Influence

How to Be a Great Judge of Character

Throughout childhood and adolescence, we’re told not be judgmental – not to ‘judge’ others. That’s horrible advice, especially in business and entrepreneurship. Working with the wrong people can cost you tens of thousands, if not millions, and tremendous other opportunity. Hell, working with the wrong …

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You Know You’re an Entrepreneur When…

There’s a famous quote about being an entrepreneur: “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” How true. Throughout the adventures of entrepreneurship you are certain …

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The Best Countries for Startup Entrepreneurs

Innovation is the lifeblood of every economy. While many nations have unfortunately relied heavily on natural resources to grow their economies (Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia etc.), my homeland no exception (Canada), it is the resourcefulness of the citizenry that countries should rely on to create …

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3 Ways to Become a Phenomenal Networker

The most common excuse I hear from would-be entrepreneurs for not starting their own business is that they don’t have the connections to get it off the ground. That’s quite a pathetic excuse when you think about it. Basically, what that translates to is they …

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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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