Skip to main content

My Journey To a Networking Event.

A few months ago, I received an invitation to a big networking event here in Toronto. I said yes right away but I wasn't a hundred percent sure that I would be there, the reason being that it would be on my birthday. But after all, I thought that it was not a big enough reason for me not to show up as I was not going to celebrate my birthday anyway.

So, last week, with hundreds of other business owners, we were gathered at the Ontario Place for a networking bash. It was a great event. I told Jennifer, the organizer, that she did all of that just to celebrate my birthday. She laughed, but, in a way I did celebrate with all those wonderful people (especially when there is food involved).

As I was standing at our table, a gentleman came over from a corner, as if he had something important to tell me. He asked me to join him where he was. I immediately went to him. His face looked familiar but I couldn't remember where I met him. He looked in my eyes and just said: I don't know if you remember me, but I was at your event in May last year. I heard your speech and I was so inspired. Your story was simply amazing. Keep doing what you're doing.

The guy came just to tell me that. I tell you what! He doesn't know it maybe, but that guy made my day. Do you know when you start doubting yourself (yes, it happens to me more than once lol), when you are thinking that, maybe you have made a huge mistake, and somebody comes and tell you those kinds of words!! Man, it was a breath of fresh air. Funny enough, about ten minutes later, a lady came to me and said: I heard your story last year. You inspired me a lot. Keep doing what you're doing. You are on the right track.

This time I was not doubting anymore. I felt I could fly man. Those two conversations were worth every penny we invested in the event. They brought me back to life.

You see, I have realized that in every dreamer's journey, there comes a point when nothing seems to work. Where every effort we make, it seems that nothing is moving. That's when so many people give up. If that hasn't happened to you, just wait and you will see. But those are great moments if you understand the reasons behind them

Just this morning, I picked up one of my favourite books, namely Bruce Wilkinson's book “The Dream Giver” (if you haven't read it, it is a must read). He beautifully summarizes the dreamer's journey in these terms. He says that Dreamers:

1. Become aware of a personal dream or calling, and then decide to pursue it.
2. Face fear as they leave a place of comfort.
3. Encounter opposition from those around them
4. Endure a season of difficulty that tests their faith.
5. Learn the importance of surrender and consecration to God
6. Fight the giants that stand between them and the fulfillment of their dream
7. Reach their full potential as they achieve their dream and bring honor to God.

Bruce Wilkinson ended this part by saying that the good news for every dreamer is that each stage or obstacle along our journey is intended not to block our dream, but to help us break through to the fulfillment God promises.

So, if you are pursuing your dream, maybe you can relate to the paragraph above. The key is not to give up when the going gets tough. Keep believing, keep the faith and we will see you at the top.
Moral of the story? Do you want to live your dream, just invite me at your event and I will inspire you as I was inspired.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

PS: A shout out to my friend Courtney Caroll for publishing his first book "The Financial Fitness Blueprint"

Click here for more information.

Proud of you my man!!!


Popular posts from this blog

My Journey to a Press Conference

What a game 7 for the Raptors!! Kahwi shot was out of this world. I am still in shock. But, let me talk about a game that happened a while back. Game 5. As game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers and our beloved Raptors ended with a huge victory from the local team, we headed down to the press conference location. The media people were lining up in front of the elevator and the length of the line was one of those I had never seen. We had to wait for the elevator to go down and back up at least three times before we could get in. By the time we finally got in the elevator, the TV monitor inside the elevator was showing Serge Ibaka’ s press conference. Shoot, we were running late. We finally got down, and as we were rushing to the conference room, I bumped into Toronto FC soccer superstar Jozy Altidore. He said hi to me and I said hi back. It was surreal. Then, in front of me, I saw this huge guy with tattoos all over his body. I didn’t know who he was, but he caught my

My Journey to a Great Meeting

Imagine you go for a meeting and you find yourself in the presence of a group of people including an author whose book will very soon be in the hands of one million people, a web guru who is helping thousands of people to market their businesses online, a marketing genius whose business portfolio is about to reach ten million dollars, a black belt Karate instructor who is talking about another couple of properties he just acquired and who is an expert in financial fitness, a guy who is making tons of network connections in a heart beat and a sales expert who, by the end of this year would have delivered over 80 keynote speeches and presentations to sales executives. Wouldn't it be nice? Guess what? I have been part of such a group of people for the last five months . Every Sunday afternoon, this mastermind group meets for about one hour and half to talk about our goals and how we can help each other achieve them. This group is called GoalAchievers International founded by a great

My Journey with Fidèle

It has been quite a few busy weeks that involved a round trip to Ottawa on Saturday and preaching during a Sunday church service (yes, I was surprised too when I was asked to do it). All this time I was thinking about what I would be writing about on this week’s blog. I had a vague idea, but I did not know how to formulate it. That was until I received a message on Facebook from a friend asking me to speak at an upcoming event in January. The topic of my presentation would be “The Moment that Defined Your Life”. The person who sent me the invitation did not know that I had been thinking about the same topic days prior to her message. It all started when I was at a Toronto Raptors game. I have been reporting on the games for almost two months now, but I am still in awe every time I am at the arena. I can’t believe this is happening to me. I have been in rooms with childhood idols, biggest stars of the game, coaches, reporters, you name it. And every time I am saying “wow”. Th