Outspoken and open to the world, George Stroumboulopoulos is Canada’s bridge between its youth and its older, structured adult world. His young peers love him because he listens to them, speaks their language, and explains things to them on a level they can relate to, while adults love him because he asks the difficult questions.
Before I interviewed George I wasn’t sure what to expect, after speaking with him I was so impressed with his intelligence and humor that I’ve had a crush on him ever since. He doesn’t mince his words and is truly honest about all topics of social interest. What you see on TV is the real thing, and better yet he lacks the arrogance that other TV personalities have. He is a person that inspires his audience to change and get involved in issues that matter to them.
I can quote him on so many things and topics, but one of my favorites is when I asked him about the advice he would give to his young peers and fans, he answered with a response that could be applied to anyone at any age, and that is, “Be what you want to be. Live on your own terms, otherwise you will be fake. If everybody did what their parents wanted them to be, then everyone would be a doctor or lawyer, and we wouldn’t have artists.” He also suggested they read the book “Travels with Charley,” which is an amazing non-fiction road trip featuring celebrated author, John Steinbeck.
Having a balanced healthy life includes being honest with yourself, asking difficult questions, and as George said, “be what you want to be. Live on your own terms, otherwise you will be fake.” Keeping up with the Jones’ is more stressful than living on your own terms. Trying to always impress friends and family will take it’s toll on your health, especially if you put their needs ahead of yours all the time.
George Strouboulopoulos had great input on how to live life that we can all follow. He is currently still hosting the Hour on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and started a show on CNN through the summer season of 2013 on Friday nights. Hopefully CNN will keep him on longer so the world can be inspired. If you want to read more from my interview with him click on the link below.
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