It’s no doubt that entrepreneurs are the rock stars of our decade. They are considered to be the coolest, richest, most courageous people defeating all odds to put their products in the market. People seem to talk about Steve Jobs more than Stephen Harper!
Now, ‘entrepreneur’ is a pretty broad term. I mean, even those working at Multi-Level Marketing companies call themselves entrepreneurs. In this article, when I say ‘entrepreneur’ I’m really talking about being a founder in a (tech) startup.
At Ryerson, we’re constantly being offered seed funding opportunities on silver platters. Take for example, the annual $50,000 Slaight Business Plan Competition, the $10,000 MAKO Product Innovation Award, the $48,000 Norman Esch Engineering Award or the 50 annual $3000 Summer Company scholarships. It’s clear to say – if you want funding, you can get it. Continue reading “Entrepreneurship Is Not For Everyone”
In my first year at university, I had set a clear goal for myself. To get into the co-op program, get 20 months of work experience, graduate, enter the workforce, and land the highest paying job possible.
(Yes, that post was actually three years ago!)
From that, I set benchmarks. I met with graduating co-ops and politely asked what their starting salaries were. I heard numbers around 50k, then 55k, and even 62k. The last number was the target I set to surpass.
That number served as a goal because I’m the type of guy who always needs some type of goal to give myself a sense of direction. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.
I was fixated on this high-salary goal… until last week when my career counselor Juliana shared a piece of wisdom. Continue reading “My Graduation Goal”
As part of our training I’m learning some of the laws around working with door-to-door salespeople.
- If you knock on a door that has a no-solicitation sign, that is considering trespassing.
- Door-to-door salespeople have to be licensed by the province. They must show their license upon request. Usually they are wearing an ID card around their neck.
- If you tell a salesperson to leave – they must leave your property immediately.
- All contracts have a 10 day full-refund policy by law. Therefore, no one is really obliged to ‘make a decision on the spot’.
- We are not allowed to use the term “free”
Fine Structure of other stuff we are not allowed to do.
Here’s an overview of the company I’m working with over the Summer.
- Name: Vivint
- Size: 8000 employees
- Industry: Smart Home Technology
- Headquarters: Provo, Utah
- # of Customers: 1 million, spread between US and Canada
Continue reading “Vivint Company Overview”
I think setting goals is important but more than often I find myself placing my self-worth in the achievement of them. As business students, we become obsessed with results and asking ourselves “How does this add value?”
In psychology, being in a flow state is defined as full immersion and enjoyment in a present activity. It is being in the zone. It is enjoying the process of your actions, rather than the product of them.
Life is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes I don’t want to have goals.
“I live for those ah-ha moments and flow states” – Jason Silva
Over the past two months I’ve vigorously been searching for an internship in tech sales. Coffees, informational interviews, office tours, cold emails on LinkedIn, networking nights, touring other universities.. You name it!
Last week there was a recruiter from a smart home technology company tabling in TRSM. I gave him a strong handshake and told him my story. Within 36 hours I was interviewed and heard the magic words “Welcome to the team.” Continue reading “Door To Door – Day 0 “Opportunity is Knocking At The Door””
A few months after leaving Manulife, I had a colleague contact me to tell me that I was featured on the front news page.
I suppose I was a model citizen (or at least a photogenic one).
I’m happy to have left my mark after spending 8 whole months working there.
Continue reading “Featured on Manulife’s News”
Last night I was browsing LinkedIn going through profiles of co-op students at Waterloo and Laurier and my jaw dropped in jealously. It’s not uncommon to see kids landing internships at the Google, Facebook, and Amazons of the tech world, or top tier consulting firms such as Mckinsey, Bain, or BCG. More than a handful have launched start ups with seed funding and are onto their Series A, with some others managing investments portfolios with flashy figures citing high returns.
Comparing myself to them, I emerged with a sense of diminished self-worth.
“Appearances can be deceptive. Appearances may give you respect but they cannot give you contentment” – Osho
Remembering this quotation helped me realize I shouldn’t pass judgement about other people’s lives, nor be comparing myself.
Likewise, whether I land my job dream job or not, I know that an “appearance of success” may make others respect me, but it won’t necessarily give me contentment deep inside. Happiness in life is more than just building a career.
So, with this blog, I don’t want to set up an illusion of achievement and success. I’m here to share the grind I have to go through, both ups and downs. Not just a handpicked selection of my moments of glory.
I thought Osho’s book was okay, – but this quote put me back on solid ground. It made me mindful of something my friend Ali once told me: “Never let titles determine your self-worth.”
War room: A room at a military headquarters where maps showing the current status of troops in battle are maintained.
I guess they were brewing up some corporate war tactics.
Goodbye #Manulife! Was a great 1237 work hours, aka 8 months.