962 Days

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be sticking to a very focused schedule and within a week I’ll have accomplished more intentional work than unintentional work (aka volunteering).  I’ve been doing a lot of unintentional work over the past few years and I’d like to start doing more intentional work and intentional volunteering.

I expect to get the following done:

I don’t expect any files to close over the next week but I do expect to gain some momentum with Gobi and getting various projects off the ground.

I will start testing myself on a daily basis (health, wealth and stealth) and I’ll be taking Saturdays off to reflect and rest.   Here’s to an amazing 2014!

Health, Stealth, Wealth

It’s that time of year again – Christmas and Boxing Day are over and next week it will be the new year.  It’s around this time of year that I get giddy and filled with excitement; the slate is wiped clean and it’s a brand new year.

I’ve adopted a new mantra and I’m working hard at sticking with it – “those who fail to plan, plan to fail”.  I’m in the midst of putting together a three year plan for Gobi Capital and I’ve got 965 days left to get things done.

The updated media content strategy will focus on three areas – health, wealth and stealth.  The strategy will be to provide content that is worthy of being disseminated by other sources on the web, print and broadcasting (radio and tv).  The tactics are still being carefully considered but it will include traditional and non-traditional methods.

Other than that, I’m going to write up the plan and stick with it.  Here’s to 2014!

The Ding And The Dong

I had the distinct pleasure of trying to explain to someone in my office what exactly Operations is within a business plan.  Originally, I had thought to describe it as the “doing” – what a business does to generate money – but I quickly realized that it was more than that.   It’s not enough to be only “doing” the business (it can be very easy to push paper and fool yourself into the fact that you’re doing work).  However the “doing” could be broken down into two parts – The Ding and The Dong.

Ding – Activities that allow you to go to ring the cash register and bring home the bacon.

This generally includes systems and processes that allow you to sell faster, track your potential customers better and keep people engaged until they are ready to buy.  There may be a little bit of overlap with marketing activities, but this is taken from the perspective of supporting marketing activites.

Dong –  Activities that support your business and keep things going.

This would include systems and processes that allow you to do your business better than any one else.

I realize that this is not a very clear explaination of Doing versus Ding and Dong, so I will endeavour to find a clear example and post it here soon.

P.S. Step 3;1039 to go


Once upon a time, there was a man who climbed to the top of a small mountain.  At the top of the mountain there was a temple that had a beautiful view of the town of Yamadera below.  With dozens of other tourists around, you could take in the gorgeous scenery and walk around the temple grounds.

The walk up was just as enjoyable as the walk down and within a short period of time you could pick out landmarks that you had noticed on the way up.  The difference was the perspective had changed:

  • On the way up we were bathed in the morning light; on the way down it was late afternoon and the sun was touching the other mountain peaks.
  • The vantage point for the landmarks was very different – upwards while hiking up and downwards while sauntering down.
  • Exhausted hikers were replaced with relieved tourists.
  • A sense of exhilaration was replaced with a sense of tranquility.

It’s the perspective that matters.

I’ve met many entrepreneurs and wantrapreneurs – the biggest difference between the two is perspective.  It’s very hard to change your perspective from someone who consumes products and services to someone who creates a product or service.  Part of my mission in life is to help people with that transition from consumers to producers, artists and creators.

A major realization occured last night after an intense hot yoga session – I’m nothing more than a ferry master.  People are standing on one shore and they need to go to the other side.  For some people they have to go now and for others they can wait a bit and take a later ferry.

I have 1040 days to go to achieve a goal that I set for myself over 15 years ago.  So little time with so much to do.

P.S.  1040 / Step 2

This is a quote for my friend Greg.

“I wish I had a routine for writing,” Miller told an interviewer in 1999. “I get up in the morning and I go out to my studio and I write. And then I tear it up! That’s the routine, really. Then, occasionally, something sticks. And then I follow that. The only image I can think of is a man walking around with an iron rod in his hand during a lightning storm.”

Arthur Miller (1915–2005)