Make a Passion Statement! by Jeff Anello

Are you an actively passionate, caring, supportive parent, child, and friend? 

Growing up an only child it was never tough to get attention. Mother loves me more than anyone else in this world. She always has advice, some I take and some don't, but the connection and support we have formed allowed me to do my best even when it's not great.


Life is about gaining the ability to gather insight, share it with others, and be supportive through providing courage, determination, positive affirmations and a drive that empowers oneself to believe that we can all achieve our dreams, not for us, but for the people who sacrifice for us to have the opportunity so we can do it. Let’s make every moment count! 

Technology has become so easily accessible today that a quick search about your favorite idols, recipes, events and even funny feline friends are at the tips of our fingers! Including the countless hours and preparations we do at work, or studying for exams or taking care of our loved ones .

Who has the time to focus on a passion?

With social media advertising the “perfect life” we tend to find ourselves feeling alone and sad, depressed and numb, continually attached to missions and tasks that are gradually turning our society into zombies. The worst case scenario is, a generation of humans that aren't going to do anything, of value anyway, to pursue what we may be extremely passionate about...

What is passion? Passion is defined as: a burning desire for someone or something. Passion is waking up in the morning and thinking of the first thing that brings you joy. Passion is the activities that excite your mind each and every time. Passion is hard to find but once it is clear its mission is that we do it every day, every month, every year!

Music, singing, writing, performing; these are all activities where passion can be found.

It's what we should focus on, plan for, organize about and perform actions on once we are able to clearly define it. Passion for you may be your favorite sports team, maybe your family, may be doing well on an exam, bringing others joy or all of the above!

Making a Passion Statement is a Win-Win scenario ! 


Here are some tips on how to live life with passion:

1.  Make a Passion Statement: Prepare a Plan - In order to take the first step toward living your passion you need to define what you want to achieve?
Step 1 - Write 2 lists and define your SKILLS and TALENTS
Step 2 - Match up your SKILLS and TALENTS to clearly define your passion
Step 3 - Read tip #2

2. Make BIG goals:  Organize your ideas - Dream BIG and then scale down. It is important to weigh the pro’s and con’s before you do the work in order to understand what it will take to get to where you want to be. What are all the possible outcomes for pursuing this passion?  

3. Build Confidence: Perform the actions - You may love playing checkers but may not be particularly good at the game. That is just fine! If you enjoy doing it then take action and do it over and over and over again, to build skills with your passion.  

4. Negate the Negative:  Avoid Distractions - Don’t allow anyone to tell you that “You aren't good enough” - NO ONE! Not even yourself! If you are dedicated and enjoy doing something then stay positive and just DO IT! 

5. The 50-50 Rule: Give Back - Spend half of your “Free Time” working on your passion for yourself and the other half giving back to others. Find the joy of helping people in need and also provide your ego with enough food to grow while building confidence and relationships, at the same time.

Remember that from time to time your passion may change since we are all evolving each day and that mean our wants and needs change over time. Realize that what you are passionate about today may not be the same as yesterday or tomorrow. With this in mind, be sure to take the "Free Time" you have to live your passion because your time to live what you love is now !

I sure hope these words resonate with you and if not, no worries, because it's not the end of the story. There is more journey, missions, challenges and moments to be written and the day that you start living to pursue your passion is the day that you enjoy the work, enjoy the research, enjoy others and live life at a level that few reach! Living a life with passion.

Passion is hard to define but it's simply put - passion is what makes your heart smile :) What is your passion?

Make a statement and change the world with your life.


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Don't be scared - Just DO IT ! by Jeff Anello

It was the summer before the last year of high school. It was such an exciting time for everyone, talking about the future, decisions on which university to attend were being made, which career path to take and even what car they will get to drive that year.

It was an exciting time for everyone but me because I was terrified!

I was scared because I wasn't going to graduate high school. I had failed my Junior year of English Lessons (a pre-requisite course in order to graduate) and on top of that my School Advisor mentioned that I needed 22 course hours in one year to do it ! That was incredibly difficult for a student like me.

See I was lazy, or I enjoyed being lazy. I always was able to excel in subjects that I had passion about such as arts and PE, but that was my reality, an eventual high school dropout.

Instead of accepting my impending doom like an elephant who is chained to a pole stuck in the ground, which they can easily rip out and run free, I accepted that outcome of feeling stuck and focused on a more practical path, to be an electrician and one day a business owner. However, that decision was only based on having a skill I knew that would make me money but it wasn't my passion, it wasn't my love, it wasn'


When it seems tough to achieve what you really want in your life just think like NIKE and - DO IT !


D - Decide on what you want, love, and have passion for


O - Organize the potential outcomes and options concerning your passions, regardless if the next step is not what you want at the time, because the outcome is what should be in mind.


I - investigate  everything. Google, email, read and research, make calls, talk to people, pro/con list, financial future possibilities.


T- Take action and let you heart lead and your head follow according to your talents and abilities.


So forget about accepting what seemed too daunting to tackle and take these small steps to clearly define what future is in your mind.


Instead of dropping out I enrolled in a boarding school to focus on my studies. In one year I passed all the required Junior and Senior level English and Math courses, made the Honor Roll and Dean's list in BOTH semesters AND found my passion in theatre because of the influences and situations I placed myself in that year, which has ultimately lead me to who I am today.

There is no right or wrong direction, only the one that you are compelled to follow. These tips are a guide to helping find and follow your passion but nothing will happen unless you DO IT !!


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Reaching your Audience By Jeff Anello by Jeff Anello

It was 6am on a Friday morning, about five years ago, the sun was shining and the birds were singing and I was a nervous wreck because this wasn’t just any Friday morning, this was presentation day. A friend had asked me to present to a group of hundreds at a school and although preparation and practice were already apart of my daily routine in the past few weeks, this was the moment, make or break - ready or not - it was show time!

As prepared as can be, my nerves were jumping up and down like a child who just entered a bouncy castle after eating a pound of chocolate birthday cake. Needing to calm down and relax my heart rate it was time to try a few breathing techniques learned from the meditation class that I watched on  youtube the night before, but no use! They were already staring at me, judging me and the sweat was  profusely dripping down my forehead, but with a wipe of the brow - “Go Time” now!


Connecting with your audience may seem like a tough task. The mountain can seem to become bigger and bigger and the climb looks steeper and steeper as “Go Time” approaches.  The more one may try to maintain a focus on the presentation, the harder it seems to remember.

Whether you're a performer, public speaker, class teacher or just a person who wants to make a good impression at tomorrow's meeting with the new boss, it is extremely important to remember they are your audience and you are there to provide value and entertain. YES ENTERTAIN!  

If you are the type of person that seems scared and shy when it comes to presenting - just know that you are not alone - it is the number one fear for us humans! Here are some real people with real fears:

I get all shakey when I have to do public speaking and I can never come across as I'd like to” - Virginia

I feel like I'm always more scared to conduct an oral presentation than anyone else. I don’t really fear much in life, only speaking in public".  - Jayson

“I'll tell you all, ever since I starting researching the topic my fears have gotten worse, which is hard to imagine for me.  I cannot seem to get over this fear. - Henry

However daunting this may seem, it can be made simple with just a few tips that are designed to attract and attain the attention of the audience. Fortunately, after the fiasco five years ago, it’s been proven that these types of skills can enhance and prepare you for the next presentation:

            1. STRONG ENTRANCE - Part of being a great performer starts from the                        moment the audience sees you! Depending on what type of                                  presentation you are giving this is the time when the audience is                          looking and of course judging.

They are trying to figure out who you are, why you are here and do they care to listen to what you have to present. It's critical to help answer those questions within the first 20 seconds and continue to increase trust between your performance and the audience from that moment until the 3-minute mark - as people tend to check out mentally if they are not Intrigued by that time.

KEY TIPS: Keep your head and chest up, smile, strong walk and eye contact with everyone in the audience!

2. EYE CONTACT AND EMOTION - As mentioned it's critical to answer the audience's questions within the first 20 seconds. If your presentation allows then this is the time to enter or speak while scanning the audience.

Make sure to scan from left to right and back while attempting to connect to each eye in the crowd. Since it is important to connect with each one who does look at you on the first scan, try and re-scan in an attempt to make eye contact with those who did not look at you before.

KEY TIPS: Find the smiling faces mixed in the crowd. Everyone in the audience is important when you have a message to deliver so don't focus only on the “important” people. Even try to smile at any grumpy guys and gals.

3. PHYSICAL GESTURES - Make sure you aren't boring ! Move around, use hand gestures, be demonstrative at moments to gain the attention and have people say “this is different” - suggestions toward being loud and expressive are always better than being quiet and timid.

Most people tend to have a “tick” or a physical action that they may do often that is distracting like touching their nose, or scratching their ears, or tapping too much. Noticing what you do is key

KEY TIPS: Practice in a mirror to see what feels and looks natural.

4. ASK AND ENGAGE - Now this doesn't imply that you ask someone in the audience to get engaged - although it would be a surprise if you are planning to marry someone in the audience and wanted to make it memorable - but this implies to asking the audience questions that they can compartmentalise about themselves or the topic.

Stay away from rhetorical questions as most people find them meaningless and they will disconnect from the purpose of asking a question which is to engage. Once asked feel the vibe of the room and respond according to those emotions by engaging your thoughts and feelings with others. Share a sense of connection with your audience that makes it a valuable presentation for both you and others.

KEY TIPS: Meet and greet people before and after the presentation. This will make you feel more comfortable with your audience and of course it's always good to ask and listen for feedback to improve on each performance.

5. TELL A STORY-It's best to connect to the audience by telling a story. Revealing a time in your life can humanise this process and provide a sense of familiarity to a situation that everyone has experienced.

Try to picture yourself in a house - each room has a story - walk through that house, while giving your speech and you will find it easy to recollect your talking points and share moments of your past with others.

KEY TIP: Don’t be scared to add or start with a story that resonates with the topic if that helps to break the ice.

Now that you gained YOUR AUDIENCE's attention make sure you know what you want to say!  Every audience wants to be a part of the presentation, it's real it's live, make it that way but make sure not to belabor your ideas or digress too much or you may just as quickly lose their attention.

Just like trust, once you have lost it, it is tough to gain it back. That is why I suggest having a script prepared and practiced. Many people will use an outline, and although that is helpful it doesn't give you enough detail and clarity for your mind to consider during the practice process. Keep it as short as possible. Write out words you know must be said, clearly state the reason and understand that once you have a script, time for memorizing the key points.

KEY TIP: Presenters practice until they get it right, but professional performers practice until they can’t get it wrong. Do your best to prepare yourself with a script, outline or even audio recording until you are ready to present!

I hope these tips are useful and will provide value for your prevention and the audience you wish to reach! Preparing for your presentation with just a few of these ideas in mind should help eliminate the fear that we all have in presenting.

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