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We live each day of our lives in real time. There is no dress rehearsal, there is no practice round and there are certainly no mulligans. However, there is still tomorrow.

As long as there is breath in our lungs, there is a hope for the future. A future we play the main character in.

Sometimes this takes courage, sometimes people are hurt, sometimes you need to say sorry. Many times there is joy, peace and fulfillment in using wisdom to follow your heart.  Continue Reading…

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…

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…

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Hi Friends,

My desire is to help you grow in your influence and reach your full potential. I want to create useful and relevant content for you. In order to do this, I need to hear from YOU. As a result I have created my first ever Reader’s Survey!

Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out and will only take a few minutes to complete.  Continue Reading…

My beautiful daughter was born in June of 2011. Soon she will be 3! When we went into the hospital I put my phone on silent (because I just assumed you were supposed to in a hospital!). I also wanted to be fully available to my wife.

Before then, my phone would buzz, beep, ring and chime all the time. Like most people I get plenty of work and personal emails on a regular basis, and they come in at all hours of the day.

I remember one time my wife and I went out for dinner. My phone beeped in the middle of our conversation and without thinking I checked my phone. My wife was talking, but I wasn’t paying attention. Needless to say, I had to apologize to my wife! Continue Reading…

Before my wife and I got married we had the money talk. We understood the value of living on less than what we made.

There were two things we were in agreement on. First, we never wanted to be in debt (except to own a house). Second, we wanted to live on my salary alone, that way when we had kids she could stay home with them.

When we were married we had some debt. When I say we, I mean me. It wasn’t a lot, but it was still debt. We agreed that we were not going into any more debt and that we were going to get out of debt within a year.  Continue Reading…


When I started this blog, my goal was to blog once a week. My hope is that I can be a weekly resource for you as you grow your influence and potential as a leader.

Over the last couple of weeks you may have noticed I have been silent. For that I am sorry. 

Recently I shared about my family’s Unexpected Detour. As we have been planning our move to Portland, OR, things have taken a few extra turns.  Continue Reading…

I love to travel. I like the experience it brings and flying on a plane. Traveling for work is fun. I like the idea of being able to move 2,000 miles in only a few hours.

Last Summer I flew from London, UK to Toronto, Canada. I flew alone. It was great. I watched a movie, read a book and took a nap and then just like that I landed on the other side of the ocean.

I collected my bags and was on my way. Nice and easy!

Then 5 days later I had another kind of experience. Continue Reading…