Influence

5 Things I Learned After Reading ‘Diamonds, Gold and War’

Like so many battlegrounds, South Africa became a hotbed for conflict toward the end of the 19th Century after it was discovered that the country hosted a treasure trove of valuable commodities, particularly diamonds and gold. At the time of the mineral discoveries much of …

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The Four Most Powerful Words for Entrepreneurs

An aspiring entrepreneur needs to validate his assumptions before committing capital and time. Too often entrepreneurs create a product or service based on their interests, and without determining if there is truly a need or want for it. Successful, long-lasting companies are built on the …

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An Investor’s Perspective on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

I started off somewhat ambivalent regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. My views, like many others I’m sure, are changing. In a nation like Canada, my country, immigration plays a critical role in economic expansion, among many other national benefits. It’s paramount to our growth, and …

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The Best Book About General Robert E. Lee

Clouds of Glory – The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee was the third book I read about the famed general, and by far the most detailed of his life and character. Michael Korda, author of the acclaimed biography on Ulysses Grant and former …

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The Liability of a Picture

Social media has given rise to an obsession with selfies and the documentation of average, everyday events, such as the strange habit some people have of taking pictures of their food and then posting it on Facebook for their friends to see. This picture sharing …

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Are There Patriots Among the Refugees?

I love my country. Without a doubt, I think Canada is the greatest country in the world to live, for many reasons. I’m extremely proud of our people, economy and our values. Perhaps this is why I am having a hard time understanding the refugee …

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