Thoughts on Success in Life

Are we seeing an increasing trend to blame the problems in the world on the system, government, conspiracy theories or education? Forget about the big picture. Do something to improve your own life and make you happier. Get a new job, volunteer, start a community group, travel, meet new people. Inspire and create opportunities for others to improve their lives. The combined action of a large number of small changes will eventually effect the big picture.

Watch a child play, full of freedom and imagination. Defined only by their personality and feelings. As we get older we are defined by our beliefs, social groups, careers, nationality, dreams and ambitions. What do we gain and what do we lose?

1. Do what makes you happy and have fun doing it. Set your short term and long term goals and go beyond them.

2. You can’t always do it alone. Keep your friends and family close. Don’t be afraid to tell people how you feel and what you want.

3. Be positive and dream big. Positive people attract more positive people. The more you give the more you will get back.

4. Look after your mental and physical health. Avoid stress, eat well and exercise. Don’t waste time. Wake up early and get things done.

5. Spend money on experiences and developing skills not material things.

6. You can’t fight every battle. Invest your time and effort in things you really care about.

7. Develop your skills and be the best at what you want to do. Make your self irreplaceable but remember everyday is a chance to make the change you want to see.

8. Do it right the first time there is no such thing as a practice run or second chances. The impression is already made.

9. You can forgive but you don’t have to forget. Learn from your mistakes but don’t hold on to your regrets.

10. Put your plans and ideas into action. Try to have a positive impact on someone’s life everyday.

Related Post: Lessons From My Daughter


Happy New Year!!

Once again Toronto revealed its amazing diversity of street art. It felt great to spend the final day of 2014 running in the winter sunshine with my camera. I hope you enjoy these photos from the East side of Toronto. Happy New Year!



Great Quotes From Muhammad Ali


  1. Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
  2. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  3. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
  4. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
  5. The man who has no imagination has no wings.
  6. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
  7. If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.
  8. Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

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Lessons From My Daughter

Or things I’ve learned since becoming a dad:

  1. Leave behind the worries, stress and emotions from your day and treat her with care and respect.
  2. Listen carefully to what she says, not everything is important but one day it will be. Make your child feel like she has a voice that matters in the world.
  3. Do not doubt the impact that raising a family will have on the world. Social interactions will have knock on effects that can bring profound change.
  4. Invest your time learning, exploring and improving yourself rather than worrying about what other people think and seeking their approval.
  5. Wake up happy, let little things make you happy and go out with a smile on your face
  6. Focus on the present and pay attention to all the little things surrounding you
  7. Show unconditional love and affection
  8. You can depend on the people who love you, one day they will depend on you
  9. Demand what you want and say no like you mean it
  10. Get organized and prepare well
  11. Freedom needs limits, limits need discipline, discipline needs methods, methods need principles.
  12. Laughter is the music of your soul
  13. Every day is a chance to make a new friend even if that friendship only lasts a bus ride
  14. Life is a journey, nobody’s perfect, we make mistakes but it’s how we learn, change and adapt that’s important
  15. Approach life with passion, enthusiasm, determination and an unbreakable belief in yourself


“I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”

– Ira Glass


This passage has inspired me to get this blog going again. Are you using Flipboard? I think it’s a great app to find inspirational articles and ideas, save and organize your favourites and share with others. Feel free to post a link to your magazines if you are using it.

Here are the links to my magazines:

Yum yum: Looking for something delicious to eat? Look no further!

Follow Your Dreams: Articles related to career advice, inspiration and creativity.

My Little Princess: Everything to do with Parenting.

Explore The World: Some great articles about street art but lots more related to travel and photography.

Train Your Brain: Books, Science and Documentaries

Isabelle: All my favourite articles in one magazine.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to post links to your own magazines.