I love Mondays
Gratitude October 1, 2014

I am grateful for:

1) My high quality ThinkPad keyboard

2) The gym in my building

3) The opportunities in the railway industry

Gratitude September 30, 2014

Today I’m grateful for:

1) A renewed rush of entrepreneurial energy. Don’t know where it came from, but I’m riding it :)

2) Raw almonds - I would be seriously hungry without them

3) Customers who pay their bills :)

Gratitude September 29, 2014

Today I’m grateful for:

1) My amazing wife and the two years we’ve been married. I feel lucky every day to have Sabrina in my life.

2) The expanse of knowledge that is available on the internet and the various means to curate that knowledge

3) My technical / business mind


Alfa Romeo 33 Carabo - Bertone, 1968


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by walid elsawi (+)


Rejoice in Every Circumstance

I picked up a new addition to my daily affirmation from book The Obstacle is the Way: Rejoice in every circumstance and persevere.

It’s too easy to assimilate the awesomeness of your life into the ho-hum of the everyday. The mind seems to gravitate to the negative, no matter how many positive elements exist in your life.

As a self-employed Canadian living in Toronto, I have boundless luck on my side. And yet I still complain on a daily basis. Yes, the traffic sucks and yes, I could be making more money. But when I look at the big picture, it’s laughable to complain about anything, anytime.

We have very little control over our destiny. We have full control over our thoughts and actions. But the funny thing is, our thoughts and actions tend to shape our destiny.

Don’t listen to the negative voice in your head - that’s not you. Be grateful and rejoice in every circumstance. Manifest your abundance of luck into infinite happiness.

A Field Trip with Purpose

Last Tuesday, we set off for an overdue visit with our customer in Boston - my first ever field project.

The mission of the trip was to complete three primary objectives. Once complete, we could collect our final payment - a task that has been on my todo list since I joined in January. That would be 7 months ago. It was critical that we walked out of there with the objectives complete. It was a lot of money.

Following a safety training, we arrived on site and were handed our branded glowing vests - the mark of an employee or contractor. I tossed the vest on, pushed closed the velcro seam, and I was an instant official. 

I was impressed to see our communications-based train control (CBTC) system in action. It’s one thing to watch boxes lurching around a loop on a diagnostics screen from miles away - it’s quite another to sit in the operator’s seat and experience the real-world perspective.

We knocked the first item off the list within an hour. Our Chief Engineer, our new Product Manager and myself had instant chemistry and we were off to a cracking start. 

The second day, we went out for a spin - just the three of us and a couple of customer officials on an ‘out of service’ trolley - my first trip around the loop and first exposure to our systems along the way.

Again, I was impressed that our small company was able to design, develop and install the electronics and communications that enforce the movement of trains.

We came back to the station and finished our objectives, enjoying the reverence of the transit riders as we strutted around and the delight on the customers’ faces when each task was completed.

At the end of two exhausting days, we had completed our tasks. I felt a sense of accomplishment that you don’t get from uploading files to a server. Passing tools around and hot swapping boards on a running train to help these passengers ride safely gave me a feeling of purpose. 

We are making a difference.


Alien by Midnight Marauder


Dispatchwork, Lego street art around the world by Jan Vormann.