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Why is Having a Career Difficult?

Why are careers so difficult? This question has led me to think about the famous line from Scott Peck’s book, “The Road Less Traveled”. Scott Peck, the author of that famous book, died recently at the age of 69. He was a psychiatrist and author and self help guru. His most famous books sold 10

Three Principles of Work in Japan

I was looking at an interview with Gary Moyer, President of Jaguar Canada. He spent the past 5 years working for Mazda, and spoke of his experience working in Japan and his love for the country. He also shared three principles that describe his view of the Japanese culture and their approach to work: 1.

Bowling Together After Hurricane Katrina

One of the most interesting stories to come out of New Orleans and the impact of Katrina is about a small group of 6 Canadians. One of those 3 couples – Jay and Karen Weir – spoke of their harrowing journey. The three couples were visiting New Orleans for a vacation when the Hurricane struck.

What's Passion Got to do With Anything?

Perhaps I should let you know a little about myself, now that you have been hearing from me for almost 2 years. I love cars -it is one of my passions and I just recently purchased a new one (we will send out a complimentary copy of the US or Canadian Job Search Kit at

I'm Off to Timbuktu

This is a story of my friend Jack Mackenzie, whom I’ve known for a number of years now. I ran into him on Canada Day, twice in two different spots, and we had not seen each other in over a year. Jack is an extremely interesting guy – did I mention that he skied to

Why Lance Armstrong Needs Help?

Lucky 7 for Lance! Once again, against the odds, Lance has proven his ability to rise to the occasion and perform at an amazing level. A good friend of mine is a biking fanatic. Between him educating me on the aspects of the Tour de France and the general media buzz around Lance’s journey, I

Johnny Depp's Fresh Start

Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors. Currently, he is starring in the latest rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I can still remember going to see that movie as a child, and a few months ago I rented it to watch with my kids. The DVD had extra scenes from the original

When Did Charlie Brown Get It ?

My son recently took out a book from the library on Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown. The book was written a number of years ago and, is a reflective look on the previous 35 years of his comic strip called “Peanuts”. Charlie Brown was one of my favorite comic strips when I

Success Under the Star of Venus

Wimbledon–the Holy Grail of the Tennis World. All the great players must at some point win at Wimbledon, and not only win once but multiple times to stand apart from their competitors. This past weekend Venus Williams won her third Wimbledon championship. What makes this particular win so important is the fact that she has

The 5 Myths of Change

You may have heard about Steve Vaught, a 400-pound man who, several months ago, could not walk from one end of a department store to the other without sitting down to rest. Steve finally had enough. He was sick and tired of being sick and tired, so he started walking. In April, he left his