The Passionate Pursuit of Dreams

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

I, growing up in the Y generation, have noticed a gradual decline that slips further every generation in courage and dreaming ability. More importantly, many people I grew up with, only in their mid twenties, has already given up hope. As children we grow up with amazing dreams: if you grow up athletic, you’re going to the big leagues, if you grow up along side your dad.. you’ll be the hero you perceive him to be, if you’re a young girl.. you may want to be a famous actress and live a prosperous life. Maybe you grew up in a church every Sunday and grew up saying you will change this world and make it a better place for everyone in it. Somewhere along the lines that changed for most of us. Life became tougher, we realized we didn’t have the optimal physiology for pro sports, we came from a small town with no media exposure, or we just took enough negative media to the point where the word great, in our vocabulary, was permanently replaced by the word good.

The specifics of individual dreams are far less important than the growing problem, epidemic in my opinion. {dictionary.com defines an epidemic this way: a disease affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent} In today’s society our economies, media and lack of people preaching courage, strength and pursuit has created its own dreamers disease. As they say if you hang out with bank robbers, eventually you’ll rob a bank, or at least drive away the getaway car.. it also stands true that if you hang out with people that pretend they never dreamed, you’ll follow suit or at least rationalize, make excuses and shrink our dreams down to meet our reality so we can reach them without changing or striving.

The absolute difference between those in hot pursuit of their dreams and those who have surrendered them is courage. Don’t let that statement label you though.. we have all been beaten down and taken a knee at some point in our lives, but life is amazing in the sense that we have unlimited restarts. My policy in life has become this: If my feet hit the floor in the morning, I’ve got a chance. If you look at the majority of people who have achieved great things in their lives, they did not come from ideal backgrounds. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school varsity football team, Colonel Sanders started KFC in his 60’s after several years of failed business, and Thomas Edison may have stated it best when he said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways it won’t work. I challenge you to think back to your childhood and remember those dreams.. apply them to your life today and ask yourself what if. Be careful not to let our habitual thinking limit the possibility. “Nothing happens unless FIRST a dream” -Carl Sandburg

Here is a short video that has helps me when life hits the hardest:

God Bless, Mike Gallant

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Categories: Finances, Following, General

A Carrot, an Egg and a Cup of Coffee

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee…You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma the daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its insides became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. “Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.  When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Too often in life I’ve found myself wondering why I’ve been dealt these cards and from such an old raggy deck of cards.. I wondered why I couldn’t be like those people that have it all figured out and live the lives I wanted to live. Today we know that with a simple change of perspective and attitude, life is never unbearable.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”     –  Brian Tracy

God Bless, Mike Gallant

Categories: Family, Finances, Friends, General

L.I.F.E.- What, Why and When?

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome to my brand new blog, and this is my first post. You may have noticed that the title of the blog includes the acronym “L.I.F.E.” and wonder what I mean by it, so with explaining what it is, you will understand the purpose behind my whole blog. In March of 2008 I ‘signed up in a business’ and over the past couple of years I learned that I ‘got in’ to get rich, but what I didn’t know is that I stayed around to get right. My blog has nothing to do with business, however, but with the purpose that it gave to my life that I can hopefully share with others. When I entered the business world directly out of university, I saw huge numbers and decided that I had nothing to  lose so I might as well try to get rich. For the first few months that is all it was, and I apologize to anyone who may have gotten that impression from me if we talked in my first few months. After the novelty and hype of starting my own business wore off, what I found is that there were many many areas of my life that I may have hurt some people, offended some people and possibly even ended friendships totally oblivious to my own ignorance. It was time to change. Luckily this business I was involved in has, in MY opinion, the most valuable training material on the planet in form of price point versus validity, applicability and integrity. Once I allowed the material to change me, it totally changed the reason my feet hit the floor in the morning. The information I received internally and the books I was referred to external to our organisation have delivered a bank of knowledge I don’t wish to preach as my own, but to direct people to with a concrete security in my heart that it will change their lives as well.

For almost two decades, this material has been circulated within our organisation and changed many many lives, and on November 1st, 2011, it will be available to the general public for the first time in the organisation’s history. L.I.F.E. is an acronym standing for ‘Living Intentionally For Excellence,’ and that is simply one making the choice to embrace better information than society’s standard and starting to choose how their life is directed instead of rationalizing or accepting the “well I just wasn’t born into the right family” mentality we are constantly sold in the media. L.I.F.E. is an educational system designed for everyone out there in a diving global economy surfacing more and more deep rooted issues, and giving a solution to daily stresses. It is broken down into what has been called the “8 F’s.” The “8 F’s” are Faith, Family, Friends, Finances, Fitness, Fun, Following and Freedom, and the L.I.F.E. materials will be distributed into each of these categories for a foolproof system where we can easily recognize the materials in the areas we could use some new info. Again, I can not stress enough how I do NOT wish to sell you anything on my page, but this explanation was needed to understand the structure and breakdown and purpose behind it. My goal with this site is to break some of my learnings down into these same 8 categories through our experiences, materials we pulled information from and always deliver the source where the real genius lies. Kathlene and I are not the message or the wise, but only a product of the message. If I can help even one more family out there- maybe even one I don’t know yet- stay together, improve their finances or simply get some peace of existence back in their lives, then this website has totally served its purpose! I will have the site fully developed very soon, so come back and subscribe to my page on my home page.

Cheers and God Bless, Mike Gallant

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