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My new book ”Living the 90%” has arrived today — literally hot off the press!

Lessons From My Dad

My dad got custody of me very young. He would tell you that we grew up together. Here is what I learned from him:

You have a choice on how you turn out, despite your childhood.

When crappy things happen to you, get help and talk about them so that they don’t bog you down throughout your life.

Every child needs a pet to grow up with. They teach you unconditional love.

My dad grounded me when I was a teenager and had me work with him in his garage; but it was not for my benefit, it was for his. He wanted us to spend time together. He knew that the most precious thing a parent could give was their time and attention.

If you wanted a Volkswagen of your own, you had to help build it. (This was also a ploy to spend time together.)

If your dad didn’t like your boyfriend, he wasn’t a good guy. Dads seem to have a way of knowing this.

Don’t lend money to your kids, make them earn what they want because it means more and instills a sense of pride and accomplishment in them.

Everyone needs to know how to change their own oil.

Being a mechanic meant that you did a job that most didn’t know how to do. The customer who would be rude to my dad didn’t even know how to change his own oil.

When your 16-year-old girl calls you to tell you that her tire is flat, you tell her to change it herself. You empower your children when you allow them to figure things out on their own.

When the police bring them home from a party, you save the lecture for the morning.

When they leave home at 18 years old, you let them go. You never let them know how hard it was for you.

Always say “I love you”.

Happy Father’s day!

Cooperators

Thank you Cooperators BC and SW Alberta for an incredible two days.
Thank you BC for my beyond generous gift for me and my teenagers !
If you need a good insurance advisor let me know, I have met some of the best.

Cooperators Advisors

I am in the gorgeous Harrison Hot Springs Resort with another group of wonderful Cooperators Advisors from the BC district! Thank you, Tal, for choosing me.
The last time I spoke to a group of high performing advisors, I entered the banquet room earlier than anyone else so I could set up the room I would be presenting in. A group were all sitting in a circle with their eyes closed meditating. I snuck out quietly and came back in when they were done. One man was the top producing owner of his company and the rest of the group were his staff. He explained to me that they started every work day with 15 minutes of meditation. I couldn’t help but wonder how much of their success was due to their calm start.
What can you do to bring more calm and peacefulness to your stressed team members? Bring them to Harrison Hot springs for a start!

Westjet

Meet Norm Swayze, a proud pilot of WestJet. Norm shared with me that he has flown with my Focus on the 90% magnifying glass in his flight bag for so many years that it has flown with him for over 3.5 Million Kilometres! What? That is so awesome. Thank you, Norm, you are right it is highly unlikely there is a card out there with more miles on it.
About to board my WestJet flight to sunny, Abbotsford, BC today!

Urban Municipal Administrators Association of Saskatchewan

I am in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, today with Urban Municipal Administrators Association of Saskatchewan.

The theme of this conference is “The Power of You”. What a great theme and so true. The only person you can control is you and you do have power. You have the power to wake up in the morning and say “Today is going to be a good day. I am going to my job and do the best I can. I am going to be a kind person to work with. I am going to serve my client so well that I make their day when they visit me. Then I have the power to make a choice on how I go home to my family at the end of my day.”

Despite all that might be going on in your life right now and any 10%s you have, you still have power. The power to change your attitude.

Glamorous life

So this is my glamorous life — off to the dump to unload the last load of building materials. As I sit and wait to dump this van, I think about all of the people who have nothing and who live in a country where they do not have access to waste disposal like we do. We are so tremendously blessed to live in Canada.
Back home to be completely unplugged this weekend — enjoying our tropical Saskatchewan weather!
Have a great one!

Shout out!!!

A shout out to Home Depot!! Darren and I are just finishing up a huge project in our yard and we are always so impressed by the service we receive. A special thanks to Don who always treats us like we are his best customer!