I was sitting on my deck yesterday, thinking about my Blog and what I write about. Does it really matter? I ask myself that regularly, why? My wife & I have been dealing with death a lot lately, not ours that’s obvious, but people around us. And I just learned of a friend who committed suicide (Trey Pennington), probably because he couldn’t see any other way to ease his pain. How did we miss this, there are so many questions.

We hang out here online with all these how to books, videos and webinars, but we don’t have answers to depression and other mental illnesses. We fancy ourselves as thought-leaders on so many topics, and think we are so powerful because we think we know something and have to share it. Now I’m not saying that it’s not valuable, but is truly important.

I have another friend who goes to bed every night with only a 20% chance he’ll wakeup in the morning, can you imagine that, how would you sleep? I find it interesting how we never combine death and what we share online, it’s too negative isn’t it, and it wouldn’t sell. Or would it?

I can’t remember a time when I have been so heartbroken, not even the death of my Father and soon my Father-In-Law (less than 8 months to live), have I felt such a loss for words. You may have noticed I haven’t written in a while (August 24th). With all that is good in my world, there is much pain, some days are heavy lifting, and others are light. What’s interesting about this, no one seems to notice we are going through difficult times. Aren’t we supposed to be watching out for each other, be our brother’s keeper so to speak? Oh wait, that’s a Biblical thing…people don’t believe that do they. You should, there is value in living according to the 10 Commandments, what’s the worst thing that could happen to you if you did? You would be a loving, caring person, you would treat your family and friends with respect, and you would help your neighbour without looking for some return on your investment from them.

I talk about the Future of Business here like there is a future, what if I die before I get to reach all my goals, what if I don’t reach every business owner in the world with my message. Does it matter, and why should you pay attention to me if it doesn’t?

Yes I’m way off topic today, but life is pretty real in our house these days, and I tend to value people over business and tasks. That’s what I love of about Chris Brogan, he makes business and life very human, very much real. Most of us go about our business working our to-do lists without give a thought about how someone is feeling or how they are doing. So why are we here, what’s our purpose, it’s simple really. Live a purpose driven life, one that loves people and trusts God, look out for each other, and more importantly, encourage and lift up those around you. Imagine what the Future of your Business would be like, imagine the quality of your relationships, and the richness your life would bring to others. It’s not all about you, it’s about a higher calling, something much, much bigger than yourself.

90/10 Rule

I have said it before, and I’m saying it again, use the 90/10 rule, give away 90% and ask to be paid on 10%. Give yourself away more than you don’t, you will change the world, and you will have an amazing life, a life of service and great reward.

I don’t mean to preach but, I believe you are valuable, you matter, and we all have something to offer, no matter what abilities we may have. Live your life this way: How Many People Are Better Off Because You Lived.

I want to share from my heart today, please indulged me. I know you can’t imagine a time when business just doesn’t matter, but today, it just doesn’t. On March 4th, 2001 business didn’t matter, and it really hasn’t since, on that date, I suffered a heart attack and today I live to tell the story. Today, my wife & I are dealing with…well, we don’t know what we’re dealing with. You see, my wife’s Father is in the hospital, and he believes he is going to die! He will, but just not yet. There is a possibility he has cancer, and is also having problems with his heart, the diagnoses is still unclear.

Now obviously living is important to business, but a business living, is only important if the one who owns and is responsible for it is alive and healthy. I know what you are thinking, well OK I don’t, but, I know we all get wrapped up in our work, our projects, and we’ll do anything, we will kill ourselves trying to get a business off the ground. But for what? Why?

I can tell you this, if you have ever had a brush with death, the things you chased and worked for, just don’t matter. No one has ever said on their death bed, geez, I wish I had a faster car, or a bigger house. Almost 100% of the time, they say, I wish I had spent more time with my spouse, my kids, and or my immediate family. We are messed up as a people, are priorities most of the time are dictated by things we think are important.

Hell, in some of our businesses we won’t do FREE, we won’t give anything away, but we are the first one’s in line when some other business is giving away something for free. We won’t even help someone in desperate need, most of the time we walk right by. That was random, but it shows the hypocrisy of mankind.

Life is far too short, and when you don’t have your health, not only does business not matter, nothing else matters too! So a pre-requisit to the Future Of Business should be this, take care of your health, your personal health, and it will be much easier to take care of your businesses health.

We need a healthy heart for everything we do, without it, your health and the world you live in, will die with you, and that’s when business doesn’t matter. We have things in the wrong order don’t we, look after personal health first, then, everything else that follows.

Live long & prosper, but only if you have a healthy heart.

Be sure to give to the Heart & Stroke Foundation while you are at it.





Visitors can win an iPad, and Buyers could enjoy upgrades too!

Here are some pictures of today’s ribbon cutting ceremony

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Hundreds of people will call the 26-storey Mahogany at Mill Lake high-rise their home when it is completed in approximately three years. What better way for them and others to mark the launch of Abbotsford’s tallest building than with a celebration from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

Abbotsford Mayor George Peary will kick-off the high-rise party with a few words at noon, followed by the musical duo EachOther.

Food, beverages, tours of  The Viewpoint (Mahogany’s stylish presentation centre at 2180 Gladwin Rd.), and an opportunity for all visitors to win an Apple iPad, are offered until 5 p.m.

Those party-goers who sign a purchase agreement contract for a Mahogany condo or two-storey townhome get to choose from either a mirage hardwood floor upgrade or full-size, high-end Maytag washer/dryer set as a special bonus that day.

Diane Delves, president and CEO of Quantum Properties, the developer of Mahogany, said the most exciting part about the building, aside from its traditional luxury and spectacular views, is its quiet location in the heart of a growing city.

Because Mahogany is right across from Mill Lake Park and near major employers, its residents will enjoy an easy walk or bike ride to work or major shopping.

“Its grand lobby will reflect the best in high-rise living,” said Delves, adding that the three-acre pedestrian- friendly property features walking paths, guest suites, gardens, a swimming pool, seating areas, fountains, public art and an open plaza. “Interest in the energy-efficient Mahogany condos has been intense,” said Delves.

Sizes range from 575 square feet to more than 2,400 square feet with prices starting at $199,900. One-bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom, two bedroom plus den and three-bedroom suites fit a variety of condo lifestyles.

Seven two-storey, two-bedroom Mahogany townhomes range in size from 1,159 square feet to approximately 1,300 square feet.

Quantum Properties recently demonstrated its civic pride by making a significant donation on behalf of Mahogany to Abbotsford’s Canuck Place Dave Lede House children’s hospice, putting the Mahogany stamp on the ‘Great Room’ there.

Mahogany at Mill Lake, located in Abbotsford, is a two-phase condominium project that includes a 26-storey high-rise building, expected to be completed in approximately three years, and a four-storey low-rise building. Its public launch runs from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at The Viewpoint presentation centre, located at 2180 Gladwin Rd. just north of Marshall Road.

Lisa Lowry
Marketing Manager, Quantum Properties

OK, I am posting here for you to point and laugh and even leave sarcastic comments, my before & after pictures of my feable attempt to participate in growing facial hair over the month of November.

Owen on November 30th:

And here I am on Dec 1st, clean shaven, with a much happier wife I might add.

So what do you think, which one do you like best, the hairy faced Owen, or the clean shaven, kinder more gentler looking Owen?

If you are wondering why the Before & After photo’s look like they are backwards, they’re not : )

Please Vote:

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Last year on Dec 6th, 2010 I did a blog post on my goals for 2010, I also challenged you to do the same. Here are my goals from 2010:

My Plans for 2010:

* Increase Public Speaking Engagements – on The New Technology, I.T. Strategies / Planning
* To educate and teach 100 businesses develop an I.T. Strategic Plan. (roughly 8 new businesses per month)
* Develop a video series on developing I.T. Strategic Plans. ( The I.T. Strategic Planning Series)
* Continue working on my next eBook, The New Technology Pt 2. (hope to complete by end of 2010)
* Write more often on my Blog. (daily if possible)
* Get more subscribers on my Blog.
* And of course, increase revenues ( I have to put that on here)

Now goals are important, they hopefully kept you moving in the right direction of your overall business plan. So how did you do? Better yet how did I do? For the sake of transparency, I’ll will list the results of this year.

1.) Increase Public Speaking Engagements – I have averaged 1 per month in 2010, that’s up from two in 2009.

2.) Educate and teach 100 businesses to develop an I.T Strategic Plan – well, I have educated & taught 150 businesses, but more on the Open & Free Business Model than I.T. Strategic Planning. I’ll take it either way.

3.) Develop a video series on developing I.T. Strategic Plans – I started and stopped, I have a face for Radio and I just wasn’t happy with how things were going. maybe I’ll try something different like Slide Shows or Podcasts, maybe Slide Shows with Audio….hmmm. Or, Webinars…what you think?

4.) Continue working on my next Book – I have been working on two books, Part 2 of The New Technology & a new book on The Future of Business – The Open & Free Business Model. This is a work in progress.

5.) Write more often on my Blog – I have increased posting here but not at the level I should me thinks.

6.) Get more subscribers on my Blog – they are up over last year but only marginally – maybe another 30 – I guess I’m not interesting enough.

7.) Increase Revenues – I am very happy to report that I surpassed the previous years revenues by the end of January, so 2010 has been a good year so far. Still not sure what that number is, will know better in Jan 2011. Keep in mind, in 2009 I only made $4,600, that was due to losing 6 months to health issues, that prevented me from working at anything close to full capacity. Also, in 2010 I changed my Business Model – yep, The Open & Free Business Model – and it works!

So, there ya have it. What about you and your goals, how did you do, did you actually set some? If not, how about trying it this year, set some easy & hard goals for 2011, but be realistic too, otherwise you’ll give up.

I’m currently assessing my goals for 2011, you can never have enough positive challenges in front of you. So I challenge you again this year, set some goals and share them, sharing them puts them out there and in front of the world, that way you have accountability.

Good luck and I would love to hear about your goals.