| Current Toronto Time: 
The scoop on a failed franchise

I carefully filled the cake cone  from the frozen custard machine, pushing it up at just the right moment to create a perfect ball; then as I shut off the machine, I pulled the cone away with a circular motion to give it the company’s signature curl on top. It was beautiful, and I was proud of the way it looked, knowing that my customer would be happy.As I turned away from the machine, I heard, “What the hell is that?”It was the franchise owner. Baffled, I asked, “What do you mean?”Snatching the cone from my hand, he replied, “This is too much ice cream; they only get six ounces.” (Note: this was not a corporate policy, but his own.)With a large kitchen knife, he cut off...

Posted: Apr 3, 2017

Where’s your motivation switch?

Are you a succulent Eloi ripening for a Morlock feast?Last weekend, as I was clearing clutter, I found a copy of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.As I thumbed through it, I recalled that Wells, in his future world, describes man’s descendants as evolving into two distinct species: the Eloi and the Morlock.The Eloi live in a Garden of Eden like setting where their food and clothing are provided for them by the Morlock. The catch is that the Morlock harvest and eat the Eloi at night. These creatures are Wells’ metaphor for the divisions in English society. I see them as metaphors for the concepts of motivation.If you’re living in the Garden of Eden, you have no motivation to till the...

Posted: Mar 2, 2017

13 ways to boost the way you view yourself

Over the years, I have beaten myself up over business breakdowns, lost relationships, and countless other failures.I would only look at what I had done wrong and where I was at fault. And, of course, this would only make me feel worse.People would tell me, “Rob, you need to love yourself ”.Wow, that sounded great, but the problem was I didn’t know what that meant. I knew that they didn’t mean that I should be self-absorbed or narcissistic. I also knew it didn’t mean soothing myself with several shots of whiskey.I understood how to love others – at least the feeling that made me want to give attention, caring, respect to someone – but feeling that for myself? I was completely...

Posted: Jan 31, 2017

The pursuit of pure joy

Running as fast as I could, I zigzagged across the field. I dodged and ducked, and stayed just out of reach from the grabbing hands.I stumbled and fell, but quickly rolled away from my pursuer and bounced back onto my feet before he could catch me.I charged toward a short stone wall and leapt over it, then I slid down a hill of soft grass to safety.I touched the light pole and cried out, “Home free!” It was the greatest game of tag I ever played.It was a warm Sunday evening after a church dinner.There must have been two dozen kids on the lawn behind the Social Hall.At seven years old, I was one of the younger kids playing.I was completely absorbed in the moment.I was free of any...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017

Don’t fret over a wrong assumption

A few months ago I attended a business networking event where everyone had a chance to talk about their business.I noted three people with whom I wanted to talk with further. After the meeting I made it my mission to connect with each one of them.I saw one heading for the door, so I caught up with her before she left.All the while keeping my eye on the other two, so that I didn’t miss making contact with them.As I finished speaking with the first, I met the next person also as he was leaving.In turn, because I was stationed by the door, I was able to connect with the third as she was leaving too.All in all, I spent about 20-30 minutes conversing with them during which time many people...

Posted: Dec 1, 2016

When someone criticizes you, don’t take it personally, it’s not always about you
Posted: Oct 4, 2016

In every moment, you have a choice of whether to feel good or not
Posted: Sep 1, 2016

How to start a business of your own
Posted: Aug 7, 2016

Stuck in a worry loop? Here’s how to break the cycle and free your mind
Posted: Jul 4, 2016

Innovators are open to new experiences
Posted: Jun 1, 2016

10 things you can do to snap back from setbacks
Posted: May 4, 2016

Don’t raise your children to be victims of bullies
Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Authentic leaders don’t need power to rule
Posted: Feb 29, 2016

Good leaders are authentic, innovative and motivational
Posted: Feb 2, 2016

Talent, opportunity and stuff: How to finish with no regrets
Posted: Jan 5, 2016

Setting boundaries helps maintain integrity
Posted: Dec 1, 2015

See where your imagination can take you
Posted: Nov 1, 2015

Focusing too much on results may come in the way of taking the first step
Posted: Sep 30, 2015

Bullies and victims are two sides of the same coin
Posted: Sep 1, 2015

Innovation is all about finding the right the problem to solve
Posted: Aug 1, 2015

Discover the source of pain and move on
Posted: Jun 29, 2015

When in pain, use it to your advantage
Posted: Jun 2, 2015

Don’t empower bullies at work
Posted: Apr 28, 2015

Have you cast yourself as the victim, the villain or the hero?
Posted: Mar 30, 2015

Reinvent yourself, outsource innovation
Posted: Mar 2, 2015

Fear is a great motivator
Posted: Feb 3, 2015

Time spent on innovation is an investment in your future
Posted: Jan 4, 2015

Experience is the best teacher
Posted: Dec 3, 2014

Don’t let your fear of embarrassment keep you from trying new things
Posted: Sep 30, 2014

Believe you’ll succeed and you will
Posted: Sep 1, 2014

Get creative with the What If game
Posted: Jul 29, 2014

Newcomer, challenge yourself to be all you can be
Posted: Jun 30, 2014

Lessons from the locker room
Posted: Jun 2, 2014

Immigrant Success Award winners highlight the value of entrepreneurship
Posted: Jun 2, 2014

Music is a powerful motivator
Posted: Apr 30, 2014

What is driving you to succeed?
Posted: Apr 1, 2014

Will you be ready when opportunity knocks?
Posted: Mar 5, 2014

Who is pulling the strings in your personal success story?
Posted: Feb 4, 2014

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative
Posted: Jan 2, 2014

How to move forward
Posted: Dec 4, 2013

Step forward, try something new
Posted: Oct 30, 2013

Solve a mystery, gain an insight
Posted: Oct 2, 2013

Adversity is a great teacher
Posted: Sep 5, 2013

Arrive in Canada and turn challenges into opportunities
Posted: Jul 31, 2013

Not just hope, but a keen desire for success motivates newcomers
Posted: Jul 3, 2013

Newcomers, try humour while you try to find your feet
Posted: Jun 5, 2013

Plug into the network!
Posted: Apr 3, 2013

Good stuff also comes in threes
Posted: Mar 3, 2013

Empathy on empty
Posted: Jan 31, 2013

The rewards of being bold
Posted: Dec 4, 2012

Lessons from a shattered dream
Posted: Oct 31, 2012

Life lessons from my cat
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

What’s keeping you awake?
Posted: Sep 4, 2012

What’s the point of competing if you know you cannot win?
Posted: Aug 1, 2012

It is better to let the other person get away with it so that you can get away from it
Posted: Jul 4, 2012

Accept change and embrace life
Posted: May 30, 2012

What sheer determination can achieve
Posted: May 2, 2012

The first million is the hardest to make
Posted: Apr 2, 2012

Success: You’ll know when you’ve arrived
Posted: Feb 29, 2012

Honour in the age of expediency
Posted: Feb 1, 2012

I used to pretend to be Tom Hanks’ brother
Posted: Jan 3, 2012

Compelled by a great idea
Posted: Dec 1, 2011

Sometimes you have to rip the cover off the book
Posted: Nov 2, 2011

The reward is in the eye of the beholder
Posted: Oct 6, 2011

Posted: Aug 31, 2011

The buck starts here
Posted: Aug 31, 2011

What gives you the power to be more and do more?
Posted: Aug 5, 2011

How cool are you?
Posted: Jul 1, 2011

Are you leader material?
Posted: Jun 2, 2011

Canadians shake hands firmly when they meet
Posted: Jun 2, 2011

Lynda Goldman's Business Buzzwords
Posted: Apr 30, 2011

Thrown into the driver’s seat
Posted: Apr 30, 2011

A few words of praise can go a long way
Posted: Mar 31, 2011

Are you the head of the pack?
Posted: Mar 4, 2011

Is there a secret recipe for success?
Posted: Jan 6, 2011

How to build a successful online brand
Posted: Jan 6, 2011

The secret for people who don’t believe in voodoo
Posted: Dec 4, 2010

Are You On YouTube?
Posted: Dec 4, 2010

Maximizing your Canadian experience
Posted: Dec 4, 2010

Sometimes, an emotional pitch is much more powerful than a logical appeal
Posted: Nov 14, 2010

How to use Facebook as an effective business tool
Posted: Nov 14, 2010

Keep the ball rolling
Posted: Oct 16, 2010

So many social networks, so little time!
Posted: Oct 16, 2010

Unleash your latent creativity
Posted: Sep 3, 2010

Tweet your way to success!
Posted: Sep 3, 2010

Brand consistency – a cliché or a necessity?
Posted: Jul 25, 2010

The Pleasure Principle
Posted: Jul 2, 2010

April 2017


Centennial College

ScotiaBank StartRight Program!

Smart Canadian

Immigration Peel Canada

© CanadaBound Immigrant 2016