Jeff Paterson
Jeff Paterson is a Storyteller from Ottawa

Entries by Jeff Paterson

This is the End of Civil Discussion

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 2:38 PM

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers on this site who routinely write superior than me on their worst days.

I'm too often at the mercy of spell-check, have more than varying positions on...

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Final Thoughts on Liberal Leadership Race & NDP

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 11:41 AM

There's always been a back-and-forth in Canadian politics. Every few terms, the public would tire of either the Conservative or Liberal party and vote the other one into power. It's the same around the world, where the leadership would become too comfy, push their power boundaries too far and inevitably...

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John Hunter, Creator of the World Peace Game, on Experiences and New Book

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 6:08 PM

John Hunter, a teacher from Virgina, developed the World Peace Game over thirty years ago, teaching it all over the world to students as young as nine-years-old. A documentary covering the game process was made and in 2011, he gave a TED talk on...

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Success and Breathing: Practice and Putting Yourself Out There

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 11:16 PM

Success comes in all forms, whether it be how you did on a test, a work project, closing a sale, losing weight, quitting smoking or another addiction, asking that certain someone on a date finally, landing a job or promotion or raise, etc. We all know, or should know, that in life we get our self-esteem from challenging ourselves and pushing our inner-being harder and farther than we never thought possible. You can't succeed unless you put yourself out there. There's a certain vulnerability that comes with trying, though, and perhaps why so many don't even bother showing up let alone showing up and quitting under pressure.

But what if you thought of success as essential to your life and overall, like breathing?

What if to you, succeeding was as natural an occurrence as walking outside and taking in a big gulp of (hopefully) fresh air? Imagine you couldn't function, not only without breathing, but without succeeding. What would your life be like, without air? Without success?

The day you look at giving up everything you knew and thought you knew, the day you sacrifice literally everything and put yourself out there, is the day you learn to succeed. And by this time, you will be so natural excelling that just like that, unless you have asthma, you will be succeeding like you do breathing, in that it's just something natural happening.

When Wayne Gretzky retired, he gave the adage of advice "Worry about the small things and everything else will take care of itself." For an athlete, this could mean working on the fundamentals, over and over again. An author, writing thousands of pages, reading a thousand more. Musicians, jam out on your instrument hours on end or challenge your voice to go farther every verse.

You don't need to be pursuing a glamorous or artistic endeavor to apply the idea of succeeding like breathing. Whatever your goals are, set them and focus on the foundation of accomplishing them. Maybe you're a teacher or trainer and want to engage your audience more, a business owner looking to increase sales or keep more customers coming back to you, or a student looking to up your grades or get a part-time job to save up for a new car. It's not going to be easy, and you will quite often fail at first, but failure lets you know that at the end of the day, you can still get up and you can try again, at least this time knowing where you went wrong.

Dwight Howard, considered the best big man in the NBA, had recently confided in Kobe Bryant, his teammate, who is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, and certainly one of the deadliest competitors, that he was afraid of missing shots, inevitably missing when finally shooting.

Kobe's response?

"You know what? Shoot 1,000 jump shots a day. You're going to miss a lot of those shots. But that's OK. Because you're teaching yourself it's OK to miss."

Whatever it be that's in your heart, that you want to do, just keep breathing. Try until you are succeeding as naturally as you are breathing. You will get there! And don't be so hard on yourself if you at first you don't succeed.

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Four Myths About Justin Trudeau Debunked

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Justin Trudeau is about to head into the national Liberal leadership vote heavily ahead of the competition, with little changing since he first announced his running back in the fall. Momentum surrounding Trudeau has been evident for years now, people anticipating the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, argued...

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Ding-Dong! The NDP Is Dead

(26) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 11:04 AM

This blog isn't about the history of the Dippers, the storied beginning of the New Democratic Party here in Canada and where we got to where we are today. This is more-so a heads-up for Mulcair to pack up his proverbial desk, give up the guise of being the leader...

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