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Freedom, like everything else, comes with a price tag

Janis Joplin famously sang the lyrics of Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster in the song Me and Bobby MaGee, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”But is freedom simply the lack of entanglements, obligations, and responsibilities? Is the homeless beggar on the street corner free? He certainly doesn’t have to be at work by 9:00 am, pay rent or taxes, raise children, or keep up with friends and family. There might be freedom from stress in such a lifestyle, but is he free? I think most of us would answer, “No”.Some say that freedom is a spiritual concept. Osho, an Indian spiritual teacher, said, “True freedom is always spiritual. It has something to do...

Posted: Mar 7, 2018

Even in adverse situations there’s the silver lining of valuable lessons learned

I share a strange story from my early days in advertising.  Back in the early 1990s, the marketing director of a small software company called me in for a consultation to help them with their advertising. She told me that I had been recommended to her by one of their customers, and by one of their vendors. She explained that the company was in crisis. Until recently, they had been very successful. Their software was a business application which served many different types of companies, and they had grown rapidly. During this time, they had enjoyed the tranquillity of being the only player in a niche market. Their success inspired the owner of the company to send out press releases...

Posted: Feb 3, 2018

The luckiest people are often bold enough to go after what they want

Is it possible to influence luck? Eight-year-old Julie Amberg was excited when her Aunt Nancy showed up to visit. Nancy, however, wanted some adult time with her sister, so she sent Julie on a mission. “Go outside and see if you can find a four-leaf clover, and I’ll give you a dollar for each one you bring me.” The odds of her getting a long, one-on-one, conversation with her sister were pretty good: studies show there is only one four-leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers. A few minutes later, however, Julie was back in the house with a four-leaf clover. Aunt Nancy gave her a dollar and sent her back out again. A few more minutes passed and Julie was back with another....

Posted: Nov 30, 2017

Envy can be a good thing when you use it to drive change

This column is primarily about human motivation, and because of that I’ve considered writing about envy for years.It is a negative emotion which has been condemned by all cultures throughout history, yet it is a powerful motivator.Envy can be terribly destructive, and surprisingly, constructive.Envy, as defined by Mirriam-Webster, is: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.People often mistakenly use the word “jealousy” when they mean “envy”. The feeling of jealousy is the anxiety we feel when someone tries to take something we have earned, already own, or feel we have a right to.Envy is about coveting...

Posted: Nov 1, 2017

Four ways to exercise your creativity

Recently I was contacted by a reader asking me if I would suggest some exercises that he could use to think more creatively. That request has inspired me to write about some fun ways that everyone can exercise their creative mind.The purpose of these exercises is to condition your mind to quickly make new connections or combinations between two or more existing items or ideas. When this becomes second nature, you will begin to automatically notice connections that you never saw before. Some of these may even turn into money-making opportunities.Find new uses. Select a common item such as a bottle, comb, fork, or chair, then come up with ten or more alternate ways that you use that...

Posted: Oct 2, 2017

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How far has your imagination taken you?
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There’s no such thing as stubborn
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The scoop on a failed franchise
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Where’s your motivation switch?
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13 ways to boost the way you view yourself
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The pursuit of pure joy
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Don’t fret over a wrong assumption
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When someone criticizes you, don’t take it personally, it’s not always about you
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In every moment, you have a choice of whether to feel good or not
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How to start a business of your own
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Stuck in a worry loop? Here’s how to break the cycle and free your mind
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Innovators are open to new experiences
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10 things you can do to snap back from setbacks
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Don’t raise your children to be victims of bullies
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Authentic leaders don’t need power to rule
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Good leaders are authentic, innovative and motivational
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Talent, opportunity and stuff: How to finish with no regrets
Posted: Jan 5, 2016

Setting boundaries helps maintain integrity
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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
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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
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The reward is in the eye of the beholder
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The buck starts here
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What gives you the power to be more and do more?
Posted: Aug 5, 2011

How cool are you?
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Are you leader material?
Posted: Jun 2, 2011

Canadians shake hands firmly when they meet
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Lynda Goldman's Business Buzzwords
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Thrown into the driver’s seat
Posted: Apr 30, 2011

A few words of praise can go a long way
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Are you the head of the pack?
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Is there a secret recipe for success?
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How to build a successful online brand
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The secret for people who don’t believe in voodoo
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Are You On YouTube?
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Maximizing your Canadian experience
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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!
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Brand consistency – a cliché or a necessity?
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The Pleasure Principle
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