Adversity Inspires Risk Taking
Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For...

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For others, it makes us far too uncomfortable, insecure, nervous. Still, others, don’t necessarily enjoy risk taking per se, but do it anyways: They understand – usually from experience – that incredible innovation, transformational change, unprecedented achievement typically requires assuming a certain degree of risk. They know that risk can lead to failure. They know that failure – in the right hands – cultivates humility, curiosity, and can be a phenomenal learning experience. 

Adversity & Opportunity
Adversity & Opportunity

Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a...

Adversity & Opportunity

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Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a moment there seems to be so little you can do. As indeed there is. And that can be the magic of it. We know that too many options, too much choice can be debilitating. It can leave you questioning your judgement to the point that no matter what you decide, you remain a little anxious that you could have chosen better. 

Adversity & Survival
Adversity & Survival

Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons...

Adversity & Survival

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Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived for as long as we have. When bombarded with an onslaught of incredible physical demands, the human body ultimately responds by increasing energy efficiency, building lean tissue, and increasing neuro-muscular mechanism so we are stronger and more powerful, and improves our capacity to resist fatigue and handle stress.

Adversity
Adversity

Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or -...

Adversity

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Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or - often - an intricate combination of all three. Adversity creates real pain and can be accompanied by fear, anguish, and despondency. It can also incite anger and spur furious, violent action.

The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

Brian Scudamore: WTF?! (Willing to Fail)

Posted: Feb 19, 2019

Brian Scudamore has seemingly always known he was going to be an entrepreneur. He grew up helping his grandparents at their Army Surplus store in San Francisco and was inspired to follow in their footsteps – especially after realizing they got to call their own shots each day. Fast forward to today, and Brian is now the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the parent company of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine – and the next speaker to be featured at The Cambridge Club’s Speaker Series.

But Brian didn’t learn all his early lessons in entrepreneurship from watching his grandparents, he distinctly remembers the time one of his friends began washing cars on their street for $3, “I immediately started my own for $2, plus I got some friends to do guerrilla advertising, holding up signs to attract customers.” He went on to sell candy from his dorm room in high school, and even turned his hockey card collection into a profit.

He says he’s always been willing to seize opportunities to see where they lead him, which perhaps explains how he has amassed the success he has which now includes a recently published book – WTF?! (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success and numerous awards and accolades including: being named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the International Franchise Association and becoming a CEO Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

We had a chance to chat with Brian ahead of him visiting The Cambridge Club and asked about his experience as an entrepreneur, how he has built such a strong team, his career highlights, and more.

What are some of the unique challenges of owning and operating a company with franchises across North America?

We don’t see having hundreds of franchise partners as a challenge. In fact, we encourage their entrepreneurial spirit – if they have a better system, a new idea for advertising, a way to create an efficiency we didn’t know before, we want them to embrace it and bring it to the system so others can adopt it too. What’s good for one franchise partner could be good for everyone!

You’ve written about the importance of corporate culture before. How can leaders within an organization work towards creating a strong corporate culture within their business?

You have to hire the right people and take care of them. At O2E Brands, we hire on culture fit and train on skill because I’ve seen what happens when people don’t understand the vision, or aren’t passionate about the brand.

At our company, people have 5 weeks of vacation, are given the opportunity to “go dark” on vacation (check out this article to see how that works), and, most importantly, are given the chance to try and fail if they believe in something. We even have a room called the “WTF?! (Willing to Fail)” room, where people can be free to come up with big, hairy, audacious ideas (and I wrote a book about the importance of failing forward). That kind of freedom is hard to come by in most workplaces, but it’s how we’ve pushed our companies further than we ever thought possible.

You’ve accumulated a number of accolades and awards over the years, is there one that stands out above the others?

Writing and launching my first book, WTF?! (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success, has been an incredible ride. It was listed on Amazon’s bestseller list and sold thousands of copies (which I never believed was possible!). But the biggest reward was the incredible support it received from our entire system of franchise partners – it’s about how we’re building something bigger and better together. Writing the book and remembering the risks people took to chase their dreams of business ownership, then having such a great response when we shared it with the world, has been a favourite milestone of mine.

Speaking of your recently published book, in it you show the everyday person that they have what it takes to succeed. Can you give us a few of the attributes you highlight that we all have that can make us successful?

We have four attributes that we believe will make anyone successful: happy, hands-on, hungry, and hardworking. We call them the 4Hs! Across our four brands, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine, the franchise partners who are the most successful have those four personality traits. They’re the ones grinding it out with a smile, knowing that the hard work they put in in the early years will pay off in the later ones. That’s why franchising is so interesting: if someone has those attributes, they can immerse themselves in any industry, use the systems and processes that are developed for them, and achieve financial freedom – and their dreams.

Before we ended our conversation with Brian, we wanted to bring the discussion back to his childhood. We asked Brian to think back and provide his younger self some advice, and the advice that he shared is something that we intend on taking to heart and putting into action in our own lives.

Paint a picture for yourself – a clear vision of what you really want your future to look like. Don’t worry about the ‘how,’ just allow yourself to dream. Then write it all down. You’ll find that the decisions you make will guide you towards the future you wrote down if you really do believe in it. By allowing yourself to dream, unencumbered, you’ll be amazing at the things you can achieve.”

To hear more about Brian’s journey and career, please join us for our Speaker Series at The Cambridge Club on Wednesday, February 27th. To RSVP for the event, please contact The Cambridge Club’s front desk.

EVENT DETAILS

WTF?! (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success

DATE: Wednesday, February 27th

Lunch: 11:45am

Presentation: 12:30pm

COST: $40 (+HST & grats.) Lunch included.

RSVP: The Cambridge Club

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