Have you ever met someone who never accepted responsibility for anything? Everything was always someone else’s fault. There is always a reason for why things didn’t go as planned and it’s always outside of their control.

These people are always the victim of circumstances and other people’s choices.

Playing the victim is easy. It is the lowest common denominator in our thinking. It is easy, cheap, and costs nothing. 

The victim never needs to take responsibility for anything, because everything is always someone else’s fault.  Continue Reading…

Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and things start to get a bit heated? Maybe it was with your parents, your best friend or significant other.

You knew you were getting close to the point of no return.

You were nearing the point in which a full on argument was going to break out. You knew that if you kept pushing, kept talking and kept trying to prove your point that things were going to get bad.  Continue Reading…

Or maybe the game has just changed. Recently I moved to Portland, OR. It has been an exhilarating journey, full of excitement, anxiety and anticipation. Before our actual move I would have never guessed this was how everything would have turned out.

One thing is for sure. I know the journey is not over.

This most recent transition required that I leave work that I loved doing and begin a job search in a new city with not many contacts. Continue Reading…

Leaders love to try out new ideas and concepts. They take risks and chase their dreams, blazing new trails along the way. As a leader you are going to have thoughts on what the future should look like. You will have hopes and dreams you will pursue.

Whatever it is you are hoping for, the truth is that as you step forward there will be times you will come up against resistance in the form of discouragement. Continue Reading…

Are you thinking of getting a degree? Maybe you have people saying you should. Maybe you have heard that investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. Are they right? Going to school is a big decision and as a young leader it could be the best decision of your life. I went to university and found more benefits than just obtaining a fancy piece of paper.

But if your education is an investment, we need to approach it like one.

Many people call something an investment when really they are just looking for an excuse to spend money they don’t have. Continue Reading…

We live in the most exciting times ever. I say that mostly because it is the only time I have lived in. Think about this, today almost everyone has a Facebook account, Twitter profile or YouTube channel. You have the opportunity to reach more people today than could have been imagined two decades ago.

Just a few years ago if you were not a celebrity the only people who knew you were those you physically interacted with. This might be a couple hundred for the average person.

Today, anyone, regardless of where they live, can have an audience of ten-thousand or more. You used to have to sell out an arena to do that, or write for a major newspaper.  Continue Reading…

Muscles are built through resistance, work and discipline. That is why many people choose not to go to the gym. Regardless of whether you go to the gym or not there is one muscle we should all strengthen.

Personally, I enjoy eating candy. Sour Patch Kids, Mike and Ikes, you name it and I’ll like it. All the grocery store clerks know this. That is why they hang candy out in front of me at every isle. I am literally looking for a tube of toothpaste and there are Sour Patch kids hanging down off the shelf!

What I know I need to do is say yes to the tooth paste and no to the candy.  Continue Reading…

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving!

There are many differences between Canada and US and this is one of them. I don’t know why the US celebrates it so close to Christmas, I like where Canada has it!

Regardless of the difference on the calendar, there are many similarities. Families come together, eat a meal and spend time together. In the US there’s football on the TV and in Canada you have the choice between hockey or baseball.

As the name of the holiday implies, it is also a time to reflect on the things we are thankful for. When the crop comes in, it is time to celebrate the bounty that was harvested. Continue Reading…

I believe you are a leader and you have an influence on the world around you. If you are married, your effectiveness and ability to change the world is contingent on the health of your relationship with your spouse.

Last month my wife Laurie and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. Over the last several years we’ve travelled around the world together, had 2 beautiful children and have moved countries twice.

All in all I would say it’s been a fantastic adventure. That I wouldn’t trade for anything!  Continue Reading…

Every successful person that has ever lived has possessed the ability to lead themselves well. They are able to decide what they want and move with passion towards that objective.

Most successful people find the motivation, power and discipline from within themselves.

I have spoken to many people that want more. They want more money, responsibility, lose weight, play a sport or take up an instrument. Personally I have been that person on many occasions! 

The difference between the person who wants much and the person that achieves success is their ability to lead themselves well. Lets call this self-leadership. Continue Reading…