Hello Learning Studio!

The Learning Studio has launched!  The first email has been sent and slowly the invites will go out over social media.

I’m excited that the first course has been approved as a continuing education credit for massage therapists in Ontario.  We’re waiting on a few other provinces and have the next course lined up and ready to go.

It has been a epic amount of work getting this project off the ground while helping a friend run for Toronto City Council along with “regular” work.  Check out the site – http://www.TheLearningStudio.co – and you can click on the pictures below to be taken to it’s corresponding topic.

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The first course, Starting Up, will go live this Friday for RMT’s.  If you want to reserve your spot for this month, click on the picture below.

Starting Up Course Cover

There’s also a contest launching in November and I’d like your input.

Contest Challenge

Back to work.  There’s also an update on Goober that I’ll post tomorrow.

[No idea how many days to go, but this is a massive step forward]

One Metric

“One Metric to rule them all, One Metric to find them,
One Metric to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

I’m searching for that one defining metric.  The one metric that I can track that will allow me to set myself apart from any and all competitors.  A few things you should know about metrics…


METRICS

No matter what you choose to measure, keep in mind that behind every metric, there are people.  Metrics ultimately come down to tracking the behaviors of people.

When selecting a metric, make sure that you are tracking something that is relevant to the growth of your business and adds to your bottom line.

Pirate Metrics was one of the first widely distributed presentations on metrics.  A quick search of Slideshare.com reveals all you need to know on Pirate Metrics.

Metrics are an integral part to Growth Hacking or anything that has to do with growing your business.

Here are a few people who know about metrics – Dave McClure and Tomasz Tunguz.  Google is a wonderful tool.


I’m also working on a Start-Up course for Registered Massage Therapists.  Everything an RMT would need to know to successfully launch their own business – and not have to go back working for someone else.  It should be ready by the end of October.

As of today, there are 699 days to go!

A Kitten Named Goober

This is a story about a cat that was rescued on the last weekend of summer.  20140912_114602[1]

This wee kitten was found outside of Minden, taking refuge under a car during a downpour.  When someone went out to shoo the cat away from the car, the wee one followed him back to the porch where everyone else was sitting.  A chorus of “I bet it has fleas!”, “Don’t touch it” and “Poor kitty” erupted when it sputtered under the cover of the porch.  A few moments later it was obvious that there was something seriously wrong with this kitten.  It couldn’t stand properly, it had stopped cleaning itself, and there was nothing left to it but fur and bones.  “Oh my god it’s just a kitten.”

Slowly the kittens face was cleaned up, tuna was laid out, and to add levity to the situation it was named Goober. Petting Goober was an experience unto itself unleashing a blast of furious kisses.  You had to pet gently so as to not touch bone and at first you avoided the stubby ear and cut whiskers – but it turned out that that’s where Goober wanted the most attention.  Goober would open it’s mouth to meow, but it was so malnourished that it couldn’t make a sound.  Absolute silence was required to hear the faintest of purrs.

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As the day turned to night, a cat carrier was found, a possible home or two lined up and Goober hit the road down to Essa Township.  Right now Goober lives in a barn, but it’s painfully obvious that this wee kitty was abandoned as an indoor cat.  Every day Goober tries to make it in the house (unsuccessfully due to severe allergies) and the cat will follow a person outside for hours on end.

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Goober has had two weeks of good food, love and a roof over it’s head, but with winter coming, a home has to be found as soon as possible.  Goober has a shine back into it’s fur, put on a few ounces of meat, but not enough to survive living in a barn during the winter.

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Goober needs a home.  This kitten has been through a lot during it’s short life.  It’s obvious that someone has cut it’s whiskers on the one side and cut off the opposite ear.

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Can you be the one to help Goober find a home this weekend?

Gold Rush!

Toronto – Whitehorse – Dawson City – Whitehorse – Calgary – Toronto

I was lucky to be able to travel up to Dawson City to visit my brother.  Here are a few pictures – video and commentary to follow.

Day 847

Kablamo!  50 days slide by in a blink.  At this rate I’ll be done in 17 blinks.   Focus has been a serious problem over the past four weeks due to personal and professional issues.  Nothing that I can’t handle one at a time, but when the floodgates opened up, I knew that I’d be in for a fun ride.

The next two weeks are dedicated to sorting, packing up (and throwing out), moving, unpacking and settling in.  I’m unsure what’s going to happen on the office front, but I’m fairly confident that I’ll be able to find something close to home before September (May and June will be on the road, July work travel & cottage time, and who wants to be in an office in August??).   I had found a school program that I was planning on taking in September but opted to start in 2015.  This way instead of dropping everything in my life to apply before today, I’m going to take my time and do things right.   Put together a portfolio, gather all of my references and get ready for when applications will be accepted October 15th.  And be the first application in (and hopefully the first one accepted).

That’s it for now.  Time to get started.

 

Drawing Inspiration

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for validation. I remember growing up and looking for validation from my parents, brother and friends. I didn’t care too much about the opinions of my teachers but I did about the ones who stepped out of their “teacher” role and decided to ‘do more’.

It’s tough to do more. The best coaching advice I’ve received is to try to do 1% more each day. That’s all – 1%. Who can’t do 1% more than the last time they did it? I’ve been obsessed with trying to do more, continuously improving and refining the process, and finding ways to replicate myself (or pass on the innate knowledge that I’ve acquired).

Now I have the chance to provide validation to a few other people that up until a month ago, I didn’t know existed. I only hope that I can get them from a ‘thinking’ mindset (planning, scheming, etc) to a ‘doing’ mindset (taking the first step, talking to people, getting shit done, etc). It’s not easy and I only hope that there is enough time for them to pull off two successful ventures and help out the local community. (Why two? Because one is not enough).

To the little meat sacks at Georgian College in the entrepreneurship program, I hope that you will be able to make the shift and achieve something amazing. I’ve got your back and I’m here for you if you have any questions.

Today is day number 919. T-minus 18 days to launch. Happy times and here’s to great fashion!

Exploits, thoughts and travels of Scot

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