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A Summer Camp For Highschool Entrepreneurs in Regina

Bigideacamp website

Yup, we did it! The first week of August this past Summer we ran “Big Idea Camp 2015” a one day, Amazing race meets Harvard business competition. We had 6 students who formed two teams and competed in 5 different challenges throughout the day. It was nothing short of amazing.

Here’s the Twitter play by play on the day… Remember to follow @BigIdeaCamp on Twitter!

Big idea camp on twitter

How To Get People To Not Share Their Ideas With You

(dont)Poke the bear

Tell them they’re wrong. Tell them you have a better idea. Back up your idea with some made up evidence based on opinion. Make sure they know you’re smarter about whatever topic you’re talking about. That’ll work! That person will never want to share an idea with you again.

Every time you shut down someone’s idea it’s like poking a bear. Sure you can get away with it the first time and maybe the second, but sooner or later if you keep poking, the bear is going to eat you.

Don’t strive to be “right” in conversations, that’s your ego coming through. Be confident in yourself, so confident in fact that you let others be right. Then more and more you’ll find others wanting to share their ideas with you.

4 Lessons About Business You Can Learn From Snowboarding

How far will you go?

1. No one is instantly good at business or snowboarding.

Snowboarding takes a while to get the hang of, just like business. No one wakes up a brilliant business person or gnarly snowboarder. Both take time. Those that get better are the ones who keep pushing the limits, they never assume they’ve hit their peak, they seek out unchartered territory, they try new things. They keep falling and falling but never refuse to stay down, that’s the key to success in snowboarding and business. Read more

27 Quotes From Julien Smith on Life, People, and Happiness

These quotes are from Julien Smith’s blog 100 Tips About Life, People, and Happiness.  I loved them instantly and wanted to put something together to spread them to as many people as I could.

I’ve been following Julien for a while now.  I read his blog (inoveryourhead.net) regularly, he looks at the world differently and isn’t afraid to tell you want he really thinks.  That’s why I like him.  He co-wrote Trust Agents, the original bible on social media and more recently wrote one of my favorite books, The Flinch (free e-book).

Going into the unknown is how you expand what is known. Read more

What Will Inevitably Happen To Your Business…

This will inevitably happen to your business, start preparing now.

Competition increases.  Growth stops, your business begins to flat line.  The CEO sends the marching orders “we need more sales!  Send out more newsletters, lets get on the Radio, lets have a sale this weekend, lets start advertising in the Sunday post AND Metro.”  To the CEO’s surprise, nothing changes.  No one opens his “more frequent” newsletter.  We tune out his quirky but generic radio spot.  And anyone who’s reading Metro, Fine LifeStyles, Business Magazine, The Sunday post, won’t be next week when the newest magazine or newspaper gets our attention. Read more

Complaining About The Inevitable

“Our kids are going to be ruined!  All they do is text, Facebook and Youtube all day.”  “This generation is growing up to be stupid!”.  “Whatever happened to talking in person and going an hour without checking your cell phone?”. Read more