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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.

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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. 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Ask The Top” Debuting Soon

I am pleased to formally announce that Ask The Top will debut this week on www.twm.news

TWM.news is your pro wrestling news, articles and reviews website. Providing you only with the latest breaking news that’s actually worth reading, with no clickbait headlines.

What You Need To Know

  • There will be two episodes produced per month ranging from 15-20 minutes in length 
  • Episodes will also be available on ChrisToplack.com 
  • The format of the show will consist of answering WWE related questions from fans submitted via social media
  • Fans will be able to submit questions via my Twitter, Google+ and Facebook accounts along with ChrisToplack.com. You can also submit questions to any of the TWM accounts. 

I’m excited to kick off this new podcast and sincerely hope that you tune into this debut episode. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! 

 

 

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Beer Review – PUMPKING

Mini Beer Review: The Southern Tier Brewing Company is based out of New York and is responsible for many multi-layered beers. The PUMPKING seasonal offering has been on my radar for a few years and I just finally had an opportunity to sit down and indulge. Who says October needs to pass us by so quickly? 

Appearance: The rich copper colour is quite appealing and traditionally expected from the majority of pumpkin ales. 

Scent: Pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and butter. It’s certainly easy on the nose. 

Taste: Smoothy and creamy. The taste of pumpkin is initially very prominent, but then slowly starts to reveal other flavours such as a pie crust, vanilla bean and candy corn. 

Overall: This was one of my final new pumpkin ales of the season and I was not at all disappointed. The 8.6 ABV is hidden rather nicely, but still manages to appear when appropriate. While this particular beer might be considered too sweet for some, I would still highly recommend picking up a bottle or two. 

 

http://www.stbcbeer.com/seasonals/seasonal-imperial/pumking-beer-page/ 

 

 

 

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