Monthly Archives

November 2016


Work With Purpose 

Work can be a lonely place. Yet work can be the source of your greatest joy. But to feel fulfilled at work you have to see yourself in the object you are creating. At least I do. Think of…


On Leadership

The best leaders I know are too busy working on their own mission to ever look at how well the competition is doing. They know who they are and they live by their values everyday.…


Marketing in Three Steps

The first step is to make your brand, idea or business so good that it markets itself. The second step is to tell the right story to the right people in the right way. The third step is to…


The Things You Own End Up Owning You

Do we really need more stuff? People fighting over sales only to fill their house with needless things. We have more stuff today than a king would have had just a few centuries ago. Even though it’s clear that more…


Why You Should Choose Your Heroes Wisely

My daughter is almost 5 years old and she loves art. When she was 3 years old I gave her a giant canvas to paint. Instead of painting on the canvas, she painted her hands in different colors and…


What Does Success Mean to You?

“If you think you’re successful now, you’re not” said the speaker. I was invited to a seminar put on by the Ottawa Executive MBA program for the winners of the 40 under 40 business awards. When I heard those…


Standing Out

If you want people to start taking notice of your work you need to show them the real you. Be honest, be open, be willing to call it as you see it. It’s not about the tactics. It’s about…


The Most Powerful Question You Can Ask Yourself

What do you want your kids to say about you when you’re gone? If you don’t have kids, how do you want other people to remember you when you’re gone? Most of us can benefit from re-aliging our actions to…


Better Than Motivation

Motivation is unreliable. It’s a short lived emotion that rises and falls. Amateurs rely on motivation but professionals don’t. Professionals work on self-discipline, never relying on how they feel to get moving. They make commitments to themselves and follow through on…

Book Reviews

The Secret to Love that Lasts

I read a book called the 5 love languages a few years ago that really helped Chelsea and I to strengthen our relationship. Dr. Gary Chapman was working as a marriage counselor for more than 30 years and started…

Leadership quote

The Life in Your Years

It’s easy to work hard towards your goal only to wake up one day to realize you haven’t lived. Life can end at any point. Have fun during the journey not at the end of it.…

Why most small businesses fail

Why Most Small Businesses Fail

Most small businesses fail because the owner acts like the paint rather than the painter. The owners time is tied up in the details as oppose to painting the picture of how the business should look and function. Letting…


On Expert Customers

I don’t know the owner of Knifewear but when I walked by their store I couldn’t help but stop and notice. On the wall, closest to the sidewalk is a wall filled with pictures of chefs who’ve purchased their…