Success is part inspiration and part hard work. A great example of that is Corey Poirier. The great inspirational speaker continues to work his way through with passion, persistence, and focus to earn his achievements and get to where he is now, a successful Heartpreneur. He shares how much his family has helped instill a number of values that inspire him to reach higher and set bigger goals as he grew up. Now he’s in the business of inspiring and launched a speaking program to help give off inspiration and love. Staying true to the heart-centered motto, he has shown how success could go both ways, which is helping other people succeed while growing yourself at the same time.
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The Business of Inspiring with Corey Poirier
I have someone who I’m excited to talk to and I know that you’re going to resonate with. His name is Corey Poirier. He’s an award-winning keynote speaker and has presented to over 150,000 attendees. He’s shared the bill with Deepak Chopra and Stephen Covey and a lot of TV personalities. He is also the host of the top-rated Conversations with Passion Radio Show. He’s been featured in one-hour television specials on Eastlink TV and TeleTelevision. He’s a columnist with Entrepreneur Magazine and Progress Magazine. He’s got over 900 articles in print. He’s appeared on Global TV, CTV, CBC TV Radio. He’s one of the few leaders that has been featured twice on the popular Entrepreneur on Fire that I happen to subscribe to as one of my favorites.
Corey has interviewed over 4,000 enlightened super leaders. He’s had a successful corporate career with Global 1000 companies, Konica Minolta, Fortune 500 companies, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, and SAP software. One of the things that I found out also as I was researching him is he’s an international bestselling author of ten books. He’s presented on TEDx and MoMondays talks. The reason I asked him to come on the show is I paid attention and took a look at some of the things that he’s done on other people’s shows. Corey is a Heartrepreneur, so we want him at Heartrepreneur Radio. Welcome, Corey. I’m so glad you joined.
Thank you so much, Terri. I appreciate it.
I want you to own that because there are a lot of accomplishments in that. Sometimes in my experience, we don’t toot our own horns enough. When we have that credibility, it’s important for people to know what we’ve done and I’m assuming it didn’t just fall in your lap.
It definitely didn’t. I was raised by a single mother and we definitely were from a lower end of the middle-income family. We certainly struggled, and I grew up in a small town as well as a smaller community. A lot of these things seemed out of my reach when I was younger. Even as I was going through some of those milestones, it seemed to me the one thing that matched for me was basically rolling up my sleeves and just continuing to pursue these things that I was told many times are way out of my reach. It definitely didn’t come naturally to me.What we think is impossible doesn't have to stay that way. Click To Tweet
Tell us a little bit more about how did this all come to be?
In terms of my career or life as a whole, I believe that my single mother laid the foundation without her maybe even realizing it. I learned so many life lessons from her in terms of what it takes to be persistent and be able to manage multiple things without being focused on multiple things, to be able to focus on one but manage multiple overall. That was a hard-earned lesson for me. Also when I was younger, my grandfather helped raise me as well. He built a fiberglass space shuttle replica, one of only six in the world. He was a carpenter with a grade three education. He did it with a bag of nails and a hammer and a few of his friends. Seeing that at seven years of age also taught me a lot of lessons about the fact that truly what we think is impossible doesn’t have to stay that way. I believe that those played a big part in me reaching for a lot higher than I would have otherwise. In terms of how it all came together, I launched a business publication, you could say similar to Success Magazine, but at a much smaller scale when I was eighteen or nineteen. That was unheard of in the little town that I had done. That gave me a taste of nothing is impossible and truly believing that.
What happened from there is once I decided I was done with that adventure, I moved across the country from a place where we had around 3,000 people to a city with close to a million. I took a position with Toshiba and started a corporate career. That opened me up to a whole new world that I had never even thought would exist in a little town I grew up. From there, it became reaching for things that should be out of your reach because to me having a purpose that you’re tasting is what keeps you alive. I kept setting bigger and bigger goals, figuring out what steps I’d have to take to make them, and then crossing them off the list with a whole bunch of elbow grease.
What’s the favorite thing that you’ve either done or are doing in business now?
Speaking is always going to be my core passion and core focus. If I’m being at full disclosure, it’s always going to be my favorite thing. I shouldn’t say always, but I don’t anticipate that changing. That will always be it. If I had to pick the second thing, I launched a speaking program. I’m teaching other people how to launch those speaking careers. That’s probably the thing that I’m most excited about now. Even though I feel very young at my age, I also feel that I’ve learned over the years the importance of having a legacy that lives longer than our body does. I believe teaching other people how to speak in front of an audience and impact potentially millions of lives and their career means that I can extend in some ways my impact. I help their journey and also get to watch their journey, then maybe cheer for them from the sidelines. The idea of that is something I probably wouldn’t have pursued or looked at doing in my early twenties, which excites me.
We’re all about heart-based businesses and bringing heart to business. What does that mean to you and how do you do business with heart?
I’ll share a quote that sums it up because it’s a quote that I’ve lived by for the last number of years and it’s true. One is a quote that was shared to me by somebody we interviewed. He said it wasn’t his quote. It’s one of those quotes that’s maybe a proverb or something. It’s, “If you want more love, give more love.” I’ve taken that and applied it to everything. If you want more hugs, give more hugs. If you want more love, give more love. If you want more success, give more success. I’ll tie it into a second quote that’s not very similar, but I guess similar in terms of context. It’s Zig Ziglar’s quote that says, “You can get anything in life you want if you’ll help enough other people to get what they want.”
That quote impacted my life. As for Zig Ziglar, we were fortunate enough to interview him before he passed away. I interviewed his daughter, Julie, and has done on the show multiple times. That family and the brand they’ve built, being a heart-centered brand, blew me away. For me personally, it’s truly and honestly living that quote. It’s trying to help other people get what they want, trying to give before taking, trying to add value for other people, and trying to help other people succeed while I’m aiming to succeed. That’s what I’ve tried to incorporate into every aspect of the business model and the various businesses that I’ve continued to operate.If you want more love, give more love. Click To Tweet
I’ve been in business for quite a while and in the early days of business, the second company that I owned got mentored by Zig Ziglar. For me, at the time it was and still is an amazing opportunity and I became a born to win trainer with the Zig Ziglar organization. It’s what got me started on this entire path. Who knew so many years later I’d be writing books and speaking on stages and be coaching and consulting. It’s amazing that man had a profound impact on me and learned a lot about doing business with heart from Zig and from paying it forward. When you’re interviewing all of these enlightened superstar leaders, what are some of the things that you’re learning or some of the patterns or the trends that you’re paying attention to or noticing?
If I think about traits or habits they would have that are timeless and shared among these enlightened super achievers but not necessarily shared among everybody, maybe we’ll call them the timeless secrets. If I look at some of them that stand out, I would say it’s the idea of making an impact and having a positive influence on people’s lives. It’s something I’ve noticed that has been creeping up as one of the common traits. It’s always been a trait and a common one, but it’s creeping to the top, with the more interviews I do. If I look at other secrets or traits that they share, another big one is their ability to go all in and say no to all the things they shouldn’t be doing so that they can say yes to the few things they should be doing. That’s a big one, going all in. To me, that means breaking away from the devices and the distraction that we all have today and just being focused on the person in front of us or it could be the device in front of us if there’s no person, focusing on one at a time and going all in on that one. That’ll be one trait. Another one would be becoming a lifelong learner. Going back to Zig Ziglar, I love his great quote as well that says, “You can finish school, but you’ll never finish your education.” I paraphrased that and left a couple of parts.
What we’ve noticed is that these lifelong learners, they continue to feed their mind every day. They find different ways to feed their mind. They have usually a learning plan, whether it’s conscious or unconscious. Maybe they watch a TED Talk once a week and then discuss it with people. Maybe they listen to podcasts or shows like ours. Maybe they read a book or read Success Magazine throughout the week. Usually, they’ll have a system, a learning plan that’s systemized, but they might not. That’s another thing we’ve noticed that’s the second most common trait, and if I’m going upwards in the scales of the top three, the most common trait by far and above would be that they’re living their purpose. They’ve uncovered their passion and are using it to live their purpose every day. If you think about those three that I shared, what’s cool is it doesn’t matter where you came from. It doesn’t matter what’s your background is, it doesn’t matter what your financial status is, and it doesn’t even matter what you did yesterday. All of those things can be practiced starting tomorrow. It can be practiced starting one minute after I said them. Those things are an equalizer for anybody. Anybody can do that regardless of who they are starting now.
How can people get in touch with you? Where can they get your book? How can they make a connection?
The very best place for me to send people would be ThePassionCure.com. On that website, they’ll find all the social media channels and I’m going to send them frequent updates on the social media site. People can listen to the radio show and they can check out my blog there. I’m going to call it the central hub.
Thank you so much, Corey. It has just been a joy and a pleasure to have you here. I can truly say you are someone who has come from an extraordinary background. You are making a real difference in the world and I can feel transparency, the integrity and how you’re doing it with heart. It’s an honor and a pleasure to have met you.
Terri, thank you for all the amazing stuff you’re doing and keep on doing such great work. I would be humbled to come back on whenever the timing makes sense.
I look forward to having you back, Corey. Thank you again. For our audience out there, make sure that you’re tuned in all the time and the easiest thing that you can do is you can download the podcast, and have it come directly to you. Just subscribe. We love your comments. We love your feedback on the show and sharing the show on social media. We’re here at Heartrepreneur Radio to bring more Heartrepreneurs out into the world so that you can bring your services and your products out into the world with hearts.
- Corey Poirier
- Conversations with Passion Radio Show
- Corey Poirier on Entrepreneur Magazine
- Corey Poirier on Entrepreneur on Fire
- Corey Poirier’s TEDx
- Corey Poirier’s MoMondays
About Corey Poirier
From growing up on a small Island in The Maritimes (Canada) to traveling across North America to speak to audiences both small and large, Corey Poirier is an award winning Keynote speaker (having presented to over 200,000 attendees and having shared the bill with Deepak Chopra, Stephen MR Covey, Television Personalities, and more).
A multiple-time TEDx and MoMonday’s Speaker, he is also the host of the top rated ‘Conversations with PASSION’ Radio Show, he has been featured in one-hour television specials on Eastlink TV and TeleTelevision and he is a columnist with Entrepreneur Magazine, Progress Magazine and has over 900 articles in print – he has appeared on Global TV, CTV, CBC TV and Radio, and been one of the few leaders featured twice on the popular Entrepreneur on Fire show.
Corey has interviewed over 4,000 of the world’s top leaders in search of the traits that set them apart. He has also has enjoyed successful corporate careers with Global 1000 company Konica Minolta, Fortune 500 Companies Toshiba Corp., and Hewlett Packard and SAP Software.
As someone who has performed stand-up Comedy on more than 700 occasions, shared the bill with Award Winning Comics and Musicians (This Hour’s Shaun Majumder, Tracey MacDonald, Irwin Barker and Mike Dixon), surfed the world class shores of Tofino, B.C., Skydived in New Brunswick, co-hosted a comedy radio show for a year, and has performed at the famed Second City, as part of The Great Canadian Laugh Off Competition and had his 2014 album nominated as rock recording of the year, his entertaining war stories are sure to motivate, entertain and educate your audience/staff.” by Mary Doucette
Note: One of his most recent talks took him to New York City where he had the extreme pleasure of speaking to At-Risk Youth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Boys & Girls Club.