Motivate your job search

November 26, 2008

Motivate your job search: HAPPEN

HAPPEN is a non profit organization that helps job seekers find and land their next job.

I delivered a motivational and instructional presentation to HAPPEN group today. I speak to HAPPEN once or twice a year and I have been doing this for close to a decade. Why?

I consider this as part of my community service. I don’t get paid for this annual gig but I’m happy to do it. I am told and I believe that my practical and motivational message helps them.

I suffered the pain of job loss and frustration of job search early in my career in the downturn of the early eighties. That pain and frustration is a big part of my success today. I want to ease their pain – or at least tell them that the pain can be endured. As a marathon runner, I know about enduring both physical and mental pain.

Every person’s pain is individual. No one can claim to understand “your” pain. However they might have felt something similar.

As I spoke today, two very different people caught my attention – one a recent college male graduate and the other a well dressed 40-something woman.

Both took no notes. Both failed to engage with me when I looked directly at them. One conveyed a “I don’t need this crap” body posture and the other glared, ” leave me alone”.

I felt sad for both of them. They had an opportunity to learn and to be inspired – but they refused to partake. Perhaps they had not yet matured in their grieving process to be ready to grow. Perhaps they were still wallowing in “Why me?” I don’t know their pain. I only offered a way forward. It was up to them to accept or decline.

George Torok

Motivational Speaker

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

Motivational words from Walt Disney

July 3, 2008

Motivational words from Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was a creative visionary. Just look at the legacy that he left – Disney Land, Disney World, Disney TV, Disney movies and the stable of Disney characters.

Fortunately, some of Walt Disney’s words were captured for our motivation. Enjoy the Disney quotes below. Be sure to credit them to Walt Disney.


“We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.”

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.”

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

“When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”

“I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In those days it was all flat land – no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships – just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.”


George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Motivate youself – three steps

May 5, 2008

Motivate yourself – three steps

Everyone has down days. That’s normal. What’s not normal is to stay down. How do you motivate youself on those down days? Start by changing your physical position.

Stand up. Look up. Stretch up.

Hold that position for 10 seconds and you will be suprised at the difference in your disposition.

George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Motivational Spring

March 24, 2008

Motivational Spring

Have you noticed how the approach of spring can make you feel better? I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and get to experience all four seasons – the best and worst of each. I enjoy every season. But there is something especially motivating about spring.

There are several reasons why spring motivates you. Here is my top-ten list:


  1. Longer days and shorter nights
  2. Warmer and promises of warmer temperature
  3. Stop shoveling snow
  4. Stop scrapping ice off the car
  5. Buds forming – the promise of new growth – new hope
  6. The thought that you survived another winter
  7. The promise of outdoor activities – motorcycle riding, gardening and BBQs
  8. The arrival of baseball season
  9. More pleasant outdoor walks
  10. Opening windows to let in the fresh air


What is your top-ten of motivational spring?

I suggest that you list as many motivational aspects of spring as you can – to revitalize, recharge and refresh yourself. Look at the list every day to remind yourself.

Get motivated – celebrate motivational spring.

 George Torok 

Canadian Motivational Speaker 

Marketing Expert and Author