I’m chasing down my goals for 2014!

I just went through another hiatus on the whole blog posting thing.  So I’m back because I have some purpose around it right now.  My friend Wendy inspired me to get back into it since she’s been blogging about her whole world travels.  You can check her fun adventures here: http://atwendy.co/.

So for the next several months I’m going to be trying to keep up with the whole craziness in my life but more specifically things around my goals I have set out for this year.  If you want a break down on the whole goals thing check this out:

My Goals

I was really inspired earlier this year in January when I saw Jack Daly speak at an EO event here in Calgary.  He really talked about putting yourself out there, specifically your goals...

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What a month.

I was originally going to post this on to Facebook but then I realized I started writing way too much so I deleted it and decided to start over.

It’s Halloween.  October 31st, 2013.  Guess what?  I’m working again.  I’ve come to sacrifice a lot of my personal life to this business of mine, better yet, this passion of mine.  I absolutely love everything that I do and everybody I get to connect with.  Things are changing rapidly through Eligeo and there are so many cool things that we have introduced that are starting to change the way we do business.

Eligeo today…

We’re now at 4 full time staff with that number about the increase by at least 1 in the next month and likely more in the coming months.

We’ve had to sadly let go some of our long term technical clients as we focus solely on...

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EY G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013

The power of three: governments, entrepreneurs and corporations

The work that we did in Moscow as part of the EY G20 Young Entrepreneurship Alliance is now available as part of an effort to get the message out to people around the world.  Ernst & Young has completed a barometer report that discusses a number of the key elements that make up an opportunity for governments, entrepreneurs and corporations to help change the world.


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An office as a symbol

eligeo_grafittiI thought I’d write a blog on symbols and business.  For the first 5 years of running a business I always thought that appearances really didn’t mean much.  I’m talking about the office you work in, the place where you meet with your clients and the overall feel of walking into an environment.

Eligeo is currently going through an office move and we’ve been spending a lot of money cleaning up and renovating our brand new office space that is literally next door to our current office.  It is only 100 square feet larger in size but it provided us with an opportunity to really create a cool new experience for our business.

Although we have a tight budget I’m trying to do my best to make sure we create an experience when you walk into the office.

The first thing I requested for the new offic...

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I don’t need you to know who I am to be successful

I feel I’ve been challenged to come up with more conversational topics in recent weeks so I thought I’d start this one off on something that’s become a personal goal in my life.

I want to be rich.

But I don’t want you to know who I am when I am and I also don’t think you know what my definition of rich is.

I’ve come to understand that the world has a number of different combinations of people, ego’s and aspirations.  The people in the world all have their own goals and that fall along these lines:

  • Get a good education, get a good job, get married, grow old, retire, then die.
  • Be an entrepreneur, go broke, eat KD, hopefully come out at some point and make a living.
  • Be an entrepreneur and realize you’re a wantrepeneur (I learned this term from someone recently).
  • Be an entrepreneur and be su...
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What I have learned in 5-Years & Thank You’s

I don’t write nearly as much as I used to at one point but I thought it was appropriate to do a blog on the 5th anniversary of me quitting my job and going full time at Eligeo.  I figure that I can lend a few suggestions to other aspiring entrepreneurs and provide a few tips as well.  I’m pretty fortunate to get to this point as many of you have heard, the numbers are stacked against you.  Statistics Canada says that 8 out of 10 businesses will FAIL within the first 3-years.

But guess what?  Failure isn’t such a bad thing.  I would much prefer people that work for me or partner with me take a chance to make a difference and screw up then to never take that chance...

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Reflections on the G20 Summit in Moscow (via CYBF.ca)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could have a voice of change? What if it meant having a voice of change along with 400 others that carried the same message as you? What if that message meant a profound shift in the policies as they impact you as a youth?

See more at: http://www.cybf.ca/2013/reflections-g20-yes-moscow-derek/


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Day 4: Wrapping up Moscow

I finally got a chance to sit down and write this final Moscow blog post. With my early flight to Amsterdam it made no sense to go to bed last night so I went straight to the airport at 3am with Hugo and Frank. But, here I am from a dock at Osterdok in Amsterdam at the HostelBoat Amiticia.

Before I dive into to Moscow I wanted to mention that this is the first vacation I’m taking for myself in a long long time. After this post, there is no more work happening for a few days while I take some much needed rest and get ready to get back at it.

Back to Moscow. The final day came and it really was an exciting and information packed agenda that led to our final conclusion and the official signing of the communique for 2013...

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G20 YEA Group Photo


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Day 3: Summit communique, speaking and Minister meeting

Our third full day in Russia was by far the busiest and most exciting so far. The day kicked off with the Russian providing an overview of the communique that was prepared for delivery on behalf of all entrepreneurs across the G20. There was also an opportunity for each country to get together as a country group and come up with ideas on how to collaborate together to bring the message back to our respective countries.

Once the afternoon hit we broke into our panel discussion groups. I was extremely excited to be able to share our company Eligeo CRM Inc. along with 6 other groups who discussed the initiatives going on in their respective businesses...

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