The Problem with Passion

Written by Jamie Irvine | 3.5-minute read

The advice to “follow your passion” has never been more popular. Entrepreneurs especially espouse this nugget of wisdom and on the surface, it appears like excellent advice. I totally disagree! Continue reading “The Problem with Passion”

The Confidence Factor – Your USP for Life

Confidence is one of the things in life that is absolutely necessary to achieve great things and can be an even greater liability if misused or misunderstood.

In sales, the acronym U.S.P stands for Unique Selling Proposition and is usually applied to the thing that differentiates the company, salesperson, and offer from their competitors.  Continue reading “The Confidence Factor – Your USP for Life”

Feeling Discouraged or Burnt Out?

When you look at the majority of content being produced on blogs, podcasts, and social media today you will see a tidal wave of positive messages, encouragement to achieve great things, how to lists on every subject, and examples of people who have made it big. All that information is designed to help motivate you to achieve great things and in essence is positive peer pressure to work harder and to take advantage of the amazing tools at our disposal in our modern world of advanced technology.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed though?

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Creating Jobs for Unemployed Albertans (3-minute read)

The situation in Alberta is not improving fast enough and I have decided to try and do something about it. When I see the devastating results of unemployment on families in Alberta it makes me very sad.

With estimates of upward of 43,000 direct jobs lost over the last two years and estimates topping 60,000 to 110,000 indirect jobs lost in total across all sectors, the situation is beyond serious. The far-reaching effects on the men, women, and children affected by the global collapse of oil prices are unprecedented.

Just how many jobs have been cut in the oilpatch?

Why do I feel qualified to do something about this situation? Simply because I have successfully done it before!

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Addicted to Change in Business and Life (4-minute read)

Learn how to focus on one idea at a time and achieve massive results.

Over the years I have observed that while some people are very resistant to change other people are addicted to it. They regularly end and start relationships, buy and sell vehicles, move, change jobs, and chase one business idea after another.

Change can be refreshing, logical, and a productive exercise. Yet this constant search for new opportunities can also be driven more by discontent with one’s current situation than a calculated fact-based decision to achieve better results.

Changing your external situation to solve an internal problem is a strategy that is doomed to fail which ironically leads to more change and the cycle repeats itself. If you find yourself in this cycle in your career, business, or even your life what is the answer? Continue reading “Addicted to Change in Business and Life (4-minute read)”

Patience – My New Secret Weapon

Learn about my personal journey and the discovery of a secret weapon – patience.

When I was a teenager I didn’t give a lot of thought to my future, I graduated high school not knowing what I wanted to do with my life.

Once I entered the workforce I found the Commercial Heavy Vehicle Parts Industry. This industry is perfect for me, it allows me to work in a blue collar industry while holding positions in Management and Sales. After 12 years in the industry, I left to start my own business which I successfully bootstrapped with a $700.00 initial investment and built a 6-figure contracting business that I sold 7 years later. Now I am back in the Commercial Heavy Vehicle Parts Industry and I am loving every minute of it.

Sounds like a great story with a happy ending right?

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3 Steps to Hiring Outstanding Employees

In this article we discuss the impact of personality profiles on the hiring process and outline three steps to hiring outstanding people.

Your employees are your greatest asset. Hire and invest in the right people and they will take care of the customers. The customers will, in turn, take care of the shareholders. It’s a simple idea but how do you hire the right people?

Let’s look at three steps:

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