APRIL 24, 2013
Perhaps it is a little motivational speaker-ish


I have written before about how I don't understand why people have the jobs they do if it makes them miserable.

Yes, we all have bills to pay. Yes, we need to eat. But for those who grumble day in and day out about work and life, I have no sympathy.

I write this on the day I celebrate seven years of hosting my syndicated radio show, Top of The Charts. In fact, it was this very column that the owner of a Vancouver radio station read and wanted recorded for one of their weekly talk shows.

I started out when I was living in my parents' basement and lucky if I was making $60 per month. But I liked the challenge. The no income thing was a little stressful but I eventually overcame that.

Never did I think that years later I would be on a first-name basis with celebs and chatting them up on red carpets and having laughs with a few drinks on the side. (Check out speakfreecelebwatch.com or live.jbonair.com.)

If I would have let rejection get in the way I would have been a failure because I would have given up and wouldn't have stuck with it until I was happy and successful.

Not that I am trying to turn this week's column into a motivational speech or a pep rally, but we only have ourselves to blame if we are unhappy with the outcome of our lives.

Taking risks always terrified me. But what's life without a little stress and nervous excitement? Was it scary as heck to not know if I would get paid week to week? Of course. Did I go without luxuries (read: food) to make payments on bills? Yup.

Do I now own a house and enjoy being my own boss day in and day out? Abso-freakin-lutely.

Whatever the old adage is about liking what you do and you'll never work a day in your life is true and I hope you are living your life to the fullest, too.
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