5 Less Than Obvious Signs That You’re Heading for a Depressive Episode

depressive episode

I remember the first time I experienced a depressive episode. It was October 2008; we had just experienced the financial meltdown of the stock markets, the Canadian dollar started to plummet versus the US dollar, banks slashed our Line of Credit, and I felt utterly helpless. My business partner and I were forced to make a series of rapid-fire decisions, … Read More

Is it Time for Business Owners to Take Off Their Invincibility Cloak?

entrepreneur's invincibility cloak

Something about the phrase, “Don’t worry about it,” automatically has the opposite impact on me. Whether it comes from one of my kids or someone trying to convince me of something I’m unconvinced about, that phrase always makes me suspicious. Here is a story where a business owner was told by his business partner, “don’t worry about it,” when asked … Read More

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

Are These 4 Health Plan Mistakes Putting Your Small Business at Risk?

Benefit Plan a Liability To Your Company

You’re a great employer! You’ve set up a benefits plan for your employees, but you may be exposed to unrealized liability. Many companies set up a benefits plan to protect their employees but is your employee benefits plan creating a liability for your company? Here are some potential situations that we come across that can potentially come back and blow … 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

How Does Tremendous Purpose Come From the Darkest Tragedy?

tremendous purpose

Does the hurting ever stop? I don’t know because I’m not even close to being there yet.  A big part of me wants the pain to go away but not at the cost of the memories.  The memories are what I cherish, what I hold onto when I want to feel close to Madeline. This is what I felt 2 … Read More

Are You a Sensitive Male Leader?

Dave Loney

Sensitivity sometimes gets a bad rap amongst men.  But did you know it’s actually a hidden strength that resides within many top leaders? The key is in understanding the potential value of the sensitive male leader. At one time in my journey, I experienced my own sensitivity as a challenge. I felt I had to put on a shell and … Read More

The Top 6 Things I Would’ve Done Differently with My First Business

doing things differently

Experience gives us knowledge. Unfortunately, this knowledge can come at a very hefty price. In the case of my Partners and me, it resulted in the bankruptcy of our office furniture business. We did a lot of things right and enjoyed great successes for most of the time I was an owner. We were never afraid of change. In fact, … Read More