A little over a year ago, I started my first year as a full-time entrepreneur. I’ve learned a lot and am very grateful to everyone who has helped me in a small or a big way. Please read on for a summary of what I’ve been up to.
Professionally, my focus has been on building SparkPath. On the career coaching side, I worked with over a dozen clients, including youth, early and mid-career professionals. On the leadership side, I partnered with MentorU to help develop their corporate training offering for Escape Manor. I also worked with several DDI clients that brought me to Texas, Kentucky and Georgia. I partnered with Craig Dowden to speak about Civility in the Workplace. Finally, I created and delivered my own training programs to a start-up and a non-profit, as well as in the public sector.
Development and growth is what I preach to my clients, and also what I practice myself. I worked with Noam Kostucki as my coach to help me build my entrepreneurship practice. I got certified for a new abilities psychometric tool, read several books and took Seth Godin’s altMBA course.
Emotionally, I felt the highs and the lows of entrepreneurship. For example, feeling scared, small, slow, and stuck. I’ve worked on quieting self-doubt, overcoming discouragement and celebrating the “no’s”. The best parts of being an entrepreneur have been the freedom, the opportunity for creative expression, the moments of transformation in clients and the satisfaction of creating a new path.
On a personal level, my wife Isabelle and I were happy to be back in Ottawa after a 5-year absence. It’s been great to reconnect with friends and family. After living in Manchester, UK, Montreal, QC and Pittsburgh, PA, we have a new-found appreciation for what our hometown has to offer.
In 2017, I will double-down on being a coach and a trainer. I also plan on creating YouTube videos and shooting a TV show on local cable. Finally, I want to pilot and sell the Challenge Cards.
Thank you for helping me change the way we prepare youths for careers. Please let me know how I can support your dreams for 2017.