As a child, I remember my dad making this statement which has resonated in my life over the years. “Don’t come to conclusions until you know the facts”, he said. Have I realized this statement? The fact is, I’ve not. However, here’s the thing about an imperfect being. We acknowledge, learn and apply each day. We seek a value we hold onto and keep striving to live it in and through our lives.

Your challenge today is to look at the assumptions you make and write them down. Then do a check to see if that assumption is valid or not. Yes, do a fact check on the assumption. Guess what, your day will be reduced of assumptions and begin being filled with facts.

Wishing you an amazing day. #writehere #writenow


O. Stephen is passionate about words and believes that words can Inspire Change, Connect People, Perspectives and their Stories to create new possibilities. A published author through his company Released Expressions Media. He writes daily to experience the power of the written word. He fosters growth through listening and learning to shape perspectives and bridge ideas.

He believes every individual can attain their full potential by Starting with a Word. O. Stephen is leading a movement to inspire people to Release their own Expressions. It is this vision that drives him daily to see others realize their superpower and deliver at work, home and play every day.

An avid Toastmaster and a member of the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC), O. Stephen carries his badge as a Mental Health Advocate. These offer him the motivation to stay grounded and be committed to serving the community. He is a dad to two (2) children. He is driven each day to live a life of gratitude and that’s just how he seeks to end each chapter.

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