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December 2016


What You Need More Than Anything

I was invited to watch the business students at Algonquin College pitch their business ideas. It was a final project before they graduate. The set up was sort of like Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank where I get to…


What Kills Creativity

Nintendo designer Gunpei Yokoi was riding the train to work, when he saw a businessman trying to amuse himself with a small LCD pocket calculator. He connected the nintendo to the calculator and came up with the gameboy. Everything…


Freedom of Choice

I felt sad. I was waiting for my little girl to finish dance class when a women asked a father sitting across from me if he is going to make the dance recital in a few weeks. The man looked down…


The Mask of Fear

In Papua New Guinea there’s a tribal initiation ritual that when a boy turns 5 years old and starts to become too intense for their mom to handle. The adult men in the tribe put on masks and scare the boy. The men act as personifications of the gods, the authority.…


The Old Way VS The New Way To Market Yourself

The ultimate goal of a renegade is to change something. Something you feel should be better. That’s what Steve Jobs, the Grateful Dead, Martin Luther King and just about anyone worth talking about did. For the last 100 years our…


Asking For Help

Almost everyone I’ve ever asked for help has helped me. 8 years ago I read the book All You Have is Hope. It’s a biography about a man that went from being an alcoholic homeless person to founding Second…


Trust and Consistency

I was having breakfast with my daughter at the restaurant. The first time I went with her the waiter brought over a bowl of fruit with a box of crayons before we were served the main breakfast. It was…


The Pit Stop

If you’ve been reading my blog you know how important it is to be the painter not the paint. Meaning that you need to take the time to work on your business instead of in it. It’s an easy…