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Read Excerpts from Volume I 

Bridgehead Coffee


Community in the Cup


Sometimes you have to be a bit “blind” in business. In retrospect, if I knew how much work would be involved, I may not have taken on the challenge of opening Bridgehead, especially when others were telling me it wouldn't work. I needed to put on my blinders in order to stay focused on my clear picture of where I wanted to be — determined and willing to take on the events at hand, like the closing of the Montreal store.

Tracey Clark

Tracey Clark, Owner

Turtle Island Recycling


From an Idea to an Empire: The Little Recycling Company That Could


The obvious way to be successful as an entrepreneur is to pick something to do and stick with it. You have to really work hard at it. You have to realize nothing is going to happen overnight. Almost all gains you make are incremental, so you must give yourself time. Don't give yourself six months or you'll fail before you even start. Give yourself 10 years and make sure you're prepared to make the commitment. Then look around you; take a look at your friends and your family, because you're not going to see them for those 10 years.

Louis Anagnostakos and Ted Manziaris

Louis Anagnostakos, CEO

Ted Manziaris, President

The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. / The 7 Virtues Communications Group


Passion Plus Mission: Moving from Aid to Trade


People sometimes ask how they can tap into their own vision and follow it. I tell them to merge what they most want to change in the world with what they most want to do. Their burning desire to see change will drive them, while their newfound career control will bring them enormous satisfaction. Trust that if it hasn't been done before, you're probably on your way to doing something unique and significant. Don't worry, there is no book, there is no guideline; you're going to create it.

Barb Stegemann

Barb Stegemann, CEO

Wellington West Holdings


A Swing, a Miss, and Finally — An Investment Business Home Run


You can't operate in neutral. You've either got your foot on the accelerator or you're going backwards. You have to have an adaptive instinct to keep moving ahead in business, to create innovative products, and to keep finding new things. That was another great skill of our team at Wellington. We listened when our customers asked for something new, for variations on our offerings, or for other ways of achieving goals.

Charlie Spiring

Charlie Spiring, Vice Chairman & Director

Relish Gourmet Burgers


Knowing What You Don't Know: Even Entrepreneurs Need a Strong Team to Succeed


For me, entrepreneurship isn't about making a tonne of money or putting in a ridiculous number of hours. It's about time and freedom. I don't want the business to be too reliant on me because then I'll never have the freedom I'm seeking. My primary goal is for my business to give me a good work–life balance, so I always try to implement systems so that the business can run without me.

Rivers Corbett

Rivers Corbett, President & CEO

Surface Mount Technology


A Billion and Back: How a Leap Forward in Electronics Miniaturization Breathed Life into a Business Idea


You have to be prepared to listen in business, and that's hard. You've got to be prepared to grow, change, and adapt. You have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and see your shortcomings. And you can't always fix them. Sometimes you have to surround yourself with people with specific strengths. I have always tried to hire people, especially at the senior level, with skill sets equivalent to or superior to mine. Growing a business is very tough, especially if you have managers who don't bring additional skills sets to the table, as everything just falls back on you.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker, CEO

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