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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 | 13 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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How To Turn ADD/ADHD Into a Super Power

By | Education, Life Hacks, Personal | 27 Comments

Is ADD/ADHD a Super Power?

I believe that it is.

I was diagnosed at 11 years old with ADD. For many years I was taking 40mg SR Ritalin, or Adderall. I still don’t understand how you can diagnose a child at that age. It honestly messed me up for many years because I believed there was something wrong with me – like I was broken – BUT it was actually quite the opposite, I had a SUPER POWER!
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5 Big Lessons Skateboarding Taught Me About Business

By | Personal, Startups | 34 Comments

As a teenager I was a “skater.” One of those kids who hung out downtown and annoyed the pedestrians. Skateboarding is how I spent my teenage years. Was I any good? I like to think so. Towards the end of my skating days, I almost got my 360 flips dialed in, used to launch myself straight off huge sets of stairs, and even landed some pretty big backside heel flips off a dip in the industrial park. This was in a time when there were very few skate parks so we had to make due with our surroundings.

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Create a Life That You Can Be Proud Of

By | Life Hacks, Personal | 6 Comments

Did you know making more than $75,000+/year won’t make you any happier? Most people think that more money will make them happier. It won’t. Being happier comes from within.

Most people associate having more “stuff” with happiness. “If I only had a nicer home, car or body, I would be happy.” Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with the “things” (outside) and everything to do with the person (inside).

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