Feeling Lost, Unhappy or Depressed? Maybe It’s Time to Get a Greater Purpose

Feeling Lost, Unhappy or Depressed? Maybe It's Time to Get a Greater Purpose

I’ve often talked about the emotional highs and lows of what many entrepreneurs need to endure. The fact that the depression rate for entrepreneurs is twice that of the average adult may help justify my rationale. Having been an entrepreneur that has battled depression over the years doesn’t make me an authority on the subject, but it does give me … Read More

Why I Believe It’s So Much Easier To Say I’m Fine

easier to say I'm fine

On April 11th, it will be seven years since Madeline’s death or, as I’ve come to learn the term:  her Angelversary. You wonder how you could get through that first week, then the first month, the first year, birthdays and holidays. You get by because life goes on, and to think otherwise is not an option. I do it for … Read More

How Do Kids Handle the Sudden Loss of a Brother or Sister?

loss of a sibling

By sharing our story and struggles about what we went through with Madeline, we cross paths with the many people who have gone through equal pain and devastation. I believe it’s therapeutic for all of us. Some of the stories are recent, and some are from years ago. Some are tragic, and some are hoping to have or have had … Read More

11 Essential Mental Health Coping Strategies for Entrepreneurs

mental health coping strategies

Being an entrepreneur can be one of the most rewarding and liberating things you can do as a career. Equally valid, being an entrepreneur can be one of the most frustrating and emotional roles you can choose to make a living. Schools are great at teaching you how to succeed when starting a new business, but do these schools properly … Read More

Wake Up Parents; You Could Lose Your Child to Suicide

child suicide

Last month I was invited to speak to a group of grade 7 and 8 parents about teen mental illness, what I’ve learned of our dealing with Madeline and what we were hoping to accomplish with The Maddie Project. We scheduled a date. I provided a summary of the content, and an agenda was sent out to all parents to … Read More

Do We Have a Responsibility to the Entrepreneurs of Today and Tomorrow?

entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow

Being an entrepreneur can be one of the most rewarding and liberating things you can do as a career. Equally valid, being an entrepreneur can be one of the most frustrating and emotional roles you can choose to make a living. Schools are great at teaching you how to succeed when starting a new business, but do these schools properly … Read More

Does the Entrepreneur’s Journey to Greatness Need to be so Damn Lonely?

entrepreneurs Journey to Greatness

Do you ever wish you could have an honest conversation with a fellow business owner without judgement? I’m talking a completely candid; no holes barred, these are my deepest and darkest fears kind of conversations. I’ve been doing this entrepreneur thing for 30 years, and over the duration, I’ve experienced many emotions: joy, frustration, pride, anxiety, depression, optimism, sadness, fear. … Read More

My Accidental 10-Year Journey to Discovering Emotional Intelligence

discovering emotional intelligence

There’s something ironic about me writing about Emotional Intelligence. Those who knew me 15-20 years ago would probably accuse me of not even knowing the definition of Emotional Intelligence. They wouldn’t be far off the mark. Since then, a lot has happened, including several devastating life events that have impacted the person I am and how I look at the … Read More

5 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Want to be a Teenager Today

being a teenager today

This isn’t one of those nostalgic posts about “I remember when”, but my kids will probably accuse me of it. Obviously, there have always been challenges in raising teenagers but throw in social media, access to technology and our kids surpassing our knowledge base for certain things, and so our job as parents just got exponentially more difficult. Life was … Read More

9 Powerful Ways That Philanthropy Can Help to Build Your Brand?

philanthropy can help build your brand

Being altruistic usually means putting the needs of others ahead of your own needs.  So discussing how philanthropy can help to build your brand almost comes across as being hypocritical.  But being generous and charitable doesn’t mean that you can’t beat your chest a little, especially when it comes to being good corporate citizens and leaders in your community.  Here … Read More