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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Inspirational quotes 19

This Globe and Mail article “Would you pay for a care package from Bill Nye?” on Nov. 1, 2013:
Zeynap Arsel, a marketing professor at Concordia University John Molson’s School of Business: “We are trying to make sense of who we are,” says Arsel. “And it’s normal to identify the stories that are attached to our objects as our stories, but now we’re actually buying those stories, fully formed.”
Jul. 16, 2014 Homeless to law school graduate: I was reading the Metro article “Ottawa woman’s journey from the streets to the law” by Trevor Greenway on Jun. 16, 2014.
Raphaelle Ferland was 16 yrs old and homeless with a substance abuse problem.  Now she’s 25 yrs old with a law degree.  She ran away from her troubled home and couch surfed.  She wants to become a criminal defense lawyer since she lived on the streets.
“You just can’t give up.  If you want something, there will be so many hurdles in your way.  But if you overcome those hurdles, the rewards are enormous.”
Facts and Arguments essay in the Globe and Mail on Mar. 6, 2014.  “Splitting the salad tongs” by Ken Gruber.  It’s about comparing death to divorce, or even losing a job”:
“After losing a job, the stages you need to go through to land on your feet again are quite positive and life-affirming.  First, you must learn to embrace change, to not dread what lies ahead.  Tied closely to this is being able to let go of the past, to shed old roles, successes and failures and look to the future. 
Next, you need to find strength within- to untie your identity from a specific job (or person) and realize that happiness and fulfillment come from your inner self. 
And finally, you need to be committed to lifelong learning: to working on new skills, developing new interests and passions, and being open to meeting new people.”
“In any situation where I’m working with a microphone or a camera…I will always speak as if it’s me and you- and really me and me, since the (imagined listener) that I’m speaking to is me.  On something like Hockey Night in Canada there are so many different types of listeners, the only way to be true and sincere is to reveal yourself and appeal to yourself.  This is advice I got from a man named Jay Trachman and it was kind of gold, because in the early years I was trying to be part construction worker, part investigative reporter, part musician.  I was all over the map and that’s not the way to please everyone.” – Ron Maclean, sportscaster on “Habits of Highly Successful People” in the Globe and Mail on Feb. 10, 2014.
“‘If you pit those years against 43 years of struggle, you will have plenty to draw from.’  Acclaim is nice, he says “but it’s like if you were being called a really good pilot: that doesn’t make it easier to fly the plane.  The fundamentals of the task are still the same, and hard as ever.” –Louis C.K.  in the Metro article “Louis C.K brings alter-ego Louie back” on May. 2. 2014
“The gun is not inherently bad.  It’s a tool.  It’s what we do with it.  I think it’s the same with technology.”- Johnny Depp talk about his movie Transcendence on Apr. 17, 2014.  Metro article “Transcending cinematography”
“I’m just not very good on TV, and it’s not my main goal in life to get good at it.  People are like. ‘She just can’t handle’- for lack of a better word- ‘the spotlight.’  No, actually, I can’t, and that is totally who I am.  I stand by every mistake I’ve ever made, so judge away.” –Kristen Stewart in Marie Claire magazine.  Feb. 11, 2014 Metro article.
“There are no limits to our ambitions, other than those we impose upon ourselves and those that others impose upon us.  Everything is possible for those who dream, who dare, who work and who never give up.” –Xavier Dolan, Canadian director who won the Jury Prize for his film Mommy at the Cannes Film Festival.  Metro article May 26, 2014.
“Getting old is a great leveling experience.  You really do see the truth, which is that your expression and your goals don’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things.  With that in mind you start seeing life in a different way.  You don’t see it so much as the goals for the future; it’s just now.  You live in the moment, in the present.  This is what you have.
So I really feel you’re more grateful, you’re more filled with awe, you’re more amazed because it is a huge, giant question mark this life we live in.  It’s a huge gift and you need to see yourself for what you are and appreciate what you have while you have it now.” –Diane Keaton
“When you have something that’s too important and personal to say directly, the best approach may be to tell a story.”- The Globe and Mail movie review called “An understated exploration of empathy” of Short Term 12.  It’s by Liam Lacey on Nov. 1, 2013.

“In author Tom Rachman’s world, characters are adjustable” Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mail on Jul. 04 2014.  Houpt interviews Tom Rachman:

At one point, he notes that giving interviews can be difficult for writers “who are wary of having their own story defined and out of their control, when they’re in the habit of trying to do exactly that, themselves.”

“When we live through these things – the difference between you at 15 and you at 35 – it’s all so incrementally slow that it’s very, very hard to [track],” he notes. “You feel like you’re the same guy, yet in fundamental ways you barely remember that person, you’re not quite that person anymore. You share the same organs with them, but your mind has changed, so much of your experience has changed the essence of you. It’s hard to detect these changes, and the same goes for the society that’s living it. These changes are so gradual that one misses the extraordinary differences in periods.”

“Then, once I realized I was never going to have a single group that was really mine and would really define me, it was liberating. Because I suddenly thought: I have this amazing possibility – as does everybody – to pick and choose and to explore the world, and find features that seem rich and valuable, and add them to my life, rather than having to set down a certain restricted way of being.”

The Globe and Mail article “Writing his own ticket” by Johanna Schneller on Nov. 30, 2013.  It’s about the actor Steve Coogan:
“Steve Coogan’s frustration had a positive effect, however: He read a newspaper story about a faithful Irish Catholic woman who’d teamed up with an English journalist- an atheist- to find the son she’d given up for adoption 50 years earlier, when she was an unmarried, teenaged, indentured servant in a convent laundry.
Coogan bought the rights to her story, found a writing partner who’d done dramas, and wrote a screenplay, tailoring the journalist role for himself.  ‘No one was going to give me a break like this,’ he says.  ‘I had to give it to myself.’
‘There’s obviously a bit of truth in their yearning,’ he says.  ‘I don’t mind using things I feel in what I do.  I don’t mind using my own angst.  Whatever works.  You have to make your weaknesses your strengths.  And sometimes you do need to be fed up, if you’re ever going to try something new.’”
The Globe and Mail on “Does Heather Conway have what it takes to save the CBC?” by Simon Houpt: 
“It might be my economics background, but I tend to look at problems and challenges and say: ‘What is fixed, and what is variable?’” she says. “To put your calories against the stuff you can actually have an impact on, the variables, is so much better use of your time, your energy, your intellect, your creativity, than to spend all of your time focusing on what’s fixed.”- Heather Conway, executive vice-president of CBC’s English services
Post Secret:
May 4, 2014: “Thank you for telling me that I saved you. It helped me save myself, and now I am going to help others.”
"Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new." - Og Mandino
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.”-Emerson
“It’s a mistake to look too far ahead.  Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”-Winston Churchill

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”-Mahatma Gandhi
“The wealth of mankind is the wisdom they leave.”-  John Boyle O'Reilly
“Wisdom grows in quiet place.” – Austin O'Malley
“You cannot open a book without learning something.”-Confucius
“Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul.”- Edward Counsel
"Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart."
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the major difficulty, it is time to pause and reflect.” - Seneca
Dec. 9, 2014 Become a Maverick: Ginny Grimlsey sent me this article “5 Rules for Becoming an Intellectual Maverick: Life Requires More Than a Whisper of Wisdom, Says Venture Capitalist. 

No matter how well our lives may be going, many of us seem to be at our wit’s end when it comes to attaining that next level of success, but there is a solution to this challenge, says world-traveling entrepreneur Julian Pencilliah.

Whether we want to improve our relationships, spiritual development, emotional well-being, health or monetary ambitions, we so often find that we’re our own greatest enemies, says Pencilliah, author of “The Jetstream of Success,” (
“You see it time and time again – individuals rise out of the most devastating circumstances and transform their lives into greatness,” he says. “If you’re in a place where you feel that life’s closing in on you, and you have a pressing urgency to transform your misfortune into a positive opportunity, then you must embrace the fact that realizing your potential is a process.”

How does one start this process? Become a student of your own history and become an intellectual maverick, says Pencilliah, who reviews the attributes that must be developed to make progress possible.

•  Irrevocably change your world. Piece together an ever-fuller understanding of yourself with the intention of reinventing yourself a thousand-fold. We should always aim toward exponential achievements, with the wisdom of knowing that we are not chasing the achievement, but rather chasing the consciousness of who we need to become in order to materialize our success.

•  Think with sophistication. This is your capacity to become more strategic in your approach to life. This simply means that you need to become more process-oriented, rather than goal-oriented. Intelligence is knowing what’s required of you. Sophisticated thinking is the process of making successful decisions over a lifetime.

•  Exceed probability amplitudes. Achieving success in any arena of your life is framed within your ability to eliminate innate weaknesses and biases. History tells us that not all greats have off-the-chart IQs, nor are they born with limitless freedom. In fact, it’s the triumph over less-than-favorable circumstances and a determination to achieve that often builds the character necessary for success. Great individuals set out to achieve outstanding results, and make their decisions within intellectual criteria. All the greats have engaged a higher impulse, a higher bandwidth, and an inherent strength.

•  Smile with radiance. Life is beauty in every direction, but we are often unable to see it if we are too consumed with our lives. The simple truth is that you can touch more of the beauty of life only by touching your own beauty. If you look through the lens of love, gratitude and contribution, then you will be able to see and touch more of the infinite beauty that makes life on Earth a heaven. Learn to smile like sunshine every day and brighten up your world.

•  Get lucky. “I would love to tell you that your destiny is written in the stars, but it is actually written within the confines of your interpretation of life,” Pencilliah says. “Luck has more to do with self-engagement than any random twist of fate. Be bold and champion your life to exceed the probability amplitude of any statistic of luck.”

We are all endowed with the ability to achieve success in any facet of our lives; success is framed within the definition of the analytical tools and emotional disciplines necessary to champion your life forward, he says.

“Above all, I live by three simple words: compassion, love and gratitude,” Pencilliah says. “We need to act on these three words daily. Doing so will irrevocably change your world.”

About Julian Pencilliah
Julian Pencilliah, (, is the author of the new book, The Jetstream of Success, (, which is an Amazon Top 10 e-book best sellers in the self-help category. As a venture capitalist, he has taken a bold approach to life, which includes 20 years of accomplished business acumen. Whether it’s going face-to-face on a dive with great white sharks in the depths of the Atlantic, racing Formula One cars throughout the world or being on a game drive with Virgin billionaire Sir Richard Branson, Pencilliah’s lifestyle has served as a platform for him to draw analogies to connect with readers. This allows the reader to stitch together an ever-fuller understanding of their self, enabling progress toward their ambitions.


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