#1 is the Worst Number!

#1 is the Worst Number!

The number 1 is absolutely the worst number in business. It may be bad for you too!

Think about it: 1 customer; 1 supplier; 1 bank; 1 employee; 1 market; 1 product; 1 service. It sounds simple, yet the number 1 can be devastating in any business. If you lose…

A Fresh Set of Keys

A Fresh Set of Keys

Locksmiths have great stories, and my first locksmith, Paul, was no exception!A teenager was travelling in Europe for nearly a year. His return trip took him through Edmonton where his grandmother owned a home. Always welcome at Grandma’s house, he decided to pay a surprise visit and stay with her for a few days. Grandma…

Why I Should Never Visit My Own Renovation Projects…

Why I Should Never Visit My Own Renovation Projects…

One weekend early on, I thought I’d give my contractor a hand, so I offered to drop by on a Saturday afternoon and do just that – hold stuff for him while he measured and cut and glued and attached. Jim didn’t ask for my help. I just offered it.Why was that a mistake? Well,…

Contrarian Communication

Contrarian Communication

Secret: Never over-commit to communicating with investment partners.My written commitment to investment partners includes annual reporting for income tax purposes only – and then I try to sneak in at least two other written communications throughout the year, a telephone call or two, and a personal visit (which usually doesn’t include discussion of our mutual…

Joy in Sharing Secrets!

Joy in Sharing Secrets!

Did you know that most good landlords or investors – myself included – suffer from the anxiety of thinking they’ll never find a suitable occupant for their latest project? I can’t possibly express to you the joy that comes from seeing a person, couple, or family...

Re-Launching a Popular Website

Re-Launching a Popular Website

An interactive website is a vital tool for any successful business. After weeks of work and tons of help, we’re thrilled to finally re-launch a new and improved version of SecretHomes.ca! Aside from being an easy-to-remember URL, SecretHomes.ca is inspired by an...