In the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, Ashton Kutcher gave an epic speech (watch video below). One of the powerful points he delivers is that, “opportunity looks like hard work.”
This is such an important message. Growing up as a lazy-ass I learned quickly after dropping out of college and starting up my first business, that if I wanted the lifestyle I envisioned it was going to take a lot of hard work, dedication, persistence, courage and focus. None of these qualities were taught to me by my parents, teachers or anyone, it’s been something I have had to learn to cultivate within myself (it hasn’t been easy either). I’ve been the one who has had to motivate me to move on. Nine years later, I gotta say, I’ve created an incredibly magical life for myself with my wife. Being almost 30 now, I feel like I am graduating into a new level of showing up with my work, businesses and purpose and damn it feels good to have laid down the foundation through positive habits and tons of personal work over the last 9 years that will make this next new chapter easier and more fun as I create the next set of visions into Nowality…
It doesn’t matter if it’s a goal, transforming your body, healing emotional or physical trauma, sharpening your Spiritual super powers,creating a daily meditation practice, having a harmonious relationship, building a business or embracing the path of positive thinking …. it will take practice, persistence and work. However, through this highly worth-it work, you will draw to you new opportunities, you will be given miracles in your life by the Universe and you will be supported. It’s all about getting off the damn fence, choosing a vision and stepping forward with a committed vision. Through your commitment all of the growth opportunities, people, resources and experiences to support your YES will be drawn to you.
So I ask you, what is the YES that you can conger up right now that will be worth the hard work, dedication, tears, laughs and passion you can possible dedicate to your life’s journey?
It’s better to work hard for something you love and believe in than something that kills you inside.
I just found this audio recording and was blown away. A man named Robert Wilson recorded crickets one night and then slowed down the recording. It astonishingly sounds like a choir (of singing angels).
In case you’ve ever wondered, “Gee, what does Brad do in his spare time.” After watching this video you will learn that I generally sit around, listening to epic music coming up with the greatest rhyming speeches ever made!
Some of them even get published to Youtube…
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I find it wild as a witness of my own journey of unraveling all of my own preconditioned shame and embarrassment around my emotions, that this is even something we have to deal with in the world.
Clearly we sign up for the human adventure to experience the full spectrum of emotion. With life there is death, it is not just happy, joyful, positive and upbeat. So why is it that we shy away from feeling down, unhappy, depressed, sad or unsure? Even worst, why do we accept that if we’re not happy there’s something wrong and we should be medicated.
For me, my daily practice of meditation has helped me to deal with what is authentically going on in my own mind and heart so I can be present and deal with it. However most of the world, especially in our culture (North America) don’t have the tools to both understand or handle what’s going on inside of our own self, which is the cause of , excessive eating, partying, sex and other forms of numbing out.
Kevin Breel, a 19 year old stand-up comic and motivational speaker really nails the challenge we are faced with in our society when it comes to honouring our emotions.
I have recently been doing a lot of sharing on an amazing forum platform called, “TicTalking.” TIC stands for Things in Common. What I am finding is that when we look beyond our obvious differences and allow ourselves to explore a little deeper at the things we DO have in common, often times I am discovering it creates the space for inspiring, meaningful conversations with people I otherwise would have thought were strangers.
Last week I was on a little Victoria Meditation tour and while in town I got to play some golf. So there I was walking downtown towards the bus stop which would to take me out to the ferry home, golf clubs in hand. Along the way I walked past a man in his 50’s or 60’s and he asked me for some change. I made eye contact, smiled and said I didn’t have any. I noticed him look down at my clubs and smile. I could see him come alive just a tiny bit and so I held my eye contact.
He asked me what sort of scores I shoot and I told him I shoot down around par or a few over these days. His eyebrows raised and he said, “Wow, that’s really great. I love to play but I’m definitely not that good. I always hit to the right.” By this time I could see him beginning to light up. Our tiny TIC (thing in common) was making him truly light up in a tangible way. At this point I thought this was way too cool to just brush on by and keep walking, so I stopped and faced the man to continue our conversation.
For the next ten minutes we talked about golf, favourite golf courses, his game, my game and at the end of the conversation I told him that I grew up working at golf courses so I could play for free. He thought this was a great idea and so we made a deal that by the next time I see him he’ll have applied to at least a few golf courses. We shook on it and I went on my way towards my bus with a big smile on my face. Whether Danny ever applies for the jobs or not there is one thing for certain, we both felt way better about ourselves, the moment and life.
The cool thing is is this TIC (thing in common) thing kept happening. On the bus I conversed with a young University student the whole way to the ferry who also loved golfing. Golf was our TIC but that led into conversations about anthropology, meditation, life and leadership. It was way cool!!
I believe we’ll see more peace in our own lives and the world at large when we learn to see the things we have in common with one another, rather than focusing on our differences and separating ourselves. What do you think?