Do You Need Permission To Achieve Greatness?

Happy 2010 friends! Even though 2009 presented wonderful opportunities, I’m totally fired up about this year. I really am. My engines are revved like an Indy racecar zooming down the track.

I want you to get excited about the vast, endless possibilities that will come through, because I KNOW you have passions other than what you’re currently doing.

We all do. It’s human nature. We all want to achieve great things, do fun activities, love passionately, live inspiring lives and embrace people that enrich our day.

But sometimes, life gives us obstacles. Like frustrations, challenges and other bull sh#t. Would you agree?

Life’s obstacles can’t be avoided. That’s part of the deal we get. And sometimes, we feel it’s too much to handle. Or too scary. Or we need approval from someone else. Or, or, or…

But the good news is, you CAN take a detour. You can climb over. Or go around. Sure, it may take a bit longer. But what’s the rush?

OK, listen up. I want you to embrace this next message. This may be the most important thing you’ll read all year:

“Don’t Wait For Permission”

There’s ALWAYS going to be a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t. Hey, I’m first to admit I come up with excuses sometimes also…

…but I eventually remind myself that I’m capable of growing bigger. Like baby tulips growing in a garden, reaching for the sun. Nature has tons of examples like this.

Of all the learning you’ll do this year, of all the experiences you’ll encounter, I want you to apply this one thing to start your year off.

“Don’t Wait For Permission”

You know how many times I’ve heard other people’s doubts, concerns and hesitations toward what I want and love to do? Know how many

“I don’t think so’s” or “that’s a bad idea’s” or “maybe you shouldn’t’s” I’ve had come though my life? (If you haven’t noticed, I’m a guy that dances. I’ve been hearing doubts and rejections from other people since an early age.)

Yes, opinions and advice should always be listened to when they come from qualified, experienced, reliable sources. I personally love getting constructive advice, and I’ve learned to ask whenever I need it.

But we Canadians have a reputation for being a safe, reserved society that people are afraid of taking risks. Because we sometimes listen to the WRONG opinions. And that’s whats holding so many people back.

In nature, Tulips continue to reach for the sun whether they see the light or not. Nature doesn’t wait for permission.

And neither should you. So why not choose to reach for the sun?

“Don’t Wait For Permission”

I suggest you write that quote out somewhere you can see it daily.  Make it your screen saver. Update your profile status. Get those fridge magnet-thingys and spell it out.

If you NEED permission, here it is! I’m giving it to you right now, today! Go ahead. Start. Try. Achieve. Love. Be great. Do greater.

You now have “permission” to make your year incredible. But truthfully- you had it all along.

See you in the garden,

– Shawn B

Don’t Wait. Click Here And Learn How You Can Be A Better, Stronger, More Passionate Dancer This Year!

The Best Way To Share The Love

Shawn Byfield - Share The Love

Just some success inspiration to get you motivated and fired up for the week…

This is something I wrote and designed, so that you can post it where ever you need to. Just to remind yourself of the unlimited potential we have as human beings.

If you dance, use your dance to inspire others. If you have a business, use your business success to fulfil, motivate and change peoples’s lives for the better.

If you love your friends, try to love them a little bit more. If you’re in love, share more of that love with the people who matter. They say love has no limits… but we won’t know for sure unless we push to reach that limit.

Use everyday as an opportunity to make tomorrow even better.

Let’s see what happens!

– Shawn B

What’s One Of The Simplest Ways To Achieve YOUR Goals?

A Worthy Question For All “Jedi Apprentices”… Read The Article Below To Learn How To Use The Force


The simplest way to achieve your goals- whether it be learning to dance, mastering your business, taking care of finances, or whatever your goal may be… would be to just hire Yoda. No I didn’t say yoga, I said Yoda.

Hold on, hold on- I know you’re thinking “What the hell is Shawn B talking about now? He’s always rambling about something…”

Here’s what I mean.

When we were little, someone had to teach us how to walk.

Then, someone had to teach us to speak. We had to learn how to spell our names, then write it.

Then we learned how to get ourselves to school. Once there, someone taught us how to read books, play organized games, sing songs, count, interact with others, keep track of time, and when to tidy up.

Our entire school life, we’ve had someone with more knowledge than us teach us how to do things. They’ve been our instructors and mentors, and in most cases they helped us get the job done- whatever it was that we needed to do.

Now think for a minute. At what point did we think “I don’t need a mentor anymore. Everything I need, I will learn on my own.”

Was it after high school? After college or university? At our first job? I don’t have the answer to that, maybe you do. But here’s what I learned…

What I Learned From My Mentor
Improved My Ablility To Use The Force

I used to be in financial services, in a large international company. I had a mentor then, his name was Leslie.

He’d been a family friend for years, and he was my upline. He’d been in the business for years and I “learned the ropes” of the business through him.

But the amazing stuff I learned was about having ambition, setting goals, keeping faith and being persistent. He helped push my skills into 5th gear, and I was much happier in my life for it.

Eventually I left the business to persue dance even more. We still kept in touch. Unfortunately, Leslie passed away a few years ago.

After his passing, I went through a period of time where I felt things were more of a struggle because I didn’t have someone there to help me move along. That was a few years back.

The Force Is Always Present-
You Just Have To Look For It

Since then, I’ve found a new mentor. His name’s Keith.

He lives in Vancouver, and he helps me to build my internet business ideas. I spoke with him recently, and filled him in on my master plan over the next 18 months.

He’s not a family friend, I actually pay him big bucks to offer advice, and help me put my ideas into action. He’s been helping me for over two years.

He listens to what I’m doing and what I want. Then he helps me to prioritize what I’m doing now, where I want to be, and what exact steps I need to do in order to achieve my goals based on solid testing and experience. We’ve actually become good friends and my learning curve has jumped into 5th gear again.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Here’s my point: We grow faster when we can piggy-back off others who have more experience, or who can offer solid advice.

So whatever it is you’re doing, find someone who you can trust to be YOUR mentor. If you truly want to dance, you already know my staff and I offer stress and drama-free dance classes. If you want our help, come join us in class.

Luke Skywalker had Yoda, and look where it took him.

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“Do or do not. There is no Try.”

– Yoda, on mentoring Luke to use the Force in Star Wars
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Not bad for a little green man!

So take a few minutes to yourself. Look around, and find your own Yoda you can trust to help you find your way. I guarantee it will make reaching your goals that much easier.

About The Author:

Shawn Byfield ( is an award winning choreographer, show director and a leading expert in dance lessons and industry advice. His extremely fun approach to learning is a must for anyone looking to achieve their highest potential through dance.