Never Be Afraid Of Living A Full LIfe

“Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow’ and others say “No sorrow is greater’,  But I say to you they are inseparable. Together they come, and as one sits at your table while the other is asleep in your bed.

“Verily you are suspended like scales between sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at stand still and balanced.”

From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Kibran


Many of us stand at the side of a well, thirsty, with a bucket and rope in hand. The water represents all of life, the joy and the sorrow. But we hesitate to throw our bucket down because we only want to bring up the joy. We are afraid of the sorrow that we may get.

Not participating in life because of fear wastes time and puts our purpose on hold.  It also results in a world with no real joy. Real joy comes when we throw down our bucket and bring up all of life.  This allows us to laugh with abandon and weep with full emotion.

Never be afraid of living a full life.  Patrick

Let Others Decide Whether You Are Working or Playing!

“The masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure. Their minds and their bodies, their information and the their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which; they simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.” James A. Michener

You are on the path when your work seems to satisfy your creative desires and your need for challenge. When your work seems to require all of you, and at the same time seems almost effortless, you are on the right path.

The paradox is that many people I meet think that they have to change jobs, create new circumstances to be satisfied. My experience is that we can create satisfaction and fulfillment wherever we are.

We  accomplish this by being excellent and awake to the contribution we make in everything we do. From this place we can stay or change, whatever we wish.

How can a janitor who cleans up a building alone on the night shift have a satisfying life? It is possible because every moment is an opportunity to practice excellence. Whatever is done, from sweeping up to the duties of a CEO, it is a service to someone. This realization of service creates fulfillment.

Bring excitement  to your life. Take a journey with us and bring out your full potential and live your purpose. That is what we do in every Leadership Performance Training. Message us for info. Why wait.  Patrick Dean

Too Much For One Lifetime!

I just finished the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. It is the story of our age. At the end of his life Steve Jobs was reminiscing about his life and he said, “I did all I could do.”

What a great statement to be able for any of us to make at the end of our lives.

We are all aware that we are driven by “more,” “better,” and “different” when we play the “game of life.”  There is something very profound and important in knowing that we played the best we could but also knowing that there was always more we could do.

There is always too much to accomplish in one lifetime.

This is the reason, that I am training others to do what I do. I love doing seminars that teach young people to be great entrepreneurs, trainers, and leaders. They will practice and eventually be better than I ever was.

The good news is that the journey itself is so much more rewarding and challenging when you know it goes on even after we are gone.

Patrick Dean

The Argument for Being Crazy

When you are joyful, people will think you are crazy. Research has shown that the only time we let “the kid out” in us is when we are cheering a sports team or playing with children. If we get really excited and joyful as adults, we fear criticism. We don’t need an excuse to feel bad, but often have to justify feeling good. Let’s practice crazy celebration of our lives along the way. Don’t wait for the arrival at some far off goal before you allow yourself to feel good. If people think you are crazy that is their issue.

Bring some joy into your life today. Patrick Dean

Artificial Reality!

Here is the challenge: Artificial Reality! There are opposites in nature: up and down, right and left, north or south …etc. Since these opposites exist in nature, we think it is important to create opposites in our mind as well. These are not natural opposites, but opposites “by definition.” I mean, we create a lot of ideas in our mind that are based on our “definition” of the world, and we call this reality. This is artificial reality. Artificial reality is opinion, prejudice, positions, judgments, and take-it-for-granted assumptions. This artificial reality leads us to define ourselves as right, and others as wrong. It is impossible to live a peaceful and fulfilling life without knowing how we separate ourselves from others with artificial reality. When we know about this, we can live consciously and can make design a reality that can accomplish our real mission: creating an abundant and compassionate world.

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I Have Seen It A Thousand Times….

I have seen it a thousand times….when we stop acting from scarcity, fear, power, and the need for control, something comes up from deep inside us. This deep quality is our recognition that whatever happens to our brother is what happens to us. Our job then is to remove anything that stands in the way of the expression of our authentic self and thus, our connection to each other.  This recognition of connection leads to compassionate action—a moment—then as a human being we truly shine. (A picture of monk who has found a dead man at a train station.)

Not Having the Answer All the Time, What a Relief!

My good friend Doug Pittman once said, “Live life like a question where love is the answer.”

There is a real art to living in the question. I think that in a world in which people are judged by how many “answers” they have, the people who are open to learning and listening are the truly wise people.

Living as an answer (an authority) all the time, means we put value on how right we are. To do this, we must create others as wrong. Creating groups that you agree with and others that are wrong may get you recognition and admiration, but is that all there is to life?

The purpose of my work is to create people who want to be effective leaders and have influence. One of the greatest qualities we can learn is there are many right ways of doing things. If we get together and agree to move forward, who cares whose idea it was as long as it is effective in creating connection, compassion, and abundance.

It is amazing what you can accomplish when you can let others take the credit once in a while.

You can be trained to be a leader, but you should take the first step and be open to learn. A person who can’t change their mind is playing a very small game.

Advanced Leadership

Patrick Dean
Dillon Beach, CA
March 2012

Seven Reasons Why Seminar Systems is Unique

Welcome to the brand new website of Seminar Systems!

                     Seven Reasons Seminar Systems is Unique

1. Transformational context: Our context promotes long lasting and powerful results. Rather than simply designing trainings and seminars to motivate, or download information, our design uses challenging discussion and exercises. Our trainings give participants a new viewpoint of what is possible in their businesses, families, and communities.

2. Open door policy: Participants are instructed and encouraged to take all material from our training, and to adapt and use it as their own. We want graduates to go out with the expertise to train other leaders and develop effective teams.

3. Our success is measured by our graduates’ success. We stand for integrity in results. We are always adding to our seminars—a guarantee that we use the latest research, and that our seminars are relevant to fast-changing times.

4. We teach you how to get your ideas across effectively, and how to influence others by working with transformational presentation skills.

5. Our follow-up system of mentoring and coaching is designed to help each participant maximize their experience and produce results that are important to them.

6. We work with clarity of purpose because we believe that satisfaction and fulfillment are a result of understanding and living for a purpose.

7. We also train individuals how to become extraordinary communicators and leaders through the Leadership Performance Certificate Program™., Facebook: Seminar Systems


Leadership Performance Certificate Program™ Certificate in leadership and group dynamics.

Patrick Dean and Nancy Dean, Founders, Seminar Systems Inc.

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Your success is important to us. Thank you for visiting our page and your interest in Seminar Systems.

Message to You,

Your success is important to us. Thank you for visiting our page and your interest in Seminar Systems.

Seminar Systems is dedicated to serving people like you. We are committed to creating opportunities for people who want to experience transformation, satisfaction, and well being in their lives. We are also committed to a world that functions well—a world in which everyone has an opportunity to experience significance and contribution to the lives of others.

Our company is based in the belief that we are all leaders, and that as leaders, we are responsible for the mark we make on the world. Everyone can have a lasting impact on people around him or her. All it takes to be more effective with yourself and others is a sincere desire to make a difference, and the willingness to train yourself in the art of transformational methods. This is why we are here for you.

We offer the finest transformational leadership training available anywhere. Everything we do is based on the latest research and over 32 years of experience working with people around the world.

If you are an entrepreneur, business leader, teacher, facilitator, team leader or just a person with a powerful vision, you can benefit from our training.

We welcome your questions. We answer personally, because your success is important to us.

Patrick H. Dean

President Seminar Systems