I walk past this spot so damn often. There’s a little pond here, across from the Rideau Canal, mere metres from a side spit of road that’ll lead me away from the canal and on to Bank Street. In the summer that little pond—Brown’s Inlet I think it’s called—is a haven for ducks and other… Continue reading If you got it, you got it
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one… Continue reading On Providence
Look at that picture. Preston Street. Restaurants and cafés galore. Preston Street. Reduced to a ghost town. The contrast with pre-covid Preston Street is striking. No one around. Nobody on the street. No cars, no traffic, no action. Yeah; ghost town. It’s quiet. At this time of day, Preston Street would ordinarily be bustling. But… Continue reading Our Collective Covid Keyword: Maybe
I was talking to someone. An accountant; he was starting his own firm. We talked about the thrill of startups, we discussed the myriad of tasks involved in running a business. When you’re an entrepreneur, or a solopreneur, you get to—you’ve got to—wear a lot of hats. You start a business and you need to do… Continue reading Make it Rain
Every entrepreneur, every small-business owner needs to plan. Planning means making a decision. And making a decision always means uncertainty and doubt—pretty much a whole bunch of second guessing. If you find yourself in such a position–stuck on a decision–maybe this metaphor invoking another metaphor will help. We needed a new kitchen table. Not at… Continue reading Tires and Strategic Planning
Sometimes things just work out I’m at the MacDonald Cartier airport, sitting at Gate 14 waiting for AC475 to Pearson. I hear, oh-so-faintly, the voice of an Air Canada employee announce that boarding is about to begin. He asks all Zone 1 passengers to present themselves. No one gets up. He then barrels through more… Continue reading Yin and Yang
It’s incredible that these things can have such an effect. I mean I never knew the man, never met him. Just saw him on TV mostly, and read about him in Road & Track magazine. I did once manage to get within a shout of him. In the late seventies it was. At the Canadian… Continue reading A Sad Day
Last week, between the hours of 4PM on Tuesday and–let’s say–8AM on Wednesday, some forty centimetres of snow came down on Montreal. I was teaching in Granby on that Tuesday. Teaching QuickBooks Online with my colleague Ricky Duquette. And by the way, if you’re stuck, if you’re looking for help with QuickBooks or any other… Continue reading An Unappreciated Service
I wrote this a few years back. I like to refer to it once in a while. I like to refer to it because, like anyone else, I sometimes need something to motivate me. To cast away the self-doubt. The self-doubt that comes—part and parcel—with our everyday existence. Anyway, I thought I’d put it up… Continue reading What if?
I love this place. I love le Vieux Québec. I’m here for two days. Two nights and two days. Teaching QuickBooks Online. Got here early evening Tuesday, leaving Thursday night. After checking in yesterday, I walked around. Walked down La rue St-Louis, down to where you’ll find Le Chateau Frontenac. I took the funicular down… Continue reading Is it Better Cold?