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Sometimes You Gotta Be Reckless

Hard to believe almost 6 years has gone by. November 2007, I sat down in my home office, pulled out the company laptop and typed out my official letter of resignation from the corporate world. By all accounts this was a dumb move. Some would say reckless. In hindsight, I can honestly say I don’t […]

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The Inner Conversation

Last night was a Friday evening, end of a long week. I’m often starting to feel fatigue Friday evenings after getting up at 3am every day, working a lot of hours, spending a ton of time with the kids, doing all the school drop offs and pickups, daily workouts, etc… No different than anyone else… […]

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Stop Dreaming Of A Cushy, Relaxing Future

Dreaming of a relaxing future without a care in the world? That almost sounds like a question you’d here in some cheesy commercial for some mutual fund company. But most of us will nod our heads when we start thinking about it. We strive for the day where all our hard work will pay off […]

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You Get Good at What You Practice

Since we were kids, all of us have understood the value of practice. If you want to get good at hockey, reading, piano, singing, or any other engaged activity, you have to practice. Practice is defined as the application of a skill repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. I think […]

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The Need to be Right

Our world is full of variety. On any given day we can have both positive and negative experiences. Many of these experiences ultimately influence the way we see the world and the opinions we form about how the world works. Everyone lives in the context of their own perspective. While one person may look at […]

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When the Odds are Stacked Against You

Staying positive and goal-oriented is very easy to do when the going is good. The true winners in life are the people who can persist when times are tough and it seems the whole world seems to be totally against them. The real question is, how do you keep moving forward when the odds seem […]

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Hardships and Challenges are Your Assets

I have recently started following an up and coming motivational speaker based out of the US named Eric Thomas. Eric has a very inspirational story and is doing some incredible work to help the inner city youth throughout the country. In one of his talks to a group of students, he describes dropping out of […]

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When Being Arrogant is a Good Thing

I have always been a big believer in modesty and keeping an even keel (emotionally) whether you are experiencing great success or painful failure. Many people would agree that a modest person has an inner confidence that does not need to be flaunted; a sign of strong character. At the same time, I have seen […]

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Inspiring True Story – The Light on the Lake

Before this website was blog-based, I promoted my coaching and consulting services through article marketing. I didn’t write a huge number of articles but when I did write, I spent at least 3-4 hours per article to ensure I was writing something very valuable. Many people would contact me via email asking for advice or […]

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Life Lessons While Observing My 2 Year Old

This is a guest post by a friend and regular follower of Ignite Your Essence, Garry Cyre Any parent knows raising kids is not easy. You’ve brought this little life into the world and now it’s your responsibility to feed them, clothe them, teach them right from wrong, show them the ways of the world […]

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Using the Internet as a Self Development Tool

A large majority of our population waste a lot of time on the Internet. It is a very easy thing to do in this generation of information addiction. I am just as guilty as anyone else for having wasted many valuable hours surfing aimlessly. Since becoming a full time business owner over 2 years ago, […]

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My Visualization Success Story

Ever since the release of “The Secret”, there has been a lot of hype around the topic of visualization. Specifically, many people have gained an awareness about the power of visualization and how it can positively or negatively impact the results you experience in your life. This is not a new concept by any means. […]

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Success Fundamentals – Part 7 – Get a Coach or Mentor

Get a Coach or Mentor “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” –Oprah Winfrey In this final Part, I would like to talk about the power of ACCOUNTABILITY. I have personally been amazed by the increased level of my own performance through the use of an accountability partner. Whether […]

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Success Fundamentals – Part 6 – Practice Persistence

Practice Persistence “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and […]

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Success Fundamentals – Part 5 – Develop Your Mind

Develop Your Mind “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday and our present thoughts build our life tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.” –Siddhartha Buddha Now that you have gone through Part 4 and examined your personal fears and barriers, you have already begun the process of developing your […]

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Success Fundamentals – Part 4 – Facing Your Fears

Facing Your Fears “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear..” –Dale Carnegie Almost every person who has ever achieved their dream or a major life goal has, at some point, had to face fear. Fear is an […]

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Success Fundamentals – Part 3 – Making Action Automatic

Making Action Automatic “It is the duty of men to judge men only by their actions. Our faculties furnish us with no means of arriving at the motive, the character, the secret self. We call the tree good from its fruits, and the man, from his works.” –Ralph Waldo Emmerson In the previous two parts […]

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Success Fundamentals – Part 2 – Using Goals to Set Your Target

Using Goals to Set Your Target “Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us, they are essentially to really keep us alive.” –Robert Schuller Congratulations for making it to Day 2 of this 7 Part Series. Please make sure you have your notes from our previous lesson handy as you work through this next […]

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Success Fundamentals – Part 1 – Definite Major Purpose

Finding a Definite Major Purpose for Your Life “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.“ –Napoleon Hill In my opinion, the most important step anyone can take in the development of themselves and in the development of their potential is to determine […]

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Success Fundamentals – A Seven Part Series

I’d like to welcome you to a 7 Part series geared towards to high achieving, ambitious, motivated & driven entrepreneurs and personal growth enthusiasts who visit this site on a regular basis. This series was originally part of a course that I used to teach to coaching clients and seminar attendees. I am now delivering […]

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