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December 9th, 2018

Young at Heart

How often I found where I should be going by setting out for somewhere else. Buckmaster Fuller.

The late Bernard Baruch who, in his late eighties, and still advising former US presidents, was once asked how old he thought ‘old’ was. He replied, “old is fifteen older than I am.”

That thought occurred to me the other day as I was standing in line at the cash desk, waiting to pay for a bottle of wine. There was an attractive, younger woman ahead of me buying a bottle as well.

As she was taking the money out of her purse, the cashier politely asked her for identification, thinking that she might be under age. In Ontario you have to be at least 19 years of age to purchase wine or liquor.

“I hope you don’t think I’m being personal,” he said. “It’s the law.”

I’m not good at guessing ages but she didn’t look anymore than 35 to me. From my vantage point she is just getting started.

Her face immediately lit up. Laughing, as she handed over her ID card, she replied, “Mind. Are you kidding me? I’m flattered. The way my week’s going, I feel like I’m 40.”

She’s not alone. At some point we all reach an invisible, or not so invisible wall where we begin to feel that that we are getting old. Or think we are, especially in this day and age.

The truth is, though, that aging doesn’t happen at any given hour or day or decade. The process is not biologically set in stone. It’s all about continuing to learn and grow and being willing to adapt to change.

There’s no stopping the clock. We all have a choice. It is a personal decision. We all age, but as the clock keeps ticking, we can decide that we’re getting old or just older – by resolutely remaining young at heart.

So, as this year begins to wind down and a new year beckons, here’s a question for you:

If you didn’t know how how old you were, what age would you be? 

Now that you’re here: Want to maximize your potential, step up your game and take your life to new heights? Could you use some insight and fresh ideas? Would you like me to speak to your group? Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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December 2nd, 2018

An Attitude of Gratitude

For me, every hour is grace and I feel gratitude in my heart each time I meet someone and look at his or her smile. Elie Wiesel.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of a kindness received. Thankfulness is the action of expressing your feelings for the kindness shown you.

Living gratefully is an important link to those qualities of heart and mind which tend to lend themselves to simplicity and sustainable motivation in our ever-changing, increasingly less-willing-to-share world.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude for what you have rather than what you don’t can unlock the fullness of life, bringing with it a sense of peace and equanimity.

Developing an attitude of gratitude for everything that happens to you, knowing that everything in life is an experience to learn from and grow more, is a step forward to achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Something, indeed, for which to offer a heart felt thank-you, especially at this time of year.

Hmmm…

Want to step up your game, maximize your potential  and take your life to new heights? Could you use some insight and fresh ideas? Would you like me to speak to your group? Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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November 27th, 2018

Build Your Business From Your Heart

Your premium brand had better be delivering something special or it’s not going to get the business. Warren Buffet.

Building a successful business takes imagination and commitment. There are always challenges, of course, and competition coming at you from everywhere.

In today’s hyper-competitive environment just having a good idea and working hard isn’t enough. Building a business or a brand is like creating a reputation for a person.

You must earn it. By doing the right things well, rather than following the crowd and doing things right. Day after day, after day, after day.

For better or for worse, your brand is a reflection of your thinking, character and values.

Chief among your values must be authenticity. In an era of fake news and sheer nonsense, authenticity is the most important component of a successful marketing strategy. If you don’t want to be instantly deleted you have to be real.

The most powerful and sustainable brands are built from the heart.

Their foundations are stronger because they are built not only with a slick ad campaign but with the strength of the human spirit.

Now that you’re here: Want to step up your game or are in transition and could use a fresh pair of eyes? Would you like me to speak to your group? Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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November 17th, 2018

Celebrating My Daughter

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he, she (Italics mine) grows up. Pablo Picasso.

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I couldn’t help but think about this quote, attributed to Picasso, when I found Allyson’s email in my inbox announcing her 20th. anniversary in business.

It takes a long time to build a business and a special combination of skills and character to pull it off successfully; to not fall for the applause nor lose sight of our humanity and the child within us and get up every morning, resolved to keep on doing good work.

Her bio and her work says it all.

Kudos Allyson and congrats.

Dad.


Artist Statement

The reward is in the act of observing. Stone colours, textures, the shape of leaves, the ebb and flow of the sea, the changing seasons – all of these things continue to inspire my work. A gesture of thanks and appreciation.

At first it was a technical challenge – to really learn to see the natural world and to develop techniques to capture a sense of it in metal. But as time has passed I am now realizing another purpose: Connection. People connecting to place, places connected to each other, and our shared connection to the world around us.

“The moon casts 3 shadows, you know.”

One of my students said that to me almost 20 years ago. I am still thinking about it.

Shoreline Ring

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This ring was inspired by the ocean’s timeless shaping of our coastline. The Shoreline Ring features the islands, trees and rocky shore of Mahone Bay, on Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore.

View the Complete Shoreline Ring Collection


Fall Show Schedule:

Would love to hear from you. For more information email me or visit my website.

Allyson Simmie

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November 11th, 2018

Yes You Are!

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that thing must be attained. Marie Curie.

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In my coaching practice, the thing that I have repeatedly come to see over the years is that, more often than not, many people know what they want. It’s just that they don’t do it.

Why? Because they can’t get past their self-limiting beliefs. They come in a variety of disguises, all starting with ‘I’. There are as many of them as there are people. Here are just a few of the most common ones:

  • I’m not smart enough.
  • I’m over qualified.
  • I’m under qualified.
  • I don’t have enough money.
  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I have too many other responsibilities.
  • I am not quite ready.
  • I’m too old.

You are not alone. From time to time, we are all afflicted with one of the above or something similar. We’re only human. But it is important to remember there is always another way of looking at challenges. The trick is to creatively find a way around them.

As I am fond of saying, attitude is everything. Your present circumstances might not be be ideal but it is not your circumstances that determine how far you can go. What ultimately determines your breaking through is how well you respond to the road blocks standing in your path.

We are all responsible for how we respond to life. The question is, if you are running into a self-limiting belief, how are you responding? In a tentative, self-defeating manner or seeing it as an opportunity for a bigger, more creative response than you thought you had?

It takes courage. Everything in life that has value and is worth doing does. It isn’t a matter of wishfully thinking, ‘yes I can,’ but rather recalling that you are bigger than you see yourself and that you already ARE what you wanted to be.

So get going. Get your work out there!

Now that you’re here: Want to step up your game or are in transition and could use a fresh pair of eyes? Would you like me to speak to your group? Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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