Magazine editorial – December 2014 issue

Magazine editorial – December 2014 issue

LiQ_Mag_Dec_2014This article first appeared in the December 2014 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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This is my first editorial for Life in Québec Magazine, and for me it’s a big deal. I’m not the first editor; there were two others before me and they did a great job.

It got me thinking about being first, being the best and giving it your all. Is being number one synonymous with winning or is winning really just a state of mind? Being first is important in our culture, but where does that leave the second and third bananas? What if you’re too afraid to try? Worse still, what if you try and you never make it on to the podium? Maybe it’s me, but I get the impression that society likes to say “It’s okay to fail”, but under its breath it whispers, “Just don’t.”

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!’’ – Richard Branson

LiQ_Mag_Abonnez-vousWe’ve all heard the quote of unknown origin, “It is better to try and to fail than to fail to try and forever experience the inestimable loss of what might have been.” Well, maybe you haven’t heard the whole thing, but there it is. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but easy enough to remember and a little more difficult to put into practice. I can see it in my own kids, too afraid to try something new if they are not guaranteed to immediately be the best.

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert Kennedy

I was pleased to read about Canadian freestyle skier Kim Lamarre in this issue. Lamarre has had her share of wins, and the 2014 Winter Olympics was no exception. While winning an Olympic bronze medal for Canada in slopestyle skiing is impressive, it is how Lamarre got to Sochi that is even more of an achievement.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.’’ – Theodore Roosevelt

There’s also an article about Serge Gaboury, the celebrated Québec City-born comic illustrator and cartoonist. I’m going to take a leap and guess that Gaboury, a Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame inductee, was born with some of that elusive natural talent we often hear about. All the same, I’ll bet he invested a lot of time improving his skills and I’m sure he threw out his share of balled-up paper (It was before recycling).

“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.” – Kobe Bryant

Gaboury and Lamarre are examples of hard work paying off. For entrepreneurs, starting a business can be a dream, and having a great location can make all the difference. In this issue of Life in Québec, we explore Avenue Maguire, a great place to put commercial ideas into action. While some ideas succeed, others may fail, but failure can often lead to learning and other opportunities.
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

For some people, reaching their dreams and proving themselves can be much more difficult. Although social change over the past 40-50 years has made it easier for many people to rise above prejudice, some young people, whether because of their ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, appearance, sexual orientation or another factor, are never encouraged to be all that they can be. Ruby Pratka’s article about LGBT youth fighting homophobia in schools touches on this.

“It’s not that you won or lost but how you played the game.” – Grantland Rice

Being number one or coming in first can be a satisfying experience, but it usually doesn’t last. I don’t subscribe to the “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” school of thought, but then again, I’m not Henry Russell Sanders coaching football for the UCLA Bruins. I prefer Vince Lombardi’s version: “Winning isn’t everything. The will to win is the only thing.” But if I had to choose my favourite quote among this cavalcade of motivational quotes, it would have to be the modern Olympic creed: “The most important thing … is not winning but taking part”.

A bit closer to home, we are always striving to improve and grow. To that end we have increased the print run and expanded into the Eastern Townships of Quebec (Les Cantons de l’est Québec). Life in Québec Magazine is now available in some 40+ locations in that part of the province. This is in addition to the 260+ locations in the Québec region.

We hope you’ll like what we’ve put together for you this time around.

Enjoy the read.

Jason Enlow, Editor, Life in Québec Magazine
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About Author

Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.

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