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Week Off – Ultimate Fighting Weekly

After 16 straight episodes of Ultimate Fighting Weekly, I will be forced to miss our next edition of the program. Due to a move tomorrow, I will be taking the week off. The new studio should be up and running by next weekend. 

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Living in the Past

George Carlin once asked, “Why do people watch their own home videos? They are watching things that they have already done! Stop living in the past!”

He makes a valid point that has always had a lasting effect on me. Why do we live in the past? Perhaps it has something to do with personal comfort or the fact that the past was a much happier place than the present day. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, living in the past on a regular basis can be considered unhealthy.

This topic came to the surface after a recent conversation with an old acquaintance. He had obtained a great deal of success within a short period of time and was riding high. He had an outstanding job, a stunning condo and a luxury car.  His life suddenly came crashing down after his company folded. He often discussed reinventing himself and moving in a new direction, but instead, hung onto everything he lost and ignored his potential. He spent so much time in the past, that he forgot to focus on the present and plan for the future. He refused to move on which lead to a personal and professional stalemate. In one of our last conversations, I brought up a philosophy that I readily follow. 

“You learn from yesterday, live for today and grow for tomorrow.”

Apparently he took this to heart and has reinvented himself. I received an email from him just yesterday thanking me for that little piece of advice.

While a trip to the past may be full of joy and vivid memories, remember that it should only be considered a temporary vacation. If life is a photo album, you should focus on filling the remaining pages and making them count.




During my break at lunch, I stopped by a grocery store to take a look around and see if there were any good deals available. I popped in, browsed around but unfortunately left empty handed.

I noticed a man in his mid-30’s struggling to carry groceries to a car. Bags and cans were following all over the place. I immediately offered my assistance. As it turns out, he was patiently waiting for his Aunt who was getting her hair done. He went ahead and took care of her grocery list as a way of helping her out. He was extremely grateful for my help and thanked me repeatedly. It became apparent that he suffered from a form of Down Syndrome, but his beaming smile told the real story. We briefly discussed the oddly chilly weather in May, hockey and how thankful he was to work for his parents catering business. He was just recently hired and so proud of his success. “I’m so happy to feel like such a major part of the family,” he proclaimed.

He was also very complimentary of my tie, belt and sunglasses. He told me that I looked “cool” and that he wanted to be just like me. Humbled, I left him with a comment that put an even bigger smile on his face.

“I appreciate the compliment, but I wish I could be just like you. You smile like you mean it, have a lust for life and truly value everything you have. I could learn from you.” He smiled, shook my hand and said. “It’s always nice to make a new friend. Thanks for talking with me and keep smiling!”

And guess what? I kept one on my face for the remainder of the day.

“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” – Santosh Kalwar




A Special Announcement

First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every person who has ever visited my website, “Liked” my Facebook Fan Page or “Followed” me on Twitter. I thoroughly enjoy entertaining others with my blogs, statuses, opinions and Ultimate Fighting Weekly Podcast. It’s time to take the next step!

I’m pleased to announce my next project, “The Chris Toplack Show.”

The Backstory 

I had a brief, but very successful career as a radio personality. Ever since the age of 9, it was a vivd dream of mine to host a morning radio program and I accomplished that goal at the age of 24. The only thing missing was my full creative input. I felt as though I never fully had a chance to spread my wings as a personality. This was a major factor in my decision to leave the entire industry despite offers to continue in it. I still had a strong desire to create a program that was both entertaining and informative while maintaining my creative control. My hope was that it could appeal to a fairly broad range of listeners. After settling back in London, starting a new career and finally enjoying my current situation in life, I realized that now is the opportune time to take that next step.

What To Expect

  • Comedy
  • News
  • Opinions
  • Advice
  • Guests
  • Music
  • Stories

The recording area is in the process of being completed, as the new move will be complete in just a matter of weeks. I am excited about the possibilities of this new program. My goal is to have it available on a weekly basis on either YouTube or iTunes. I’m looking forward to this new journey and hope you’re willing to join me on the ride. 

More details to follow soon! 



Why Your Employees Keep Leaving You

Are you currently a manager or have been in the past? If you answered yes, I don’t need explain just how stressful your position can get. One of the most difficult aspects to deal with are employees who decide to move on. In many cases, you are held responsible for their exit. Here are three reasons as to why they leave according to a Florida State University study.

1. You don’t communicate your goals: It’s quite difficult for employees to meet your expectations when they have no idea what to expect.

2. You have failed to make a personal connection: Managers are often bogged down by the everyday grind and there’s not a lot of time for small talk. But if you don’t spend any time interacting one-on-one, the employee won’t feel like a crucial part of the company.  

3. You have created a negative company culture: A manager should be willing to take responsibility when things go wrong. They should also resist the urge to criticize employees in front of the rest of the team. This is a sure fire way to literally suck the life out of your workforce. 

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Things Pregnant Women Can’t Stand To Smell

First and foremost, any mother who has gone through 9 months of labour to deliver a child has my upmost respect. I can imagine there are quite a few ups and downs throughout those roller coaster months. I recently came across a blog that polled readers about smells they couldn’t stand when they were pregnant.

Here’s the list! 

•  Chicken

•  The Fridge

•  Sub Sandwiches

•  Bad Breath

•  Slim Jims

•  Bacon

•  Raw Meat

•  Coffee

•  The Car

•  Deli

•  Menthol

•  Fast Food

•  Bananas

•  Perfume

•  Mint

•  Pizza

•  Hand Sanitizer

•  Caramels

•  Dog Food

•  Red Meat

Dear Moms: Are there any other items that belong on this list? Add them on my Facebook Fan Page!