How many times have you promised more for yourself?   Every day, millions of people wake up imprisoned in a bubble of complacency. As we navigate through our daily routines, we seldom forget that life has more to offer. As I delve into this article, remember that although everyone says they want to be successful, very few have the courage to execute on the plans they have set on paper. Luckily, you will now have the tools to enable you to reflect, plan, and act so that all your dreams will become a reality. First, I need you to ask yourself
Career development
“How bad do you want it”, that’s the question I asked myself while watching the buzzer-beating crazy shot Lebron James made in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors. In case you missed it: Lebron, now 33, is at the peak of his NBA career, and probably the best he has ever been. When you watch him play, he makes it look too easy…he almost makes the impossible seem possible and because he has been consistently improving, your perception of “oh well that was a lucky shot” fades away. You have no choice but to respect his greatness.
Career development, Self Awareness
Watch this Nike commercial: This commercial, “Want It All”, is all about hustle, confidence, and style at every level of the game. How do you feel after watching it? What emotions exposed themselves? For me, it was fast-paced, constantly on the move, high-energy, progressive/evolving, motivating, and gave me a rush of adrenaline. That’s the beauty of effective marketing. Through this video, with no words, just music, and good storytelling, Nike took you on a journey – from start to finish. The entire time, I bet you felt like you were right there, with that young ambitious boy who played street ball and followed
Career development
ABC Family, what is going on! How are you today? We hope that you’re having an amazing week, and you’re chasing those dreams of yours – because we definitely are. We’re here with campaign #meetourparticipants. We have an awesome human whose story is jam-packed with lessons that we want to share with you. Ladies and Gentlemen, help me welcome, the one and only, Mr. Massimo Simons! Who Is Massimo… what’s your story? [Massimo]: I was born in Leuven, Belgium. Having two parents who were in accounting, I was fortunate to be brought up in an environment that teaches the value
ABC Community, Toronto Business Academy participants
What does a person who asks someone they don’t know for a job on LinkedIn have in common with a burglar? They both want something, and they feel like they own the right to have it. That’s the issue. When someone wants something, in the previous case, a job, and go hunting for it…9 times out of 10, it just won’t work. But why? Well consider this example: You’re sitting in the living room of your condo watching Netflix. All of a sudden, a person you don’t know kicks the door open, marches towards the kitchen and grabs something to
Career development
This summer I had the pleasure of working with young and ambitious individuals from all around the globe (40 countries, 6 continents) and the majority of them were very eager to learn more about networking. Networking is a skill most universities don’t teach, so I decided to write a blog post about networking for our ABC Business Academy community. This 5 steps won’t make you a professional in networking, but I hope it will help you to avoid the same mistakes I did.   Prepare your 3-minute pitch about YOURSELF! Once you go out there, you have to know that
Career development, Networking
Hustle. Here’s how I defined it, in one tweet:                     I was in an Uber having a candid conversation with the driver. He studied at Concordia University and just completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Obviously an intelligent guy, but I could tell he was frustrated, and almost gassed out – he just couldn’t seem to find a job after moving to Toronto, despite waking up early every morning and filling out hundreds of job applications (and then driving for Uber on the side to stay afloat). He
Career development, Self Awareness
I often joke by saying that in business class, we’re taught to identify the value proposition of a company – its unique selling proposition (or USP). I often wonder why that necessity is not applicable to the human level – people spend their entire livelihood understanding the things around them and take little or no time to understand themselves. Here’s what Gary Vaynerchuk (a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of VaynerMedia) has to say about self-awareness: “I would create one pill that would allow people to become more self-aware. It requires understanding both your strengths or weaknesses and then
Career development, Self Awareness
At one point in our lives, we have all heard people feed us lies about what we should do, how we should act, the person we should be, the career we should pursue…the list never ends. If you had immigrant parents, as I did, you also know that being anything other than a Doctor, Lawyer, or an Engineer is considered “failure”. The sabotaging beliefs of self-doubt leave you feeling useless, valueless, and helpless. The objective of this article is to convince you that what you believe is what you become and show you how to overcome the peer-pressure of conformity.  “Everyone is a
Career development, Self Awareness
    It was grade 5, I was really nervous. Overweight, insecure, and about 30 seconds from passing out, the teacher yells “ George, whenever you’re ready.” As the words vibrated through my ears, I stared at the audience before me; their thoughts, their words, and their non-verbal cues echoed a wave of ridicule that shattered the little motivation I had left. Yet, I proceeded. That day marked the worst presentation I ever gave, one with constant stuttering, long awkward pauses, noticeable sweat stains on my newly purchased dress shirt, and jittery hands from the nervousness that electrocuted every corner
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