Should You Attend Motivational Seminars And Why

Motivational seminars can be very helpful. Personally I have attended quite a few of them around the world. I’m a seminar junkie, I must admit. When I first got into seminar stuff was in 2011 when my life was really down.

I was having 3 casual jobs going on to support myself and I was living in a country where I have little to no friends and connections. There were many points in my life where I asked myself what I wanted to do with my life and where am I heading. I was concerning if I was doing the right thing or not.

tony robbinsI got really serious into personal development and I start reading books, lots of self-help books. Then I found people like Tony Robbins which is very inspiring and his philosophy altered my life in a good way. After reading a bunch of his books, I started attending his events.

Tony Robbins’ events are all over the world, I attended the ones in Australia and I know he has many events hold in countries like Singapore, United Kingdom, US and other countries. When my friends in the UK asked me to recommend them some motivational seminars in London, I immediately told them about Tony Robbins UPW event.

Check the video below to learn about this event.

Back to motivational seminar topic, I think everyone who has lost direction in their life or looking for some motivation to push through the challenges and improve their life should go to these kinds of seminars and events. If you are starting a business and you need some motivation and inspiration, these events will help too because they are a great place to network with like-minded people. I still keep in touch with the people I met at the seminars I attended and they are great people. I have them on my Facebook friendlist and every day I can see the positive stuff they share on their wall which helps inspire me and keeps me motivated too.

Besides Tony Robbins, I also recommend to you the list of motivational speakers below so you can attend their seminars:

1. Les Brown

les brownHe’s one of my favourite, he teaches you to have a strong belief in yourself and everything is possible. He also encourages people to set high goals in life and he believes that most people don’t set high goals and miss, they set low goals and hit. I think this is a great quote to think about.

2. Eric Thomas

eric thomasEric is super passionate and his style is unique. He’s all about having the commitment to succeed and no such thing as an overnight success. I favourite quote from him is “if you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will become successful. His motivational videos got millions of views on YouTube.

3. Jim Rohn

jim rohn

Jim was Tony Robbins’s mentor and he passed away in 2009 but he’s still my favourite. The reason is that his philosophy is very basic and common sense that any person can understand. One of his sayings that stuck with me the most is “formal education can make you a living, but self-education can make you a fortune.”

In conclusion, I think you should attend motivational seminars, the ones that can actually help you to be inspired and motivated like Tony Robbins events and the list I showed you above. I see the benefits from going to seminars and I think you will find it helpful for your life too. Feel free to let me know which one is your favourite seminar or who you favourite speaker is.

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Vintage Watches at Quarter Past Time, New Orleans

Aquarterpasttime2-300x225New Orleans is justifiably famous for its antique stores, and you can find almost anything you want there, from duelling pistols to crystal chandeliers, in an older, more genteel form than about anywhere in America. If your interests include timepieces, you’ll have fun walking through the French Quarter. Almost every jewelry store has a few vintage watches, usually Rolex, sometimes something more interesting. I once had a long conversation with the now-owner of New Orleans Watch Co about his beautiful new old stock Zenith El Primeros in the window. But if you want to buy a vintage watch, and congrats if you do, the place to go is Quarter Past Time on Chartres St.


Quarter Past Time isn’t a large store, but it’s full to the rafters with old watches and other interesting antiques. There are some old pocketwatches, but not too many. The majority of the cases are full of vintage Swiss and American wristwatches.

Buying vintage watches can be tricky, especially online, and most especially on Ebay. Fakes are everywhere, and you have no way of knowing before you pay if the watch is right more than twice a day. The best way to shop is in person if at all possible, so you can see it, hold it, watch it run, and hold the store accountable if they sell you a counterfeit watch. Ideally, that store should have a variety of watches to choose from, so you can balance cost, condition, name, style, etc. Quarter Past Time has been in business for 25 years, and has a great selection. They wouldn’t have lasted that long without a good reputation.

Quarter Past Time has a terrific selection of old Omegas, which are some of the best buys in vintage watches. They also have other great brands that are tougher to find, like Vulcain, Wakmann, Lord Elgin, Girard Perregaux, Zenith, and Illinois, just to name a few I handled the other day. There are also plenty of cool Rolexes and a Patek Philippe or two.

Mr Canosa is a generous host, and he’ll show you anything you’d like to see. Be careful, of course; you’re holding history.

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Stetson Gulfport Hat by Meyer the Hatter, New Orleans

There’s a progression for most of us who try to dress well when it comes to brimmed hats: first, looking at classic photos, you think “that hat looks great! I wonder….” Second, you try one on and look in the mirror. Third, you decide that the only people wearing hats with suits these days are hipsters and rappers. Fourth, you abandon the idea of a hat.

hatfront-300x175Been there, done that. But I had another experience that I think is worth sharing, and it’s changed my mind on the topic. I’d also very much like to send some foot and electronic traffic to a special store in the Crescent City that’s kept the faith through these past few decades of bareheadedness and baseball caps.

So, there I was on a summer day in New Orleans, the day after my bachelor party on Bourbon Street, and the day of my wedding rehearsal dinner. I could actually feel every single photon from the Louisiana sun blasting its way into my skull. Sunglasses helped some, but the idea of standing around for photos in Jackson Square made my teeth itch. Walking to my hotel, I came to Meyer the Hatter’s door on St Charles Ave, and interested in air conditioning about as much as portable shade, I stepped inside.

I should have realized that any store that had been in continuous business since 1894 would have a few devoted fans, but I didn’t realize how many celebrities were among them. It’s neat to browse their Facebook page and see that Chef Paul Prudhomme, Neil Patrick Harris, Sylvester Stallone, Aaron Neville, Nick Nolte, and Russell Brand have had the same experience of shopping there recently.

The shop was relatively busy, but after a few minutes of my poking around, an older gentleman approached and offered help. I told him my problem, and nodding that he’d heard it all many times before, he produced a handsome white straw hat with a turned-down brim and a black grosgrain ribbon. “I designed this with Stetson a long time ago for myself, and it’s exactly what you need,” he said. It was light, shaded my eyes right down to the line of my sunglasses, and looked sharp in the mirror. Declaring myself a big fan, I turned to the vendor and designer himself to learn more.


Meyer, the business, has been selling hats in New Orleans since 1894. That’s impressive enough, but Sam Meyer, the gentleman selling me his design, had been selling hats in New Orleans since he came home from his service with 9th Air Force in World War II. He designed the Gulfport (named, obviously enough, after Gulfport, Miss) as a hat for sunny Southern days that works well with sunglasses. The turned-down front brim gives just enough lip to prevent any gap over Wayfarers, and the low crown kept it looking sleek. Even though the store was busy, he graciously spoke to me until I had to literally run, holding my new hat on my head, to my rehearsal.

It works. The sun stays out of your eyes and off your head and neck. The bright white straw mates perfectly with a white shirt under a seersucker suit. It makes a man look dressed for the day. It occurred to me that when a hat serves a very real purpose, or when it’s part of a uniform, it’s not at all an affectation; it’s mandatory. In New Orleans, Charleston, Savannah, Gulfport, or a hundred other Southern cities, for an outdoor event after Memorial Day, seersucker is a uniform, and the straw hat is both a part of it and a functional necessity.

So take back your hat-wearing birthright. You’ll look good, you’ll look cool, and you’ll be in the kind of better mood that makes you more pleasant company for others.

Visit Meyer the Hatter at 120 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, or at their website:

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Whiskey Review: TX Blended Whiskey

Not all Southern whiskey is bourbon. Obviously, there’s Tennessee whiskey, of which one name comes first to mind. Then there’s all the white lightning riding a trend across the nation. And then there’s everything else. Not tied to place or grain content or aging rules, but free to be whatever its makers want it to be. Sometimes you might be in a mood for a drink that’s free of anything like terroir or tradition; a whiskey that’s simple and just good, without being challenging. For a long time, that’s generally meant a blend, and blends are currently the most popular whiskey in Texas, the home (surprise, surprise) of TX Blended Whiskey.

whiskey-reviewTX is produced in Fort Worth by Firestone & Robertson Distillery, the only “artisanal bourbon distillery in northern Texas.” The owners, Leonard Firestone & Troy Robertson, met at their kids’ play group and later realized their shared passion and interest when separately took tours of the same distillery and heard about each other. Together, they renovated a prohibition-era warehouse into a distillery that they describe as “just awesome.” It’s frankly kind of hard not to like them, just based on the story of their business. I like the idea of a whiskey with its provenance in a play date; that owes its existence to two guys who just want to make a good drink, without any pretense or historical baggage. Currently, Firestone & Robertson produces just two whiskeys: the TX Blended, and a straight bourbon. The bourbon went into barrels last fall, and won’t be available for bottling for a while yet. The Blended is the subject of this review.

On the nose, the TX Blended is like pecan pie. It’s very sweet, with heavy notes of vanilla, toasted nuts, and caramel. On the tongue, it’s simply mild. There’s no rye spice, big burn, or loud notes; this whiskey is smooth and agreeable without much drama. The finish is sweet again; simply pleasant lingering vanilla. It’s a blend, so drama’s not really to be expected (nor great complexity), but it’s a surprisingly fun whiskey to sip. The dessert theme carries through a glass; this would be ideal after a meal, especially with guests who might not enjoy your favorite peaty Islay. Have it neat, or use in any recipe that calls for blended whiskey. It really doesn’t call for ice or water; it’s plenty smooth on its own.

So as a bottom line: Recommend

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