5 Things to Quit Right Now

1. Trying to please everyone In trying to please everyone we often please no one – including ourselves. To be truly positive in the eyes of some, you have to risk appearing negative in the eyes of others. 2.…


Growing Your Team

Telling someone what to do doesn’t change them. What changes someone is getting them to see the world in a new light – from a new perspective. Over the years I’ve mentored countless coaches, managers and entrepreneurs. My aim…


Teaching my Daughter to be a Leader

Courage is one of the most important qualities of a leader. You can’t tell the truth without it. You can’t love. You can’t express yourself. You can’t trust and you can’t question. Courage comes first and then everything follows.…


Art as Therapy

I was walking through the gallery with a friend. She wasn’t feeling to well that day and she wasn’t sure why. We turned to a painting and I asked her what she thought about it and she described the…


The Best Coaches Know

It’s hard to be a teacher, adviser or a coach because the best ones have to live by what they teach. They can’t just tell people “do as I say but not as I do”. As a coach you…


The Elbows Are Always Bent

A lady was handing out flyers. I noticed that everyone receiving the flyer had their elbows bent. No one had their elbows locked excited to receive the flyer even though it was a free event. Everyone is suspicious. They’ve…


The 9 Question Business Plan

I was 21 when I created my first business plan. It was long and completely inaccurate. Here are the real questions you need answers to: Who is my customer? What are they buying from me? How do I reach…


Give Them What They Want

Before Earl Tupper invented Tupperware, he observed that women would put a bowl overtop another bowl to help preserve food in the refrigerator. Earl understood what makes a good designer. His design was based on a real life problem…


On Good Art

Whether you use a paint brush or a mop – Art isn’t about the tools you use but rather about doing something with love. Good art can be life changing. I find art that deals with ideas to be…


The Trophy is Not The Reward

If you’re learning Spanish the reward is that you learnt Spanish and now you can talk to Spanish people. Instead we have a society begging for a different kind of reward. They beg for validation. Begging for someone to…


Entrepreneurs are Artists

The entrepreneur usually becomes good at business through making good decisions. They’re good at exploiting their business for opportunities to make money. But there comes a time where the business needs innovation. Yet innovation calls for a different approach.…


Understanding Your Audience

Gene Simmons knew he wasn’t marketing to teenagers, he was marketing to angry parents. Anything Kiss did that offended parents was a good business move because he knew that teenagers were tired of being denied the life they wanted…


The Joy of Creating

I’ve observed that the true artist has no interest in their work after it’s finished. No work of art seems to please the artist because their aim is mastery. My daughter values what she creates for a day or…


We Were Born Curious

A baby’s first game is peek-a-boo. The parent conceals their eyes. This creates tension in the child to wonder. Then the adult reveals their eyes to hopefully witness a smile. But along the way to adulthood a childs curiosity…