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How to make more money, find true love, and overcome any obstacle with @CraigBallantyne

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #33

How to make more money, find true love, and overcome any obstacle with @CraigBallantyne, Author of The Perfect Day Formula

I know it must be getting old; every week I say ‘I’m so pumped,’ or ‘excited’ and ‘honoured’ to introduce the guest…This week is no different.

I have a fellow South Ontario Native joining me on the show, Craig Ballantyne. He is the author of The Perfect Day Formula, and incredibly inspiring entrepreneur with a massive goal to change the lives of 10 million people. I was so inspired and impressed with his Perfect Day Formula I put together this unboxing video:

In this episode, we go really deep on a number of the lessons you will find in the book, including the 5 Pillars that you see in the unboxing video. This is a very tactical episode with lots of actionable content, so make sure you are ready to take some notes.

What will you learn on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

Craig Ballantyne on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast #33

  • 5 Pillars of Success and Transformation
  • The importance of Meditation
  • What you can learn from the Stoics (Ancient Philosophy)
  • How a clear vision can help you obtain any goal
  • How to make more money, find true love and overcome any obstacle

How to Connect with Craig Ballantyne:

Twitter: (@CraigBallantyne)
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HOP #8: Julien Bahain’s battle to the podium with near paralysis and being stranded at sea

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Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #8

“Be the best someone you can be! You can be anything you want – follow your dreams.” @JulienBahain [Click to Tweet]

How Olympic Rower Julien Bahain battled near paralysis and being lost at sea to become a World Champion and Gold medalist.

In February of this year, this PanAm Gold medalist was in a wheelchair. Nearly paralyzed, he grinded his way back to the podium in 4 short months! Shockingly, this is not the only life-transforming story he tells in this episode.

Julien Bahain is an Olympic rower, who is ironically scared of the water! Despite this fear, he decided to make an attempt at the world record for rowing across the ocean. Part way through the journey he and his crewmate hit a terrible story – what happened next, and how this near death experience changed him is something you would find in a Hollywood script!

In addition to being an Olympian, he is also a project manager and mechanical engineer.

To see their journey across the ocean, here is a sneak peek. The full version is below in the resource section.

What you will learn in this episode of the Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • What you can accomplish with determination
  • How humility can make you a stronger person
  • How to be yourself and follow your dreams

How to connect with Julien Bahain:

Twitter: @JulienBahain
Instagram: @JulienBahain


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HOP #4: From Jock to Doc – How Matt Sacheli is changing the lives of Parkinson Patients

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Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Episode #4

How Matt Sacheli went from Jock to Doc, and is changing the lives of Parkinsons patients

It was an honour to interview this week’s guest; Matt Sacheli. His research on the effects of exercise within Parkinson’s patients is truly inspiring. What’s really amazing in this episode is how a chance encounter with a Parkinson’s patient sparked a new passion that changed him from a jock to pursuing life-changing research.

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In this episode you will learn how he leveraged his passion to overcome a number of challenges to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients. How the funding process works, and how others can follow in his footsteps to find their passion project.

Here is a link to an article about fundraising:
“A surge towards new solutions for people with Parkinsons” (link here).


Find Matt on Twitter @MASacheli
For more information about my research:
For more information about the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at UBC:
For more information about the Graduate program in Neuroscience at UBC: http://www.neuroscience.ubc. ca/index.html
For more information about the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC: http://www.

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The Secret to Happiness – How this simple act changed my life

Secret to Happiness

Have you ever been stuck in a rut that seems like there is no end in sight? No matter how hard you try, for every step forward you take 2 backward?

I’ve been there! A little over 2 months ago I started doing something that radically changed my life, my career, and my relationships.

The secret to happiness is gratitude.

The science doesn’t lie, being happy comes from being gracious. 2 months ago I stumbled across an interview with Tim Ferris on Social Triggers. In the interview, he talks about battling with suicide, which shocked me, coming from a guy who’s had multiple NY Times Best Sellers.

In the podcast, he specifically talks about how gratitude and The Five Minute Journal (link here) helped him get his focus back.

The simplest,
most effective thing
You can do everyday
to be happier. – Five Minute Journal

I want to be 100% clear, this is not an ad for the App. I get no retribution for this article. I have just had such amazing results that I had to share.

To better explain the science behind happiness, here’s a great experiment that validates gratitude’s role in happiness  (it’s worth watching the whole video, but you can skip to 5:00 to get the gist).

Cultivate Gratitude: Gratitude is the opposite of depression and anxiety. It’s the conscious experience of appreciation of the gifts in our lives and the results are tangible.

Introspection: Ending the day on the right note can be essential to a good night’s sleep, eliminating negative thought loops and learning more about yourself.

Gratitude! That’s it! Over the last two months, I have used the Five Minute Journal App to practice being grateful every morning and every evening. Here are  my results:

  • I am genuinely happier
  • I had a deeper appreciation for my family
  • The things that used to frustrate me started to disappear
  • I was more driven and launched my podcast: Happiness of Pursuit
  • I became more productive
  • Improved focus on the important tasks
  • I am more motivated to help others succeed
  • It has even helped my golf game!

I remember the first two days I wasn’t sure what write, so I chose to do the obvious; health, family, and a great job. After just a few days I noticed I was more grateful for WHAT family, health, and a great job meant in my life. They each had a unique relevance to bringing happiness into my life – just as each of the individuals shared in the video (go back and watch the above video if you haven’t – it gives the message some powerful context).

I remember after about 2 weeks that I had this increased drive – a passion, a hyper-focus, a new hunger to give 200% to everything was important to me, and was able to say “No,” to the distractions and things that were less important.

It was like hitting a reset button everyday to focus on the things that mattered.

Change your strategy, change your result.
Change your story, change your life.
Change your state—you change it all! – Tony Robbins

“Change your state – you change it all!” Tony Robbins has changed millions of lives by helping people change their state of mind. This is precisely what happened to me. I had changed my state – I was happy!

As a direct result to being grateful, I completely changed the trajectory of my life, my career, and my relationships.

You can do the same by simply practicing the act of gratitude!


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A Morning Routine for Busy People

I had a very interesting conversation with my nephew recently about “morning routines of successful entrepreneurs.” This is a topic  frequently covered by Tim Ferriss and Lewis Howes on their podcasts, where their guests all had a similar routine that included mental, physical and emotional focus. The routines went something like the following:

  1. Meditate 30-45 minutes
  2. Workout 30-45 minutes
  3. Read news, emails, motivational book 30 minutes
  4. Cook and eat a healthy breakfast 45 minutes
  5. Start your workday

My nephews reaction was  priceless, “that’s great, but I’m not getting up 2 hours before I start my day – how are normal people supposed to do that?”

As a new Dad I certainly have a greater respect for sleep than I ever had before, and getting up 2 hours earlier is not a likely possibility, especially when my day already starts at 5:30am and we still scramble to get out the door to beat the traffic. This scene out of ‘Daddy Daycare’ seems more realistic:

The consensus amongst most people seems to be SURVIVAL and making life as easy as possible (especially if you have kids).

Here are a few ways to start a morning routine for normal people:

Prepare for your next day the night before.

Most mornings are hectic, and by eliminating decisions you will conserve energy and create more time for the micro-routines that you can build on as your grow. Here are a few to start:

  • I fill the tea kettle, put the teabag in the cup
  • Prepare your breakfast in advance – I put my protein powder and banana beside the blender. I choose a protein shake as a quick healthy alternative
  • Pick out your clothes the night before – eliminating choices from my morning makes life so much easier
  • If you have kids, getting everything ready the night before is a must – pack lunches, have clothes laid out, have book bags packed

A simple morning routines that takes less than 5 minutes

The most simple thing to do in order to build a positive routine is to be grateful. Instead of hitting the snooze button on your iPhone – spend those few minutes reflecting on the things you are grateful for. And yes, there’s an App for that – it’s called the “Five Minute Journal App,” which asks you to write down 3 things:

Five Minute Journal App

Five Minute Journal App

  • What are you grateful for today?
  • What would make today great?
  • Daily affirmations

Additional Exercises

While you may not have time for a full-blown workout, try to fit in a few pushups, sit ups and even a minute of planks before you hop in the shower. These simple actions will activate massive changes in your brain and create a chain reaction of chemical releases within your body that will help you perform at a higher level.

While we may not have the freedom to develop the routine of a billionaire entrepreneur, you can take small steps in developing the foundation of a sound morning routine that can grow as you continue in your pursuit of happiness.

 Feature Image Credit from Daddy Daycare, The Telegraph


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How to survive a “HELL WEEK” like a Navy SEAL

Could you imagine if the third week of your job was called “HELL WEEK”? I can only imagine the HR nightmare that would be for most businesses, but that’s the case for anyone who wants to become a Navy SEAL.

“Hell Week consists of 5 1/2 days of cold, wet, brutally difficult operational training on fewer than four hours of sleep. Hell Week tests physical endurance, mental toughness, pain and cold tolerance, teamwork, attitude, and your ability to perform work under high physical and mental stress, and sleep deprivation. Above all, it tests determination and desire. On average, only 25% of SEAL candidates make it through Hell Week – the toughest training in the U.S. Military (”

Why do so few make it?

There is no easy way out! Success is a tough road and only the best can survive. You rarely hear about the internal struggle, see the scars or truly understand how those who survive were able to do so.

This same struggle is true for businesses and entrepreneurs – very few people know about the challenges they endure in order to survive their first few years of business.

What can you learn from surviving “Hell Week”?

Below are two interviews from Navy SEALS who survived “Hell Week” and have gone on to transform lives by helping people live an optimal life; mentally, physically and emotionally. The lessons they share can be applied immediately to your daily life.

20x your potential:

In a recent product launch for 20x your potential, Ramit Sethi   interviewed former Navy SEAL Commander, and founder of SEALFIT, Mark Divine.

To be SEALFIT is to embody the character traits of discipline, drive, determination, service, self mastery, honor, integrity, courage and authentic leadership.

Both SEALFIT and 20x Your Potential, teach you a disciplined approach to focus on all aspects of your growth, specifically your mental state of being. The very first day of 20x Your Potential, you are met with the challenge to do either a 21 minute plank, or 1,000 pushups – sounds impossible right? The course teaches you how to do it. Here is an excerpt from the course:

How to Fall in Love with Pain: The Key to Resiliency and Success (School of Greatness)

In a recent podcast, Lewis Howes interviews former Navy SEAL and Author, Eric Greitens about his new book; “‘Resilience‘ is the characteristic that gets us through the hard stuff – how we process pain in the moment and after.”

Eric is no stranger to this, as he recounts in our conversation Navy SEAL training, his travels around the world photographing war-torn areas, and working with veterans with PTSD.

What you can take from the two examples

  1. Your mental state is paramount – there are a number of techniques you can learn to mentally prepare for success. Be willing to try new things, and practice these mental disciplines consistently. Your state of mind will dictate your ability to succeed
  2. Your physical state can always be improved – once mentally fit, your ability to improve your physical ability will become limitless. You can ‘segment’ your work to overcome any physical limit (i.e. the 21 minute plank challenge – break it down to 21x at 1 minute).
  3. Live a life of service – when your goals are bigger than you, failure is not an option. You will hear both Mark and Eric talk about how they focused on their team, and what it meant for them to succeed in order for those around them to succeed. Failure was never an option. The same applies for you – when you’re chasing a big dream; the reason has to be big enough that failure is not an option.

You are all capable of surviving your version of Hell Week, just take it one step at a time and follow the suggestions of the above leaders as a start.

Inspiration for this article:


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The simple way to make 2015 your best year ever

2014 was an amazing year for me. My wife and I welcomed our daughter into the world, business continued to grow, and I accomplished some amazing fitness goals. Like most people, I want every year to be the best year ever, and 2015 is no different. As a life-long learning, I am constantly digging deeper into what makes people and businesses successful, and the recurring theme to date has been having big goals and formulating a plan to reach those goals.
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” – Winston Churchill
Below are 5 steps you can use to plan in 2015 and make it your best year ever:
  1. Set Big Goals – dream so big your friends almost laugh at you. Your goals need to push you to be better than you are today (for additional tips on goal setting, check out this podcast from Lewis Howes with expert Michael Hyatt)
  2. Break Down your Goals – performing daily activities that accumulate day after day, like compound interest, will get you to your goals faster (this is derived from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen, a must read)
  3. Develop Positive Habits – eat healthy, exercise, commit to personal development, give more than you receive, and focus on building meaningful relationships
  4. Surround Yourself with Positive People – Jim Rohn, Author, Entrepreneur and Motivation Speaker said; “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Surround yourself with people who will challenge and support you to become better.
  5. Share Your Goals and Your Progress –  include your partner and your 5 closest supporters in your goals and your progress. They are on the journey with you.

I wish you all the best in 2015 and look forward to growing with you. Please share your thoughts in the comments below on what I can do in 2015 to better serve you.


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