You can hope you’ll be ‘thrown a bone’ but don’t expect the one you want.


Recently, after a presentation to the Ontario Real Estate Association I was asked to discuss a few of the points that I’d spoken about for their pod cast.

Our conversation covered turning our dreams into goals, curiosity, learning, and the stress that accompanies all of these things. As we progressed, a short discussion evolved on how too often we let our experience actually block our advancement instead of supporting it. Finally we finish on one of my favourite topics… how I – an obvious extrovert – figured out that my introverted rowing partner, Kathleen Heddle, didn’t need to be vocal – like me –  to be extraordinarily talented – ( she was). I could hope that she would ‘throw me a bone’ but I had to learn not to expect ‘the bone’ that I wanted. When I did, and we learned to accept each other for who we were and what we had to offer, we became great athletes – world and olympic champions.

“In her interview with the OREA Centre for Leadership Development, Marnie explains some of the things she learned about achieving her dreams. “First all you have to do is put one little pinhole, one little waypoint, between who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow. As soon as you have one waypoint, you have a path. And as you start going along that path you will probably put in sometimes hundreds of waypoints between you and the goal you want to achieve.”

Suggested by Indigo!!


 Okay.. So this is kind of a dream! I have to admit – every time I go into Chapters/Indigo I look at the “Heather’s Picks” and dream… wouldn’t it be awesome to see The Power of More there. Every time I walk through the airport I look at the books that are on sale and wonder, ‘How do I get there?’

So recently – after returning from a vacation – and going through the pile of emails that collected while away – I’m left wondering – Is this one a joke?! For sure I always hoped that one of these emails that I receive from Indigo would one day mention The Power of More … on-line only – but it finally happened!

This hit my inbox on March 22, 2013 and it’s so awesome! These other books are huge!


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Discussing Goal Achieving with Kathleen Petty


On Feb. 20th I was on CBC Radio’s ‘Ontario Today’ with host Kathleen Petty. Following a discussion of the challenges of achieving goals the phone lines were open for callers to weigh in with their goal achieving paths. I had a tonne of fun and was so impressed by the diversity of challenges and goals that people called in to share.

Olympian Marnie McBean on Achieving Goals

CBC Radio’s Ontario Today interviewed three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Athlete Mentor for the Canadian Olympic Team Marnie McBean about her recently published book, The Power of More: How Small Steps Can Help You Achieve Big Goals, and how she achieved her own.

Setting new goals and keeping your New Year resolutions



Putting a medal on a cat might seems way easier than putting jam on one – but the ‘jam’ has to come first!

After a conversation with Matt Galloway, the host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning ( Toronto, RadioOne) a podcast of our conversation and this article was posted on CBC Books web site. Their title is partly right… but the truth of the “Jammed Cat” is that it helps anyone achieve any goal, big or small. In no way is the Power of More about Olympic size goals only.

How to win an Olympic medal with a jammed cat

Three-time Canadian Olympic gold-medalist Marnie McBean knows it’s a weird concept. But she can’t help comparing her journey to becoming Canada’s most successful summer Olympic athlete to a cat slathered in jam.

One day, McBean’s jam-covered piece of toast fell, she told Metro Morning. Of course, the toast fell jam side down. It always does. Most people, would make a new piece of toast, but McBean started wondering if there was any way to stop the open-faced sandwich from falling that way.
“What happens if you put jam on the back of a cat and you dropped it?” she said. “It would never land … like a perpetual motion type of machine.” Continue reading