Humour, Thoughts

The Joy of Parking

No Comments 20 November 2009

Parking is, to put it lightly, annoying.

Think about what parking is. Your car is sitting on the ground. Yet you have to pay for it to sit on the ground. Maybe you could have like a time share system. You use someone else’s parking spot downtown and they use your spot somewhere else.

Have you ever seen those garage type parking systems? Like the one in the pic. They’re so sweet. Efficient since all of the spaces are optimized to fit a car and there’s no wasted space. But, what happens if your car becomes like a chocolate bar in a vending machine and gets stuck halfway out? Then convenience and efficiency turns into hassle.

I get why we’re charged for parking. And I understand that people have come to expect to pay for parking. But honestly can’t they make money another way? The amount we spend on vehicles is high enough already between car payments, insurance and gas so why not cut us a break?

I think the government should do something about it. For university students, it’s outrageous how much they have to spend to park to go to school. No wonder so many people try to park for free and get tickets for risking it.

Thoughts, World Issues

Who Do You Listen To?

No Comments 15 November 2009

When you want to do something, whether it’s apply for a job, try out for a sports team or set a goal, who do you listen to?

Do you let your friends tell you what you can or cannot do?

Do you let your parents?

Your boss?

Or yourself?

Of everyone, shouldn’t you listen to yourself?

So why is it that so often we let what others say dictate our decisions? Why don’t we instead know what we want, believe in ourself and go for it? By not doing something we fail. By doing it, the worst case is fail; best case is success. So there is no do not; there is only do. Think about that. And go for it.

Humour, Misc, Thoughts

Random Food Combinations

No Comments 17 October 2009

Do you know what I mean? Like when you eat ice cream while having a beer? Some think it’s strange. I think it makes perfect sense. Eating good things together can only equal goodness. Well, in theory right? Here are some more of the food combos I like. What are yours?

  • Soda crackers and yogurt
  • Peanut butter and chocolate chips sandwich
  • Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie sandwich
  • Soda crackers, yogurt and chocolate easter eggs
  • Soda crackers and ice cream
  • Soup and pasta
  • Chicken and cream of mushroom soup
  • Cheese Whiz and sandwich spread (smelled like salmon…odd)
  • Soda crackers dipped in chocolate pudding
  • Rice cakes dipped in chocolate pudding

It’s fun trying new combinations. Leads to trying new food. And not being nervous about really eating anything. Try it sometime. And if you ever have me over for dinner, make sure you have lots of soda crackers, beer and ice cream for dessert.

Thoughts

It’s Your Life…But Who’s in Control?

No Comments 05 October 2009

You hear a lot of talk about how it’s our life and our decisions and that we have the power to make whichever decisions we want; good or bad.

So why is it many people feel like their life is out of their control? What happened to cause that? How can they get it back?

I have been in this situation before. I felt like I had committed to doing so many things that I wasn’t really into doing that it was negatively affecting my personal well being. I would over commit and be too busy. But when I wasn’t busy, I felt like I should be. So what to do?

1. Realize that you can say no. You don’t always have to say yes when someone asks you a favour. Consider what you’re getting out of it, what they’re getting out of it, if you have the time and energy to say yes and then give them your answer. It’s ok to say no. It may take some time to realize that but you need time for yourself too.

2. Start doing the things which you really love doing. Don’t busy yourself with activities which aren’t right for you. Doing things which drain your energy isn’t good for you. And you don’t have to do them. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. But you should definitely be doing things that you love and that are good for you.

That’s it. Two very simple things. Start off by doing them. Everyday, make a conscious decision based on these two points and it’s amazing how much clearer your mind will feel. It’s amazing how much happier you will be. And it’s amazing how much more in control of your own life you will feel.

Disc Sports, Events, Family, Maritimes, Misc, Thoughts

Beginning of the End…In a Good Way

No Comments 06 September 2009

On Tuesday school starts again at the U of C. I’m back in 4 classes each semester and will finally be getting my degree after having started almost 10 years ago. It’s been an interesting 9 years and here are some things I’ve learned/done in those past 9 years:

1) Lost my mom

2) Lost my grandfather

3) Learned how to play ultimate frisbee

4) Taught myself how to build websites

5) Met a lot of amazing people

6) Lived in 3 provinces and 8 different places

7) Attended 4 universities in 3 provinces

8) Had 14 jobs

9) Lost some friends – made lots of new friends

10) Completely changed my career focus

11) Discovered my passion in life

12) Got 3 speeding tickets

13) Bought my first car

14) Had my first love

15) And have been a part of many amazing trips, groups, parties, adventures and events

I wouldn’t change it all for anything. As hard as some of it has been, it’s made me who I am today. Very cliche to say but it’s true. The worst thing ever and the best thing ever happened to me – losing my mom and finding my passion. Knowing that she would be happy with what I’m doing makes it all worth it, what I’ve gone through to get here. Sometimes it’s nice to look back on a period of your life and reflect. You could almost consider it to be an era of my life ending and a new one starting. But really there’s multiple parts of my life right now so just one part of that is going to be over when I graduate in April. It’s been a good run, I’ve learned a lot and still have a lot left to learn. Here’s to living life!

Thoughts, World Issues

Dealing with the Cause…Not the Result…

No Comments 11 August 2009

I’ve read a few articles now which deal with this issue. The first was from  and an interview with President Obama. They were asking him a lot of religious questions and one in particular, they asked him about abortion. He spoke about unplanned pregnancies and how instead of focusing on the actual fact that they are pregnant and what we should do about that, we should instead focus on why they’re becoming pregnant in the first place. Prevention versus treatment of the issue(not to say treatment isn’t important…but it doesn’t solve the core problem)

The second article I read was from Seth Godin’s blog and it was titled “Bear Shaving“. Seth is a leader in market thinking and has some great perceptions into how things are done, how they should be done, and why they end up being done the way they are. He used several examples but the one about bears spoke to shaving a bear so it could deal with global warming instead of actually dealing with the global warming issue.

There exist many examples of “bear shaving” and the way to fix this approach is two-fold. Find a way to treat the issue, but more importantly, find a prevention to the issue. We tend to focus on the treatment because it’s in our face. It’s a short term solution and so we feel as though something is being done when in reality it’s not at all. We need to shift out thinking and realize that we need to educate people about things that are happening to cause the issue in the end.

A great example of this is the obesity problem. There are so many drug companies developing all these “miracle” cures and pills and drinks and diets and it’s all Bullshit. What we need to do (and watch The Biggest Loser for proof) is to 1) Eat well and 2) Exercise. This needs to start with our children. When I was a kid I played sports, my mom/dad would cook for us and we never had to worry about weight. But, as our kids grow up and have kids of their own, the problem only gets worse. Families who don’t know about proper nutrition and exercise need to be educated. Our kids need to get back into sports and eat less junk. This will lead to a larger prevention of obesity. Diets and drugs only work so long. There needs to be a shift in our thinking. And healthier people equals happier people equals a better world.

The next time you encounter a problem, ask yourself “am I about to shave a bear?”

Events, Thoughts

Lessons Learned – Fall 2008 Convenience Store Robbery

No Comments 03 August 2009

I’ve been meaning to blog about this happening for a while now. Some of you know what happened; most don’t. I figured I should write a bit about what happened since the majority of us in our lifetime will never be a witness to a robbery and there are a few things to be learned from it.

The day was Thursday, October 2, 2008 (technically the Friday since it was past midnight) and I had just left Paul Filek’s show at the Balance Lounge in Calgary, Alberta.

As normally happens, when I’m up late, I get a craving for junk food. So, I stopped at the Petro Canada in Riverbend to pick up some snacks. I had collected a few things and walked up to pay when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a guy walk in the door. I put the snacks on the counter when I noticed that this guy had a ski mask on and was holding a gun, pointing it at me. As he walked towards me, he yelled at me to “Get down on the ground.” So, I put my hands up and laid face first on the floor of the Petro Canada. While I’m lying there this guy proceeds to steal a whole bunch of smokes and money from the clerk. In the back of my mind I’m thinking “that gun didn’t look real.” It looked too flimsy and I had thoughts about getting up and tackling the guy – I was bigger than he was – but on the chance that it was a real gun, I didn’t want the clerk to be shot for some money and smokes so I stayed on the ground.

After the robber left, I got up and the clerk was freaking out and was in the process of dialing 911 (I had to get on the phone with them since his normally thick accent was even thicker and very hard to understand). To make a long story short, I waited there for the cops to show up. They got me to provide a description of the robber (along with 2 other witnesses who were outside at the time) and of the situation. Granted, the description which the 3 of us provided really wasn’t the same. The colour of his mask, what he was wearing, and the colour of his skin – we all weren’t exactly sure.

So, given what happened after the robbery I certainly learned to be more aware of the circumstances in an intense situation like this (a la Hardy Boys) but really I won’t know if I’ve learned to be more attentive until I’m in a similar situation. Which, knock on wood, I’m not again.

Also, if a guy holding a gun (even if it fake – cops later recovered it and it was) tells you to get on the ground…you get on the ground…

Oh and I’ve also learned that eating junk food CAN be potentially bad for your health. In more ways than one.

Thoughts, World Issues

Some People Just Won’t Like You…

No Comments 28 July 2009

I’d like to introduce this post with an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr’s speech titled “Love Your Enemies” on November 17, 1957.

Now, I’m aware of the fact that some people will not like you, not because of something you have done to them, but they just won’t like you. I’m quite aware of that. Some people aren’t going to like the way you walk; some people aren’t going to like the way you talk. Some people aren’t going to like you because you can do your job better than they can do theirs. Some people aren’t going to like you because other people like you, and because you’re popular, and because you’re well-liked, they aren’t going to like you. Some people aren’t going to like you because your hair is a little shorter than theirs or your hair is a little longer than theirs. Some people aren’t going to like you because your skin is a little brighter than theirs; and others aren’t going to like you because your skin is a little darker than theirs.

But after looking at these things and admitting these things, we must face the fact that an individual might dislike us because of something that we’ve done deep down in the past, some personality attribute that we possess, something that we’ve done deep down in the past and we’ve forgotten about it; but it was that something that aroused the hate response within the individual. That is why I say, begin with yourself. There might be something within you that arouses the tragic hate response in the other individual.

What do we do when we encounter someone who doesn’t like us?

There are 2 things we can do.

The first is to not worry about it. Life is too short to worry what someone else thinks of us. If they can’t like us for who we are then that’s their problem; not ours.

And the second, as Dr. King alludes to, is that perhaps there is something within us which has evoked the emotion of dislike from the other person. If that exists, explore that. If it doesn’t, then see scenario number 1 above.

Humour, Misc, TED, Thoughts

The Ham Butt Problem

No Comments 28 July 2009

The Ham Butt Problem (taken from: http://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_redefines_the_dictionary.html):

Woman’s making a ham for the big family dinner. She goes to cut the butt off the ham and throw it away, and she looks at this piece of ham and she’s like, “This is a perfectly good piece of ham. Why am I throwing this away?” She thought, “Well my mom always did this.” So she calls up Mom, and she says, “Mom, why’d you cut the butt off the ham when you’re making a ham?” Her mom says, “I don’t know, my mom always did it!” So they call Grandma, and Grandma says, “My pan was too small!”

How many times have we heard this before? We do something because that’s how it’s always been done. As much as it’s efficient as a species to learn from experience, sometimes our experience can be based on factors which no longer exist or no longer influence our decisions. How best do we approach a problem without letting the past influence us too much? Simple. Think about why you do what you do. If something seems a bit off, there’s probably a reason for that.

As Einstein famously said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Live and think consciously. You never know when you’re going to be cooking a ham.

Family, Maritimes, Thoughts

Home to the Maritimes

No Comments 07 July 2009

I’m flying home to visit my family tomorrow night. I haven’t seen them all in 2.5 years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long and it makes me sad. I’ve put so many other things ahead of taking trips home and for what?

Sure I’ve enjoyed playing in ultimate tournaments. And going on road trips has been great. But really when it matters, family is who’s been there for me. And I’m so proud of them. Margo just tied for 2nd at the NB Ladies Golf provincials and is on the team for Nationals. And Dad is happy being a teacher and is enjoying his summer golfing. I can’t wait to get out and play some golf with him. Just hang out with him and talk. It’s been a long time since we’ve done that. And I’m going to our family cottage in PEI for 3 days. Nick, Natalie, Tina, Steve and Grandma will all be there. How amazing is that? I haven’t been to the cottage in 8 years! I can’t wait to hang out in the yard and on the beach and play games with the family. I think I need this trip more than I realize. It’s very easy to get caught up in your life so much that you neglect the really important things in life. Those people who really care about you.

I also am going to get to visit Grandma in New Glasgow. I got to spend some time with her last fall when she was out visiting the Salomons but it’s always nice to see her in NS. Although this will be the first time I’ll be in the house since Grandpa passed away I’m also going to visit mom’s grave and throw some pennies in the pond. It will be the first time doing that without Margo which will be sad but I think I need some time alone with her. I feel like I’ve lost some of my morals since I was last home and I really need to reclaim those. I haven’t been feeling myself lately and I need to figure out how to get that back.

I’m also going to be running some ultimate clinics in Woodstock for the rec department. I’m doing 3; one for 5-8 year olds, one for 9+ and one for adults. I’m pretty stoked to be doing them as Woodstock hasn’t really seen ultimate before (maybe the high school teacher throwing the dad variety) so this should be pretty neat for them. I’m basically going to teach them throwing/catching, some basic gameplay and then run a scrimmage. And encourage them to get something started if they’re interested. It will be a good way to promote Ultimate Rob and teach some more people how awesome ultimate is.

And finally, I’m going to be playing in the Parlee Beach ultimate frisbee tournament with JD and some Fredericton folk. I haven’t played Parlee in 5 years so I’m pretty stoked to be playing again. I’m hoping my ankle will be 100% by the time I play (I have 10 days so we’ll see). And the last time I played we lost in the finals (and I felt like a rookie playing) so this time will be much better 

I’m just so excited to go. Lots of pics to come!

Thoughts

Being Independent – Working for Yourself

No Comments 20 June 2009

It’s an exciting thought. But it can also be scary. The only security you have is knowing that you control your own destiny. Not having the regular 8-5 with benefits and a regular paycheque takes a little getting used to.

But here are some things I’ve been able to do since I started working from home:
1. Go golfing in the morning
2. Teach kids how to play ultimate frisbee
3. Sleep in until noon
4. Work on my passion (http://www.ultimaterob.com)
5. Workout on my work breaks

It’s pretty great. Having a steady stream of income would be too but a lot can be said for being a lot less rushed, stressed and scheduled. It’s not for everyone but if you can find something you love to do and it works then go for it.

Thoughts

Do What You Want

1 Comment 04 June 2009

Lately my topics of choice are about having a passion, doing what you love and not settling. And I will touch on the second topic again here. What is stopping you from doing what you love?

1. Fear of failing?

2. Pressure from friends/family?

3. Lack of finances?

4. *insert your own excuse here*

When it comes down to it, we only have one life to live (that we know of). So why not make the best of it? And that means doing the things which bring you the most joy. Be as happy as you want to be. Be around the people who make you the most happy. Don’t feel pressured to be a certain way or do certain things just because others see bigger and better things for you. Listen to them if they matter but in the end do what you really want to do. It sounds very simple and it is. Don’t let others tell you it’s not. And enjoy the ride.

Thoughts, World Issues

Those Who Are Always Difficult

No Comments 17 May 2009

We all know someone like this.

  • You say how you read that something wasn’t great – but they say that the person who wrote that is an idiot.
  • You say how you’re loving a song by a band – and they say how terrible that band is
  • You give your opinion about something – and they say that your opinion is stupid.

Why do these people behave this way? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That’s the great thing about everyone being different. But what compels them to shoot down someone else’s opinion? In the grand scheme of things, noone is really ever “right”. When someone says a movie is bad…that’s their opinion. There’s no way to determine if it’s bad or not; it’s all subjective. So why do people insist on trying to be that? I think the best thing you can do is appreciate everyone for being an individual and having their own opinion and cherish everyone for being their own person. And for those people who choose to knock other people; they’re not worth the time.

Thoughts

Ever heard of a Breathatarian?

No Comments 15 May 2009

Read some thoughts about it:

If we can acquire proteins, vitamins and other important nutrients that are grinding stomach needs then i think there’s no need to eat and poop at all. We will even save a lot of money because we don’t have to buy Centrum, kitchen utensils, and all those mambo jambo stuffs that we need for food and being “healthy”. If Breathatarian lifestyle can make us last through our entire life span without making ourselves grip a rope or lie on a wall for us to be able to stand up then these Breathatarian way of life will not only save us money, it will also promote world peace. People wont have to steal for food, they just stand up at a street corner when they’re hungry then breath frantically, and they’re on the go again. It’s like ghostly fastfoods everywhere.

But can all of us practice this lifestyle? We may not because first, people might protest and form a group called “we miss chewing food youth movement” and second, because the fact is we are humans not plants with chlorophylls.

Imagine…frantic breathing everywhere…haha.

Disc Sports, Thoughts

Ahhhh Throwing…Outside Again :)

No Comments 12 April 2009

So for those who know me…and even those who don’t…I love ultimate frisbee. The best part about ultimate being the frisbee. And the fact that when you throw the frisbee it can do some amazing things.

When I throw a disc, I love watching it fly into the sky and watching how it moves and is affected by the wind. It’s never the same and it’s a great feeling when you can put something up into the sky and it floats there for 10 seconds. Just watching it spin and fly. I think sometimes I wish I could be like a frisbee and just take off and float around. It’s truly the coolest toy because it can do so many things simply by throwing it with different edges, angles and velocities.

I love when the snow melts and the air gets warmer because it means I can get out and throw again. And after moving downtown, I was worried I wouldn’t have a field close by where I could throw, but I found one on Saturday just a few blocks away from me and it’s perfect. It’s about 110 yards from goal post to goal post (I have to pace it so I know what I’m throwing) but it’s flat with a pretty steady wind so I’m looking forward to throwing there lots.

For me throwing is more than just practice for playing a game. It’s fun as hell. When the profs were on strike at Dal, I threw everyday for 1.5-2 hours for the entire 4 weeks. It was amazing. Not only is it relaxing for me to get out and throw but it’s great exercise, it’s great for my throws in game since my throws become more accurate, longer, smoother and all around I improve my game.

It’s a simple formula. Practice throwing + practice playing = better player. You won’t improve your throws much by just throwing in practice. You must throw on its own (like a golfer goes to the driving range). It’s not boring, it’s actually a lot of fun. There are a lot of things you can do just by purely throwing to get better and to keep it interesting. There are a lot of things I do. Throw hammers through the uprights. Throw I/O flicks into the soccer nets. See how many throws it takes to get from one end of the field to the other and then try to beat that on the way back. You just have to figure out what works for you and commit to it. The best part is that your throws will get better. Guaranteed. But you just need to get out and throw.

Computers, Internet, Social Media, Technology, TED, Thoughts

Best Guess…That’s All You Can Try For

No Comments 03 April 2009

So part of my job is to try and anticipate what is the future of social media and the internet. This is a difficult thing. There are many smart people all trying to make their best guess as to the future of the intenet based on the past, how the different paradigms have evolved and what they feel will be the next way of communicating with each other.

I watched Tim Berners-Lee’s presentation on TED today and it was very interesting. Tim is the creator of the internet and it’s interesting to think what our world would be like had he not created what he did. What if a company had done that. Would the internet be as open and free as it is today?

I also watched Kevin Kelly’s presentation (also on TED) in which he talked about the next 5,000 days of the web and what the first 5,000 days were like.

It’s very easy to see how the web has progressed but difficult to predict what is next. Web 1.o and Web 2.0 (which we are currently in) and now the future of the web (Web 3.0). There is a lot of focus on social media and social networks. I consider a social network to be a place (either a time or location) in which at least 2 people are having a conversation. The internet has enabled us to have conversations in real-time and in delayed time.

I get asked the question fairly often and that question is: what’s the next big thing in the internet?

Well, that’s really difficult to predict. Who could predict Google? Or Facebook? I don’t think anyone really saw that coming and those who did, how do you really capitalize on it?

If the majority of your customers are using existing networks and resources, does it make sense to be on the next “big” thing? Many times, no. The point of social media is to join the conversations which are happening about you. No matter where they are.

But, I see the future of the internet as continuing to be more open and having more access to information. Which I think we will start to feel overwhelmed with at a certain point and go back to being interested in only small pockets of resources. I’m online more than I would bet 95% of people. Hell, it’s my job. And I find the amount of information online overwhelming sometimes. I used to check 3 or 4 websites per day and now I barely have time to read Seth’s blog some days. The internet has every conceivable bit of information we could want. And we complain that it’s slow. Woe is us. But really, the internet is a machine. The largest, most powerful, most intelligent machine that has ever existed. And the future of that machine is what we make of it. Which I think will be a return to a more simple time. One in which we choose which information we receive and we finally don’t have to worry about pesky spam emails, popup ads and all the bullshit that exists online.

Thoughts?

Family, Maritimes, Thoughts

Family Cottage – Linkletter Beach, PEI

No Comments 29 March 2009

Everyone has favourite place which they like to be. Could be Elbow Falls in Calgary. Or  a beach in Hawaii. Or a hill that looks over the city.

Point is, people have a spot they enjoy going. It makes them feel calm. It’s a place where they can think. It’s a place which holds a lot of great memories.

That place for me is our family cottage on Linkletter Beach in Prince Edward Island. I haven’t been there since 2001. That makes me sad. But I’m going to try and get home this July. The Summerside Golf and Country Club is close by. I was 2 under after 3 holes the first time I ever played the course! Rest of the round…was…alright.

We used to have a family reunion there every few years. We’d play stickball with a tennis ball and a worn down broomstick handle. We took Brandy and Sheeba (our golden retrievers). We’d go swimming in the ocean and watch Rick put his catamaran out in the water. We’d make a big bonfire and sit around telling stories. We’d play croquet and it was great because my nanny and great aunts would play and they were good! We’d play cards and watch nanny get super into it. We’d hang out inside and just enjoy spending time together. I miss that place. Will be nice to spend some time there again.

What place holds those memories for you? Where do you like to go?

Thoughts

Simple or Complicated?

No Comments 24 March 2009

Why do people make things more complicated than they have to be?

When someone is giving a presentation, why do they waste time explaining a whole bunch of stuff you don’t really need to know. In order to have relevant meetings and presentations, people need to develop the ability to look at things from someone else’ s point of view and approach it from their angle.

The same goes with sports. With relationships. With anything.

If you’re trying to teach someone how to swing a golf club, shouldn’t you teach them in the most simplest terms? Start with the basics and progress from there?

If you’ve just met someone and you’re hanging out, just start with the basics. I think a relationship isn’t right when it’s complicated early on. I think that has to do with the 2 people being on different levels and having far too different perspectives. It’s simple when you can look someone in the eyes and just know that’s what matters. The here and now. It doesn’t really matter much what someone is doing 2 or 3 months from now. You’ll figure it out when 2 or 3 months has arrived. The here and now is what you should be focusing on. And just take it simple. If it’s right. If it’s not, you’ll know. Because it’ll be far too complicated.

Thoughts

Why You Do Things a Certain Way

No Comments 17 March 2009

Seriously.

Why do you butter your toast a certain way?
Why do you dry yourself off after a shower a certain way?
Why do you organize your books a certain way?
And why do you do your job a certain way?

I’m sure you butter your toast the way that you want to. Not the way that someone else tells you to.
I’m sure you dry yourself off the way you want to. Not the way someone else tells you to.
And I’m sure you organize your books the way you want to. Unless your partner makes you do it a certain way.

So why not do your job your way? If someone hired you, did they hire you so you can do the job their way? Or so you can do the job your way? I’d like to believe the latter. However, there are obviously limits as to how much control/creativity you can display in a job.

But think about that the next time your boss asks you to do something. Who’s way are you doing it? Just because your boss is your boss doesn’t mean they know best. Surprising right?

Thoughts

Being Paid to Work…Or Working to Get Paid

No Comments 10 March 2009

Are we paid to sit in a chair, do our work and be there for 8 hours? Some will say yes. I say no.

You’re being paid to produce results. To get things done.

If you’re a salesman, you’re being paid to sell.
If you’re a marketer, you’re being paid to market.
And if you’re an engineer, you’re being paid to engineer.

Do all of those jobs require you to be at your job 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. Absolutely not. So why is that how it works?

Is your most efficient working time 8-5? Nope. Do we work 8 hours per day? Nope. So why are we required to be there for 8 hours? Because it makes our boss feel good? Because the VP’s and executives feel like the company is doing well if people are sitting in their chairs 8 hours a day?

Why aren’t we given tasks to do each day/week/month/year and paid based on how we perform?

Jobs and companies should run like the PGA does; not like the NHL. On the PGA tour, a golfer only gets paid if he places well in a tournament. The highest paid golfers (ignore endorsements) win tournaments. In the NHL however, the best hockey players aren’t necessarily paid the most. Why not? Because hockey players are paid based on playing games. It’s not an incentive based system – aka union. So doesn’t it make more sense that hockey players would play better if they were going to be paid based on how they did? I know there are arguments to both sides, but jobs should work the same way. If you don’t perform, you don’t get paid. If you do well, you get paid. Yes, sales is based a lot on commission. But what about other jobs? Let’s motivate people to get their work done and pay them accordingly. And that means not always working 8-5 in an office.

Something to think about.

About Rob


Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.

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