“Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference; they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders – not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks.” – … READ ON >

More Or Less

Any success you will have, at anything, will ultimately come down to one of these two questions: How little can I get away with? Or How much am I willing to do? Curiously, they both take a lot of work. … READ ON >

Slot Machine Thinking

Slot Machine Thinking is my own term; it refers to people who mistake losing slowly with winning gradually. What people who play slot machines seemingly don’t understand (or don’t care about) is that whether it takes you one minute or … READ ON >

The Business of Problems

There are three ways to deal with a problem, as near as I can figure. Lean into it. Lean away from it. Run away from it. You lean into a problem, especially a big serious scary one, by sitting with … READ ON >

Ready For Her Close-Up

The other day while I was sitting by the gate waiting for a flight, I saw a true artist at work, a gate agent for Air Canada. If you believe, as I do, that all work is theatre and every … READ ON >

There Are Two Kinds Of Loyalty

Last week, I posted a survey result on LinkedIn that indicated that Tim Horton’s coffee was no longer the 1st choice of Canadians. In fact, the ubiquitous franchise (there is even one on a military base in Kandahar) has slipped … READ ON >

What Are You Doing, Dave?

I miss Blockbuster Video. Specifically, I miss this guy named Sam who was a cinemaphile. He introduced me to all kinds of great movies I had never heard of that turned out to be fantastic. Sam was the reason I … READ ON >

You’re An Idea

And good ideas spread. Instead of thinking of yourself as a person who sells stuff or delivers services, think of yourself as an idea. It’s not what you sell or do for people, it’s how you interpret the purpose of … READ ON >

Courage Is For Other People

Courage is for the people who have no choice, people like Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava who were rescued last week after being lost at sea for six months. Courage is for people who are gifted, people like Stanley Kubrick, … READ ON >


“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.” — Sheryl Sandberg … READ ON >