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Be Cause

Why do things happen?

Just because.

They happen because someone caused it to happen.

Earlier in the week, I reached out to someone because I saw a google alert that signaled that an organization was approved a budget for their strategic planning. (My core business)

I reached out, they already had someone in mind to work with, but low and behold I got an email back 2 days later because they heard good things about my work.

The point of this is, that had I not been in action, had I not sent that email, had I not called, had I not followed up, nothing would have happened.

Find your edge

One of the habits I’m taken up while in New York is the practice of Bikram Yoga.

You know the 90-minute hot yoga that makes someone of my…hydration ability, very very drippy.

 




It seems like every class, which is both a physical as well as mental workout has something to offer the body and the mind.

One of the lessons I recently learned was the distinction of “finding your edge”

As you move into these various poses/stretches (which are always the same 26 by the way) you get to develop your flexibility for each one.

Migos, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Bad and Boujee” With Office Supplies

Get it how you live

There’s no way I couldn’t share this. I’m not a big fan of the Migos, but this is pretty awesome. Another example of how being creative can get you new results and produce high-quality content.

Migos, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Bad and Boujee” With Office Supplies




I’ve never made any money

I’ve never printed money.

I don’t know how much there is out there in the world, and I’m certainly not the one responsible for managing all of it.

 

Historically, my view of money has been pretty small. It’s more a function of necessity that you get for doing stuff.

I was more concerned with spending time with people and living life than having money or stuff.

Money, however, is a lubricant that makes life easier.

Especially when you’re getting ready to get married etc.





 

Playing the game

 

 

Life is really just a game.

It depends on what game you’re playing and what it looks like to win.

I came to a realization that the game I had signed up for, I was not going to win.

I was trying to be (See trying) a start-up entrepreneur from Vancouver who was going to be (see: going to be) a “success”.

It’s like setting yourself up to be a struggle rapper your whole life. (A day in the life of a struggle rapper)

 

 

Games are just made up.

Everything is discovery.

Being curious opens the doors to so many things.

It’s easy to get set in our ways because we know things. We know lots of things, but we don’t know everything.

I “know things” and am very smart. So, I’ll make judgments and come to conclusions very quickly.

Most of the time “I’m right”, and my way is the best way.

Have you ever been with someone and they showed you a new app?

Or you were cooking and they showed you a new technique or way of doing things that just blew your mind and infinitely improves how you were doing it before?

Until you get to your true self

Last night I was at a leadership course in New York called the Introduction Leaders Program.

In it, they lead you through exercises where you get in touch with the things that are holding you back from the life you want and the results you’re committed to creating.

In it, the leader of the course was explaining how Michelangelo was creating the statue of David. As the story goes

When Michelangelo took this giant piece of marble, he had the idea of who David was. He chipped away at the marble, and removed “everything that wasn’t David”

The opportunity to make a difference

I’ve been in NYC for the past 2 weeks just chilling and exploring.

One of the things that I’ve been present to is that I’ve (We’ve) been presented with opportunities to do whatever we want.

If you’re reading this, you have a device, you have the internet and you have free time.

There are so many people that aren’t granted the same freedoms that we have.

It’s our duty. It’s MY duty to make the most of it.

I’m on a mission to make every moment count.

How do you know what the “right” things to do are when you feel stuck?

It’s been well documented that entrepreneurs are “risk takers” that they don’t worry about failing on their path to success.

Here’s what I’ve found about failure: It sucks.

It costs money, it costs time, and it costs mental energy because you need to pick yourself back up.

I’ve found that some of the best entrepreneurs and business people fully embrace risk and uncertainty, but do everything they can to mitigate that risk while still coming out ahead.

So how do you mitigate risk and come out ahead?

How do I mitigate risk and come out ahead?

Niching down was the most valuable thing I’ve ever done for my business.

I still do “too many” things.

I’m an entrepreneur in the truest sense.

I like to do new things, I like the experience (see: Challenge) of building and launching different things. Risks, big or small, are probably under-appreciated, and I feel like I can bounce back from anything. *Knocks on wood.

Within all of that:

When I started pushing back on my natural desire to be all things to all people that’s when more opportunities came up.

I pushed back on taking the jobs because they came to me