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The Book Club : 3 Classic Books To Be The Best Version Of Yourself For 2017

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3 Classic Books To Add In Your Personal Library For 2017

Nothing can compare to the feeling you have when you let you mind dive in classic books. Most of all, between writing content about new trends, influencers and what is going on in this beautiful city that I call home; what I like to share the most is my passion for books.

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I used to think it was really cheesy to say that books make you travel even when you are at home until I found myself in Australia, England, China and back to Montreal just by reading books here and there.


The type of books I personnaly enjoy reading the most is self-help books. You have never seen a walking library until you see me in person (I mean literally). Today,to start the year fresh, we have put together a list of “3 Classic Books To Read To Be The Best Version Of Yourself For 2017!

From self-improvement, time management, life hacks and motivation ; we got you!

1 How To Win Friends And Influence People

Author : Dale Carnegie


You know that old saying : “old but gold”? Well this is exactly the case with this timeless classic! Out of every classic books you could read this one is a MUST! This book was first published in 1939 by Dale Carnegie and kept being refered as a “Must Read” for any success seekers, upcoming professionnals and entrepreneurs.

The author opens up about his own experiences as one of the best public speakers of his time.

He gives precious advices like to how to communicate effectively and influence people around you. Advices like : “dont try to win an argument“, “reaching common ground as soon as possible“. “get people to think your conclusion is their own” and “know when to use suggestions instead of direct orders“.

The title says it all, you will learn how to be respected as a leader, you will be refered to as the “Go To Guy” and you will definitely become a master at networking!


Great book in terms of leadership, influence and charisma.

2 Awaken The Giant Within

Tony Robbins is definitely a leader when it comes to self-improvement. We tend to usually see those public speakers as scammers but I personnaly enjoyed his work for the simple fact that he has walked the walk to write his book.


He was overweight, he had a regular job with nothing going on in his life and he turned everything around to be an international life coach and best selling author.

He simply explains that everything starts with the power of making a decision and sticking to it no matter what. He opens up about rewiring our perception of pleasure and pain.(taking action is painful trust me)

At last, he gives tips and tools to change your belief systems with a create/destroy approach that’ll turn you on the positive side of things.

This is a great book for finding ressources inside, making a commitment to your dreams and improve your life.


3 The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Dont get me wrong, I know that sometimes those kind of books can get heavy and loaded with theories hard to understand at first. The Alchemist is your best option if you want a story with a powerful message and something easy to read.

Its basically the story of a young sheppard who wanted to break his family tradition to see the world regardless of what his parents expected from him.


Little did he know his ambitions will brought him to be a sheppard, a crystal seller, (…) all

The story looks a little like a fable since there are magic elements in it but you definitely get the point. The character goes to many struggles, many points where he wants to give but he keeps because of 3 keys in the story : get back up when things go wrong, follow your intuition & stay out of your comfort zone

**Bonus** The Pursuit Of Happyness

Yes the famous movie “Pursuit Of Happyness” was actually an autobiography before it became the movie that made most rethink what the struggle is (that toilet scene was hard).


This book is the full autobiogaphy of Chris Gardner, a single father who overcomed homelessness and poverty, fatherlessness, being raped as a teenager and constantly to become one of the most successful stock broker of the 80″s and current motivationnal speakers.

This is the ULTIMATE book that”ll teach you how to overcome any obstacles that may stand in your way.

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Sports Experts Might Be Your Go To For Your Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

A Different Kind Of Valentine’s Day



Sports Experts’ Valentine’s Day Guide Is Your Life Saver This Year

Whether you believe in it or not, Valentine’s Day is your occasion to show appreciation for your significant other. Perhaps, when you’ve went through tons of flowers and chocolate; looking at Sports Experts as a potential place for a nice gift is not that farfetched.

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To make it easy for you to navigate through their wide selection. They’ve put together a guide that brings together some of ideas for him and her.

To make it even easier for our readers, we’ve handpicked our favorite items that should make it to whatever you have planned on February 14th.


#1 Fitbit Versa

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Price : 199,99$

If I’m with you, I want you be happy, fulfilled and most of all H-E-A-L-T-H-Y . That’s exactly what you get with the Fitbit versa, a slick design and all the functionalities to take your fitness to the next level. It doesn’t hurt that the watch is currently on discount either.

#2 Skates

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Price Range: 41,99$- 159,99$

There’s something about outdoor activities during the winter time. You won’t miss by getting yourself his/hers pairs of skates. There are plenty skate rinks sprinkled around the city just waiting for you.


#3  Adidas Matching Outfits

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Price Range: 54,99$- 104,99$

It’s a ”To Each His Own” moment but if that’s what you’re into or if you just want to spice things up your way to your date, this might be a good surprise.


#4  A Gopro

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Price: 529,99 $

First off, it was a shocker to me that Sports Experts actually has Gopros but if you want to capture moments with your significant other and let him or her explore their creativity, this is the one!

#5 A Yoga Matte

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Price: 69,99$

Let’s try something different for 2021, how about trading your usual dinner at home with candles for a nice and serene yoga session. You have to switch things up sometimes ladies and gents.

For more ideas and suggestions, go check their guide on the Sports Experts website.




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The End Of An Era And A New Start: Dress To Kill Magazine Goes Digital

A New World Order



I hate to break it down to you so abruptly but the world is changing, the world as we knew it, the way we consume, the way we think and even that good old Dress To Kill magazine is going through it.

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As a young and inexperienced blogger back in 2016, I felt deep in my earth that paper was a dying medium and that the internet was about to carry the torch.

a hundreds of blog posts later, multiple attempts at building an online presence and literally trying to digitize the aesthetics & creativity I saw in magazines growing up.


I must admit 2 things: 1. what it takes to make fashion or information enjoyable is very hard to put together and 2 building an audience on or offline is a GREAT feat.

I grew to admire and respect my peers in traditional media because they made the most out of nothing at a time where Facebook and all those outlets were not a thing.

In case you didn’t know, Dress To Kill magazine is not your average magazine by any shape or form.

Promoting Canadian art and fashion from province to province was something seemingly unthinkable but they got it done.


From iconic covers with Lenny Kravitz and more iconic nights at le Mount Stephen to bring the whole industry under the same roof, DTK got it done.

Don’t take what I’m saying as a farewell note because today actually mark a rebirth for the publication.

Indeed, while the world was going all over the place, they went on a well thought out rebrand.

As you might have guessed, the biggest take away from this is the stoppage of the paper version of the magazine.


The focus is now digital but as I told you earlier, DTK doesn’t go halfway.

Their new platform will include an online boutique which once again is going to focus on shedding light on Canadian creators for men and women.

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We Ask A Personal Development Coach How To Overcome The Ins and Outs Of The Crisis

It’s all about your point of view



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Everything You Need to Know Through The Lens Of A Personal Development Coach

I’m always amazed at how people like to stigmatize the role or relevance of a personal development coach. They’re quick to label it a scam, a fad, something based on nothing but little they did know, they’re coaches around the world who impacts millions and millions of people in a life changing way. I was looking for the equivalent of a Tony Robbins in Quebec, my research undoubtedly came back to the same name: Marc Dumaine.

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Mr Dumaine is more than a personal development coach, he’s a man with a story.

Not your average story either. From overcoming alcohol and drug abuse to obtaining a MBA to running campaigns for some of the biggest corporations in this province. Here’s a man of many battles.


Honorable mention too, these days Marc is focused on creating an international platform to impact as many people he possibly can.

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The bottom line is this. This personal development coach is not unfamiliar with trials and tribulations, changes and transitions.

That’s why to me, in a time like this where everything is doing a 180 degree, I had to pick his brain and ask him how can you and I get over.

In this Q&A, we indeed ask Marc Dumaine about several things such as how to bounce back from the crisis, his keys to success and much more.




#1 How did you figure yourself out as a future entrepreneur and what was the key factor that made you take that route?

I was always an artist at heart and found that I didn’t it in any mole.  After completing my MBA, I realized that my biggest assets were my differences.  I decided at that moment to stop following what people expected from me and launched my own business.  To me being an entrepreneur is an art form in itself. I have never regretted that choice since I launched Asana Coaching 10 years ago.

#2 How can someone go from being self-employed to an entrepreneur making money without physically being there?

The internet is booming with opportunities right now ! Even with the COVID-19, there is a redefinition of the way people consume products and services ! It is a TIME for being creative and look into endless opportunities ! Get out of our comfort zone and start being inspired by people who are already doing it ! Then, build yourself a right game plan with an amazing branding, and you are all set for the best adventure of your life. 

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#3 What are the pros and cons of being a consultant?

The pros are definitely the freedom it gives you in terms of choosing your schedule, the services you want to offer, the different partnerships you can build and finally, having a real impact in your client’s lives !

The biggest con I think is the loneliness that comes from working on your own and often alone ! You also have the insecurity of never having a stable income.  This life is not made for everybody ! 


#4 What would be the achievement you’re most proud of and why?

The biggest achievement for me is to have never given up ! In my 10 years as an entrepreneur, I could have gone bankrupt a few times, I could have been discouraged for so many reasons… but my faith in what I was doing kept me going ! It is a hard industry where you are competing against so many people and you have to realize that you have never made it ! You have to renew yourself every day, offer the top of the top and always evolve as a human being and expert ! I am very proud to still be there today, stronger than ever.

#5 What entrepreneurs should learn from the Coronavirus crisis?

I think we have to realize that we can’t just keep running all the time ! The anxiety, the stress and the adrenaline are very dangerous ! We talk a lot of profitability, performance but we tend to forget to talk about happiness and well-being ! I hope this time brings more humanity into entrepreneurs’ lives ! 

#6 Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Without wanting to sound over the top, I truly believe that I will have built my brand into an international platform that will include wellness retreats worldwide, TV shows, a one-man show, a few books and real estate projects ! No pressure ! LOL Seriously, I am a kid at heart and developing my business is the best adventure that life has given me ! Watch out world, I am coming. 🙂

#7 What would be the main thing entrepreneurs around the world should learn from you?

That I almost died three times from drugs and alcohol ! That I was the mos unhappy and insecure person for the two thirds of my life ! That i was bullied and rejected for being different ! And in the end, I am the living proof that anything is possible when you don’t give up on yourself and your life ! 


#8 What would be your 3 keys to success ?

1- You are 100% responsible for your choices, attitude, perceptions and mindset

2- There are no mistakes, only feedback !

3- Only accept what’s 10/10 for you ! That is a sign that you are treating yourself life the most important person on your life.

If you’re interested in seeing him in action, he’s doing a Facebook live tonight at 7:30 pm and if you’re looking for some light in these dark times, that’s the place to be.

To know more about Marc Dumaine and his journey as a personal developement coach follow him here








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