The questions many of us grow up trying to answer: What?
What are you going to be?
What are you going to do?
What we should be asking is: Who? Why?
Who am I?
Why am I here?
What makes me unique?
If we figure out the “Who” and “Why,” the “How” and “What” will take care of themselves.
It’s really not about looking for answers. It’s about asking the right questions.
Kevin Bulmer is the classic case of a Generation X kid growing up and doing what he really believed were all the right things to, only to arrive at mid-life unhealthy, unhappy, divorced and bewildered. Decades of trying to answer the question “What are you going to be” led him to achieving all the things one would consider part of the American/Canadian Dream: a family, a house, two cars, a professional career that had included many accolades and important job titles, and even some extra creative projects along the way. With all of those boxes checked off, he couldn’t help but wonder … why wasn’t everyone more happy?
After the life he’d built collapsed around him in 2010/2011, Kevin began to realize that none of the labels or achievements really reflected who he really is. In fact, at that time, he didn’t even know who that was, even though it seems obvious now that life had been leaving clues (some subtle and some rather obvious) all along the way.
It wasn’t until he truly began the processes of understanding and embracing who he really was – to accept and celebrate himself for what made him unique – that life truly began to open up for Kevin in very regular moments of joy, gratitude, presence and creativity.
Now, as a father to two school-age boys, Kevin is hearing them bring the same questions home from school: “What are you going to be?”
By asking the right questions, as opposed to always looking for answers, you’ll begin to discover what truly makes you … you. And when you begin to live and work from a place of creative authenticity, you’ll find that life is much more enjoyable than trying to be like everyone else, following people who don’t know where they’re going and listening to people who don’t have much of value to say.
With this inspiring and entertaining story, you’ll reflect upon your own journey and consider, “Who am I really?” With that awareness built, you’ll be able to change what you don’t like, celebrate and magnify what you do, and feel more whole and free all along the way. After all, no matter where you are, or what you are, you will always be who you are.
Do you know who that is?
- Emotional Intelligence
- Mental Health
- Personal Reinvention
What People Are Saying About
“I Am A No Schedule Man: Who Are You?”:
“It was both inspirational, and at the same time, informative. Watching the audience has always been something that I do whenever there are entertainers around because then I see what kind of energy is going back and forth, and as I was in a position here as Chair of the meeting today, to look out and see all my Rotarian friends, they were all riveted. Every one of them were giving you full attention and some of them were even making notes. And you could tell that some were either underscoring what they feel about life or discovering some things even at this late stage in their lives that they need to know. So it was a riveting presentation.”
– Jim Swan, President-Elect, Rotary of London
“Kevin recently delivered an outstanding story/performance at MoMondays London. Not only is Kevin eloquent, he is an extremely gifted songwriter and wordsmith. He executes and delivers his story in a way that captivates his audience and has them listening to every word. We were honoured to have Kevin commence our evening of speakers! The audience gave him rave reviews and we would be honoured to have him return anytime. Thank you Kevin for your ROCK STAR performance and delivery!”
– Melissa Schenk, CEO of MS2 Productions, Keynote Speaker & co-host of MoMondays London
“Kevin’s stage presence, confidence, passion and authentic energy is powerful. He amplifies his inspiring story by living the message he shares.”
– Michael Doyle, Speaker, Coach, Author of “At The Helm” & co-host of MoMondays London
“I am a No Schedule dude, and I don’t mean to intrude on your political feud, or your rigid, ragged mood. ‘Cause life’s too short, then I’ll be gone. And you will too, as time moves on.”
– Kevin Bulmer, “No Schedule Man”
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