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October 14th, 2019

Your Greatest Asset Is You

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In his famous I Have a Dream speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently reminded us that:

“We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is no such thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at a flood – it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

Along life’s path, at one time or another, for any number of reasons, we all face barriers, challenges and fears of one kind or another. Today, many of us are looking for new ways to improve our current situation and step up our performance. Others, unhappy with their current prospects, are in transition, searching for a possible new direction. In either case, there is no middle road.

It’s never too late. Seeing the way forward is not easy. Life is only a reflection of what you allow yourself to see. One of the hardest things in life is to know, when you have reached such a junction, is which bridge to cross and which one to burn behind you.

Such a step takes a number invaluable assets – beginning with courage, self-esteem and clear-eyed resolve.

But whatever is next, as you continue to grow and press forward… the greatest asset you bring to the situation is YOU.

Are you stymied? Get growing and get going again! I’ll show you how. Let’s chat. Make the first, all-important move. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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October 7th, 2019

Be Your Best

You say I am a dreamer but I’m not the only one. John Lennon.

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It’s hard to hold on to a dream. Especially at this moment in time, when society appears to be fracturing into two camps. At every turn demagoguery, disruption and division have raised their ugly heads. Falsehoods, fake news and free wheeling greed are endemic.

One camp is sure that we are all going to hell in a hand basket. Just keep your head down, they say, and take all you can get now, while the getting is good,

The other camp says no, no no….. the future is bright, if only we’re open to change, open to others, open to facts and innovation. New, as yet unimagined, opportunities lie just up ahead for those imbued with creativity, willing to take risks and emboldened with hope.

The old fears the new. The haves don’t want to share with the have not’s and they certainly don’t want things to change. Change never happens until someone puts up their hand and yells STOP! Enough is enough.

It has always been thus. The believers, that small, creative minority has always been responsible for improving humankind’s lot. People like you.

No good work of any consequence in any field of endeavour, has ever come without vision, courage, constant hard work and belief in oneself.

If you’ve been struggling to bring your dream to a reality, no matter how far out the horizon, take heart. Sure, the road is sometimes bumpy and the journey is always longer than you thought. Life goes like that. Take a deep breath. Take action. Action results in accomplishment and rewards.

You know what to do. Do more of what’s right.

But here’s the thing: There’s a catch. In order to ‘have,’ you must ‘do’ and in order to ‘do’ you first must ‘be.’

So… be your best. The rest will look after itself.

Are you stymied? Get growing and get going again! I’ll show you how. Let’s chat. Make the first, all-important move. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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September 30th, 2019

Live On Purpose

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something moulded. Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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Purpose is often one of the issues that frequently comes up when I am working with clients. It comes in the form of a question: “How do I find my purpose?”

In these contentious times, many today are looking for meaning or purpose, something to ‘latch on to,’ something that makes sense with what they doing in their daily lives, at home and in the work place.

Inherently, there is no purpose in our lives – we have to find it ourselves. It’s important because meaning or purpose gives you courage, fires up your imagination and creates the energy you need to get out there every morning.

Very few of us are Mozarts. We’ve got to become explorers if we are to find our individual answers. Finding your purpose is not a one-off event. It’s a process of trial and error, a personal inquiry, continually searching until you find it. There is no specific timeline and it varies by individual.  There is no simple answer. I wish I could say there is, but there isn’t.

It all starts with listening. In her book, In America, Susan Sontag wrote, “Each of us carries a room within ourselves, waiting to be furnished and peopled and, if you listen closely, you many need to silence everything in your own room, you can hear the sounds of that other room inside your head.”

Seeking silence involves finding a place and time when you can just sit, quietly, and have an honest talk with your conscience…. asking yourself a number of serious questions, such as:

  • What do I really think is important in my life? Why?
  • If my time was limited, would I keep doing what I am doing?
  • If the answer is no, then why are you doing it?
  • What have you done in your life that felt most meaningful when you did it? (It doesn’t need to be about work).
  • What is that truly engages both your heart and mind?

These are just to you get started. Being honest with oneself takes courage and a willingness to take risks. Keep listening. Asking questions like these can open you up to your feelings and new ways of looking at things and ideas. Keep on reflecting, reading, studying, journaling….. constantly making notes to yourself.

Over time, you’ll arrive at something that captures your imagination, something that just feels right, and something you can make your life’s work.

When you find it, grab it! Then get crystal clear about what it is and what you have to do make it happen. Share your dream with those who love and support you. Figure out the financials. Then get to work.

Living on purpose is a game changer. It won’t always be easy and there will days when you wonder how in the world you are ever going to make it, but when you do, you’ll never look back.

Are you stymied? Get growing and get going again! I’ll show you how. Let’s chat. Make the first, all-important move. Text/call me  416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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August 19th, 2019

The Value Of Stillness

Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Herman Hesse. 

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Driven by technology and countless other distractions, many of us are so busy – doing instead of being, that it is easy to lose sight of ourselves, of what and who is truly important. The busyness can easily overtake us, if we let it.

In the daily craziness we’re living in today, it’s more important than ever to occasionally find a quiet time and a space to step back and “catch your breath.” Whether it is a walk in a park or in a garden, sitting at the end of a dock at the cottage, or on a quiet balcony, stillness calms the soul, fosters creativity and restores clarity.

Listening to the stillness within you, the essence of who you are keeps you connected to your true self and helps you stay real, at a time when reality and authenticity are so often found “missing in action!”

A heads up: Taking my own advice, I am embarking on a brief sabbatical to listen again to my stillness and will return towards the end of September with some exciting news about the next phase of my journey. Watch this space for all the details. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Want to maximize your potential and power up your life? Questions? Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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August 12th, 2019

A Rocket To The Stars

Maker – a person with the courage to create and share pieces of their heart with the world.

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By now many of you have seen the movie, Rocketman, which has been playing at theatres everywhere. It’s the story of Elton John’s climb to international stardom.

But it is much more than that. It is about what it takes to live life according to the dictates of your own heart, sometimes with very little support and encouragement, from the word go. It’s about choosing to be the person you were born to be, singing your own song, instead of  humming along to familial and society’s song sheet.

Rocket man is about courage, resilience, doing the hard work, and against all odds, never settling for less than you know you are.

The cynics would have us believe that life is just one long cliche and when it’s over, it’s over. But they are wrong.

Occasionally someone, like Elton John, comes along to remind them, and all of us, that there is a great mystery to life and nothing is more sublime than the human spirit.

View the Rocketman official trailer on YouTube.

Want to maximize your potential and power up your life? Questions? Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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