Engage Today Day 1
“I’m an expert at one thing – and that is being me” – Sean Stephenson
It’s late… and I should be asleep but I am energized. Today was a gift. A gift I wish I could somehow share with everyone that wasn’t here to share in this spectacular event.
After listening to F.W. DeKlerk speak of the change he inspired in South Africa (he freed Nelson Mandela), hearing Stephen Covey speak about finding your voice and the 8th Habit, being moved to tears by Lynne Twists story of the women in Ethiopia who had lost their children to starvation, applauding the inspirational words of Sean Stephenson as he challenged us all to stop saying “but” and letting fear and insecurity rule our lives, to the thoughts of Janet Bray Atwood about finding our passion….
The day was incredible. It moved me. And it inspired me.
And it wrapped up with a concert by K.D. Lang and Bryan Adams. K.D. Lang’s voice was beautiful and powerful … and I really didn’t think the night could get any better. But it did, Sandra Oh joined Mark Tewksbury on stage and told a funny story about Mark having no pants to wear 10 minutes before he was supposed to M.C. the event at the Calgary Saddledome with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
And then… to make the night perfect K.D. Lang and Bryan Adam’s sang a duet … I felt proud to be a Canadian. I felt proud that we could call these talented, humble and entertaining people our own.
So this post was going to be all about our MOMAR race and how once again I find the pleasure and pain of adventure racing so similar to the pleasure, pain and preparation required in real estate investing. And, of course, about how we pushed through the pain to find the finish and how I’ve never had so much fun in a race … especially one that took us 7 hrs 36 minutes to finish …
But instead I think I will just ask you a question that was asked of us today:
Think back to a time when you were young… what did you love to do and what were you really good at?
The answer may surprise and inspire you.
Today has been a gift, and I expect tomorrow to be even more incredible as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama takes the stage at Engage Today 2009. I promise to do a better job of sharing it with you in the next few days.