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You CAN enjoy the entrepreneur roller coaster!

https://vimeo.com/216588462 Being an entrepreneur has it's ups and downs. But, with the proper mindset, you can enjoy the entrepreneur roller coaster! It's not about how tough you are. It simply comes down to how committed you are to serving the needs of others. Once you can get that picture clear in your mind, the stress and anxiety of being an entrepreneur will lift. The problem is usually us. Not our clients. It's how we perceive things as reality that often sets the course for how our journey will turn out. The last thing anyone wants to be around is a negative person. But dealing with the ups and downs of the unknown variables of the entrepreneurial can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned veterans of us. The fact is, believe it or not, it's the unpredictability to the journey that you love. That's right. The very thing you hate sometimes about the unknown variables of being an entrepreneur are the very things that keep you hooked on the possibility to achieving your dream. Because vision is timeless. And it's yours. Decide who it is you want to serve and "voila", the stress of the unknown will melt away. That's what my good friend discovered when he called me with a cloud over his head. Seems he was experiencing the downward spiral of the roller coaster. When I picked up the phone, I knew something was wrong. Us entrepreneurs have a sense about these things. Anyway, it turned out that my entrepreneur buddy had got sucked into the belief that he may have made a big mistake pursuing this entrepreneur thing. It happens. But when I reminded him of the…
May 8, 2017

Freedom is never free

It is a timeless truth that freedom is never free. It always comes at a price greater than we will ever be able to fully grasp. January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), an annual day of commemoration to honour the victims of the Nazi era. As much as this day marks a day of solemn reflection for my many Jewish friends, it also stands as a stark reminder that we are all in this fight for freedom together. For it was not only the freedom of my Jewish brethren that was destroyed by the murderous hands of the Nazis and their fascist supporters around the world. There were many Christian brothers and sisters who also met a destructive demise, along with many other "minorities" of the time. Many were too young to even experience the joy of freedom before their young lives were stolen. The fact is that remembering such atrocities and loss of freedom is an act of unity. It's a time to stand with those who were effected by the hate and destruction and to assure them that we stand with them. That we will never stand idly by while they are marched helplessly to death camps. We need to do that not only for the obvious humanitarian ideal that such an act deserves. That "love they neighbour as you love yourself" Christian ethos that is the strand of love and freedom that resonates in our society is truly the only hope we have in a world that seems at times to be…
January 27, 2017

True friends live the entrepreneur adventure with you

As an entrepreneur, as I get older, I have noticed that true friends live the adventure with you. Living an adventure will obviously mean that there are ups and there are downs. Hence, the adventure part. But many "friends" seem to somehow only want to live the thrill part of the entrepreneurial roller coaster ride, or be there to enjoy the reward of all the work. Many seem to disappear until its time to celebrate another victory. The life of an entrepreneur seems to magnify that effect. Entrepreneurs are, in many ways, different than the herd. We are manic. Simply put, we are passionate creatures that don't fit in with the herd. Not only do we work weird hours, never stop thinking about the "next thing", obsess about execution and in many ways, threaten the lives of those around them by causing them to examine how they are living their career oriented existence. But we also cause many to feel uncomfortable with the whole notion of taking any real chances in life themselves. That threat of holding up the mirror to other's lives is not necessarily intended by any entrepreneur. In fact, I can't blame people for not wanting to take that deep introspective look at the path for making a living they have somehow chosen. The fact is, studies repeatedly show that most people not only don't have a passion for their work, they simply hate it. So how can I fault a friend for not wanting to ask too many questions about how its really going with my entrepreneurial life? The response of almost any entrepreneur would no doubt be full of so much passion (be it positive…
January 25, 2017