PMAC 2012: Will ducks ever become cheetahs?

Motivational speaker challenges audience to face their fears

June 8, 2012
by Michael Power

MONCTON: Guy Cabana has a dream. The motivational speaker told delegates at the PMAC national conference that he wants people to realize they can do the impossible, and there are no limits to what they can achieve.

“No one is born to fail,” Cabana told delegates during his keynote speech June 8. “Everything starts with a dream. How many dreams have you left unfulfilled?”

To illustrate his point, Cabana told the story of a young man in Seattle who started a company and was visited by a journalist who asked him what his dream was. The man replied his dream was that everyone with a telephone would eventually also own a computer. The journalist assumed such a thing would never happen. Five years later, the journalist saw the man again and asked the same question. The man, a then less-known Bill Gates, replied that his dream was now that eventually the telephone, computer, television and camera would be the same unit.

“Would you have believed that 20 years ago?” Cabana asked the audience.

When he was an ambitious 21-year-old, Cabana said, his dream was to work for the biggest company in Canada. He chose Bell Canada because he wanted to be challenged. He advanced quickly, eventually getting a corner office, secretary and employees. He decided he wanted to be the president before he was 35, then that he wanted to buy the company by the time he was 45.

But because of his negotiation skills, he ended up receiving offers to do seminars and training sessions. As the offers increased, he realized his calling was actually to become a facilitator, communicator and keynote speaker. Don’t be afraid to change and refocus depending on what your true skills and calling are, he said.

“A duck can’t run as fast as a cheetah, even if it wants to,” he said.

But still holding people back from their dreams are factors such as fear, Cabana said. After he married, Cabana insisted on keeping an abundance of food in the refrigerator since his upbringing was poor and his family rarely had much food. That food became his security.

“I was prisoner of my own fear,” he said. “But courage isn’t absence of fear. It means acting even if you have fear.”