Don’t Believe In Yourself and Other Pearls of Wisdom

All you have to do is believe in yourself. The hardest step is the first one. The second you decide to succeed, you already have. Sound familiar? The web and motivational literature is littered with these sorts of vague statements, reeking of huge success with just belief. If you’ve ever read a book called The Secret, it’s focused on this exact premise: that self-actualization is the key to success. Well, I’m here to tell you that that’s a load of phony baloney and if you think all you need to succeed is belief in yourself, then I have a whole truckload of other crap I could sell you too. The fact is that success is based on two things. A pretty good idea and the gumption to follow through.


Tattoos, Beards, Skateboards and Punk Music: My Dream Resume

What do skateboards, beards, tattoos and punk music all have in common? Most people would use a slew of negative words to describe the comparison. They might suggest a lack of professionalism, a predilection for an inability to conform to authority or a tendency towards laziness. That’s been the professional world’s view on these things for the last 50 years. You can’t work in an office if your arms are covered in tattoos. You can’t work front facing retail if you have a big beard. You will never be an executive if you skateboard to work and you’ll never drive a BMW while listening to NOFX. Let’s talk a little about each of these four “qualities”.


How And Why My Last Project Crashed and Burned In A Fiery Inferno of Failure: A Love Story

Two years ago I started building something that I had a lot of passion about. I felt that the small business/startup scene in Halifax was lacking something. I believed that there were opportunities being missed by existing organizations, despite their best efforts and intentions and that I could help create something better. I found some likeminded individuals, by chance and random conversation, and Startacus HQ was born. And now it’s dead.

And it should have died. Any pet or plant owner will tell you that care and feeding of your dependent will determine it’s success. So I’d like to take this time to outline every single mistake I made with SHQ so that you don’t make the same mistakes. There is much debate over whether failing is an effective way to learn. I hope it is because if so, this post will teach me and you an awful lot.