HAMILTON, ON (May 31st, )…All of us are born with great potential and a life purpose waiting to be uncovered. Greatness is not reserved for the select few, it lives in all of us. Greatness is our birthright as a human race. We were all meant to live extraordinary lives. Whether we are conscious of it or not we all have a basic human need to become self-actualized, to shine and release our full hidden potential.
Upon leaving the field of architecture in 1999, Gerry Visca, now regarded internationally as Canada’s Creative Coach® and one of Canada's top inspirational speakers, was inspired with a new calling, to inspire 1 million people to action. On May 29, 2013, Gerry Visca was interviewed by Jack Canfield, the founder of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series and author of New York Times best seller, 'The Success Principles' for his new book, 'Living the Success Principles.' Gerry Visca shared with Jack Canfield his passion for inspiring everyday people to do extraordinary things. With the expansion of his inspirational and global movement; DEFYENEURS™; Gerry Visca is confident that his life purpose is coming to fruition.
Gerry Visca founded the DEFYENEURS™ movement in 2010 as a result of his inspirational work with entrepreneurs and his passion for surrounding entrepreneurs with greatness. "When I set on my path to inspire others, I felt very alone. The path of an inspired entrepreneur can be a lonely ride, declares Visca. I declared at that moment, that I would create an inspired movement, that helped others feel connected to something bigger than themselves and also empowering them to identify and stay connected to their WHY." The DEFYENEURS™ movement is highly active across a dozen communities throughout Canada and includes an array of meaningful touch points that include: a Magazine, a monthly event series referred to as The Tanks, tele-seminars, inspired coaching, an inspirational tour across Canadian schools known as Big Think Youth, and a collaborative book series that includes 4 editions. All of these touch points are aligned with the intention of inspiring everyday people to do extraordinary things.
For the past 2 years, Visca's monthly event series branded as 'The Tank', have inspired thousands of people to extract and live their why. This “why” exists in all of us; it is the essence of our greatness. Getting to it can often be quite challenging. This is where monthly Tanks come in, empowering people to dig in and do inspired work to extract their why and then live it. Visca believes that one time workshops or reading the odd ‘self-help’ book does not come close to the inspiration that is unleashed in individuals when they attend these monthly Tanks. The Tanks have gained tremendous popularity and have even expanded across Canada to the following locations: Burlington, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Tri-Cities, Niagara, London, Muskoka and Hamilton. Tanks have also attracted new ambassadors in other parts of the world including: California, Istanbul, Turkey, India and Berlin, Germany.
After writing and publishing five of his own books in the areas of inspiration, creativity and innovation, Visca launched a collaborative book series as part of the DEFYENEURS™ movement. The success of the first book: DEFYENEURS™ Season 1, an inspired breed of entrepreneurs that includes 11 authors, released in December 2012 sparked the formation of 3 other Seasons that now include over 70 contributing authors. Theresa Beenken, CEO of The National Speakers Bureau, one of North America's most prestigious speaking bureaus contributed the forward to Season 1 and states:
“I was compelled to write the foreword in DEFYENEURS™ Season 1 because, like Gerry, I’m drawn to big dreamers who also have the ability and the commitment to make their visions a reality. Gerry Visca’s vision is becoming reality. Since we first met, he’s travelled to over ten countries, delivered hundreds of talks, impacted thousands of people, and published six books. Gerry Visca personifies his DEFYENEUR™ movement as the spark and the catalyst for others to entrepreneurial success. He’s started a movement that is flourishing and with this latest DEFYENEURS™ venture, he’s casting his rock star spotlight on those individuals he sees have value to share with others. On to those who can tell the tale of their journey to defy gravity and inspire others. In this way, Gerry’s message moves from one to one, to one to many.” said Theresa Beenken, CEO of National Speakers Bureau.
“Everyone has a compelling story and message to share with the world declares Visca. There are a few collaborative books out in the world but none, I believe, have such a passion and commitment to inspire others to action!” said Visca. As part of the DEFYENEURS™ book series, Visca had a strong desire to create a collaborative book for youth and families. Young DEFYENENEURS™ is the first book of its kind and includes 13 pairings of parents and children co-creating their chapters. "My 12 year-old daughter Sophie, inspired the idea. We spend so much quality time together creating, that I wanted to help other families create a meaningful legacy that would inspire other families." notes Gerry Visca. Young DEFYENEURS™ is scheduled for release in September 2013.
DEFYENEURS™ Season 2 titled, Inspiring Freedom, includes an impressive array of inspired leaders with a desire to help others reach new levels of inner freedom. Authors include, Jennifer Baird, the President of Canadian retailer,
Stitch It, Vittoria Wikston, mountain climber and CEO of Niagara Falls Tourism, Milena Santoro of Edmonton, AB, an event planner and motivational speaker, Cheryl Renzenbrink of Edmonton, AB, Patty Kim of Oakville, a successful real-estate investor. Season 2 authors also includes a recent Ryerson University graduate, Dusan Sigulinski of Toronto who was inspired to become a speaker after watching Gerry Visca deliver a high-energy key note presentation in Toronto to a room of 350 students.
“These contributing authors are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and I am committed to celebrating them as part of this inspired movement” said Gerry Visca, author and one of Canada’s top inspirational speakers. “I am focused on inspiring a creative movement that celebrates an inspired breed of entrepreneurs that are defying gravity in their everyday lives. Many of these DEFYENEURS™ are becoming best-selling authors, coaches, teachers, and speakers with a crystal clear purpose as to why they exist in the world”.
Upon being inspired at an event in Montreal in February 2013, Visca decided to launch Season 3 of DEFYENEURS™ with a focus on Living your WHY. Season 3 includes over 24 contributing authors selected from an extensive application process. "I was blown away at the response and expressions of interest that we received from interested authors. We received over 50 applications and selected 24 contributing authors that we felt embraced a passion in helping others live their WHY." notes Visca, Creative Director, Publisher and Founder of the DEFYENEURS™ book series.
Erin Harvey, Calgary, Alberta, contributing author to Season 3 writes, "The sheer joy and energy rush that I feel being part of DEFYENEURS™ Season 3 is electric! To be chosen to share my journey of striving for a better life and doing it on my terms, is a dream came true. When you have a passion and drive, anything can happen."
Jacqueline Zwambag, London, Ontario, contributing author to Season 3 and Young DEFYENEURS™ writes: "I am so excited to be a part of Season 3 of DEFYENEURS™. I cannot wait to share my passion and my story, and to inspire others to create theirs and make it happen. I have a passion for life and have been on an amazing journey and want everybody to know that if I can do it so can they. Determination and success is driven by our why and acting on it. I am so excited to work with the other authors, to hear their stories, together educating and inspiring others to live their why."
Melyssa Moniz, Burlington, Ontario, contributing author to Season 3 writes, DEFYENEURS™ has an incredible mission and vision, which just so happens to coincide with the biggest vision for my life as well. Reaching out and touching the lives of others is crucial to communicating that which you seek to do, so I am honored to be a part of this amazing project."
Amy Ballantyne, Waterloo, Ontario, Big Think Youth ambassador, contributing author to Young DEFYENEURS™ & Season 3 writes. "I believe Season 3 is about making each day count; taking action and being deliberate for the majority of the day with your WHY on the forefront of your mind. Everyday we have a choice. We can choose to awaken and gain clarity of our greater purpose, we can take action and make a difference even greater than can be imagined."
Leanne Grechulk, Burlington, Ontario, founder of Healthygirl™, author and international speaker was asked by Gerry Visca to write the forward for Season 3 and writes, "I just wanted to say how deeply grateful and inspired I am to be involved and to be supporting your global amazing and wildly adventurous vision."
Angela Kontgen, Gerry Visca's partner and contributing author and editor of the DEFYENEURS™ book series notes: “The dictionary definition of an entrepreneur is ‘an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative’ – not really all that compelling, I think. Make way for the age of the ‘DEFYENEUR™’ – an individual inspired and/or ignited with a compelling purpose and a massive clarity about ‘why’ they exist. These individuals create a movement. These individuals defy gravity to make a difference in the world and bring their ‘why’ into existence.”
The ambitious goal that Gerry Visca declared in 2008 of creatively inspiring 1 million people to action is being taken to new levels with the DEFYENEUR™ movement. “There are few as deeply committed to surrounding people with such an incredible energy as they do the work, take the risks, and defy gravity to bring their dreams to life” notes Angela Kontgen, Author, Speaker, Health and Energy Coach. “This movement is rapidly expanding nationally with stellar people that want to make a difference in this lifetime” said Gerry Visca. “They want to uncover their full potential and live their best lives now by inspiring others around them”.
For more information on the DEFYENEURS™ movement or to interview the list of contributing authors in all 4 Seasons, contact:
Inspirational Speaker, Author, Founder of DEFYENEURS™