North Thompson Valley resident Bryan Edward Smith says he’s come from a school of hard knocks to where he is today.
Born in 1956 Bryan spent a good portion of his early years working on relative’s farms and ranches, “…doing long hours and working hard”.
Bryan says as soon as he was old enough, he found his “first love” in Little Britches Rodeo.
“Little Britches started my life’s hard focus to be better than the next. Traveling around the country, winning top prize money, belt buckles, and finely all round cowboy in the early 70’s,” said Bryan.
He goes on to say that schooling in his early years came hard to him; in elementary school teachers commented he was “dumb”, “would never amount to anything other than a bum or hobo”. In middle school he was placed into special education classes, “Which the teachers felt were more suited to my disabilities”. However, it was here that his grades went from F’s and C’s, to A’s and B’s.
Bryan says he was always “…a nut and bolt guy”. Automotive and machine classes came easy, as well as wood working, welding, and even cooking class which became another one of his “loves”, consequently taking him into apprenticeship jobs in the culinary fields.
However, he soon found these jobs couldn’t pay for classes, so he then took to driving transport trucks which paid better.
Bluntly honest about his past, Bryan relates that as early as elementary school alcohol started to take a grip on him. Schooling suddenly seemed unimportant, cooking fell by the wayside and trucking paid the bills for his addiction.
Somehow though he continued with his education until grade 11, “…when I was asked to leave the high school by the principal because I was not to park my highway truck on school property. I was doing what I had been ordered to – showing up for school Even though I was driving truck after classes and getting a load before classes. Made sense to me, I had payments to make, so worked all night then slept in the truck in the school parking lot so I could attend school in the morning”.
In the 80’s Bryan says he got married, had a daughter, became a self taught bass musician, bought a small town music store, and also started his own trucking companies, but once again his love of the bottle took control.
Between trucking and music Bryan says it all came to a head on a final road trip in the 90’s, “With a body full of drugs and alcohol, I succumbed to the disease and the addiction”.
At this point Bryan had hit bottom, and from there started the long struggle to come back, with “hat in hand” to once again return to work. He eventually found a job DJing and then started a new business called North 40 Music Studios.”
His new company rented out music equipment, set up staging, lighting and glamor for big name performers. Bryan says this was a first digital mobile recording studio that did TV location sound, the Calgary Stampede and a number of other award winning sound venues across Canada.
“Soaring in 2003, it ended in April, in a car accident which took me hard with spinal injuries,” tells Bryan, “But I defied the doctor’s prognosis of not walking again. I could only work an hour or two on my best days. The music business was too much, I could not move the equipment or load the truck. Selling my equipment and knowledge to a Calgary radio station I moved forward to B.C. for regrouping, healing my body and a fresh start.”
He says that he has never been able to sit doing nothing, so as soon as he could he started back trucking.
“Healed enough in my mind, and with the last of my savings and selling a few more toys and financed, I bought a brand new Peterbilt in December of 2004. I worked like a man possessed. Things where grand. But fate was not done with me yet.
“On Dec. 24, 2006, at 5:30 p.m., I had a complete dissection of my heart. At the time I thought it was heartburn; give me a soda – I will be fine. With my wife’s nagging, I finally relented and drove myself to the hospital. In the hospital ER a code red was called. Who me?
“This ended up with me being hooked to every wire, and a medical team working feverishly. I was quickly packed up and airlifted to the big city of Vancouver, where the exams and testing there left myself and family with some major decision making within a very small window.
“But, it wasn’t my time to go. My God wasn’t done with me.”
Bryan tells that this was a very dark time for him. “Family wrote me off, they did not visit. Arrangements were being made for my demise, but a friend to this very day brought me a book called ‘The Secret’.”
“Months went by. My wife left me while I was still in the hospital, and I fell into the darkest depths of depression.”
However, the light did came back on and quite brilliantly for Bryan, “I saw that this too was a learning process. Out of this came my greatest gift – finding Bryan. Learning to love and see myself for who I was.”
The book Bryan was given, The Secret, is one of the most well known and widely viewed works about the law of attraction. The Secret started as a film in 2006, and was then developed into a book of the same title in 2007.
The law of attraction is the name given to the term that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from “pure energy”, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy. One example used by Lisa Nichols in the film ‘The Secret’ is as follows: “Every time you look inside your mail expecting to see a bill, guess what? It’ll be there. Each day you go out dreading the bill, you’re never expecting anything great, you’re thinking about debt, you’re expecting debt. So debt must show up…..it showed up, because the law of attraction is always being obedient to your thoughts.”
Bryan says he studied the Law of Attraction, “And learned more of this ‘Secret’.”
“Absorbing all I could and still absorbing. Over and over until I understood each one,” says Brian, “As I took this new pathway and journey in life I have befriended more and more like-minded people. As ‘The Secret’ states how it works, I want to tell the whole world too.
“I live in beautiful Barriere, teach the Law of Attraction world wide, and write for several magazines. I also host a TV show and have been in movies.”
Bryan has already authored his first book of positive living quotes called BMaster “Quotes of Law of Attraction”, and it is published not only in English but many other languages as well. He is a TV host and plans to be hosting a radio show this year as well. Bryan has been on many radio shows around the world, and says that within a year he will be doing even more work here in North America teaching the Law of Attraction, Positive Living, and life skills coaching.
“Sharing my story with one person at a time and helping those who ask for help or guidance, this is a true gift. I now do this as my calling in life,” says Bryan, “It feels so good to see another dance to the joy of life, from just being able listen and share what has worked for me.
Bryan has certainly come a long way from the kid “who would never amount to anything”. Today he is a major force in promoting what he fiercely believes in, the Law of Attraction and Positive Living.
After all, Bryan Smith is living proof that it works.