The three layers of success

As I launch my business, I’ve spent a fair bit of time trying to wrap my mind around what “success” looks like. How do I know if I have been successful? What criteria do we use? What ingredients are necessary to get there?

I think a useful paradigm for success is to think of success as having three layers.

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I love my kids, but… 

Last night I noticed something between the cushions of the couch. Reaching in to retrieve it, I discovered it was not alone. It had a friend. Two friends. My word; just how many treasures had my children stuffed down there over the years?

“Honey, I think we can finally open that second hand store we always dreamed of.”

Why the wealthy should keep their money

At lot has been made about the so-called “income gap” but I’ve come to believe that it is in the best interest of society to let those who are wealthy keep their money. Yes, those of us without money – or, at least not as much as the “1%” – would be wise to let the “1%” keep the money they have instead of redistributing it.

Imagine you and three friends are stranded on a desert island…

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The great Canadian quest for mediocrity

I’ve been struck, lately, by the extent to which Canada is defined not by fantastic success on a large scale, but by our tendency to want to slip into the shadows and go largely unnoticed. If people are content to live lives of mediocrity, go right ahead, but problems arise when those who strive for mediocrity lash out at those who strive for more than mere mediocrity.

But first, a confession…

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The illusion of stability

As Denise and I were contemplating taking the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship one of the themes we kept circling back to was this idea that we were abandoning stability. I had a good job with “reliable” income, and I was going to put that behind me to pursue something that was very much uncertain.

But the more I thought about it, the more I came to believe that stability is something of an illusion.

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