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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Life Lessons from Nacho Libre

"When you finally decide who you crave to BE, the universe enters the ring and conspires in your favour."
~ Gerry Visca

One my favourite all-time movies is Nacho Libre featuring the talented Jack Black. I recently introduced this flick over the holidays to my life partner Angela Kontgen, a meditation coach. As the Why Guy, I just couldn't help but extract the deeper learning's from this fun little film.  So raise the curtain, turn off your cell phones and sit back in your seats with some savoury popcorn as I reveal some of the life lessons from Nacho Libre.

Life Lesson No. 1: Wear Stretchy Pants
"Chancho, when you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room ... it's for fun!" ~ Nacho

Here's the great thing about life. You get to choose how you want to live and what you want to be when you grow up. It's far too easy to follow the crowd and try and conform just so you don't stand out. Well, perhaps there's a deeper part of you that is ready to ZIG when the rest of the world ZAGS! It's OK to stand out and defy the system. You get one shot at life and then the bell goes off and the match is over. So, why not make it the life you've always dreamed of. Lead with the things that bring you a deeper sense of joy. We call that, living your passion. Let down your guard and throw on some stretchy pants and go have some fun.   

Life Lesson No. 2: Forget the Doing!
"Maybe I'm not meant for these duties...Maybe I need to find some new duties..." ~ Nacho

The disconnect within human beings is that we get really defined by the "DOing" aspects of our lives when the true path to fulfillment is through "BEing." I love the expression: "Be what you seek." Here's the thing about your deeper WHY which I define as the World Helped by You, the one thing you're seeking most is also seeking you. Look at your life right now. If you had one year to live, would you honestly be DOing the same things you've been doing? The key is to run towards your goal. Don't look back. Keep your head up high and embrace the gifts you're meant to receive. According to Nacho Libre, "Maybe it's time to get a better duty!"

Life Lesson No. 3: Taste the Glory
"Don't you want a little taste of the glory? See what it tastes like!" ~ Nacho

Most people are afraid of change yet, it's only through change that we truly discover who we were meant to be. 'Discomfort' leads to growth whereas 'comfort' suppresses the passion for the soul. A great way to savour your desired life is to taste it. You don't need to see the whole picture, you just need to leap into the ring with both feet. It's the first step that will get you onto the path of truly living your best life. Look up, open your heart and marvel at all of the wondrous glory that awaits you.  

Life Lesson No. 4: Feel the fear
"Tonight, I felt something deeper inside me that I never felt before!" ~ Nacho

What you focus on expands. That's just the law of the universe. You always have two choices.
1) Live with Fear
2) Live with Love
These two emotions cannot co-exist in the ring of your mind simultaneously. Winners choose to love everything and everyone around them. See everyone that has ever crossed your path as being one your greatest teachers putting you onto your desired path. It's OK to feel the fear.  The key is to not let it stop you from lacing up your boots and thrusting yourself into the ring of life. Feel the fear but smile as you do it anyway. When FEAR enters the ring, Face Everything and Rise.           

Life Lesson No. 5: Find your Eagle Power
"So, what you're saying to me is if I eat this yolk my moves will become the best in the world..." ~ Nacho

This is one of my favourite scenes, as our hero Nacho climbs up the side of a cliff in search of an Eagle's egg. He believes that the yolk will enhance his wrestling moves. Inside each one of us lives a super power that I define as: "Your Purpose."  It's your unique gifts that truly bring out the best in you. You don't need any confirmation from the external world. (or golden eggs for that matter!) Your super power dwells within. That's the only place you'll find it. Forget about the next "workshop" (unless it's a WHY Weekend!) The only mountain you need to climb is the one to your heart.

Listen to the whisper. It may be difficult to hear among the noisy spectators that continually scream at you, but rest assured that it lives and breathes inside of you. I call it your 'fiery dragon'. It's your passion and it gets you leaping out of bed and into the ring of life.

This is your time to soar with the eagles and make your mark on the world. You no longer need to criticize and judge others from the stands. This your time to be who you were meant to be. You need to get off the sidelines, take chances on life, face your fears, shine your glory and become the performer of your one precious life.

Ding. Ding...

Monday, December 11, 2017


"It doesn't matter where you currently are but in the direction you are moving in."~ Why Guy, Gerry Visca

As we roll out into a New Year, along with it comes limitless possibility.
A time to release the energy of the previous twelve months.
A time to reflect on 'Why' you are truly here.
A time to kick start the dreams you promised yourself a long time ago.

So, what explosion of purpose will burst out of you? What will be your 'Big Bang'?
How will you serve others with the gifts that were imprinted upon your cells, a lifetime
ago? The New Year is but a moment in time. That is the great thing about the universe we
find ourselves in. Everything expands from a single moment. When these powerful
moments collide, greatness is unleashed across the stars.

As one who exists to inspire others, I've witnessed the miracle of life and the seed of
potential that lives and breathes within all of humanity. My heart has heard the
thunderous roar of people coming to life and bursting with new levels of passion and

I've experienced the miracle of a child crushing her fears and eradicating a disease
that ravished her spirit.I've marvelled at the thousands of souls who've heard their wake-up call towards truly living their one precious life!

I've danced in the joyous realization of people igniting their deeper, driving Why
(Their true reason for being).

When we all reach out and inspire others to see their light, we illuminate the heavens like
a burst of fireworks on the 4th of July. When we consciously unite we ignite the greatness
that bellows in people's hearts. When we selflessly pour ourselves into others, we light
the sacred fire that forges a world inspired.

What will be your 'Big Bang'?
For some, it will be the deeper realization of 'Why' they truly exist. Not what they are
meant to do, but who they are meant to be. For others, they'll learn to crush the fear that
held them back for a lifetime. They will overflow with explosive levels of love for where
they are heading.

Perhaps, your 'Big Bang' will stem from deciding to take 100%
responsibility for the life you desire to create.
The change you are seeking is seeking you. It starts with lighting the 'big fire'
within your heart. Like anything great, it expands from sheer will and persistence. It
won't happen someday but rather in the present moment. It's something you 'must do'
with the little time you have left on this earth.

Your 'Big Bang' will create a chain reaction. It will ripple out across the fields like
a brush fire. Everyone around you will feel the heat from your flame and be inspired to
do the same.

We are here, now in this time to elevate one another to look up from our
delusional digital worlds onto a sea of true greatness. We don't exist in isolation but
rather, as a collaborative spirit on a quest to understand the true nature of our universe.
We'll thrive when we listen with the intent to understand the hidden promises that linger
in our hearts.Your legacy will echo across the stars and influence generations to come. 

Is that not why we are here? To make an impact of profound change?
When you start with the end in mind, you will come to appreciate that even the smallest
action can tip the scales of humanity.

Your 'Big Bang' is the voice we all need to hear. It will thunder in our hearts and it will
awaken our spirit from a deep slumber. Your belief in something far greater than yourself,
will expand our minds and inflate our soul. Your sails will carry us across a sea of
unbridled possibility. Your light will illuminate the true way and the path that will bring
you utter bliss.

When you surrender to the need to have all the 'I's' dotted and the 'T's' crossed you
will humble yourself and steer into the direction of relentless humility. Your
'imperfection' is what makes this journey so 'perfect'.

When you commit to always being a student of life, you'll never stop learning and
dreaming among the cosmos. That is where you've always belonged, dancing among the
stars and shooting across the heavens.
This is your year for explosive growth.
This is your time to decide you're worthy of more.
This is your legacy so make it one we'll never forget.
Don't just spark a match, ignite the fire.
Let winds carry the promises you sang and above all, inspire us with a 'Big Bang!'

Friday, November 24, 2017

Be the Light

"Be the light"

"When we all Reach Out and Inspire others we create a new ROI for the world."

~ Gerry Visca

            I would like to share with you some energy from my new upcoming transformational novel called: "Why am I here?" I define this deeper 'Why' as the World Helped by You.  Inside each one us is a calling to our higher purpose, the light of our true selves. In this so-called "Connection Age" that we find ourselves living in, one only needs to look around and notice how "DISconnected" we truly are. We don't seem to look up any more.   

            I don't know about you but, somehow I don't think the "Bigger Picture" for humanity was to build more shopping malls, do you?    

            As we approach the final month of the year we all have a unique opportunity to embrace the light of our true potential. What is this light? It's people's true self, the real self, the soft chewy centre that intuitively knows its passion and purpose.  I'm not talking about the DISconnected 'self' that hides behind flat screens and pursues visions of grandeur through five easy steps. I'm referring to the self, that wants to contribute to the growth of humanity. Isn't that why we're all here?    

            I've often said that you don't need to know what the hell you're doing!  I think I even wrote a book about it.  However, you do need to know Why!  It's the deeper Why that lives and breathes inside of you, that will turn on the lights this holiday season. The first step is to believe that you are here for a much bigger reason. Trust in your unique gifts to reach out and inspire others, to find their light.

            So, why write about it? Twas the night before publishing when I could have drifted off to sleep. But something was stirring inside me. The light that drives my deeper Why, my reason for being was turned on.

            Not too long ago in a distant land far, far away. I chose to become what I was seeking. Throughout my wondrous journey towards the light, I arrived at a profound understanding that the very thing I was seeking was exactly what I wanted for others, "inspiration." I've come to appreciate the power of this word, "inspiration" which essentially means: "in-spirited" with one's life purpose.

            The times when you felt most inspired was when you felt the power of your inner light. It turned you on! You heard the faint whispers of your 'inner self', the oldest part of you, your soul. It spoke the language you abandoned a long time ago on your quest for success. So, what is this language? It's your passion, the things that bring you joy and your purpose, your contribution to others. And when you combine them you create the  meaningful outcomes in your life. 

            It has been said that our deeper purpose is revealed to us, seconds before our death. I say, why the hell wait for that defining moment. Act now. Do whatever it takes to ignite your bigger dream. Surround yourself with people that won't let you dim your light.  Perhaps, it's time to strike off the 'ankle biters' from your Christmas list.  Give away your unique gifts, freely to the world. Trust me, it's the greatest present they will ever unwrap. 

            What I know for certain, is a light of unbridled possibility, dwells within your soul.  It burns deeply inside of you like a fiery dragon. When you release it, your greatness will scorch the skies like a thousand fireworks.  Your light will burn in our hearts and it will inspire us to pick up the torch and dash to the finish line. Your light is what the world needs now, more than ever. When you choose to be the light, you crush the fear and you allow the love to flood your heart.           

            Here's the thing. You, my reader, mean the world to me.  I know what happens when you turn on that light. It will radiate out like a brush fire and inspire everyone else around you to "look up" and light their flame. 

            So, are you ready? Let's light this candle.    

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Do you really want to know?

Do you really want to know?

Why are you truly here, now, in this place at this point in time? 
It’s a great question to kick off this journey. Then again, it’s the only question in the end that truly matters.  

Why not invest the time now to truly uncover the answer? 

What I know for certain is seconds before our death, a higher source reveals the answer in all its glory.  

What follows all depends on how you chose to step into and live this question in the present.  

So, like every human being on the planet, you have a choice to uncover the answer to the universe’s most profound question.  “Why am I here?” 

It’s the foundation of all questions and the access to every answer that follows.   

How much longer will you dodge this bullet? Will you wait until the end or will you choose to really start living through it? 

We’re the only species that’s been given the greatest gift. The privilege and the ability to ask and live this one question. “Why am I here?”

You’ll soon realize that a ‘noisy’ world filled with theme parks, surgery treats and shopping malls cannot give you the answer.   

Think about all the time you have walked this earth. Where did all of your life force flow? How much energy was allocated towards climbing the mountain of success? 

If you’re fortunate you might be granted another gift of experiencing 70 summers in your lifetime. 

Imagine savouring every delicious moment with a new found awareness of your life’s true purpose.  

So, do you really want to answer the question “Why am I here?” It will require a new form of conscious thinking.  

Like anything worth pursuing it may create new levels of discomfort. But here’s the thing, if you keep doing the same thing you’ve been doing you’ll continue living with the same results.  

You don’t exist to simply pay the bills. You don’t need “more stuff” to occupy the limitless space of your mind. You are a being of light and possibility. Say that five times fast! 

Let the world’s fill your heart and soul. Know that you’re not alone on this wondrous journey.  

So, park the SUV in someone else’s 3-car garage. Begin removing all the layers of complexity you’ve unconsciously built. Wrap yourself with the greatest “unwrapped” gift of all time. 

Begin living with a deeper sense of purpose. Bask in the sunlight of knowing “Why you are here.”   

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Don’t take yourself so damn seriously!

Seriously, do those closest to you really get the deeper essence of who you truly are?
Do they thrust you high up into the clouds or do they weigh you down for fear of being left behind?
Do you feel alone on your wondrous journey through life? Is your new-found purpose burning a whole in your chest?

Here’s the thing. You’re the only one who really needs to get you. You’re a first rate version of yourself. No one else needs to lift you up. You are the maestro. You conduct the symphony.

So why do we all crave acceptance and external validation? Answer. We are human beings. We all strive for deeper connection. We want to be seen and know that our life mattered to others.
I’ve often claimed that “I Don’t Know What the HELL I’m Doing!” It’s why I wrote a book on the subject. But I do know WHY. It’s my clarity of purpose that feeds my soul and fuels the way. It’s my beacon. My distant light guiding me in.

When you [focus] with laser precious on what you desire to experience in your brief lifetime, you’ll create a shield of pure light that surrounds and magnifies your deeper WHY.

No one else needs to think your way. Your dream will soon be realized and the World will be Helped by You. That’s my definition of the deeper WHY that will shift the world’s energy.
So, in the words of the late and great Dr. Wayne Dyer, “Don’t take yourself so damn seriously!”
Create your life the way it was intended to be. #whyguy

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sounds of a Sunrise

What is the sound that a sunrise creates? 

For the past 48 years of my life I lived completely unaware of this miraculous experience . For the past several months I've conditioned a new habit of listening with the intent to understand the sounds of a sunrise. 

It starts off with a cool mist slowly hovering along the surface of the lake. You can hear the ripples of the distant waves. You can hear the crickets as they conduct their final crescendo. As the earth rotates it makes way for the first glimpse of the great ball of fire far in the distance...our sun. 

The earth is greeted by a faint fluttering from the wings of angels. I witness the sounds of geese flowing in unison along the surface of the water as if to be taking their seats in the audience. 

 The majestic ball of fire bursts through the horizon with a peaceful thrust. Children's laughter chime in the wind. The water greets the rocky shore with a thundering kiss. 

The leaves on the trees that shelter me smile as they sway in the wind. Suddenly it's as if all the sounds of the universe harmoniously flow as one heart beat. 
One song. 
One life.
One light that fills my heart.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Fire

I wanted to share with you all my speech to kick off the Upper Canada College (UCC) The Terry Fox Foundation run today. Thank you Jen Shin
I call it: THE FIRE
What does Terry Fox represent for you?
Why do you run?
You know what his life force means to me? That we are all connected and we are all one! We are here to elevate the human race and make it thrive.
For me, Terry Fox represents [THE FIRE] that burns inside of us all.
He represents PASSION: The things that bring us joy. PURPOSE: How will you serve the world?
Together, they create the outcomes we are all seeking.
Together they create the [THE FIRE] that stirs our dragons.

Terry Fox created a legacy that still burns brightly in our hearts.
What is your fire?
What will you run for?
What will the world say about you years from now?
Will your passion scorch the skies?
Will your purpose light the way?

If my 17 year-old daughter Sophie were standing beside me she would say don't ever stop dreaming. Don't settle and never stop living your passion.

Last year at this time she wanted to run but she was laying in a hospital bed fighting for her life and with her FIRE fighting stage 3 cancer. She chose to run and kick cancer in the ass!

You run for her. For all of us. For a world free of DIS-EASE. Inside of you is a fire. We need to hear you roar.
So stand up and stretch your arms out high and bellow out with passion and purpose: I HAVE A FIRE...I HAVE A FIRE...I HAVE A FIRE.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Keep it Simple

"You don't need to know what the hell you are doing!
You just need to simplify."
~ Gerry Visca

When did we allow complexity to dictate our lives? When did it become acceptable to live with a sense of overwhelm? Were our ancestors not raised with the mentality that less is truly more? I think perhaps our modern world may have lost its way in the pursuit of more.  
Simplicity is about developing the capacity to savour less.  Ask yourself these questions as you strive to simplify all areas of your life:
1. Where and how do you want to live?  
2. What is your perfect day?  
3. Where and how do you want to spend your time?
4. What are the things that give you the greatest joy?

As I write these words, the Tuscan Bells of Montespertoli chime 9 times signaling 9:00am.  I just finished a long contemplative walk through the olive groves. I converse with the trees as they seem to rise and greet the morning sun. I witness a lovely lady smiling at me from her balcony as she joyfully tends to her herbs.  She greets me with a simple 'Bonjourno' (good morning). 

My life partner Angela and I decided to return to the hills of Tuscany for a consecutive year. I feel deeply rooted in these lands much like the olive trees as if I am one with the soil. My mother grew up in Italy, a few hours away from this simple paradise.

This return visit marked a memorable milestone. We celebrated the launch of my new novel "Remembering Why" A Wondrous Journey to Why We Exist. This is the first transformational novel in my 16-book repertoire.  
The words were inspired by my experiences in Tuscany last year and the enormity of the events that followed. The title "Remembering Why" appears even more fitting as I simply soak in all the senses that this heavenly place offered me. It reminded me just how brilliant and brief life truly is.  

"We need to continually stretch ourselves and become fascinated with the world around us." ~ Gerry Visca

My 48 year journey on this earth has been a wondrous journey learning how to develop the capacity to savour less. Everyone of us has been presented with a treasure, the gift of limited time. We have a choice to begin to remove the enormous 'complexity' we have unconsciously piled onto our lives. There is a light at the top of the heap. We can decide to allocate our life force to ONLY the things that light us up with joy.  

Simplifying your life begins with choosing to consciously throw out all the garbage in your mind through a daily practice of clearing the mind.  The deeper levels of peace and fulfillment that all of man kind is ultimately seeking will emerge when we simplify the contents of our mind. 

You are the only one that can choose to do the inner work, step into living these questions and become aware of your higher self but you have to start deconstructing (breaking down and disassembling what no longer serves you) in all aspects of your life. 
It's funny, we are never taught this at a young age or any age for that matter. We are immersed in a society that strives to consume and pursue more. We have forgotten our true purpose which is to elevate the human race and that my friends will come about when we choose to BE (as in we are human beings) as opposed to unconsciously living as human DOings. 

We have somehow allowed life to pile more crap upon us. Instead of living and creating life on our terms we choose to bog ourselves down with endless TO-DO lists that bog down our minds and keep us from focusing on only the things that truly matter.     

Life is meant to be lived through greater levels of passion and purpose. Together, these two energies truly create the meaningful outcomes we are all seeking: a path to inner peace, harmony and fulfillment.   
I hope this #whytime inspires you to live the rest of your days with a greater sense of urgency for the one life you've been given. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Why Write?

We don't just read and write books because it's cool.
We read and write books because we are here to elevate the human race...and the human race needs to ignite it's passion and purpose so we can all create meaningful outcomes in our lives.

Everyone on this planet is seeking a connection to the deeper reason for their existence.

Why Write inspiring works of art?
Because when we connect to the heart we life the human spirit.

Inspiration is about beauty, love and passion. When composed as a work of art, inspired writing has the power to illuminate our heart and connect us to the soul of the universe.

Why do I write? Because I can and I have a desire to inspire 1 Million WHYs in our world.

Why do you write? Because the world needs to remember your verse ans know that you mattered.

Are you ready to write?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What will bring meaning to your life?

Take a moment and take stock of your life. Ask yourself, "What has brought me meaning thus far?"
Is it the house?
The new car?
The remodeled family room?
How about the past several visits to the shopping mall?

I'm sure it wouldn't take long to "rationalize" how much joy your external world has presented you. 

If you dig a little deeper you would soon realize it's all just "rational lies."

What if you took a deeper dive and had a conversation with your heart? What is the love that you are truly seeking?

Now as you swim in a new ocean of belief ask yourself, "What will bring meaning to my life?" The path to true happiness, inner peace and fulfillment will never emerge from the external world.

Deeper levels of meaning dwells within the light of your "inner being." It ascends from the stillness of your heart and breaks through the surface with arms thrust out wide. 

Breathe in the power of this moment that is your life. Soak in the wondrous power of your beating heart. 

Embrace new levels of gratitude for your soul's desire to awaken its spirit. Feel your inner light filling you up with new levels of love for yourself and everything around you.  

You've been gifted life and the exquisite opportunity to savour all that it has to offer.  

#whyguy #whytime