“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Dr. Hans Selye Dr. Selye was a pioneering Canadian endocrinologist who conducted important scientific work on the response of organisms to stress. That’s something most business owners learn about … Read more →


Education: that’s learning more and more about less and less, until you know everything about nothing! Recently, I’ve taken up woodworking. I find it relaxing and enjoyable. Even when things don’t quite go right, the process of learning what works is a journey. Of course there are mistakes, and a bit of trial and error, … Read more →

Ready! Fire! Aim!

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry There are two things that most business owners can recognize immediately, and that clever business owners know to steer clear of: FIRE AND SAND. At some point in business it is inevitable that you will be confronted with a dilemma. Not enough … Read more →

Sharks and Bankers

“Both sharks and bankers are good at the kill shot, but they’re happy to let their victims do most of the work.” If you believe the enticing advertisements, the softest caress comes from your compassionate banker. In business, the relationship between lender and borrower is as old as time. It is a relationship that runs … Read more →

Business Ownership

“If everyone was a landlord… there would be no tenants!” -me Owning your own business, and being your ‘own boss’ is an enticing prospect. Multitudes have been duped into subscribing to this sound byte, and sucked into a world of unhappiness. In the most simplistic terms, owning one’s own business seems alluring. You make your … Read more →

Always have a back-up plan

I’d rather have one hundred clients who pay one thousand dollars each, than one client who doesn’t pay one hundred thousand dollars!-me I’ve been thinking lately about the kind of ‘Sidisms’ I’d like my offspring to remember. There’s a famous one in my home that goes like this: “You don’t have to help me, JUST … Read more →

Employee Dishonesty

“A second chance doesn’t mean anything if you haven’t learned from your first mistake.”- Anonymous I remember the first time my wife and I left our children with a babysitter for an extended period of time. It was nerve-wracking to leave your kids in someone else’s hands while we spent a week on a secluded … Read more →

To borrow or not to borrow?

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. – Thomas Jefferson It may appear to be a sound strategy today:  take on as much debt as possible at current interest rates, which are the lowest we’ve seen in decades. However, the decision to finance is a little more complicated … Read more →

What is an accountant?

Accountant is someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand at a price you can’t afford. Adam and Eve didn’t have to pay taxes while living in the Garden of Eden. They did, if you believe, have divine supervision looking out for their needs. We, unfortunately, have … Read more →

Build your wings

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury There is only one activity in … Read more →