All those people who “know” what’s best for you – all the experts, advisers, family and friends – they’re all just people with opinions. It’s a mistake to elevate their opinions to the level of rules you MUST follow.

Other people’s opinions, even expert opinions, are always formed in the context of their particular circumstances, their lives, the way their brains work, their emotional strengths, their biases, their level of awareness. No matter how much knowledge or experience they’re able to bring to the table, other people don’t have access to your aspirations, your inner wisdom, your creativity, your emotional chemistry, your preferences and desires, what motivates you to take action, and what’s likely to defeat you and turn you off.

If your brain’s been telling you there’s a right way to do something because someone else has said it’s so, tune into this episode so you don’t deny yourself the opportunity to explore what’s best for you.


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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals.

My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach.

I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.