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The Secret to Being Remarkable

My biggest weakness is by far my organizational skills. It’s something I’ve been wrestling with my whole life. I used to lie to myself saying that my chaotic work flow helped my creativity or that I was right brain…


Thinking 10x Bigger

In the start up phase of business the problem is often that the entrepreneur doesn’t think big enough. They don’t have the experience of having built a company at a large scale and they’re buried in details that are often…


The Lawn Cutter and the Gardener

Cutting the lawn is easy, anyone can do it. Just start the lawnmower and follow the lines. The problem with the lawn cutter is that his art is short lived – after a few weeks it’s as if the…


The Starting Point of Business

My brother had a job as a cleaner. When his contract was about to expire he contemplated what he would do next. As his older brother he looked for my advice. My suggestion was that he uses the skills…


It’s Not The Millennials, It’s You

A business owner was complaining that everyone he hires is so lazy. He blames it on the millennial generation that don’t want to work. But he’s wrong. It’s not a people problem. It almost never is. It’s an operational…


Chasing Financial Freedom

I remember when I first started as a personal trainer. Exchanging my time for money. I was passionate. I was in my element and when I helped people change their lives I felt fulfilled. My goal was to realize…


Moving Towards Business Maturity

The oldest business in the world is a hot-spring hotel called Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan. which has existed since the year 705. A business that is far into maturity. A new startup is like a teenager, it’s…


Growing a Small Business

A friend of mine was nervous to expand her shop to another neighbourhood. In her mind replicating her model seemed to be the only real way to grow her business. Right before she was about to sign the lease,…


All You Can Do Is Your Best

I was talking to an entrepreneur about a recent failure he had. He was so upset and discouraged about it. He tells me that it’s keeping him up at night. People are often down on themselves for the outcome…


Why Great Ideas Fail

In 2003, I started a business called I recruited a handful of fitness coaches including former Mr Universe Andre Maille to become a coach on the website. And the idea was to connect clients with world class coaches…


I’m a Little Overwhelmed Today

It happens to me too. So I’ll keep it short. I’ve been promoting this event that my wife and I created called Desserfest …the ultimate cheat day. It’s going on this weekend not to mention another type ofevent 2…


Following Your Dream

Coco and her sister Marlo just opened up a cafe and homemade pasta bar in downtown Ottawa on Monday. Just a month ago I had asked her about her job and there was no mention of this Dreamland business.…