Category Archives: True Success

The Peace in Peace & Profit

This blog post is different than what I usually share.  But today marks nine years since my whole life felt like it was turned upside down when my step-mom passed away from a tiring battle with breast cancer. In the beginning, the heartbreaking loss was almost the only thing I could think about, but as…

Are Your Buddies Bad for Business?

Quick: write down the names of the 5 people you spend the most time with, and then write down the qualities–good and bad–that you associate with them. Does this strike you as a great list of people? Do you feel good when you’re around them? Do they inspire you and challenge you to be the best…

6 Business Tips from Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid, and I still think Mary offers a lot of wisdom to live by: Feed the Birds: share your wealth with others. Use your business as a vehicle for making contributions to your community, by training your staff to be visionary leaders, sponsoring…

Your 6 Most Important Things

There are about 5 kajillion different methods and systems for improving productivity. My favourite? It takes about 5 minutes, and the ability to write or type a list. Oh, and it will literally CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I apologize for the all caps there–I don’t want to shout at you, but I cannot overstate the magnificent,…

Innovation Vs. Systems: Seth Godin’s Linchpin & Michael Gerber’s E-Myth

Two fantastic books, two very divergent views. And I believe the key to massive success is to apply them both. Gerber’s approach has revolutionized many a business in the past couple of decades, encouraging entrepreneurs to think big, create businesses they can grow and scale easily. It’s the McDonald-ization effect, creating operations that provide adequate–not…

Should You Leave Your Business?

Why would any sane person give up a thriving business? If I had a nickel for every time I’d been asked this question, I’d have at least enough change to buy a few lattes… or one really good glass of celebratory wine. And trust me, I did a lot of celebrating when I sold a…

Being Your Own Boss Kicks Ass – What Entrepreneurship Gives You that a Job Can’t

I’ve taken multiple holidays this year. I’ve built this website. I’m writing a book, and collaborating with other entrepreneurs on multiple projects…. And I’ve done all this while my business continues to thrive and earn me an income. There are some awesome jobs out there, and many happy employees who would much rather get their…

Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ is Terrible Advice

Follow your passion! We are constantly being told this is THE key to success. Of course, it’s just that simple, right?  “Gosh, why didn’t I think of that?”, you say, as you slap your forehead. As if you haven’t already been racking your brain, trying to figure out what the heck you could possibly be so…

The Power of a Sincere Apology

You are going to mess up. Big time. Not because you’re stupid or thoughtless, and not because you don’t care. But you are guaranteed to screw things up, somehow, somewhere with somebody. It’s listed in the fine-print when you show up in your fine human form on earth. Don’t remember reading that? Something along the…

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Build a Great Business Alone

So many people in our society seem hell-bent on doing everything themselves. No help needed, thank you very much. Maybe they think it’s more noble to go it alone, they feel like they can’t afford to hire anyone, or they feel weaker when someone else is lending a hand. I think this is a real…

Are You an Entrepreneur, or a Business Owner?

This may strike you as a trick question. I mean, they’re the same thing, right? Well, to me there is a world of difference between them, and this is one thing you want to be clear about as soon as possible, because it can make a huge difference to your happiness and fulfilment. The crucial…

10 Ways to Wake up Excited to Go to Work

OK, let me just say right here and now, I do not jump up out of bed every morning, thrilled to greet another day with nothing but love and light in my heart. I have cozy, quiet days too. Sometimes I just love sleeping in, savouring a comfies-style morning. But on the whole, life is…

Why Pretending to Be Successful is Keeping You Broke

There’s a crazy amount of advice out there on how to be successful, and I’ve read and lived a good amount of it. I have so much sympathy for everyone out there who is confused by all the conflicting information! One issue I see coming up constantly is this: people think that by acting successful,…