Motivational Morning in Niagara Falls

August 22, 2008

Motivational Morning in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of my favorite places. Yet, when I woke up this morning in the Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls I was reluctant to go for my planned run. After the “first night of lousy sleep” in the hotel I was still tired when my 6:00 am alarm buzzed me awake.

After laying in bed for another 20 minutues I finally dragged myself out of bed and dressed for running – but not enthused.

A morning run always motivates me – espeically one in another city. I treasure my morning runs in cities across North America.

Three other things triggered my motivation this morning:

1. Running alongside the Niagara River and the Niagara Falls was awe inspiring.

2. There was a refreshing mist in the air.

3. As I approached a young couple near the falls the girl stoped me and gushed as she asked me to take their picture because “He just proposed to me.”

All this and I found myself both smiling and taking larger and swifter strides as I ran back to the hotel.

I’m glad that I got out of bed early this morning. Imagine what I would have missed.

So what motivated you today?

George Torok

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Canadian Business Speaker

Motivational view – big picture

August 16, 2008

Motivational view – look at the big picture

Sometimes we are too mired in the detail and daily grind. We might even feel hopeless because of how bad things appear. We might just need to back-up – to diverge in our thinking and look at the big picture.

One way to diverge in your thinking is to ask the question “Why?” – Why are we doing this? Why is this important? Why does this work this way?

That can change our view and re-motivate us.

Earth - the big picture

Earth - the big picture

Motivational Olympic Games

August 12, 2008

Olympic Games

Olympic Games

Motivational Olympic Games


I think it is impossible to watch the Olympic Games and not feel motivated. I always feel stirred by watching the events. It’s very different from watching a professional baseball, football or basketball game. I find it difficult to relate to a professional multimillionaire sports star. I find it much easier to relate to an amateur althelte competing on behalf of their country.

I watch professional sports for entertainment. I watch the Olympic Games for motivation – for hope.

There are enough different events that something will resonate with you. I enjoy the fluidity of gymnastics, the mano a mano of boxing, and the splash of swimming. ( I was a high school water polo player.)

The best athletes in the world are competing. They worked their butts off to qualify. They are bursting with pride to represent their country. Only one gets the gold in each event yet all who compete are winners. (That’s am important motivational lesson in itself.)

The Olympic Games takes place once every four years. If you want motivation – watch the Olympic Games – not all of it – that would simply make you a couch potato. Instead focus on the sports that interest you. Observe the efforts, skills and sportmanship of the contestants. Admire the best that you see in people. Ignore the scandals, politics and misunderstandings.

Consider the motivation required by each Olympic Athelete. Then re-examine the motivational challenges in your life to get you to the next step.

Remember – “Swifter, higher, stronger”

Go for the Gold.

George Torok

Motivational Business Speaker

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Motivating students to learn

August 7, 2008

Motivating students to learn

Teaching students can be both rewarding and frustrating. Tapping into their motivations is key to the learning process because it’s not what you teach that counts – it’s what they learn.

How do you motivate students?

Here’s a comprehensive article that offers 101 ideas for motivating students.

100+ Motivational Techniques to Take Learning to the Next Level

By Christina Laun

Read the full article here.


A few excerpts that resonated with me:

Make sure students know what to expect. When students know exactly what is expected of them, it makes it easier for them to meet those goals and they may be more motivated to do so.

Don’t over teach. Just because you know a lot about a certain subject doesn’t mean that you should share all the information with your students. Telling them too much can overwhem and confuse them. Let students come to you if they are interested in learning more.

Tell a story. Many students respond better to narratives rather than facts that have been linked together. The human interest or story behind the events makes things more interesting and encourages students to pay attention to topics they might otherwise want to disregard.

Create an environment where students want to learn. If students feel intimidated or uncomfortable in the learning environment in your room, they are much less likely to participate, take chances or go out of their way to learn anything. Make every attempt to create a classroom where students feel they can learn.

George Torok

Motivational Engine: I think I can

August 4, 2008

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could

Motivational Engine: I think I can, I think I can…


The “Little Engine that Could” is a motivational story for children. It is also a motivational story for entrepreneurs, innovators and career builders.

I enjoyed reading that story to my children. It was a good story and it was very easy to get into the spirit of the huffing and puffing of the little engine as he/she climbed the hill.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

It’s a good book to keep on your bookself for those times when you are facing a big motivational challenge.

The next time that you are thinking, “I can’t” – pick up this book and start repeating, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”

George Torok

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Canadian Business Speaker