Show 23 – Doing What We Love with Alex Baisley

“Let me be blunt. Brutally blunt maybe. And I’m talking squarely to myself as well as you. If we are leading lives of stress, over-busyness, pushing our dreams to the back burner, putting our gifts and courage completely aside for a paycheck, and giving ourselves no down-time, then that is likely exactly what our kids are going to do when they’re our age….Want to change the world? Want to blaze a brave new trail for the world’s children? Let’s go make a dream happen. For our kids’ sake. Let’s go show ’em that it is ok to try something excellent even if we’re not sure we can succeed. Let’s show ’em that it is wise to take time off, relax, read, enjoy friends.” Alex Baisley,


Aired live: Sunday, March 28, 2010 || 8 to 9 AM on 93.3 FM, CFRU in Guelph

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Several months ago, I wrote an article about Family Traditions with the following quote from Fred Rogers (the host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood).

“If you like to make things out of wood, or sew, or dance, or style people’s hair, or dream up stories and act them out, or play the trumpet, or jump rope, whatever you really love to do, and you love that in front of your children, that’s going to be a far more important gift than anything you could ever give them wrapped up in a box with ribbons. And what’s more: the last thing in the world you have to be is perfect at it. It’s the spirit that gives that kind of gift its wings.” Fred Rogers


That’s what got Alex Baisley and I thinking about doing a show together: Doing what we love and keeping our dreams alive for the sake of ourselves and our kids.


From commercial diver, to Reiki Master, to Head Lad at the Big Dream Program, Alex Baisley has been following his heart all his life and says he’s grateful now to have a business that makes him cry every time someone achieves their dream, because he knows what it feels like. You can find him at


Alex Baisley has a business outreach called the Big Dream Program. He helps Life-Renegades get going on their dreams, and design their Life-Direction and authentic income. Folks who are creative, entrepreneurial, and want to make a difference in the world…  folks who want to travel, learn and explore – who are in life for the experience of it and feel trapped by ‘status-quo’ need VERY different tools to move forward – especially when it comes to their income! Fortunately, they don’t have to ‘find’ their Calling, they can design it. In workshops across Eastern Canada and online in 12 countries, Alex, despite his bizarre accent, propensity to colourful language and other assorted weaknesses, has been helping people go sailing, start businesses, become healers, record albums, take a year off in Ireland, quit nasty jobs and otherwise do what they were born to do…

He lives in Guelph with his wife, two kids, and assorted animals.


We talk about why:

  • Parents need to follow their hearts and live happy lives.
  • We have dreams.
  • We need our big dreams to get us out of bed in the morning and keep us motivated.
  • Living our dreams is a big part of supporting our families.

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  1. Emma says:

    Alex….inspiring as always!

  2. My friend Kate Wilhelm writes…it turns out it was actually a rerun from 2010 but that doesn’t lessen the serendipitous feeling for me. (I’m paraphrasing based on my memory, so I apologize for any inaccuracies or misrepresentations.) Baisley said that people often see dreams as a luxury (I know I do! And it makes me feel guilty about pursuing them) but he doesn’t see it that way. He says dreams are our way of growing and of being and doing more than we might have thought possible. He points to trees. It seems that the point of their existence is to grow as much as they can with the resources available to them before they die. Why would people be any different?…

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