Point to Ponder

 "Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them." Buckminster Fuller
Too many people today needlessly suffer from comparing themselves to other people and seeing their skills in action tends to make them focus on their own lack of skills. They are quick to sell themselves short or to downplay their own skills or genius. Yes, I said genius.
For at least the last decade I have been challenging people to unleash their own genius and apply the creativity inside of them to building and creating a better life, a more productive career, a more profitable or well run organization. In fact one of the programs I conducted in Vladivostok, Russian Far East was on Creativity.
I just finished reading a book from the creative mind of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer on The Power of Intention which touched on this area in Chapter 14. I decided I would draw from it and whet your appetite for August. Pick it up and make it a must read and, more importantly, a must apply book before the fall.
Wayne quoted Dr. David Hawkins from Power vs. Force: "Until one acknowledges the genius within oneself, one will have great difficulty recognizing it in others."
You have the power of genius inside of you... and you have the key to unlock it and unleash it in a world that so desperately needs it, and you!


Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's ten step program for putting this into reality: "It is my intention to: appreciate and express the genius that I am."
Step 1:   Declare yourself to be a genius.
Step 2:   Make a decision to listen more carefully to your inner insights, no matter how small or insignificant you may have previously judged them to be.
Step 3:   Take constructive action toward implementing your inner intuitive inclinations.
Step 4:   Know that any and all thoughts that you have regarding your own skills, interests, and inclinations are valid.
Step 5:   Remind yourself that aligning with spiritual energy is how you will find and convey the genius within you.
Step 6:   Practical radical humility.
Step 7:   Remove resistence to actualizing your genius.
Step 8:   Look for the genius in others.
Step 9:   Simplify your life.
Step 10: Remain humble while staying in a state of gratitude.
He ends this particular chapter with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "To believe in your own thoughts, to believe what is true for you in your private heart of hearts is true for all men (and women) - that is genius."
The above was excerpted from The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
I have seen people in acts of creation, of genius if you will, who have no idea of their own brilliance... and often, when I point it out, they will downplay their brilliance.
STOP downplaying your gifts, your skills, and your brilliance. Shine forth and be a mirror to the world so they too may begin to shine. I realize I am preaching to myself at this point as well.
Until next month.
PS: I had the privilege of opening in Vancouver, BC for Dr. Wayne early in my career as a speaker. I got a call from a client who was sponsoring his event the night before asking me to step in when the speaker from Toronto was unable to come. He was very gracious when we met and later in the day had some very encouraging remarks on my performance.  His wisdom and kindness made a positive impact on my life.
And, as well one of the audience member's husband was looking for a host for a 3 day program later that spring which I did. I also did a follow up program in Cancun that next December. You never know when you shine where your light will lead you. 
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Last Minute News

NSA Orlando was a real treat this year. Had the chance to hear and observe some amazing speakers from the main platform; sat in on some thought provoking concurrent sessions; sat in on two great meet the experts sessions with Dr. Terry Paulson, CSP and Vickie Sullivan. Got my brain working on some new ideas to expand our business and to extend new offerings and services for potential clients.
Lots of hugs and laughs with my speaker colleagues from around the world. This is frequently the best part of attending an NSA, CAPS, or GSF event. It really is about the people.  I tell people, "I'm only here for the hugs!" I know I will learn something to help me be a more effective presenter and/or expand my business. Pictured here with Lindsay and Debby Adams. Lindsay just retired as the International President for the Global Speakers Federation. We've become great friends.
Making some changes to our various websites and have some new sites and concepts under development. Working with my CAPS friend Debra Kasowski to write and publish Pocket Wisdom for the Millionaire Woman. We hope to have it out in September. It will be the 5th in our series of what will eventually be at least a dozen.
Working with a client from BC who bought our CAPS Foundation Mentorship Package. Amazingly enough it was the first package sold and went within the first hour after the email went out from CAPS National.

Lots of work on our place in Egremont. It is starting to look great and we were able to host a bar-b-que for Amanda when she was up visiting from Australia.
Irene and I love being able to sit and have a meal on the new deck and to have people drop in for a visit. We are expanding and building two new garden plots...
I've been digging boulders from the one plot. Who knew they were there, and so many.  Going to be great as we continue creating our retirement retreat place. Am learning how to use a new tool - a lively rototiller with one speed - full speed ahead. Follow this link for video.

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August 2010

                 What's New!
It's official - I have a world class wife.
Many of you know that Irene is a throws official for track and field. She just returned from officiating a senior nationals event where she received positive evaluations. This means, once she does the paperwork, that she will be certified for international level judging and officiating.
Olympics anyone? 
Amazing time in Orlando attending the 2010 NSA convention.
I didn't buy any shoes... but I did buy a new tie and some nice things for Irene.
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About Bob

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Bob is a long time leader and professional charter member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a member of NSA-Arizona, as well as the International Federation for Professional Speakers.
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Bob is the co-founder and a past president of CAPS Vancouver, an honorary founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary member of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member of CAPS Edmonton. He served as CAPS National Director (2000-2002).
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