Cam Calkoen | Dream Big, Achieve More Blog Latest update from Blog en-us Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:34:40 +1300 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:34:40 +1300 60 Becoming 6% more awesome <img src="" width="200" /> &ldquo;What do you think is a top score (out of 10) in gymnastics&rdquo; my mentor on the other side of the table asked me, knowing it would not be 10 I said 9.5, he said &ldquo;9.4, so what do you think creates the perfect score Cam, what measures are the other 6%?&rdquo; The other 6% for... Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:20:54 +1300 Everything is an opportunity <img src="" width="200" /> This is a thank you to all the mentors out there, all the people who give their time, who understand that our success in life is not determined by what we achieve individually but through how we learn from our experiences to move, to connect, to care, to inspire a fellow human being. It is the... Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:08:11 +1300 Connection, Inspiration and Happiness. <img src="" width="200" /> On a recent flight I had an awesome talk with the man beside me about inspiration, connection, challenge and attitudes within the world. Speaking about the power of communication&nbsp;to eliminate assumption&nbsp;we got to the point where he said, &ldquo;You could probably talk to anyone on this... Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:59:55 +1300 Ticking off the bucket list <img src="" width="200" /> &ldquo;You have a great vision, you know what you&rsquo;ve got, you know what you want, but you identify your lack of desired outcomes buy saying &rsquo;someday I&rsquo;m going to succeed&rdquo;. A teacher shared these words with me once I&rsquo;d come out of a life-slump but still wasn&rsquo;t... Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:49:43 +1300 Be opportunity centric <img src="" width="200" /> We live in a world where our perception of ourselves, others, and all that surrounds us is so influential in the lives we live. As a speaker I love learning from everyday experiences, and as someone living with Cerebral Palsy I get some very interesting perspectives which if articulated right... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:29:53 +1300 Become the king of our courage <img src="" width="200" /> During May 2018 I was in the most beautiful part of the world...&nbsp;Queenstown!&nbsp;With the autumn leaves the hills were covered in shades of orange, red, and yellow, and with a dusting of snow it was like icing on top of a cake. It was truly majestic and calm, at which point I decided to do... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:22:32 +1300 Look for difference <img src="" width="200" /> Last month I was speaking at a conference in Hawaii and on the way home I bought a book entitled &lsquo;the subtle art of not give a f**k&rsquo;. I found this title humorous and contradictory to the environment in which I found it found it in. Back&nbsp;home at Takapuna Beach I make it my goal... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:16:09 +1300 Becoming a citizen of awesomeness <img src="" width="200" /> The other week I was in a conference watching some truly great names tell their stories and be interviewed on how to build, lead and leave great teams. I guess the ultimate desire of an event like this was to inspire everyone to consider their role in society and what it takes to truly be a... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:08:14 +1300 From leader to legacy <img src="" width="200" /> Isn&rsquo;t it funny the things we remember in our life, things that occurred so long ago or from the smallest of interactions. One of my my earliest memories is my primary school friend Logan. He was a tough little soldier; walking to school barefoot and one day I even saw a nail in his heal, I... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:01:33 +1300 Be the unexpected surprise <img src="" width="200" /> No matter the number of flights I do in a year, or where I&rsquo;m going, I continue to get a huge thrill and learn so much from the experience of travel. I like to have fun with my dreams when going through airports and on occasion opt for the incognito look not because I need it, no one knows... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:53:58 +1300 To me my bowl is perfect <img src="" width="200" /> A few years ago when on a trip to Japan I brought this bowl which I thought was absolutely perfect, I&rsquo;d never seen anything like it and assumed it had always been this awesome. But as I went on to learn, only a few weeks before I had brought it from the shop it had been a broken bowl and... Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:26:22 +1300 Traveling to create opportunity <img src="" width="200" /> Monday morning; wake up have breakfast. Get in car. Go to work. Look up and see the Sky Tower. Meet with people and in places I know. Wednesday morning, wake up have breakfast, but where is the breakfast I know? Navigate the subway. Look up and see the Empire State Building. Meet with people... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:53:35 +1300 Riding on the back of a blind tiger <img src="" width="200" /> &ldquo;In the past 15 years that I&rsquo;ve been working, I&rsquo;ve called myself &ldquo;a blind man riding on the back of a blind tiger. Those experts riding horses, they all fell. We survived because we worried about the future. We believed in the future. We changed ourselves&rdquo; - Jack Ma... Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:15:58 +1300 The Journey of Trust <img src="" width="200" /> To start of this column I wanted a nice positive quote about &lsquo;trust&rsquo;. Jumping on Google I thought this would be easy, that the perfect quote would pop of the screen, instead I scrolled, and I scrolled, and I scrolled through quotes that YES were about &lsquo;trust&rsquo; but not... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:47:06 +1300 Front row phobia <img src="" width="200" /> Front row phobia I don&rsquo;t know if it&rsquo;s a thing but I know you know what I&rsquo;m writing about. As a presenter I see it all the time&hellip;people walk into the conference room relaxed, sipping their takeaway coffees, chatting away and then they see all the seats are full apart from... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:53:13 +1300