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My Top 3 Biggest (And Most Expensive) Mistakes I’ve Made As an Entrepreneur

By | Personal, Startups | 19 Comments

Alright, so here’s the deal.

Some entrepreneurs wear their battle scars proudly.

I don’t.

Not ashamed by any means. It’s just not a topic I’ve been racing to the studio to record.

Until now.

Because as a mentor, there’s a responsibility I carry to be transparent about my biggest f*uck ups in the hope that someone smart will heed my warnings and save themselves the months of frustration (or millions of dollars) that I lost because of my own strategic blindspots.
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Lean Learning: Just in Time vs. Just in Case

By | Education, Personal, Productivity, Strategy | 17 Comments

As entrepreneurs, we can get pretty damn obsessive about our growth and learning.

Stacking our kindles with the hottest titles from the business bestseller list…

… and secretly (or shamefully) looking forward to our next cross-atlantic flight where we’ll finally have a chance to catch up on all those latest reads.

But as entrepreneurs, we’re also pretty devout at finding efficiencies and maximizing the return on every investment.

Which makes it kind of crazy how we haven’t learnt how to properly combine the two.

Until now.
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Proactive vs. Reactive: 5 Success Principles To Get The Most Out of Life

By | Education, Life Hacks, Personal, Strategy | 17 Comments

You either live a proactive life (where you decided what you want out of it), or reactive (where you react to the world around you).

Unhappy people live reactively. They believe their life happens to them and they have no power to change that.

Successful entrepreneurs are highly proactive.

They create the world they want to live in.
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Startup Family: How To Find Balance When Building a Company

By | Life Hacks, Personal, Startups | 17 Comments

4 years ago I was living in San Francisco when my fiancee came home and told me she was pregnant.

This happened to be the same week I started my new startup Clarity.

A few months later she decided to partner with a friend and start a new marketing agency Onboardly.

On top of that, we figured we wanted to be closer to family so we started work on a small summer home near our family back home in Canada.

In the middle of all this I raised $1.6M in funding to scale my new startup.
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What’s Next… (& How You Should Make That Decision)

By | Events, Personal, Strategy | 53 Comments

Isn’t it annoying that as soon as you finish something, people always want to know “Whats next?

You could’ve just finished climbing a mountain, running your first marathon, or selling your company… and the only thing they want to know is… what’s next?!!

After Clarity got acquired (Dec ’14, but only announced in Feb ’15) I was bombarded with this question everyday.

For me, it was a conscious decision to take some time off.

A whole year.

After hustling back to back for 15 years building 5 companies (2 failures, 3 wins) and having recently become a father of 2 amazing little boys I thought what better time.

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3 Simple “Forcing Functions” That Will 3-5x Your Productivity

By | Motivation, Personal, Productivity | 29 Comments

I’m often asked how – in a 2 year period – we were able to:

The truth is… very little sleep and hacking away at our approach to getting work done.

I believe most people don’t mean to be lazy. They typically aren’t producing because they haven’t improved the way they work. Everyone is capable of 3-5 times more output by changing a few simple things around in HOW they work vs. WHAT they work on.
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