October 2022


In October 2021, I decided to learn how to swim. Just like any new skill, the process of learning to swim was not as easy in the beginning, but I kept at it day in and day out. I kept showing up at the swimming pool, getting tips from fellow swimmers, and lifeguards at the YMCA, watching hours of Youtube swimming videos, reading books, watching documentaries and most importantly, trusting the process. I am not where I want to be swimming-wise but am not where I used to be.

Selon la page Web officielle d’Optimist International :

En octobre 1920, on publie le premier numéro de la revue l’Optimiste. On demande à chacun des 27 clubs de faire connaître, mensuellement, des nouvelles de leur club.

En 1922, l’organisation adopte officiellement le Credo de l’Optimiste. Écrit par Christian Larson, le Credo avait été publié, à l’origine, en 1912, dans le cadre d’un article intitulé « Je promets ». Les Optimistes de la Californie trouvaient que l’énoncé de 10 lignes exprimait l’esprit optimiste en termes bien sentis, et ils réclamèrent son adoption par l’ensemble de l’organisation. La conjointe de James V. Westervelt, un Optimiste de Los Angeles, a vu l’article dans un journal et elle l’a relevé pour son mari. Après l’avoir publié dans le bulletin de son club, Westervelt et autres Optimistes de Los Angeles a invité les autres clubs californiens à adopter le Credo. Peu après, le Credo jouissait d’une popularité grandissante.

Je suis un super fan de shark tank, une émission de télévision aux États-Unis. Shark Tank est mon émission de télévision préférée. J’ai regarde la plupart des épisodes de Shark Tank. Mon investisseur préféré de Shark Tank est  Robert Herjavec (Il a écrit le livre: You Don’t Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success >> Vous n’êtes pas obligé d’être un requin : créez votre propre succès).

Les investisseurs de shark tank sont: Robert Herjavec (fondateur de Herjavec Group), Mark Cuban (homme d’affaires, milliardaire et le propriétaire de l’équipe de basket-ball des Mavericks de Dallas), Kevin O’Leary (homme d’affaires canadien et co-fondateur des fonds O’Leary et SoftKey),

I participated in my fifth full marathon of the year (2022) at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I finished with a time of 3 hours 56 minutes and 14 seconds, making it my second sub-4 hours in 3 weeks. I had earlier ran a personal best and my first sub-4 marathon time at the 2022 Beneva Montreal Marathon on September 24, 2022.

I had a target of running a time of 3:30, but it was not meant to be. Like every marathon I participate in, there were lots of lessons learned and strategies that I hope to implement in my next marathon, such as experimenting with my running shoes and running without a running bag et al.

The E-Myth Revisited illustrates a belief that says small businesses in the United States simply do not work; the people who own them do. The people who own small businesses in America work far more than they should for the return they’re getting. In the book, The E-Myth Revisited Rev Ed: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, American author and founder of E-Myth Worldwide, Michael E. Gerber, describe a process for creating systems within a small business and strategies for surviving the roller coaster of the entrepreneurial life.

“Self-discipline is giving everything you have . . . and knowing what to hold back.”

In Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control, American best-selling author Ryan Holiday profiles the great individuals that used self-discipline to become a greater version of themselves. Discipline Is Destiny is the second book of Ryan Stoic cardinal virtues of ancient philosophy which is composed of four key components: Courage. TemperanceJustice. Wisdom. In the first book in the series: Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave, Ryan makes the case for making bold bets and explores the courageous practice of historical and contemporary leaders.

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to listen to 365 podcast episodes in 2022. I have been able to set a routine that allows me to execute the set goal. I recently visited Montreal, Canada for the second time and I was fascinated by the city, french language learning opportunities and the people in general. I was in Montreal to participate in the 2022 Beneva Marathon, and I ran a personal best of 3 hours 44 minutes 14 seconds for a 42.2 KM marathon.

I stayed in Montreal for a week after the marathon, and I used the opportunity to explore the city, practice my spoken french and soak in the city. Saying that I love Montreal is an understatement, especially the opportunity to work on my spoken french. I have decided and am committing to listening to at least one hour of french material (Podcast, Music, Movie, Documentary, etc).

As part of my daily swimming regimen, I have been listening to one hour of french while swimming with the Finis DUO Underwater Bone Conduction MP3 Player. Like the 365 podcast listening challenge, I intend to listen to french at the same time daily – Early in the morning and before I sleep. Allons-y!