about that kind of heroic leadership.

Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.

Before we truly get started this month, here is last month’s edition with Stephanie Staples and a compilation of the first six in the series from 2016.  Enjoy.

Now…

INTRODUCING RAY HOLLISTER

We are humbly proud to say Ray is a contributing member of The CAST™.  Here is just a little of what we have come to know of Ray.

rayRAY HOLLISTER is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection with students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.

Ray is Stupendous Man.  So, let’s get at it to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hey Ray.  🙂  I am so glad you could take the time to connect on Leader ToC™.  I have been wanting to do this for a while.  So, let’s just get at it.  The first question I typically ask is “Who are you and what is it you do?”

RAY HOLLISTER

My pleasure Barry.  Well, my name is Ray Hollister and I share with others how to develop, cultivate, and utilize resilience in their lives.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That is so powerfully succinct and says a lot.  So, with that in mind, for whom do you do it best?  In other words… Ray, who is your best audience?

RAY HOLLISTER

Well, my best audiences are actually comprised of two groups.  First, I serve students (of any age!) who desire and are committed to getting GREAT grades and averaging over 90% on any exam.  Second, I serve people who are facing traumatic/dramatic events in their lives and are looking for help, understanding, or simply ideas to apply to their life.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I have certainly experienced your impact myself.  It still resonates these 7 years later.  Well then, how is it you best serve them?  How do you offer your services?

RAY HOLLISTER

Well, first… for students… (again, of any age), I offer live events (seminars), webinars, and online courses. My website, www.truestudyskills.com, contains links to upcoming webinars and will also be the portal for my online courses as they roll out.  Secondly, for people who are dealing with traumatic events in their lives, I offer both live events in seminar format, as well as individual consultation for those who desire privacy or prefer one-on-one counseling.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I like the balance.  So Ray, with all that you do and serve in mind… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership, from your perspective and experience?

RAY HOLLISTER

Great question.  The major challenges of leadership from my perspective in these times is understanding the value of strong mentorship. After all, a mentor is indeed a leader… and understanding the value of following well, leads to leading well. The biggest opportunity I see for leadership in these times is expanding and exploring the value of servant leadership. In these times, learning to serve your community is the glue that will hold everything together.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

As an educator and community guy, I could not agree more.  That being said, and given our own work around character and leadership… when reflecting on the strengths of leadership, what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths of character and why do you believe them vital?

RAY HOLLISTER

At the risk of sounding self-serving, I believe that Resilience and Reflection are paramount to strong leadership. Our ability to rebound from tough times and unforeseen events are seen and viewed by everyone around us. Whether or not you believe you are a leader, people WILL see how you respond to tough situations. Reflection upon what you’ve learned through the tough times – and how to implement what you learned – is also a key element of leadership. I believe both these traits are vital and truly shape the strength and effectiveness of leadership skills in any individual.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love it.  It speaks to me of resilience, mindfulness, discernment, and more.  I like the take you have on it.  So, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

RAY HOLLISTER

I think one fantastic piece of advice is also one that causes people the biggest challenge; “Act and speak at all times as if your mother was right behind you.” There are so many actions taken and words spoken that we would most certainly have avoided if our mothers had been with us at the moment! Though the thought of this may bring a smile to your face, it may also cause you to cringe – may I suggest that if it causes you to cringe, you should reflect on your current ‘path’ of leadership behavior.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That metaphor is strong.  I heard it said, be the person your dog already believes you to be.  In many ways, it is about thinking upon your hero and asking what would they do or expect.  So, we are almost done (for now).  How can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

RAY HOLLISTER

There is my website.  I am also on Facebook (a simple search for Ray Hollister will bring me up), I am on twitter -@ray_hollister, and my email address is hollister.ray@gmail.com. Lastly, I happily accept phone calls/texts to 210-692-4141.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Ray, I admire your approach to life and leadership.  It has been a pleasure to connect with you on these questions and answers with Leader ToC™.  Thank you so much.

RAY HOLLISTER

I have enjoyed it my friend.  Truly.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Ray’s work.  You will be glad you did.

And… continuing through 2017, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will continue to engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Humanity Factor

Over this past week or so, we have examined L.O.V.E.™ as a process of leadership and the virtues of great leadership.  These reads reflect the notion and idea that character is the foundation of truly inspired and inspiring leadership; the kind we need at home, school, work, business and community in these times of challenge and uncertainty alike.  Ultimately, we are talking about heroic leadership.

That all being said (and examined and explored to an extent thus far)… here is a video addressing the virtue of Humanity as a strength.  Yes, Humanity is a virtue; and it is our humanity that stands in the face of inhumanity in all its forms and guises.  We invite you to have a watch and listen… and then a reflection.

The question is simply this.  How would a greater understanding and application of this virtue constructively impact your leadership at home, school, work, business or community?

We will continue the exploration.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

The Virtues of Great Leadership

As we proceed through February and into March, with review, reflection and re-engineering strategically happening, one thing remains the same.  We are all about character and its integral role in heroic leadership; the kind of leadership that makes a difference at home, school, work, business and community.

We speak to it.  We educate, train and facilitate around it.  We coach it.  We sing, write, cartoon, dance, game and create with it.  We see character as the best path to advancing strong, united and resourceful cultures that are characterized by what we call joyful excellence.

With that in mind, I and we personally offer this playlist of short, fun and (we think) engaging videos around virtues and their practical application to life, learning and leadership.  These videos are raw and real and can serve as discussion pieces in class and the workplace…. or community.  Indeed, you can even subscribe to our You Tube channel which is infused with message and music that speaks to character and unity.  More to come. 🙂

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

 

Your “Happy Pig” Finds You

Earlier this week, we posted on LinkedIn… an article on heroic character leadership and introducing an exploration of a process we call L.O.V.E.™.  We invite you to have a read, first.

Now, and before we explore L.O.V.E.™ in the coming weeks, you can choose to take this video in … from AFTER SCHOOL on Facebook Live.  It will take you 53 minutes and some change but it will spur some thoughts on Purposefulness and Responsibility, as strengths of character.  Whether you do or do not, we invite you to consider Purposefulness as the path to happiness.  The pursuit of happiness is not unlike chasing a greased pig.  We may have moments but it so often alludes us.  If we but choose to pursue Purposefulness, the “happy pig” shows up for us.

Purposefulness can be defined as unwavering firmness of character, action, or will… having absolute intention and commitment.  Purposefulness drives heroic character leadership…  that manifestation of leadership, at life and work, that is the practical application and practice of principles and ideals born of and lifted by virtues as strengths of character.   Purposefulness is the foundation of grace and strength through trials and triumphs and it inspires others to find their own model of same.

If you watch the video (and we suggest you do) or not… what is your Purposefulness saying to you… at school, work, business or community?  As Lawrence Pearsall Jacks wrote…

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

Therein lies purposefulness.  How about for you?  In the coming weeks we will explore L.O.V.E.™ as a path of Purposefulness, foundational for leadership at home, school, work, business and community.

Sure hope you join us.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

Chamber Minutes: February 2017

This is Chamber Minutes™; a monthly blog post in service to the Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce and its membership, through its Board and newsletter.  Here, we will logotake a few minutes to consider a thought or two that might help build greater strength in the face of challenges and opportunities alike.  As a proud member of the Chamber, Epic Engage™, is all about strength, unity, resourcefulness and excellence… and how to get there.  We look forward to exploring same, in service to you… our fellow members.

The Latest from the CHAMBER.

Building Strong Cultures @ Work

As you work to build cultures of excellence … and in your interactions with clients, colleagues and constituents alike… try this out. Take moments to identify in others:

  • C — a character strength that you…
  • L — like or admire
  • a — and
  • W — explain why you say that.

Be honest and genuine in doing so. This is not flattery. This is courageously and truthfully seeing and naming strengths. Once they are named, they can be claimed by the recipient; and that encourages and empowers in remarkable ways.

  • Complimenting and rewarding behaviour is transitory in nature and effect. It is catching and reinforcing an action.
  • Complimenting and appreciating character has a level of permanency beyond behaviour.

Character is deeply resonant and honoring it by naming it strikes chords that rewarding behaviour does not. That being said, behaviours can be indications of character; signposts if you will. Still, naming the strength of character we see and honor can go deeper than identifying positive behaviours. You can do both, but know that one goes deeper, is more resonant and has longer effect. C.L.a.W.™ your way through it yourself and see. It will take determination and diligence, but it will pay dividends.

Leader Talk.

For your reading value, we offer you perspectives on leadership, work and age diversity.

Two RESOURCES and LINKS.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.Educator

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator.  His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™.  EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Our work is all about character.  We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.  As part of that work, we offer you …

our buffet of FREE services and resources here.FREEPIC

broadCAST February 2017: Love What You Do?

Loving what we are hearing, seeing or doing… being immersed.  What is that?  How do we find it?  What is the value of it in our lives?  These are intriguing and big questions.  Happy February and welcome to The broadCAST™.  This is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™ Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. We wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring great value in service to their work.  Oh, and we welcome our 10th and newest member of The CAST™, Krista Walsh!

For February 2017

With that in mind, the question to The CAST™ for February is:

“From your perspective, is it important to love what you do?  If so, why?  And how do you find it?

Actually, there are 3 questions. 🙂  Onwards, let us see what The CAST™ thinks.

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

I choose to share my message via video today… my two cents or more on loving what you do.  Enjoy.  🙂

Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow.  Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity.  In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada.  Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles.  Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.”  Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow.  Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs. www.kccollect.vpweb.ca

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

I have had this discussion numerous times, and I find that people can be quite divided on this issue. From my perspective, it is not important to love what you do per se; however, it IS extremely important to be committed to what you do. I believe that loving what you do makes your life not just easier, but much more fun as well. But commitment, not love, is a better indicator of success. As far as how to ‘find’ loving what you do, I genuinely believe when you give 100% commitment and effort, results follow. And as the results pile up, love of what you do may not be far behind. With that concept in mind, I feel it is important to point out that most entrepreneurs I have run across don’t go into business for themselves in an industry that they don’t like! Far more often, the love is already there, and that love helps propel and fuel their commitment to succeed. The same holds true for students I work with. I can count on one hand how many students I come across that love taking tests! Yet, with commitment and effort, any student can get A’s and even ace any exam. And, as described above, the more success a student has with getting excellent grades on tests, the more they enjoy school. And yes, some even come to love education!  It is my sincere hope that you genuinely love what you do, and even more so that you remain committed to it.  Ray 🙂

Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection raywith students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.  www.rayhollister.net

SHEENA GROBB SAYS

When you love what you do… it’s as they say… you’ll never “work” a day in your life.  The sheer act of loving what we’re doing fulfills a deep need we each have to express our highest purpose.  Fulfillment is then as inevitable as an exhale following an inhale. When we love what we do, our state of wellbeing is heightened and the impact of our actions on others and our environment is magnified.  We each have a unique set of gifts and skills that lend perfectly to our life’s work.  There is no one else who can offer exactly what we can…. or in the same way.  Looking for what makes us unique is often a key towards finding what we love. We often love what we’re good at, and what sets us apart.  We feel natural attractions to activities, memories, or events connected to our childhood, when we were free from judgments and open to our inner guidance more fully.  One exercise worth exploring might be to make a list of cherished childhood activities or memories. From this, you may derive a sense of your natural passions and even calling.  If nothing pertinent arises, make a list of 10 activities you’ve always wanted to try, no matter how far fetched it may seem, and carve out some time to explore your interests.

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, Sheenaand over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

CHRIS SPURVEY SAYS

I share my message video this month… on loving what you do.  Hope you find value.
Chris Spurvey is all about the sales mind-set.  Chris is the author of It’s Time to Sell: Cultivating the Sales Mind-Set.  After consciously choosing the sales profession as a means to create a better life for his family, Chris realized that negative images of sales were holding him back. By shifting his mind-set, Chris was able to transform his “inner game” and use his innate values and talents to become a top sales professional. Chris inspires entrepreneurs and sales professionals to deal with the paradigms that hold them back. www.chrisspurvey.com

MARK BLACK SAYS

When we love what we do it is beneficial for everyone. You enjoy your work more, those who work with you do as well. And if you serve clients or customers, they will benefit as well.  I think it’s important to distinguish what we mean by loving your work however: it’s often said that if you love what you do, you never “work” a day in your life. I don’t buy that. It implies that loving what you do is a passive act – you love or hate your job because of the job and not because of you. Rather, I believe how much you love your job is the result of how much love you put INTO it.

Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience.  He is a Heart blackand Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.  www.markblack.ca

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS

Should you love what you do in work? If you want to enjoy it, yes. If you want to get better at it, yes. If you want to attract great customers, yes. If you want to impact lives, yes. In short, if you want to be world class at anything, you must love it. That said, you can learn to love it if you don’t love it now. Find something about it that challenges you. Connect with the people around you and learn to love the people you work with and work for. Finally, how do you know what you love? Pay attention to how time speeds up with you are “in the zone” or “in flow”, and an hour feels like five minutes. When you are doing something you don’t love, five minutes feels like an hour. Pay attention to those cues. Do more of what you love and less of what you don’t love.​

majeed-square-web-ready-300x300Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship.  He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old.  After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life.  www.majeedm.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

It became glaringly obvious to me as I pondered this question that we typically think in terms of our ‘career choice’ when discussing “a love of what we do”. But life is filled with options that need not be solely dictated by the letters after our name or our workplace. So many have invested great time and effort into career paths that have panned out to be far less than what they had hoped; but should this be a life sentence? With career change and mobility being increasing difficult, it is essential that we create a lifestyle through extracurricular, recreational, and voluntary means that will lead to “loving what you do.” It is our responsibility to invest in our social and emotional lives such that we can live outside the confines of our work experience and not be defined by the same. We will benefit individually and as a community with such a mindset.

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as the incoming NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team. www.epicengage.com

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

I believe it is super important to be in love with what you do. I will start off with an example. My husband recently switched jobs for a short term position. While in that position, I saw he was driven, inspired and he was always to work 1 hour early and was always willing to stay late to help answer any student questions and volunteered to fill in for staff when they were absent. He was actually doing work at home on his off time. This is how I knew this was something he loved! Despite this sounding like WOW that’s a lot of work, where is the balance? When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work at all. You are happy to go the extra mile and it fills your heart and gives you a sense of real purpose. How do you find that love? Make a list of all the things you enjoy in life. What are your passions and your purpose or goals in life. Go with your gut and don’t be afraid to try new things and when you find that love, hold onto it. We are human beings after all and we are full of love to give and receive. May you find a love that fills you up every day of EVERY month.
JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca
 

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

First, off… if you are truly looking to finding what you love to do… I would strongly and emphatically recommend What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles.  I have loved and applied the material for years, since my first exposure in 1982; and it is updated annually!  With that said, for me, loving what you do is such an incredibly important notion to explore.  The late great Stephen Covey wrote of love as an action.  In some ways Steven Pressfield wrote of such action in The War of Art.  I certainly concur and see the action in love.  I also understand love to be a virtue that can be accessed and practiced by us all.  With that in mind, some years back I developed an acronym for L.O.V.E.™ that I find useful… particularly when deciding to love what we do…. or find that work.  The exploration, I contend, is vital, crucial, imperative… even.  Indeed, I love the perspectives shared by The CAST™ this month.  I think it is “all of the above” for me.  Still and ultimately, I think finding it is about truthfulness.  It is about looking at our lives and seeing where we most joyously have experienced life, in the doing and being.  When Lawrence Pearsall Jacks wrote…  “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” … I think he was speaking to the love of what we do in life.  With that in mind, I think love has two primary facets… love as liking something very much and love as committing to excellence.  These facets have been dear to my heart and mind for a long time and I decided, just this morning amidst rising and getting on with the day, to share them right here.  ?  blg-sing

Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. www.epicengage.com

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