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December 3, 2018

One Very Good Basket

___________________________ Full disclosure: including mutual funds, RRSPs and other investment vehicles, I hold a total of $0 in the stock market. This is not an indication that I do not believe in the stock market, I do – Warren Buffett happens to be one of my favourite authors and economic philosophers. Rather, it is an admission that I do not understand the stock market, and am therefore heeding Mr. Buffett’s advice when he cautions investors to define your circle of... View Article

November 12, 2018

A Means to an End

________________________ Mark Twain, that 18th century provider of good stories and better quotes, is credited with having said Find a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Good advice if youre lucky enough to succeed in your effort to heed it. Universities are full of students attempting to do just that – get an education that will help them get a job doing what they like. Some will succeed. For those... View Article

October 5, 2018

Small Talk – No Talk

Small Talk – No Talk ______________________________ Stereotypes can be cruel. As a product of two German immigrants I have many times been assumed to be a stubborn man with angular skull features. Once they come to know me, sadly, theyll realize their assumptions were largely correct. Although in my defense, I am only stubborn when I believe I am correct! However there is no denying the shape of my head. When time finally takes its last toll on my hair,... View Article

September 11, 2018

Good, Better, Best

_____________________ A common refrain among free market proponents, myself included, is that the presence of competition in the marketplace is a benefit to consumers. Many of us have learned to accept as fact the notion that the more choice we have the better off we are in terms of both price and service. I have stumbled upon an outlier in the capitalists theory! We are in the early stages of planning significant enough changes to our home that moving out... View Article

August 13, 2018

Seize Them While You Can

____________ My parents met in Denmark, while spending a collective 8 years in a post World War 2 refugee camp. They entered at the ages of 10 and 13 after fleeing from their family homes, initially, and incorrectly, believing theyd return sooner than later. If our early childhood years are impressionable, the people they became were very much formed by their war and post war experiences. The degree to which we are formed in any part by our parents personalities,... View Article

July 3, 2018

Offer a Solution

___________________________ A senior mentor of mine offered a gentle admonishment that continues to resonate with me more than 20 years after he spoke. More proof, that our words remain deep in the conscience of the recipient, long after we believe them to be forgotten. After listening to what amounted to my regurgitation of a political commentators diatribe as to what was wrong with a particular social policy, he opined: It is easy to see what is wrong, but dont talk... View Article

June 4, 2018

A Better Donkey

________________________ While delving down the Wikipedia rabbit hole this weekend, I stumbled upon a Jose Mourinho (manager of Manchester United Football Club) quote about a rival manager: “This could be the story of a donkey who worked for 30 years but never became a horse.” The identity of the rival manager is irrelevant. For those who have followed Mourinho, you may well understand that he believes everyone but himself to be a donkey. The metaphor, though clearly enough understood, got... View Article

May 1, 2018

Get Out And Push Your Own Car

_______________________ Chris Rock, for those unfamiliar, is an acerbic comedian who may make you both laugh and cringe – especially if your kids (or parents) are in the room. Humour however, is the close relative of wisdom, so it should be no surprise when funny people say wise things. And so it was when Rock observed a phenomenon from his years as a starving artist when he could not afford a reliable car: “I’d always end up broken down on... View Article

April 2, 2018

Good Timing?

___________________ Have you ever had your ambitions belittled? Or the metaphorical claw of the crab in the bucket pulling you back among your peers? You are not alone. Some time ago a hockey buddy and his little brother joined our company as fledgling salespeople. We were a small independent real estate company of about 15 salespeople, and we too were fledgling. They were fresh out of University entering real estate sales at a time when it was relatively uncommon for... View Article

March 2, 2018

Get 3 Quotes?

__________________________ Like many professions, the Real Estate sales industry is one in which it is common for prospective clients to interview multiple salespeople before selecting one with whom to work. Google How to select a Realtor, and you will probably be exhorted to interview a minimum of 3 prospective salespeople before making your decision. Salespeople know this, and the more successful of them, thrive through this process because they have honed their skills to such a degree that they know... View Article