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Wed, 2010-12-29 17:27

As the year draws to a close and the prospect of a new year approaches, the excitement of New Year’s resolutions is upon us all. We all make a set of goals and objectives trying to make our year better, our lives better. The truth is that studies show that 12 percent of men and 10 percent of women actually achieve their resolutions.

So, I thought I would share what I have learned in 2010 with the idea in mind that it may help myself and perhaps you in setting your goals for 2011.

1. Be the kindest person you can be and the world will come to you.
2. Show gratitude every day and in every way. Thank you are the two most important words in any language.
3. Eat better, sugar and processed foods are not good.
4. Just because the label says it’s natural doesn’t make it good for you.
5. Drink at least 1 litre of water every day, if you can 2 litres.
6. Have the conversations you need to have, even if they scare you (this one I need to always work on).
7. Facebook is not the greatest thing in the world.
8. Playing on the Wii is not the same as playing outside.
9. Many parents are too over protective and could do well to remember their childhood.
10. Making someones day doesn’t take cash.
11. Reading a book is a still awesome. Including the BOOK OF AWESOME.
12. The value of a hand written note has way more value then an email or text message.
13. I can always be better and you can make that choice every day.
14. The more you give the more you get.
15. I really enjoy a glass of red wine.
16. I love taking my dog for a walk. Be outside more in 2011.
17. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
18. Grow where you are planted.
19. Journal, journal, journal! If your life is worth living, it’s worth recording.
20. Get up earlier.
21. Simplify your life. Clutter in your world = clutter in your mind.
22. I have a lot to learn - So do you.
23. It’s ok to say no.
24. It’s ok to say “I don’t know.”
25. Ask your parents about their childhood.
26. I don’t always have to make my kids life “better” than yours. My life (and yours) was probably pretty good.
27. Spend more money on a good mattress than a good TV.
28. Summer Camp is a good thing that every child should experience.
29. Apple has the best customer service in any industry.
30. Writing a gratitude list is a very good thing.
31. 1% actions steps are the key to all success. Break down your goals.
32. I can make a New Year’s Resolution at any time. In fact the 1st of January isn’t the best day (statistically proven).
33. I am incredibly lucky to be alive, live in the country I do and have the family I have. Thank you.

Happy New Year to all! Forward this list if you think it’s valuable.

Thanks to all those that have supported me, YLCC, OSLC and all that we do.

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    Students were very engaged, enthusiastic and excited. Stu is hilarious…seriously. “Humour is never a bad thing” said one student.

    ~Annalisa Varano - Vice Principal - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
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    They say a great presenter “leaves them wanting more”. Well, we loved your presentation and the entire team asked me when you will be back! You are truly STUpendous!

    ~Nancy Klensch - Founder of Summit Kids
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    Stu is an energetic, entertaining and dynamic presenter. He captures is audiences’ attention and keeps the room engaged for the entire presentation! His stories in his presentation captures everyone at different points, even the teachers!

    ~Sara Meaney - Cobourg Collegiate Institute
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    Stu was great! Staff and students felt it really broke the anxiety in the building and we even got cupcakes today from one of the students.

    ~Carrie Rowlandson - William Aberhart High School, Calgary Alberta
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    Stu was fantastic. There is nothing better than seeing 600 adolescents laughing their heads off. He delivers a terrific message and has the entire audience engaged, thinking, listening and most importantly laughing within seconds, and he keeps it going for over an hour. Thanks again on behalf of the Shores!!

    ~Doug Woods - Vice Principal, Nantyr Shores Secondary School
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    Stu’s speech did exactly what I hoped it would do when I tried to bring him in: it brought the school together for a good laugh while empowering the student body to be the change they wish to see in their classroom. I feel he hit this goal perfectly.

    ~Steven Fotheringham - Oakville Trafalgar High School
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    I really liked how the speech really just seemed like Stu was telling us funny stories, but he always related it back to the overall message. It didn’t sound like a speech at all, it was as if he was just talking to the crowd. I would say that he is excellent in connecting with the audience and keeping them entertained. There was not a two minute period in Stu’s speech were nobody was laughing. He kept us amused throughout the entire presentation. I thought he was perfect.

    ~James Palloto
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    I would highly recommend Stu, his engaging personality was a real hook for the students and his messages were ones that many of them could identify with. The humour was great and the students shared that they enjoyed the presentation.

    ~Teresa Fowler - W.H. Croxford High School, Airdrie, Alberta
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    Stu is personable. Students are willing to listen to him. They enjoy listening to him. He has a message, but he is also entertaining. He is fun to listen to and students don’t feel talked down to or preached at.

    ~Tanya Lacey - McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, ON
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    I was at the OCA conference on May 6th, and I just wanted to thank you on being such a wicked keynote… you definitely put me back in the camp mindset and reminded me of what’s truly important about the up-coming summer. Once again, a job very well done.

    ~Emily Summers
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    The students really enjoyed Stu’s humour and low-key but critical message about getting involved and getting the most out of their High School experience. I would recommend Stu as a speaker who relates well to students, is funny, and gets the message out without preaching.

    Thank you,

    ~Lynn Toye