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The Year is Half Over

Today is July 1st, a very special day. Most importantly, it’s Canada Day, a national holiday.  That’s always nice.  Of secondary importance, it’s the beginning of the NHL free agency period, one of the busiest days in terms of player movement.  There may be no better day for a Canadian hockey fan than July 1.

More than that, though, today is the beginning of July, the seventh month.  The year is officially half over.  Six months have gone, six months remain.  It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2016, and now it’s half over and soon it will be done.  That’s … quite sobering, really.

Most people have long since abandoned their new year’s resolutions, but not me.  I’m constantly thinking about how I can improve, where I need to improve and what I need to do to get there.  I set some pretty lofty goals back at the beginning of the year, and now is the perfect time to make sure I’m still trending in the right direction or if I need to change something. Continue reading

The Importance of the Basics

If you’re going to build a house, what’s the most important? Or, said another way, what would you start with? You need a solid foundation, obviously. Having three bathrooms, an expansive library, a master bedroom complete with surround sound home theatre, all of these are great, but if you don’t have a solid foundation your house will fall apart, if if even gets built.

If only the foundation of all skills looked as awesome as marble pillars.

I’m pretty sure we all understand this, at least in some vague, intellectual way. We know you can’t put a roof up until you have the walls. We know this … and yet we often don’t. How often do we try to learn something new, whether it’s a skill or a sport or whatever, and we try and rush as fast as we can to the finish line? Everyone wants to learn the advanced stuff as fast as possible, and preferably faster… and that’s the exact opposite of setting up a strong foundation.

When it comes to learning something, anything, you have to start with the basics. Continue reading