Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tag, I got meme'd

I don't know what this is really all about, but Brendan meme'd me a while ago. I was reminded about this while thinking about identity today.

Here is how they work according to Jay Thompson “ someone with too much time on their hands thinks up some question (typically personal) and starts a post, “tagging” others to do the same, and it flies across the Internet. Before you know it, you’ve found out more about some people than you probably want to know…” Then Jay tagged me!

Here are the rules for this one:
(1) list 7 things about yourself, (2) tag 7 people to do the meme on themselves including a link to their site.

1. I'm 35 years old and I'm 6 years YOUNGER than Brendan King, not OLDER. I'm married to Violet with a brand new son Jackson.

2. I was born in Chilliwack, B.c. and grew up in in Moose Jaw, SK.

3. I went to the U of S where I finished my Economics Degree. I was successful because I ONLY lived in Rez for 1 year! When I graduated the only thing I knew for certain about my career path is that I was NEVER going to be an economist!

4. One of my coolest trips was a backpacking adventure in 1997 to Bonavista NF for the 500th anniversary of the founding of Canada by John Cabot. The town of 6000 had 30,000 people there that week. The Queen arrived and a group sailed an exact replica of the Matthew from England to arrive exactly on June 24. The trip ended up in Ottawa for Canada Day. I met my wife to be on that trip!

5. Best trip Violet and I have been on was a 2 week voyage to Costa Rica in 2004.

6. I play almost any sport, but my favorite is golf. My first job was at a golf course where I spent my entire summer's earnings on a new set of clubs!

7. I used to have a whack of hair!


Friday, February 08, 2008

MasterMinds and Snow Angels

Well, we've been busy lately with our heads down grinding out all things "startup''. Brendan wrote about how nice it is to have a great team. I share his feelings. One of the most influential books I've read is Napolean Hill's Think and Grow Rich. Hill describe what he called the Mastermind principle as the “coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” There are 2 characteristics of the Mastermind. One is a economic advantage that arises from sharing and cooperation with others utilizing the Philosophy of Achievement. Hill also believed that the human mind is a form of energy, part of it spiritual in nature. He states that when the minds of two people are coordinated in a spirit of harmony, the spiritual units of energy of each mind form an affinity, which constitutes the "psychic" phase of the Master Mind. Hill states: "No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind." This force, Hill reasoned, was tremendously valuable and ultimately the source of true wealth.

To me, Hill means that while there are economic advantages of combining 2 or more talents, true success is in the journey taken with others as you work together in harmony.

One of my favorite expressions from Hill is: "Whatever the mind of man [woman] can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Back in Hill''s day, no one used gender inclusive language so we excuse him for that. A great team is required to assemble that mastermind to conceptualize, believe and create that plan for achievement.

You know, it's amazing what you can do - I mean really do...