Category Archive: Building a Business

Jul 24

A key to success — smell the roses

When peo­ple look at my back­ground (mul­ti­ple busi­ness owner, self employed, investor, real estate, fam­ily, vol­un­teer­ing, etc) they tend to assume I’m a very busy per­son. The media is full of the “you must com­mit every moment of your day to achieve suc­cess” mes­sage. When I started, that was prob­a­bly fairly true, I worked quite …

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Jun 02

Too much information

As an owner of a design com­pany, you have to own a lot of fonts. When I started out, I had hun­dreds, if not thou­sands. Over the years, I’ve acquired many more to the point that I now have over 25,000. Some peo­ple may think this is a good thing but, in real­ity, it’s more …

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Jan 31

15 years to overnight success

A friend of ours recently came by for a visit. They are inter­ested in start­ing their own busi­ness, and inspired by our appar­ent suc­cess. It’s very easy to look at our life and think it’s easy to dupli­cate. The truth is, we’re not even close to an overnight suc­cess. Busi­ness and invest­ing is not a …

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Jan 12

Know the disease

Many peo­ple tell me it’s impos­si­ble to be a land­lord. There’s just no way to make money, ten­ants are night­mares, they don’t want the hassles…whatever. I sup­pose, I also hear the same thing about start­ing a busi­ness. 9/10 busi­nesses fail within 3 years, you have no life, it’s all work and no play…etc. Hav­ing started …

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Feb 14

Tax Time Tips for Real Estate Investors

Well, we’re get­ting close to that time of year again where taxes need to be filed and paid. If you own any busi­ness or real estate, you don’t really get to keep any more money than if you earned a pay­cheque. Money doesn’t seem to work that way. There is one dif­fer­ence though between being an …

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Oct 11

Don’t scrimp on quality

Fall is a busy time, as you may have noticed from my lack of post­ing lately. Life does have a ten­dency to get in the way of pro­cras­ti­nat­ing… As win­ter approaches at a sta­ble, you need to pre­pare and stock up…and for those of you who think the kids going back to school will give …

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Sep 21

Why Lynden Dorval had to be fired.

Many peo­ple must have heard the name Lyn­den Dor­val by now. He’s an Edmon­ton teacher who was recently fired for giv­ing out zeros to stu­dents. The media has been all over this story for months in the west, and it’s got­ten national air time. Now, per­son­ally, I’m all for hand­ing out zeros to students…but that’s not the …

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Aug 07

Two sides to Termination

My prop­erty man­ager was let go today. I’d like to say I didn’t see it com­ing, but I’m afraid that’s not the case. Iron­i­cally, I thought she’d be fired because she was putting in a lot of extra effort, and I could see this hap­pen­ing (though that’s not the offi­cial ver­sion of course). About a …

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Jul 04

Analysis paralysis — you have to keep moving

Hockey is a fast mov­ing sport. It is a game where you have to make split-second deci­sions. It’s not a game where you can sit back and ana­lyze what’s going on around you. I’ve sat in many are­nas over the years, watch­ing my son’s teams play. One thing I’ve noticed is the defense, when the …

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Jun 12

Losing the war, change the battlefield

Com­pe­ti­tion is a real­ity in busi­ness. Often times, it can be a war, as exem­pli­fied by the com­puter software/hardware com­pa­nies of the 80’s. Going head to head in all out com­pe­ti­tion usu­ally results in one com­pany being destroyed and the other emerg­ing more pow­er­ful than ever, able to eas­ily dom­i­nate the remain­ing com­pe­ti­tion. A good …

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