Doing what you love takes courage. In this video, I interview Ian, a first year communications student at University of Calgary who has decided to switch to music at Capilano College. After pursuing some of his other interests, he discovers that his love of music is too strong to leave aside. And so, he takes the plunge to go for it %100! As he says, he knows that he can’t do music half-way and that he will have to be committed to make a life from it. Even so, he realized that following his passion is the most important thing, even if it means hard-work and dedication.

This is most inspiring! It’s great to see people stepping up and finding the courage to go for their dreams, value their passions and live a life of meaning. Check out the video!

If you were to get up from the computer, walk out the door and be magically transported to Northern Mongolia… if you were stripped of everything familiar- your family, your friends, your surroundings, your routines, your comforts and your habits…what would still be true about you?

When you strip away everything else, what remains of who your are…your sense of humour, your love of sports, your ability to create structures, your smart, your socialite-ness?

Discovering the bare truths about who you are is like learning what model of ship you have. If you were to go out on an ocean voyage, you would want to know everything about the boat you were in. Is the hull made of wood, fibreglass or steel? Each material requires unique care and has different strengths and weaknesses. You would want to know the intricacies of the engine or if your vessel even has an engine! How does it handle in rough water? How far can it go onto it’s edge before it tips over and if it tips over, how do you right it?

Before setting out on this new journey on the wide ocean of life, take some time to consider what kind of vessel you are setting out to voyage. What are the bare essentials of you?

Okay…so for those of you who don’t know, Galileo was a totally inspiring person. At the time he lived, everyone believed that the sun and planets rotated around the earth.
But he, spent hours looking up at the night’s sky and saw with his own eyes that the earth rotates around the sun!

Under threat from the Catholic church, he was told to shut up! But he took a stand for what he knew was true and was imprisoned.

Turns out, he was right. Now he has literally changed how we understand the world. He is celebrated as the Birthfather of Science.

So what? What does that have to do with graduating from high school?

Well…what I think is so cool is that Galileo had the courage to listen to the wisdom within him, even when the rest of the world thought he was crazy!

We all have something unique and totally valuable to contribute…what is deep within you that is wanting to be shared with the rest of the world?

It’s summer. woot! woot!

Do you spend all day chatting with friends (if so, about what?). Could you surf for hours and not notice the time flying by? Are you reading? thinking? building things? talking? listening?

How are you spending your time?

This will start to give you clues to your natural gifts and what makes you happy.

Post your comment here how you spend your time in an ideal summer day…