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Never wait for an invitation.

Like many of you, I’m a dreamer. I think of new ideas all the time. The difference is, I’ve learned what kind of stuff requires actual credentials and invitations, and what kind of stuff doesn’t. And, you know what’s fascinating? Most ideas don’t require permission to bring them to life.

The online world feels so fake.

The online world feels so fake.

Nothing irks me more than manipulation. These days, it feels like everything online is either made to sell you something, or sell you an ideology. Here are some thoughts on the state of the online world, and how I think we can change it.

Have a lawyer review your contract.

Have a lawyer review your contract.

Whether you’re using a contract for your business, or you’ve got an offer on the table, you should always have a lawyer review your contract. Why? Because it’s a legally binding document, and paying an expert to look at it will could save you a lot of pain, and money, down the road!

WEEKLY STUFF

How to game the system.

How to game the system.

Some of the most successful people already know this: just because there's a popular way to do something, doesn't mean it's the only way to do it. As a successful drop-out who has competed for jobs with people with graduate degrees, I know this as fact. There's the...

Why you should take a day off work.

Why you should take a day off work.

Unless you're David Goggins, chances are, you'd benefit from a day or two of rest. Most of us aren't as finely-tuned in as he is. Many of us don't have a body that can tolerate that kind of stress. I loved reading about David Goggins, but whenever I see people running...

Fear of the other: why?

Fear of the other: why?

Being offended today, is not what being offended was like twenty years ago. To feel insulted, belittled, or emotionally hurt means different things, now. In some circles, it's seen as an act of violence, and in some circles, it's seen as sport. Personally, since my...

Most bosses suck.

Most bosses suck.

Here's something most people already know, but don't have the social permission to talk about: most managers suck at their jobs. And, I would argue, they're likely the top reason why employees end up leaving for greener pastures. The problem is, few businesses do exit...

It not about smarts; it’s about habits.

It not about smarts; it’s about habits.

I've been known to do things on my own terms. It's been a lifelong thing, and I like to think that a small part of that is genetics. My grandparents were stubborn, and entrepreneurial. There's no shortage of creative thinking in my family, and my relatives have always...

Embracing the pivot.

Embracing the pivot.

I don't think there's a business owner, or freelancer, out there that would tell you that everything they did when they first started out, is the same stuff they're doing today. Here's my story... I went out on my own in January 2021, thinking I'd leave the technology...

Doing what you can with the time you’ve got.

Doing what you can with the time you’ve got.

I wish I could tell you that I have my shit together, but often times, I don't. I make plans to get X, Y, Z done, and they don't get done. It's not really because I don't have the time. It's because I lack the energy. I love playing. I love passing the time sitting...

How to find freelance work from home gigs in Canada.

How to find freelance work from home gigs in Canada.

(Originally published on Feb. 4, 2021. I recently updated this article with more info, including looking for work on Twitter!) Here in Canada, it sometimes feels like we have fewer options for work from home jobs compared to our American counterparts. Thing is though,...

The online world feels so fake.

The online world feels so fake.

One of the challenges of working in the marketing world is the feeling that you're part of a group of people that make the online world less interesting. Everything feels so fake now that every social network, and every search result is gamed and engineered by...

Personal Stories

We need more artists in business.

We need more artists in business.

Recently, I wrote this blog article on my personal website. I was feeling nostalgic about my artsy days. I've had a very coloured past that included wild nights with a variety of artist friends, impromptu photo shoots, and the company of beautiful women, good wine,...

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Why Sudburian skepticism is a good thing.

Why Sudburian skepticism is a good thing.

I grew up in Chelmsford, Ontario, just outside of Sudbury. For anyone who's not familiar with this area, it's a small blue-collar town centered around the mining industry. It's a unique place where about a third of the population speaks French. Back in the day,...

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How I got away with it.

How I got away with it.

The most common thing people ask me, is this: "How'd you get away with it?". The "it" they're referring to has been many different things. From being able to work from home ten years ago, to working with some of the best actors in the country, to setting down ground...

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Careful who you listen to.

Careful who you listen to.

I grew up in a really small town, in Northern Ontario. When I moved to the "big city" (Ottawa), I was incredibly timid. I had a hard time adjusting to the pace, and to the mentality of working in a bigger town. The first thing I noticed was how people manipulated each...

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Doing it out of love.

Doing it out of love.

Sometimes, you have to write something out of honesty because the truth scratches at your feed, like a cat that needs to be fed. I enjoy writing articles that help people. But, sometimes, I also want to share things about myself. Sometimes, I just want to connect. I'm...

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What my Dad taught me about business.

What my Dad taught me about business.

I grew up in Chelmsford, Ontario. It’s a small village just outside of Sudbury. My father was a mechanic, and later, a shop foreman. My mother was an elementary school teacher. We lived on an isolated road, with a forest in our backyard. It was a fairly simple life....

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