Thoughts

A Story About You

No Comments 05 December 2012

There are a handful of professors who stand out from university but most notable were my 2 philosophy professors. The most recent philosophy course I took was on Consequentialism with Darren Domsky. What struck me about him the most was how comfortable he is with himself. He’s so confident, so sure about who he is and he lives that without fear. He taught me so many little life lessons during that semester but one thing which has always stood out was on the first day of class, when he was breaking us up into groups for a discussion and he told us that he wanted us to form different groups because “our Elaine or George could be in that room and if we didn’t meet them, that would be a shame”. Well, as it turns out, I met a great friend of mine, Danielle, in that class, and we still are friends 6 years later.

A few months ago, I received an email from Darren talking about a story he wanted to share with me. I didn’t think much of it at first but after reading it, I was profoundly impacted, much like I still am whenever I read The Awakening. I encourage you to take a few minutes, read his story and reflect on what you feel. It will touch everyone in a different way, but no matter how it touches you, please rate the story when you are done reading it to help make it more visible to others.

A short blurb about the story by Darren, including a link to the story, is below:

As you will see, this story is a story about you. Deal with this however you like. It’s really no one’s business but your own. But first, maybe take a second and write down the exact date and time, right to the exact minute. Maybe hurry, and capture this trophy while you still can. I can’t promise you that you’ll regret it if you don’t. But do I really sound like I’m *guessing*?

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/155842

Thoughts

Meeting Rob

No Comments 21 November 2012

This will be the first guest blog I’ve posted. I had never really considered allowing a guest post but after meeting Rox a little bit ago, and getting to know her, I felt comfortable having her words on my blog. First of all, she is one of the most real people in my life. She’s honest, she’s smart and she’s kind. I find it rare to meet someone who is the exact same offline as they are online, but Rox is that for sure. I look forward to sharing her words with you and for her first post, she wanted to share her thoughts on our first meeting.

I recently met Rob in person. I feel it’s necessary to have written “in person” because so many of the people we “meet” only takes place online, at least that seems to be the case for me right now; but that is fodder for its own post. One of the first things I noticed about Rob was his ability to hold a conversation. Like his blog is well written, he communicates just as well. The topics we chatted about were indicative to both of our characters. Passion was a reoccurring theme that I feel, well, passionately about.

Passion is the driving force in life. Without passion there is no inspiration, creativity or drive behind the biggest of dreams. Rob has big dreams. I even thought to myself “wow he is motivated and striving for his goal.” I never thought, “those don’t seem achievable”, because having passion in what you do is the driving force behind success.

Our conversation shifted to the people we’ve met and the varying degrees of passion within these people. We concluded that people with passion were awake to life. It doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about as long as you’re passionate about something. It can be the simplest of interests to large venture capital ideas. If you involve what you’re passionate about into your life there becomes a burning desire to strive for more and achieve on a higher level. One of the things I’m passionate about is passion because I see it as the light force driving humanity. Those who engage in what they’re passionate about go further and being around them is contagious. My meeting with Rob was like that. I know he will achieve all he’s set out to do and because of that I offered him the use of my time. Rob has a lot of opportunities available if someone wants to join him on his passion trail that is on the way up.

This was pretty deep content to cover with someone on a first “real” meeting but our interaction was light and I walked away knowing there would be more passion filled conversations.

Beefs, Thoughts

I Like You…But I Don’t Want to Talk to You…

5 Comments 20 November 2012

How many times have you had this happen to you?

You write one of your friends a message on facebook. You don’t hear back from them. A week, two weeks, three weeks go by and no reply. Then one day, you post a picture or update your status and your friend, the one you wrote and haven’t received a reply from, likes your photo or status.

I’ve had this happen many times. There are “friends” on facebook I’ve been trying to get ahold of for a while. I don’t have their phone number or email so facebook is the only way for me to communicate with them. I will leave a few messages unread with the goal to respond to them in a timely manner, depending on what the message is all about. I get that people are busy so I don’t expect a message back right away. But far too often, I’ll have outstanding messages with someone who likes something I post and yet I still haven’t gotten a message back from them.

I see this on the pages I manage as well. People are far more likely to “like” a status than they are to comment on it. Why? I think because it takes less effort and as a society we are becoming worse and worse at communicating and expressing ourselves.

What do you make of this?

Thoughts

Words of Wisdom From Will Smith

No Comments 14 November 2012

This video contains clips of Will Smith from interviews he’s done sharing his advice on life, happiness and learning.

What is one piece of advice you’d like to share?

Mind would be: find something that you are passionate in and pursue that. Without having something to love and inspire you, life won’t be as fulfilling as it could be.

Rudy, Thoughts

You Don’t Have to Prove Nothing to Nobody Except Yourself

No Comments 12 November 2012

My favourite scene in my favourite movie, Rudy, comes just after Rudy quits the football team before the last practice of his senior year at the University of Notre Dame. One of his mentors, a groundskeeper who helped him out with a job and a place to stay when he first went to Notre Dame, finds him hanging out in the stadium when he should be at practice. The conversation between Rudy and Fortune is truly inspiring and every time I watch it, it makes me feel very powerful and enstills the belief in myself that I can do whatever I set my mind to.

You don’t have to prove nothing to nobody except yourself. And if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.

Trust in yourself. Follow your dreams. And don’t let others hold you back.

Thoughts

I Am the Master of My Fate; I Am the Captain of My Soul

No Comments 11 November 2012

The title of this post, which are the last 2 lines from my favourite poem, Invictus, is what guides my life.

I have all the control in my life to do what I want and whatever happens to me is up to me.

Thoughts

Peace of Mind

No Comments 06 November 2012

I have a hard time quieting my mind sometimes. I spend a lot of time on my own and without it, I don’t feel balanced. Trying to find peace within myself is something I’ve been working on for a long time. I’ve learned what I need to be happy but it’s always good to have a reminder. This quote is a great reminder of that for me.

Music

Six Songs That Were New To Me

No Comments 04 November 2012

The benefit about having XM radio in my car is that I can listen to a variety of music genres very easily and it also means that I get to hear a lot of songs that I normally would never hear of. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing down some songs that really caught my ear and so I share them with you. Some you may have heard, some maybe not. I’d love to know which one you liked the best:

Relationships, Thoughts

You Get What You Give

1 Comment 31 October 2012

Be giving of yourself to the person you are with.

What you give to them, you will get back. If you give love, you will get love back. If you give hate, you will get hate back.

Step out of yourself.

Be giving.

Be unselfish.

Take an interest in what other people are doing.

If you want to be someone’s priority, if you want love, respect, loyalty…you have to be giving of these things.

You get what you give.

Relationships, Thoughts

Honesty is the Best Policy…Or is it?

1 Comment 25 October 2012

The good thing about telling the truth is that you don’t have to think and can just tell it like it is.

The bad thing about telling the truth is that you don’t have to think and can sometimes say too much.

So how much is too much? And when should you only tell a part of the truth?

Many times, I’ve said too much. I believe in always being honest. Obviously there are white lies (is the Easter Bunny real) but c’mon now, we’re all adults. I’ve told my dad things I shouldn’t have told him. Because I’m honest. Sometimes I cause him unnecessary worry. Sometimes I cause him unnecessary grief. Sometimes I just plain bug him. But I’m always honest with him. There’s no reason not to be. Telling someone a lie takes effort – you have to come up with a story, or in many cases the opposite of what is the truth (no instead of yes). I’ve also had a potential relationship end because I was too honest. I told her more than I should have. But when someone asks me a question, I will answer it. I have nothing to hide so why not tell them the truth? Sometimes the truth is shocking, Sometimes the truth is more than that person can handle. But in the end, if you are real and are always honest, I think that will be the best policy.

I really like this quotation by Charles Dickens:

To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.

I care deeply. I love fully. There are things in my past which I am not proud of. But they are a part of my past. And they helped me get to where I am today. There was a 10 year period in my life where I was grieving for my mom – from when she passed away on May 17, 2001 up until about January 2011 – where I did things that I never thought I’d do. I was trying to find myself. I was trying to find meaning in my life. I was trying to feel something. When I was finally able to move past the pain and be myself, I looked at those situations and realized how much pain I must have been in to have done that. But I am stronger today for those experiences. I am constantly learning and growing. But I am a passionate soul who wants to be happy. And so I will be myself and be open and honest. And hope that those who care about me accept me for me.

Disc Sports

Davy Whippet and Rob McLeod – Canine Disc Champions

No Comments 20 October 2012

Davy Whippet and I did it! Almost 18 years to the day that Mark Molnar and Cheyenne Whippet set the Distance to Canine Catch World Record at 390 feet, Davy Whippet and I broke that record with a catch at 402 feet, which makes Davy the first dog to catch a disc over 400 feet.

Since we first started competing together (and actually met for the first time in August of 2011), we’ve had quite a bit of success including:

  • 2 Skyhoundz World Records
  • Quadruped World Record
  • 3 Skyhoundz World Championships
  • 2012 Quadruped Series Champions
  • WFDF/Guinness World Record
  • multiple appearances for pro sports teams, community events and youth programs

I first got the idea last fall that Davy and I could break the long standing record after winning worlds with Davy and wondering just how far we could push the limit of throwing and catching to a dog. I realized that too often I wasn’t able to out-throw Davy so naturally I wanted to know what would it take to out-throw him (and also, how far could he run and still catch the disc).

In chronological order, here are the results from all of the competitions and demos where Davy and I have been a team, including which disc was used:

8/27/2011
92 yards – Uncas, Alberta, Skyhoundz Regional Qualifier, New Skyhoundz World Record (Hyperflite Comp Standard)

9/21/2011
72.2 yards – Chattanooga, Tennessee, Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance World Championships (Hyperflite Comp Standard)

3/18/2012
101.3 yards – Houston, Texas, Houston Quadruped, New Quadruped World Record (Hero Xtra 235 Distance)

5/26/2012
114 yards – St. Albert, Alberta, Rainmaker Rodeo demo (Hero Xtra 235 Distance)

6/17/2012
94 yards – Lawrence, Kansas, Kansas Quadruped (Hero Xtra 235 Distance)

7/15/2012
80 yards & 89 yards – Thorhild, Alberta, Skyhoundz Regional Qualifier (Hero Xtra 235 Distance & Hero SuperHero)

8/5/2012
116.5 yards – Denver, Colorado, Denver Quadruped, New Quadruped World Record (Hero Xtra 235 Distance)

8/26/2012
122 yards – Calgary, Alberta, WFDF World Record Attempt (Innova Condor)

9/20/2012
94 yards & 97 yards – Chattanooga, Tennessee, Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance World Championships, 2 New Skyhoundz World Records (Hero Xtra 235 Distance & Hero SuperHero)

10/14/2012
134 yards – Thorhild, Alberta, New WFDF Distance to Canine Catch World Record (Innova Condor)

Since setting the record, I’ve been asked by quite a few people what’s next for Davy and I. For now, I just want to focus on sharing the video of our record, getting as much press coverage as I can for it and just take it day by day. When  I first set out, I was hoping to set the record but now that I have, it’s still sinking in. It’s still taking time to absorb what we did. I honestly don’t know what exactly is next for Davy and I other than Quadruped and Skyhoundz competitions next year. If someone challenges our record and is successful, then we will obviously defend our record. I know we can get a catch over 140 yards, maybe even over 150 so our focus for the next few months is getting Davy more fit and faster and go from there. It’s an exciting time for Davy and I and I just want to share this record with the people who have supported me, who love me and who cheer for me.

 

Thoughts

In a Bird’s Nest – Life’s Metaphor

No Comments 26 September 2012

There are many people who aren’t doing what they love, aren’t going after their dreams and are living a life of fear. Why is that?

I think there are many reasons but one of the reasons that comes up over and over in many people’s lives is the notion of peer pressure.

I find it useful to think of it like a bird’s nest. In our lives, we are like baby birds stuck high in a tree in a bird’s nest. We will be a part of many nests – for our family, our friends, our jobs, our sports teams, etc. Each nest will have different dynamics but ultimately they will all have a very similar possible outcome.

When we are all in the nest together and we rely on mamabird to bring us food, everyone is happy and safe. But the second one of the birds decides to try to fly, everyone else gets scared because if you fly out on your own, that means that mom will expect them to as well and unless they’re ready to fly on their own, they will try to pull you back into the bird’s nest since they like being safe in the nest.

For those of us who like to challenge ourselves and are constantly going to the edge of the nest, we will find that there are many people who like being safe in the nest so they will try to talk us down from the edge with negativity and hate.

When you find yourself in that situation, you need to find another nest to spend your time in. Life is too short to spend with other people who don’t support you and always try to keep you down and from going after your dreams. We also shouldn’t be in a community that constantly tries to push us over the edge of the nest since that’s not good either.

We deserve to be a part of a supportive community. A community who cheers for us when we take that leap and if we get scared and don’t like what we see, will welcome us back with open arms and accept you for who you are.

Sometimes we need to look at the different nests we’re in and ask ourselves if it’s time to find a new one.

Disc Sports, Thoughts

It’s All About How and Why You Do It

No Comments 30 August 2012

Over the past few years, I’ve grown to truly discover what makes me happy and have been setting goals and chasing dreams all related to disc sports. However, along the way, I’ve had realizations related to my passion, some of which are related to how I feel after I return home from a competition, how I’ve changed based on the people I’ve met in my travels and how being in the news and media for what I’ve accomplished has affected my relationships (short answer – it hasn’t).

But one of the biggest learning points I’ve had over the past few years is this:

It’s not so much about what you’re doing. What matters more is how and why you do it.

What I mean by this is that not everyone will be a pro hockey player or a financial magnate making millions of dollars every year. Not everyone will choose a career or passion that will impact the world as much as someone like Bill Gates or Mother Theresa. Not everyone will do what is popular.

But none of that really matters anyway.

What matters is that you do what you love and what makes you happy. What matters is how and why you’re doing it, not what you’re doing.

The main concept for this came from watching the movie Calvin Marshall on Netflix. Basically the movie is about a college kid who tries out for the baseball team but is cut every year. He is persistent and wins the coach over with his pure heart and love of the game. He also helps coach and plays on a fun baseball team with a family friend, and the kids on that team look up to him and think he’s a great baseball player.

What really struck me about Calvin’s character in the movie is that to him it didn’t matter if he was the best or not – what mattered is that he played ball. For myself, I put so much pressure on myself because I have very high expectations, but with good reason.

In the past year, I’ve set 5 World Records, won 3 World Championships, was flown to China and Mexico (x2) and experienced more than I ever dreamt I would.

But, even if I hadn’t achieved all I have, I should still be doing what I do because deep down, I truly love it. What I’ve learned from those close to me, who have had the patience to put up with me despite my selfish, somewhat isolating ways, is that how I do it matters more than what I do. If I focus on the how and the why, then the rest will fall into place.

Thoughts

Dealing with Disappointment

No Comments 29 July 2012

The gift of disappointment is to bring us into reality so we don’t get stuck in the realm of how things might have been.

Whenever we do something in life with an expectation of how we’d like it to turn out, we risk experiencing disappointment. When things don’t go the way we had envisioned, we may feel a range of emotions from slightly let down to depressed or even angry. We might direct our feelings inward toward ourselves, or outward toward other people or the universe in general. Whether we feel disappointed by ourselves, a friend, or life in general, disappointment is always a tough feeling to experience. Still, it is a natural part of life, and there are many ways of dealing with it when we find ourselves in its presence.

As with any feeling, disappointment has come to us for a reason, and we don’t need to fear acknowledging it or feeling it. The more we are able to accept how we are feeling and process it, the sooner we will move into new emotional territory. As we sit down to allow ourselves to feel our disappointment, we might want to write about the experience of being disappointed—the situation that preceded it, what we were hoping would happen, and what did happen. The gift of disappointment is its ability to bring us into alignment with reality so that we don’t get stuck for too long in the realm of how things might have been.

As we consider other disappointments in our life and how we have moved past them, we may even see that in some cases what happened was actually better in the long run than what we had wanted to happen. Disappointment often leaves us feeling deflated with its message that things don’t always turn out the way we want. The beauty of disappointment, though, is that it provides us a bridge to its other side where the acceptance of reality, wisdom, and the energy to begin again can be found.

Source: http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2012/34342.html

Thoughts, World Issues

The Demise of Guys – What is Going On?

No Comments 23 July 2012

Have you heard of “The Demise of Guys“? If you haven’t, you should check out the website. It makes sense, it’s clear to me by talking to my friends and hearing what is going on in our society. We are a society driven by business – in this case the video game industry and the pornographic industry. Both fantasy industries. We’re creating these worlds where men can realize their fantasies but then when they’re back in the “real world” they realize they can never satisfy those desires. Videos games and porn are like drugs. But drugs that are affecting their social skills and intimacy in a frighteningly fast way.

Some takeaways from the video –

– guys are out of sync romantically and socially

– guys drop out of school at a 30% higher rate than girls

– girls are outperforming guys at all academic levels

– guys are developing a fear of intimacy

– guys prefer online activities to in person activities (video games, porn)

– guys have an arousal addiction

– guys will have played, by the time they are 21, an average of 10,000 hours of video games, mostly by themselves (the same time it takes to master a skill)

– guys will watch on average 50 porn clips a week (note: for every 400 Hollywood movies, there are 11,000 porn movies produced)

What do you think can be done?

Personally, I think we need to start spreading the awareness for this issue. I don’t have either of these issues but there are millions of guys out there who do. By them being aware it’s a problem, they will be able to recognize that within themselves (hopefully) and start working on fixing it before it’s too late.

Check out the video below. Some really interesting learning points.

Sports, Thoughts

Being Competitive vs Competing

No Comments 07 July 2012

From playing sports my entire life, I know a thing or two about competing. I’ve met a lot of people over the years who were good and I’ve met a lot who weren’t so good. But I always find it amusing when someone says that they are “very competitive”.

But what does being competitive mean? If you look at the definition, you could say that it means being inclined to compete. However, when I look at the idea of being competitive, I think a more suitable definition would be “to compete with a chance of winning”. Or rather, “to be good at the activity you are competing in”.

This relates to the notion of when people talk about playing in a tournament and being competitive. To me that means they have a chance of winning. Can someone be competitive if they aren’t very good or if they don’t have a chance of winning? I don’t think so.

The next time you tell someone you’re “really competitive” think about what you mean when you say that. If you’re referring to something that you’re not good at, just say “I really like doing X activity”. Then, keep practicing until you can say that you’re competitive at that activity.

Family, Thoughts

Lucky Number 7

1 Comment 07 May 2012

Today marks exactly 7 years since I moved to Calgary from Halifax.

Today is also my sister’s 27th birthday.

My mom’s favourite number was, you guessed it, 7.

In honour of my mom, I’d like to share 7 things I’ve learned/discovered since moving here on May 7, 2005.

1. My passion. I’ve always loved sports and knew that whatever I ended up doing had to involve sports but I wasn’t sure how to make that happen. While I was trying to figure that out, I spent all of my time and money playing ultimate frisbee and starting 2 years ago, disc golf and dog disc and last year overalls. I now know that I want my life to involve disc sports. Teaching, competing, performing. I’m very lucky to have had the opportunities I’ve had but I’ve also worked very hard to get there. I know that the last year was just the beginning and I’m so excited to see what is to come.

2. Myself. When I moved here, I was lost. I didn’t really know who I was, I was following what I thought at the time was love, and I was really moving here to get away from my past. Losing my mom was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through and I was hoping for a fresh start moving out here. Over the past year and a half, I’ve really come to love myself and learn who I am. I’ve realized why I was the way I was and am now a better person.

3. My friends. I don’t see my friends a lot but they support me and are there for me when I need them. I try to do the same but I know that I tend to get caught up in my own things and could be a better friend to them. I’ve realized that your friends all bring something unique to a friendship and it’s through those connections that we can grow as a person and enjoy where we live. To me, living in Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton, they are all the same pretty much. But it’s the people you choose to surround yourself with.

4. My family. I don’t get home to see my dad and sister very often but I talk to them every week at least. I do miss them but I’ve learned that there’s no point wishing I could go home more when I’m traveling to many competitions. If I wanted to go home more often, I could, but I choose not to. I love them for respecting and understanding that I’m going after my passion and my dream and I know that when the time is right, we’ll see each other. Being able to have my dad come with me to China last year was one of the highlights of my life.

5. My career. While it’s great to do what you’re passionate about, sometimes your passion doesn’t always pay the bills. I’ve been very fortunate to have some great jobs over the past 7 years and I have learned a lot from all of them. From office moving to metal pipe cutting to teaching skating to building catalogues, I’ve realized what truly inspires me and what doesn’t. In my current role, working in marketing for World Health, I’m able to explore my passions because I have an incredible employer. I’m also able to share with our members my fitness and nutrition passions. Helping them become healthier by being more active and by eating healthier. I’m truly lucky to have the opportunities I have and for that, I thank World Health for making them possible. I’ve always wanted to help people and right now, I’m able to do that in my professional and my personal life. It’s a great synergy.

6. My body. I’ve always been active but I haven’t always been the healthiest. I’ve never smoked, have rarely drank and have never done drugs but I have eaten my fair share of sugar, junk food and fast food. I’ve battled the demons inside for a long time and over the past 2 years, I’ve really taken a look at the choices I’ve made, I’ve started to research more about health and nutrition with books, documentaries and talking to my friends and colleagues and what I’ve learned has changed my life entirely. I have also gotten into barefoot running (and barefoot living in general) and I feel so much better in every aspect of my life. For me, there are always 2 sides to the story and in my experience, usually the majority of people are on the wrong side. The side that has been created and influenced by marketing, by corporations and by the people who want to make profit. The health care industry is a perfect example. There is no money to be made by people being healthy. The popular slogan “take a pill for an ill” is proof of that. It’s sad and unfortunate and I hope to help others realize what is going on. We are stronger than we realize and we don’t have to be depressed, we don’t have to be sick and we don’t have to be unhealthy. The answer is simple but it requires us to take responsibility for our own lives and many people aren’t willing to do that. I hope to inspire others to want to take that responsibility.

7. My future. I see many amazing things happening all around me and I want to continue to surround myself with that. I want to continue to live a life full of passion, a life full of drive and motivation and a life full of goals and dreams.

Disc Sports, Thoughts

Answering Some Questions About…Me

2 Comments 27 April 2012

My friend Crystal recently added an interesting post to her blog titled “Questions we should be asking”. It’s a very personal thing to answer questions about yourself and to look internally and be honest with yourself can be difficult. I personally like doing challenging things so I decided to take her advice and repost the questions, with my own answers.

11 questions we should be asking:

1. What is your dream job?

For me I interpret the question as “What do you dream of doing with your time on this earth?” For me that question has always been sports. I didn’t know to what capacity, or in what role that would evolve as but over the past few years it’s become quite clear – as a coach, as a teacher, as a mentor, as a competitor, as a performer and most importantly, as an active participant. The majority of my time I spend thinking about disc sports (ultimate frisbee, disc golf, dog disc, and there are others). I love frisbee. I love throwing. I love watching a frisbee fly through the air. I am always amazed how far a frisbee flies with my hand being its only source of energy. The frisbee is truly unique since it doesn’t follow a predictable flight path like a baseball or football does. The frisbee is not a slave to gravity – rather it flies through the air, and it’s flight can be controlled with the amount of force put on the frisbee and the amount of spin given to the frisbee.

I got off topic but to answer the question – my dream job involves a frisbee – teaching, competing, performing.

2. What fulfills you?

This one is easy. Learning. I learn through reading, through watching (movies, people), through practicing (sports) and through listening. I love knowledge and it drives me to be a better person everyday.

3. What’s your greatest fear?

I don’t have a greatest fear anymore. When I was 18, my mom died. Up to that point, that was my greatest fear. Since then, I live randomly, spontaneously, sometimes recklessly, but above all, passionately.

4. What do you want more of in life?

I want more freedom to do the things I love. Right now that means financial freedom although it frequently means more time as well.

5. What is your greatest accomplishment?

To date, I would consider my greatest accomplishment to be the fact that I DO. There are many people who talk, but I do. From that, I am a World Champion, I hold 2 World Records and I am also a Guinness World Record holder. The difference between me and many others is that I did. I’m not saying that to brag. I just did it. Anyone can.

6. What are you most ashamed of?

I’m not really ashamed of anything. I sometimes wish I had treated some people better in my past but I’ve realized why I treated them the way I did and I know we are both stronger because of it.

7. What makes you sad?

The number one thing that makes me sad is how ignorant and naive so many people are. There are so many things in this world that can be prevented and which shouldn’t happen – obesity, mental illness, poor education, debt. People are so complacent and don’t believe enough in themselves to stand up and be happy. That makes me sad.

8. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever experienced?

The hardest thing I’ve ever experienced was losing my mother. Nothing will ever compare to the pain that I went through. She was an incredible woman and she is a big reason I am who I am today.

9. What is great about you?

I really like how passionate I get for what I’m involved in and I like that I’m constantly looking for ways to improve myself and be better. It’s frustrated many people but that’s a big part of me and those who understand and appreciate that I think, like me for those reasons.

10. Who are you?

I’m a kind soul who cares too much, who over commits constantly and who is looking for real people and real experiences. I’m concerned that technology is taking much of the “realness” out of life and so I try to be aware of life around me to ensure I don’t lose sight of what matters.

11. What inspires you?

My passions. People who have pursued their passions. And the more I learn, the more my friends and family inspire me. How supportive they are. How much they love me. And how they are always there for me even when I think they’re not.

Disc Sports, Thoughts

Invictus – My Favourite Poem

No Comments 24 April 2012

Before playing on the Calgary men’s ultimate frisbee team, Invictus, I had never heard of this poem. But when I first read it, the last 2 lines stood out in my mind and to this day, remain my personal mantra:

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

The poem gained lots of popularity with the 2009 movie Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. It’s a great movie, the title fits it and the poem works wonderfully with the plot.

The poem in its entirety is below. What is your favourite poem?

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Thoughts

The Bank of Time

No Comments 30 January 2012

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success.

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

Disclaimer: I didn’t write this. I’m just reposting. I’m not sure who wrote it but I loved the simple message so I wanted to share.

About Rob


Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.

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