The Saturday weekend review #38: Dream big and have faith


Never Underestimate The Power of Your Dreams

If you’ve ever had a big dream and I know you have then you know how easy it is to give up on that dream when you lack confidence and faith. Sometimes when we are alone we sit and think about all the things we want to do with our life but never really do much about what ends up on our bucket list. I hope to change that about me and I did starting with this blog almost 2 years ago.

This blog started with a small dream to make it a place where people came to learn about personal finance and to share their success and lessons learned in their life. I know if you are a personal finance blogger you can probably count how many times you wanted to throw in the towel because you can’t justify the time you spend blogging or you just lose faith in your ability to grow your audience. I’ve been there many times but with that push from my fans like I mentioned in yesterday’s post I’m still here today.

I’m getting ready to embark on the next phase of Canadian Budget Binder moving to self-hosted with a new fresh look and hopefully I can spread the word louder than I have. We don’t always dream about making money, sometimes it’s just an inner peace we crave where we feel we are making a difference in this world.

Others, they like to make money and blogging is certainly an outlet that you can earn some extra cash but it all takes time if ever for some people who don’t go the extra mile, because that IS what it takes and then some.

I’ve had so many people email me wanting to learn about how to start a blog and I always direct them to the Blogging for Dummies book because that is where I started out. I also started reading a blog all about Search Engine Optimization and to be honest I don’t know how I stumbled upon it but I’m glad I did because it really has helped Canadian Budget Binder get out into the internet world.

I’ve had other people who have dreams of finding a better job who want advice and tips and my sister-in-law said it best this morning to me in a Facebook private message. I asked her for job hunting inspiration for my best friend.

Below in the quote is what she said when I asked her if she knew of anyone hiring in the local area since she has a big network of senior level management friends. I wanted to motivate my best friend with her words because I know he needs that push to find the better job plus get his hobby off the ground because he is so very talented. I’m ready to help him any way I can.

When you see someone who has talent no matter who it is, stop at nothing to motivate them because most times they doubt themselves or they fail to see that talent. They may thank you one day.

If someone really wants to find a job they love they will find it. They will stop at nothing and they will do everything it takes to get noticed and show the employer they are the number one pick. Never give up.

It’s easy to see how confidence can play a big role in getting what you want in life especially if you dream big but you must have faith in anything you do. Without faith you are giving up on your dreams but most of all we must have patience because nothing in life is handed to us on a silver platter.

We may get shot down 100 times before 1 person believes in us and when you find that person who accepts you, your dreams or that employer run with it and don’t look back.

Dare to dream big

I was doing my Yahoo weekend reading when I came across this article about a guy Zach Green named “entrepreneur of the year” who didn’t think twice about quitting his day job after coming up with this amazing idea for an illuminated helmet that glows in the dark for fire fighters.

This invention would help save many fire fighters lives and go on to help others. He was fascinated with luminescence technology and this brilliant invention was created which would benefit fire fighters all over the world. He started selling the helmets from the trunk of his car going station to station.

When I read how this guy never gave up on this dream starting with small sales then growing into what it is today solidifies how important it is to have faith. Although Green went out on a limb maxing out credit cards and refinanced his house he rolled this out like a bull and cranked in $85,000 in sales in his first month going to fire fighter trade shows.

I can only imagine what it must have felt like for him to see what he had created was getting so big. His business is now called “MN8” and he has a sales force and his selling his products around the world. His product line has expanded and now includes stickers, paint and magnets.

Reach for your goals

It is one of those inventions that has made him a million in revenue so far but you sit back and go.. why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?

Sometimes the simple things are the most important things but we tend to overlook them because we are looking for big and bold, flashy frosting type ideas but that doesn’t always mean it will be a success. Don’t overlook the obvious and if you have an idea don’t be negative about it, don’t give up and don’t let others bring you down.

No one really knows I blog but I know if I told people what I do essentially for free because I don’t make any money they would think I was nuts. I’m giving up so much of my time for this blog but for me it was and still is my dream to bring Canadian Budget Binder to the top for my fans not for anyone else.

This blog is for the fans, it’s my dream for all of you and I have faith that we will grow together. If Canadian Budget Binder makes money in the future I’m sure it will be used to continue to improve the site for the fans. Giving back.

Have you had an idea or a dream that you wanted so bad and didn’t give up on? What was it and how did you motivate yourself?

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Making a difference


If you don’t already follow Modest Money, hook up because Jeremy has a great site and he is a fellow Canadian Blogger friend of mine who has been around since the beginning and we have worked together, collaborate on projects and help each other out to spread the word about personal finance and much more.

Hello Mr. CBB fans!  

My name is Jeremy and I run a blog of my own over at I’ve been blogger friends with Mr CBB for a while now…I guess ever since he made some waves in the top Canadian finance blogs polls I hosted this year and last. Obviously he’s got a lot of fans and has been helping a lot of people.  When he asked me to contribute to his “Making a difference” series, I was happy to help out.

Well a bit more about me…I’m just an average guy in my early 30s who’s trying to get his finances in order. I’ve made my share of financial mistakes, but I’m learning from those mistakes and putting my best foot forward. I’ve come a long way already. Now I’ve bought a condo, got engaged and managed to make some progress with my finances.

While I admit that my blog was originally launched to help myself, I soon realized how much I could help other people too.  Early on that was more about helping fellow bloggers since I do website marketing work as a career.  It seemed like I was always e-mailing back and forth with some blogger or another giving tips.

As my audience grew to more than just fellow bloggers I made more of an effort to share my personal finance experiences and advice.  I want to do everything I can to ensure people don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.  For example, I wasted way too much money on a brand new car.  By sharing that story, hopefully some people out there will think twice about making that mistake. I  may not be a financial expert, but I do feel that I have learned lots that I can pass on to others. That includes both personal experiences and knowledge I’ve gained by being immersed in the financial blogging community.

We actually all have the ability to help each other become financial responsible. For whatever reason though, finances are a taboo subject that many people just don’t want to talk about.  I think as the financial blogging scene gets more popular, it will play a role in getting more people talking about this touchy subject.

web search terms

Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Here are a few of my favourite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  • Til Debt Do Us Budget– Yup, that’ s the way it goes for us
  • Do you want to be right or happy? – lots to ponder there
  • How to be exposed about love– I’m not sure about this one.. how about you?
  • How to pay off $100,000 quick– Win the lottery?
  • Old man sexy cook- hey… who you calling old.. hahah I’m a puppy 😉
  •   now we’re really opening the budget gates.. a budget for every sport, career etc.. interesting

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review Dream Big and Have Faith. Join me next week same time, same place to see what trouble I can get myself into.


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  1. Amazing post Mr. CBB! The new look of the blog is just as amazing. I just recently revisited my thoughts on my blog and have decided to really put any spare moment I have in my busy day to this blog. I feel the same as you do, that I give up a lot of my time for it, but I enjoy blogging and have goals for the blog (get advertising, hire my own staff writers, start another blog) and goals for my writing. It’s a lot of work and I find myself getting quite frustrated at times because I’m not where I want to be, but reading other peoples’ blogs is what keeps me going. I feel like that train in the kids’ book: “The Lil Engine That Could” or something like that. Anyways, the train keeps on saying, “I think I can, I think I can”

    1. Thanks Karen,
      The new site is still all coming together so I am working my way around trying to sort things out. I’m glad you like it as we’ve worked hard all year to put it together with my designer Greg. Thanks.

  2. CBB!!! The power of dreams indeed!! If someone told me 10 years ago that I would someday own a guitar studio and work in the same office space as my wife, I’d have asked them what they’d been smoking. Great article as usual!!! Have a healthy one!

  3. Your dream of helping others has come true as you help all of us so much more than I think, you realize….some of us would be lost without the support and friendship we get on your site. And Thank you to your wife for sharing you with all of us!!! Those that volunteer to help others reap benefits far beyond the monetary ones. The gentleman with the glow in the dark equipment is another. We have a volunteer fire force here as we are a small town. The men that come running when the siren goes off are a special breed. I say a little prayer for them every time I hear that siren wind up.
    Looks like I have some more blogs to check out soon. Hope you both have a lovely weekend, good luck next week…..

  4. I’m trying to follow my dream right now, which is to become debt free first and foremost, followed by the chance to earn a decent living doing something that I’m really passionate about. It’s all about little steps at the moment! Thanks so much for mentioning by blog! 🙂

  5. Congrats on the move up! While I am sure some success has come from SEO or Blogging tips & tricks….but I think most has simply come from a constant stream of well written articles. Good luck with the changes!

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