bizzoI have had an amazing day. It dawned on me when I received my last ever paycheck from my  employer at SUCCESS Business & Economic Development that I had been there 10 years to the day, phew.Â

It was no ordinary job. I managed a government funded program that gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to join my program if they had a viable business idea. They were paid to undertake a one year program where they were mentored, cajoled, pushed, coached and yes even threathened  to develop their  business idea into a business plan resulting in a viable operating and successful business. We had a 95% success rate of businesses still in operation after 2 years.

It was a career where the money sucked but I was fortunate enough to be an entrepreneur myself so I always subsidised my ‘day job’ with other business opportunities and coaching. It NEVER was about the money, it was about making a difference; making dreams come true, making lives better, making families secure and helping dreams come true.

The benefits were shown to me today. My chief instructor, Philip Ho, and I were feted by the last intake (number 49) of the program. They knew the angst and stress we had faced closing not only an office but also a program my dedicated staff and I loved. They came out to a local pub to acknowledge us. Tears flowed all round when MY entrepreneurs shared how their lives had changed because we believed in them and supported the heck out of them. The best thing for me was these entrepreneurs telling my wife what a good man she had married. Wow!

I never wanted it to be about me but the people around me today felt otherwise. When people inspire you with their efforts it is easy to reciprocate. You see, to me, they were the heroes. These entrepreneurs risked all. They faced indecision and worry, fought confidence or lack of, had family and friends express doubt and they feared failure. It was easy for me and my staff to rise to the occasion.

Praise is something we don’t give freely enough. It meant everything me to receive it, i was immensely touched as was my wife and I accepted it gratefully. The world needs more people to show appreciation to others who have done their best on others behalf.

Pay it forward!

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  1. You did a magnificent thing at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gary. It is so sad to see political hacks destroy such a great program. IMHO the amount of new businesses that were started through this organization were far more than any EI or other funded Gov’t job program. The expertise that you had incorporated in S.U.C.C.E.S.S. far outweighed most of the expertise in our Federal and Provincial Politicians. As an entrepreneur myself, I can say from experience that your Staff and volunteers did the Province of British Columbia proud. Kudos to you and all those at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. that made a better life for all those that went through your program. I only hope there will be another program that offers such a wonderful opportunity to those starting a new business or career. The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. program will be sorely missed.

    Walk tall and proud for what you developed and accomplished at S.U.C.C.E.S.S Gary.

    Good luck in your future endeavors.

  2. That was very heartwarming, knowing you have the respect of so many colleagues and clients. Thanks! I’ll be back for more.

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