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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Some of you may know that I do a little speaking and teaching in local churches. Below are a couple of recent and forthcoming engagements.
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If you’ve read my blog for a while you may have noticed that I’m not a fan of social media. Even at the bottom of every blog post is a message dissuading people from posting comments (though, of course, you are free to anyway). What if I told you that psychologists and former executives at social media companies are also deeply concerned?
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I read an article recently in the Toronto Star that essentially claimed, “Look, Alberta’s minimum wage hike didn’t hurt them.” This will be brief, but I do have a few observations.
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I’m way behind on blogging about interesting stuff, so I’ll try to pump out a few interesting posts this week and next before life really takes off again in the New Year. In no particular order…
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In the spirit of the season, here are a couple of … how to put this … “unconventional” takes on Christmas.
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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.”
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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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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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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