The Story Is Not Yet Over

There’s a passage I read recently by someone whose words about

Easter have stayed with me pretty powerfully.

“When I think of [Good Friday and Easter], I keep seeing this image.

It’s of the disciples, and Jesus’s mother Mary, weeping at the foot of

the cross. They are huddled together, trying to comfort each other.

Trying to make sense of all that has happened. But it just doesn’t

make sense.

The sky is black. All hope looks lost. Their dreams have died. It seems

that nothing good will ever come from this.

To them, this day, Good Friday, is the darkest day they’ve ever known.

But the one thing that they do not know is….Easter is coming.”

Easter is coming.

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The Story Is Not Yet Over

Bell Let’s Talk Day

The concept of Bell Let’s Talk Day has been going on for six years now. I paid little to no attention to it for the first few times and only really begun to take notice of it and its significance just a few years ago. It has since become more and more significant to me as the years have progressed.

These days, I am an employee of Bell, the very company itself that begun the public awareness campaign. I feel very grateful to be a part of such a campaign. I may have long ago been ignorant to what they were trying to achieve with the program, but it just goes to prove that someone once uninformed can become part of the ones doing the speaking.

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Brendan’s Top Books of 2015

The annual list of books that I’ve deemed worthy to list in my end-of-year Top 5. This time, however, I’ve divided it up into categories rather than lumping all books into one regardless of genre or publishing date, which seems unfair. So below you’ll see three categories (Fiction of 2015, Non-fiction of 2015, and books released prior to 2015).
Also, fun fact: I finished with 44 books read during 2015, a great success. Keep on reading, folks.
Some of Brendan's Top Books 2015

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Brendan’s Top Books of 2015

Altering Your Mindset Towards Rejection & Failure

It’s true that no one wants to look foolish. No one likes rejection and failure. No one wants to “fall off the stage”. So we stay far away from it, in the feigned safety of our living room. We try to avoid the “stage” altogether.

“Being paralyzed with fear is a good sign. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. The more scared we are of a calling, the more we know we have to do it.” – Stephen Pressfield

But here’s something: If we never try to get to the finish line – we never have to face it.
If we never show our writing to anyone, tell our new ideas to our peers, tell our dream to the public, try for that job, tell that girl what we feel – we never know the answer, we never have to face their rejection. We never have to face our deep fear.

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Altering Your Mindset Towards Rejection & Failure

Retaining More of What You Read

If there’s one thing that I know for certain, it’s that I read a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean that there is quite literally likely not a day that passes in which I haven’t cracked open a book at least for a short while. I read on lunch breaks, on down time in between newscasts at work, while I’m waiting for my oil change. Basically any opportunity I can. There’s always, always a book in my bag or in my vehicle with me wherever I go.

I wanna be like Warren Buffett.

What an odd thing to say, you’re probably thinking. But here’s how Warren Buffett describes his day: “I just sit in my office and read all day.”

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Retaining More of What You Read

Robin Williams – One Year Later: An Essay

A year ago today, I remember getting home from work in the early afternoon and going on my computer shortly after to see that the internet had completely blown up with the news about Robin Williams.

Robin Williams was dead. Robin Williams had committed suicide. Robin Williams had hung himself with a belt in his own bedroom.

I didn’t think it was real at first. Just another celebrity death hoax that somebody had started that, for some reason, had gone a little out of hand. It wouldn’t have been the first time. But this time it was real.

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Robin Williams – One Year Later: An Essay

Changing Your Reading Habits Can Also Change Your Overall Health

I did a little research today and found a few interesting things that really correlate with a lot of the things I’ve been talking about on here.

In my previous post I talked about how I changed my reading habits, branched out and started reading books that I felt could be more relevant to my life and I started reading more of what truly interested me rather than what I thought I “should” read or merely reading to be entertained.

Two months later after I changed the kinds of books I was reading, I’ve seen paramount change. I read the right kinds of books that created in me a greater confidence in myself, made me less uncertain about my future, helped me with answers to things I’d been looking for, and gave me a significantly wider perspective in areas I perhaps wasn’t paying enough attention to. I was rejuvenated, more excited about reading than ever before.

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Changing Your Reading Habits Can Also Change Your Overall Health