In the middle o…

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.


Progress is a choice – YOU have the power to change things

Today in a meeting I was told it’s recommended that I take progress slow with a potential new charity I might get involved with and not try to change too many things at once.

For those who know how I do things, the exact words that went through my head were: “Challenge accepted!” – I’ve always liked to work with moving parts, change multiple things at once, because bigger changes meant you could go UP a lot, or DOWN a lot. Not only is this process fascinating to me, it’s also a thrill to oversee entire turnarounds in a business.

I was told that there were no more resources to be allocated, that first we needed a plan, many plans, before new things can be implemented…

Having built and operated a few startups both in the for-profit and non-profit sector, I’ve learned these things:

  1. When there’s no more resources, go find more (seriously, you’re not trying hard enough).
  2. A plan is a work in progress, and changes as soon as you’re done writing it – you might as well go out and DO stuff and make some progress that you can actually write about.

I also don’t stick to the way things “have always been done”. If I followed those rules then I would never have built a peer-to-peer forex platform, never pulled together a fashion show in an ambitious 1.5 months, or had the crazy thought of calling up Vogue to host Fashion’s Night Out in Vancouver.

If you don’t try, you don’t know. If you want to do things the way they have always been done, you’ll get mediocre results at best. It’s your choice.

Down Time is Important

Ever wonder why your best ideas come to you when you are in a relaxed state?

Staring at the same problem for 24 hours isn’t going to help solve it; try taking a break – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that and had an ah-ha moment while looking at something entirely different.

My best ideas came to me when I wake up, before I go to bed, while I’m driving or even when I’m in the shower.

So when you’re facing a problem that you think is near impossible to solve, down time will help you come up with more creative solutions.

Now, time for me to enjoy some sun on Whistler!