Kory Livingstone


Kory made his first appearance as a professional musician in a strippers’ bar. Now he performs for corporations like Coca Cola, Campbell’s Soup, and the Stratford Festival. As an entrepreneur, he was the founder and director of The Toronto High School for the Performing Arts. His latest achievement is becoming a published author. He speaks about breaking through the barriers, both real and imagined, those that keep people of all ages from realizing their goals, aspirations, and dreams of success in life.

Kory’s hometown is Toronto, Canada. He’s an author and a keynote artist, a speaker who accents his talks with a live music performance. This makes perfect sense for Kory, because his lifetime calling has centered around music in many different capacities: composer, pianist, singer, teacher, and entrepreneur.

Keynote speaking has been revolutionized with the inclusion of live musical performances. Because music is emotion, people remember the genuine emotion of the event years after they’ve forgotten facts, numbers, and stats of any presentation. Thus, Kory puts the emotional impact of his talks into overdrive by accentuating them with personalized music that he composes specifically for each speaking topic.

Kory continues to write music and songs for artists, television, and radio and has recently added the service of creating custom-made songs for corporations, individuals, and other keynote speakers. To date, he has released five CDs of original music and shows no signs of stopping.

Kory has succeeded where others thought he would fail. In his youth, he was enrolled in a bachelor of music program at Wilfred Laurier University. He didn’t graduate because it was deemed he didn’t meet all the requirements set by the music faculty. A classmate of Kory’s suffered the same fate. Oddly enough, Kory and his classmate took other routes and became the only students in their class to make a living as full-time professional musicians. Statistics show that very few music students anywhere in the world are successful in pursuing a professional career in music.

As a business entrepreneur, one of Kory’s early successes was being the founder and director of The Toronto High School for the Performing Arts, a private, nonsectarian school where students combined their academic studies with that of the music, dance, drama, and art. Among the alumni are Keanu Reeves and Cree Summer Franks, who played Freddy in Bill Cosby’s Different Strokes series. It was the only school of its kind in all of Canada, and many other school boards have since followed suit.

“The fondest memory of my time as director of the school happened on a warm spring evening when the students had just come back to the student residence after our annual spring prom. They were gathered on the front lawn, saying their good-byes for the summer. There were tears. There were smiles. There was hugging and kissing. There was love. I watched and drank it all in. I realized that I was responsible for it, that I brought so many different people together. I gave those young people new life experiences, new friends. I helped them grow. This moment, above all, was my reward. Money cannot buy it. I realized that I, little ol’ me, had made a difference in so many lives. How many people can say, ‘I made a difference’? It doesn’t get any better than that.”

With a lifetime of experience, knowledge, and creative enterprise, Kory continues to live by the motto his mother instilled in him as a boy: “Lifting as we climb.” His goal is to help others in the development and application of their own mindsets for success, in their lives, in their quest of their special hopes, their aspirations, and their dreams.


Are your dreams crippled by your imaginary fears?

Fear is, by far, the single greatest obstacle in acquiring success in any walk of life. Develop an unconditional mindset for success, because when your mind is set for success, you take action, even when you are scared out of your wits. The definition of a true hero is “someone who takes action in the face of fear.” Most of us waste too much time overthinking things, constantly asking, “How am I going make my dreams come true?” Often, the worst of all things happens, and we’re reduced to watching our dreams die!

Find out how you can tap into your own remarkable strengths and abilities, those that lie untapped within. Then you, too, can overcome the fear that stands between you and the success you’ve always wanted in your personal or professional life.


Break through the crippling cycle of the fear of failure. Like all other successful people, you must come to realize what causes fear and how you can easily overcome that fear, step by step.

Don’t be defeated by the suffocating effects of the perfectionism trap, just because you’re afraid of making bad decisions. Learn the same result-tested methods of making superior decisions with the same authority and confidence that powerful CEOs of multinational companies do.

Feeling alone, scared, and overwhelmed as you set out to realize your dreams is normal, but it’s also conquerable.

Quiet Determination: 15 Ways to Break the Barriers of Your Untapped Success! will teach you how to build your own confidence and self-efficacy so you can easily maneuver through challenges, with success sure to follow.

Are you depressed by the startling negative influences of the other people in your life? They may mean well, but they are inadvertently planting the very seeds of your failure, casting doubt on your ability to realize your dreams. Discover the how-to of surrounding yourself with a positive, supportive environment, one that will nourish your goals.



There is never a perfect time to start working on your dreams, so the right time is right now! Quiet Determination: 15 Ways to Break the Barriers of Your Untapped Success! will put your mind in success mode.

  • The first step to making your life the best it can be is knowing where you want to end up.
  • Things that once seemed difficult or terrifying will now be an exciting journey, just rites of passage.
  • Discover the secret of how to make hard decisions easily and watch your overall stress level shrink away.
  • Increase your self-confidence.
  • Develop the ability to accep any challenge confidently.
  • Improve your problem-solving skills by becoming more creative.
  • As a powerful leader, you will know how to win friends and influence people.
  • By exploiting the clearly laid out techniques of deliberate practice, develop new and improved skills that will land you a better job and lead to a bigger paycheck.
  • Learn how to use all seven of your intelligences to become a better leader or manager.
  • Because success is a mental game, your newfound mental toughness will be the foundation of your newfound success.
  • Be amazed when you see yourself working absolute miracles, with the help of a talent whisperer.
  • Discover the secret of sustained accountability and handle fear fearlessly and easily.

Quiet Determination is jammed with many practical, valuable benefits that will help you break through the barriers that stand between you and your lifetime of dreams. Give yourself the greatest gift you could ever give yourself. Be all that you can be. You can be remarkable!


“So many books have been written about willing the Universe to give us what we need. However, we actually need to persevere and work for what’s written in fine line as well. Dream while working for it. Thanks, Kory, for this awesome book.”
Cynthia Davis
Author of In Search of Wisdom: The 6 Master Keys to Living the Life You Want and Deserve

“This book teaches us that it takes more than a dream, more than passion for succeeding. It takes knowledge, accountability, and hard work among others to finally succeed. What a nice read.”
Susie Nelsen
Author of Finishing Well

“If there is one book that really went into the nitty-gritty details of how to become successful, it is this book. Congratulations, Kory!”
Sherry Brantley
Author of STEPP (Start To Exercise Personal Power)

“Self-control and quiet determination—this book shows that success will only happen if you believe in yourself and you work toward success. The littlest things we do are, indeed, the key to achieving success.”
Caroline Bachot
Author of The Fastest Way to Happiness