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Well Is It? 

Through the recent months, more and more of my time has been laser focused on this idea of Greatness. A few things or ideas if you will started to make way, ideas like:

  • What is greatness?
  • What’s the relationship with this idea of success?
  • What’s the most expeditious way to achieve greatness?
When I really start to analyze just these three questions, (I had about a 100 more) I started to see there there was this veil if you will that was lifted and the ideas started to take on a meaning of their own. This meaning became crystal clear to me as the months passed. Greatness comes from inside, there is no way to achieve greatness in the physical world until you have achieved greatness from inside your heart and soul. Now I hadfour-pillars-hp-icon heard that (just as you have I’m sure) SO many times before. The difference between hearing it and making a choice to believe it, act on it, and live it are worlds apart. So lets take an in-depth look at this idea of greatness and the relationship in just the first of the three questions above. I will make sure to provide my answers to the next two in my next two posts. I believe this will allow us to focus on one area at a time. As we grow in awareness and maturity in life, we see things differently, things that were truths in the morning of our lives become lies in the afternoon. This is nothing new, we see it all the time. When we were kids we accepted what adults said as gold, now we can hardly believe most of the adults we hear… (Ya I know you’ve been to those parties too. People always have a bigger and better story!! 🙂 ) What Is Greatness? This one took quite a bit of digging on both the internal and external fronts. When I discuss this word greatness, please do not confuse it with the word success. I believe that greatness and success are different, yet interact with each other (more on that in the next answer). Greatness is a feeling of Joy, Energy, and Passion that comes from one place and one place only. Inside the depths of yourself. Most of us have never really even thought of this before, I mean we’re all out there trying to be “successful” right? I mean that’s what we’re “supposed” to do. You have seen, just as I have, people that seem to “have it all” , They have the life that on the outside so many people dream of, however, on the inside, they are a complete disaster. The scary thing is that most of the time, we never see that side until it’s too late. This is typical in the Hollywood environment. So through 1867 interviews with over 165 of today’s most sought after thought leaders, I have come to the conclusion and made an irrevocable choice that Greatness can only come from within, by living the life you really wish to live. If this life involves money, so be it. Just make sure that you never sacrifice your true personal greatness for anything.

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A picture of Sars Stock in 2003. What a great time!

I can remember like it was yesterday the first time in my life I realized that I was sacrificing my greatness for “success” as it is mostly known to everyone. I was 25 years old and I was playing golf in Toronto Ontario with some business colleagues. I had worked with these partners for just over a year and a half at this point. We had always had a fantastic relationship in both the professional and personal fields. We both love personal growth and most of all golf! The Summer of 2003 was the scene just a day before the International Sars Stock in Toronto. Up until that point in my life, I had been a very successful sales person in the vast world of transportation with a major corporation in Quebec. At this point in my career, there were back door deals, secret meetings, and firings of people I was mentoring that didn’t really sit well at all with me. I however, believed that it was “part of the package” (remember that morning and afternoon life thing about the lies!). When my friends and I sat down for lunch after that round of golf, I was presented with a job offer. Now this offer was a generous offer, however, it was about a 27% cut in the money I was making and it was a complete “pick up and go” scenario. So I said that I would think about it on my 5 hour drive back to my house in Quebec. As I drove, many things travelled through my mind. Your-conversation-counts-header-dan-blogYou know how they say that you have approximately 60,000 thoughts a day… well I had about 50,000 of them in the first 3 hours of the drive. Then a song came on that changed my life forever and for the better. It was The Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor. The part of the song that told me to take this job was when they sing:

So many times it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

I had traded my passion for building people for the glory that came with high commissions. Never again, I had lost my greatness, never again! So the next day I arrived back at the office on Quebec, went in and quit. This was a Friday, on the monday I walked into the office in Ontario and started my new life , I will never lose my grip on my dreams of the past. With this move I met my soul mate and now have two of the most magnificent children on the planet (sorry parents). In the end, I hope that you realize that Greatness comes from inside in doing the things you love, that give you energy, feed you through excitement, and help you live your passion!  True greatness can’t be handed to you from someone else, it can only come out through you!