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Sunday Snippet: Markus Frind, Plenty of Fish

July 26th, 2015

“What I’ve done is unique – there is no one else to relate to. I just focus on beating myself and trying lots of new things.” How’s this for a local success story? A Vancouver entrepreneur decides to launch an online dating site and runs it entirely on his own from his home for a […]

Sunday Snippet: Caitlyn Jenner

July 19th, 2015

“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead – because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are – they shouldn’t have to take it.” One of the hottest news stories to […]

On the Mindful Management of Mind Share

July 16th, 2015

Miller’s Law in psychology states that the working memory of the average human brain is only capable of holding around seven objects (plus or minus two) at any given time. If your working memory is a little more robust, you might be able to keep nine objects. If your short-term memory isn’t as strong, you […]

Sunday Snippet: Mobb Deep and Halfway Crooks

July 12th, 2015

“Cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks. Scared to death, scared to look. They shook.” My perspective on life has been heavily influenced by 90s hip hop. No, I’ve never had to deal with the same kind of financial hardship as the stereotypical urban black male. No, I’ve never bought, sold or used any […]

Sunday Snippet: Helen Rowland

July 5th, 2015

The quote above is from American journalist Helen Rowland. She may have been right, but this is not a goodbye. It’s a thank you. Thank you for all the sacrifices and hardships you endured to give your family everything that you could. Thank you for loving us unconditionally, even when my brother and I weren’t […]

Sunday Snippet: Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

June 28th, 2015

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.” Think back to when you […]

The Little Things That Make Me Smile

June 26th, 2015

These last few days have been particularly trying for me and my family. That’s a big part of the reason why I’ve been rethinking the posting frequency on this blog and that’s why yesterday was the first time in a long time that I’ve “missed” a blog post. And as difficult as this week has […]

Sunday Snippet: Shunryu Suzuki on Possibilities

June 14th, 2015

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” Knowledge and experience can both be viewed as double-edged swords. Of course, they afford us a great deal of intrinsic value. It’s good to know that if you pay for a $16 purchase with a $20 bill, you should expect […]