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My Obituary Motivates Me

One day, hopefully in the very distant future, you are going to die. It’s inevitable and sadly, it’s permanent. While you cannot prevent the inevitable from occurring, you do control the narrative of how you lived because that’s much more paramount than how you died.

Remember, you are always in complete control of your narrative. I encounter dozens of people who claim to be stuck in meaningless jobs or other relevant situations where they feel hopeless or bitter. Those months turn into years and the years turn into decades. Don’t waste the time you currently possess believing it’s mandatory to follow a path that completely disinterests you. There’s nothing wrong with turning off on an exit before you go down a long and winding road that may eventually lead you to nowhere.

Do you know what motivates me? My obituary. The average length of an obituary is about 200 words but it can be as long as 450 words or as few as 50 words. Yes, that means your entire life is confined to a few hundred words. Were you a good person? Did you give back? Did you impact lives? Remember, it’s others who write that obituary and it’s a true reflection of your character and the legacy you left behind.

So in the end, the decisions you make now don’t just impact your current state, but also your legacy long after you’re gone. Try to limit the amount of “what if’s?” on a daily basis.

Be a good person. Give back. Aim to positively impact the lives of others. If you’re lucky, you may even be a part of something that far outlives you.


The Signature Spot

The Signature Spot with Chris Toplack will be a weekly pro-wrestling podcast that features news, rumours, show recaps, predictions and discussions with guests around relevant industry topics.

It will be replacing Ask The Top with the debut scheduled on Thursday, October 4th. This page will also be converted to The Signature Spot and will become even more interactive with live streams, polls, clips.

More details will be provided next Thursday during one of the final editions of Ask The Top.

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Audio Blog – Creating Moments

In my latest audio blog, I discuss the importance of creating moments and taking a necessary break from technology along with social media in order to accomplish that.






Ask The Top on YouTube

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The Importance of Discovery

The Importance of Discovery

With every decision you make, you’re either adding value to your brand or taking away from it. 

Who are we? Are we all on the same page as employees who represent our brand? How are we perceived by the outside world? How do we measure success? Prior to making any critical decisions, you should have a definitive answer to those questions along with many other related ones. 

A brand discovery process is a necessary starting point for answering crucial questions and establishing guidelines that will help maximize the success of your organization over the long-term. 

In the end, this process should provide your brand with purpose, define your values, personality and ensure you are more aligned with your customers along with your overall business goals. It will not only strengthen your brand but establish authenticity. 

Improve the value you deliver to your clients by starting at the very beginning. 



Part 2: Ranking My Favourite Black Mirror Episodes

I simply couldn’t help myself and completed Black Mirror Season 4 on the day it was released. Hang the DJ has become one of my favourite episodes to date.

Updated my ranking list to include all Season 4 episodes which are in bold. Again, this was put together after first-time viewings.

1. The Entire History of You 
2. White Christmas 
3. *Hang the DJ*
4. Shut Up and Dance
5. White Bear
6. Be Right Back 
7. San Junipero 
8. *Black Museum* 
9. *USS Callister*
10. Playtest 
11. Nosedive
12. *Metalhead*
13. The National Anthem 
14. *Crocodile*
15. *Arkangel* 
16. Fifteen Million Merits
17. Men Against Fire
18. Hated in the Nation 
19. The Waldo Moment



Ask The Top Now Available on YouTube

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Ranking My Favourite Black Mirror Episodes

During this extended break, I decided to finally dive into Black Mirror. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Being a massive Twilight Zone fanatic, this felt like a reworking of the show in the modern world and at several points in the series, it’s much, much darker.
With Season 4 set to be released this Friday on Netflix, I wanted to share a ranking of my favourite episodes.
1. The Entire History of You
2. White Christmas
3. Shut Up and Dance
4. White Bear
5. Be Right Back
6. San Junipero
7. Playtest
8. Nosedive
9. The National Anthem
10. Fifteen Million Merits
11. Men Against Fire
12. Hated in the Nation
13. The Waldo Moment

Do Good, Spread Kindness and Give Back

Do good in this world, spread kindness and constantly give back. I firmly believe that’s arguably the most important lesson I have ever picked up in my life.

How can you make a difference? Do the following:

Be the best version of yourself to everyone you encounter. Yes, there are various hurdles that will arise in your life on a daily basis, but you can rise above that and be the reason why someone smiles, laughs or feels secure.

Choose one deserving organization per month and send some money in their direction. In a world of PayPal and e-Transfers, it’s quite easy to make that possible. Don’t wait until Christmas or any other holiday, just do it now. It makes all the difference to them and it’s always needed. It will undoubtedly free you and bring joy to others in the process.

While sending money to an organization is a wonderful gesture, your time is equally as valuable. Take time to volunteer and get involved in your community or with a cause close to your heart. There seems to be this belief that we can wait until retirement, but there’s no better time than the present to reach out.

This isn’t a post I copied and pasted from another timeline or pulled from a forum page. It’s merely something I needed to express and share with you. While you might visit the timeline of Chris Toplack on social media for laughter or to smile, please understand that this matters more to me than any joke I could ever tell.

In the immortal words of Jim Henson (a hero to me), “My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.”