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Smile – The Power Of One Small Act

Smile At Runners

The Power Of One Small Act Smile! “A smile… might mean all the difference in the world to a complete stranger.” Join Our Community Of Entrepreneurs This morning was a perfect morning for a run. With a big smile on my face I headed out the door. The sun was just making an appearance on the horizon and I could feel the warmth of another sunny summer day as I began my walking warm up. I’ve been a runner for many years now. I usually run alone and love the solitude of getting out on nature trails and running where …


Happiness, Life’s Too Short For Anything Else!


Happiness Life’s Too Short For anything else! “Are you happy?”   join our community of entrepreneurs It all starts with a simple question! Are you happy? I was reflecting on a post about happiness that I wrote way back in 2012 called “Daddy Are You Happy?” after a powerful experience with my, then, 3 year old daughter. It got me focused, once again, on what a perfect question it really is to ask on a regular basis. Are you happy? Sure your answer may be more complicated than a simple yes or no but this is where it all has …


Facing Fear Can Lead To Amazing Experiences

When it comes to facing your fear how do you respond? Jump in without thinking or do they paralyze you into avoidance at all costs? Might depend on the specific fear, right? Me too! When Gail and I travelled to Panama we ended up in Boca del Toro. It’s an idyllic little area on the Caribbean coast of Panama. We were going there to stay at a beautiful island getaway where we could unwind and enjoy the island life. But before we headed out to the island we had a few days in the town on the mainland. Sitting at …


Daddy-Daughter Time

Since Kindergarten I have been walking my daughter to and from school on most days throughout the school year. Over the years I have come to love this daddy-daughter time.  Sometimes we’d just walk and not say anything, while other times we’d talk the whole way. We’d talk about pretty much everything.  We’d stop and listen to the birds in the spring or take in the colours of the fall. We’d wait for the fountain to come on as we passed by. We’d catch up with classmates and their parents along the way but usually it was just the two …


Your Ikigai – Know It, Align With It, Succeed

Do you know your ikigai? It’s a Japanese term meaning “reason for being”. It’s all about having a direction or purpose in life and in business, that makes living it worthwhile. You know, that thing that gets you up every morning. To put it into perspective I’d like to share an excerpt from Neil Pasricha’s book, The Happiness Equation. “You could tell Mr. Wilson loved his job by the way his eyes twinkled as he bounced through the halls, spouting hellos and high-fiving students, calling everybody by name. He was always smiling, and our school was his home. Back when …