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Happy 2013 everyone! I’m excited to start another great year of blogging and sharing my personal
business stories, challenges and ideas with you. This is a very special year because my husband and I are expecting our first child. I am extremely excited and can’t wait to meet our little one.
While I plan to take some time off to bond with my newborn when they arrive (thanks Canadian government for providing EI for the self-employed), I do intend to continue to blog on this website, albeit a little less frequently at first. I will also continue to participate in social media discussions on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
It’s was a tough decision to take a break since I just started my business two years ago. However, I know that I would regret not doing so.
I really appreciate all of the people who continue to read and share my stories online and I thank you in advance for your patience while I am a little slow responding to e-mails and comments. Please continue to send me your story ideas and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I wish you all a very successful new year!
Wow, I can’t believe another year has passed! Where does the time go? During the holiday season, I like to look back and appreciate all of the things that I am thankful for having received and accomplished in the past twelve months.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my stories with you on this blog. I plan to continue to share my insights, ideas and personal challenges and successes as I work to grow my business. I am so grateful that you read, share and comment on my posts. It definitely keeps me motivated.
I am also thankful for all of the new people and clients that I have met and worked with in the past year. You have pushed me to work harder and to do things that were often out of my comfort zone. Thank you for inspiring me and teaching me new things about digital media, startups, small businesses and about myself.
Finally, I am thankful for having the privilege to work for myself and to be able to experiment and to drive my career in whatever direction I feel that it needs to go next.
I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season and best wishes for a successful and exciting New Year! See you all again in 2013.
I’ll leave you with my favourite holiday 2012 viral video, courtesy of Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and The Roots. Warning: This song might inspire you to put on an ugly Xmas sweater, drink some boozy eggnog and generally feel warm and fuzzy. Enjoy at your own risk!
Earlier this year, I wrote a story for TORO Magazine entitled “Are Tech Devs the New Rock Stars?“ Well, it seems my hypothesis in that story has not only come true but it has now reached “X Factor” status. According to this story from BetaBeat, even Simon Cowell and Will.I.Am are jumping on the tech startup bandwagon.
I know that Will.I.Am is a big supporter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for youth. But will an “X Factor” type of show really send the right message?
Likewise, as the BetaBeat article suggests, how can one really test the skills and success-potential of a tech entrepreneur in that type of an environment? And who will judge this talent competition?
The details aren’t out yet. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
I’d be interested to find out what type of companies try out for the show and how it will fare compared to a Shark Tank or Dragon’s Den format. I’m also curious to see what else transpires as the popularity of tech startups continues to explode.
As always, your comments are welcome below.
Canadians have often been stereotypically described as apologetic and passive. But according to a recent CIBC study, reported yesterday in the Globe and Mail, that perception may be in need of an overhaul.
According to the article, “more than half a million Canadians said they had begun their own business over the past two years.” This is apparently a “record number” that is expected to increase in the next ten years. Likewise, the Globe and Mail article suggests that “80 per cent of those who started their own business, did it willingly – not because they couldn’t find a job.”
So, what does this say about Canadian stereotypes?
It takes a lot of will power, stamina and determination to start a new business. Plus, it requires that you be bold and unapologetic for trying to succeed on your own. I like to think that the recent increase in risk-taking by Canadians reflects the desire to no longer passively let someone else decide the fate of their careers. Instead, they are taking their future in their own hands – in turn, creating new jobs and opportunities for others.
Now, that’s a stereotype I can stand behind.
Do you agree? Please share your comments below.