My wife and I were talking yesterday and she made a comment that perception is everything when it comes to the content I put out. That maybe I make it look easier than it is and that if people only knew that I get tired, frustrated and work way more than even you guys see…they’d maybe get a different picture.
It got me thinking this morning on my drive in…. do I want this to look easy? No, I never have. …
When Gratitude meets irony, you get a medium blog.
This whole pandemic has brought on a whole new level of productivity, of reaching my limits, evolving in different areas than maybe any of us thought possible. None have become more clear to me than being the husband and father your family needs at a time like this.
I wear several hats that, from the outside looking in, might seem important. But they pale in comparison to the importance of being a good father and a good husband. …
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I hear a lot of my father in this quote. The internal, emotional struggle I’m having as I type this though is the undebatable fact that this quote is a mantra to me…
The apple really doesn’t fall too far from the tree I guess… no, no I don’t believe that for a second.
My dad was a bitter guy and took the joy out of pretty much everything in my youth. If I played a sport and didn’t score the most goals on the team he’d ask me ‘why am I even…
Well there’s a kick in the groin all in one title huh? Before you’re like “F#$% this guy”, let me go on a rant…. then you may rant… except I’m not reading yours…
We’ve all got dreams, ambitions and a list a mile long of all the things we’re going to do once we “make it”. How you’ll dress, dine, entertain, the car you’ll drive and the persona you’ll have. You’ve got it all worked out except two little tiny things: A plan and the willingness to execute.
So I’ll save you a tonne of time and fast forward to…
I want to believe that I go to work everyday for a purpose. Not just the standard purpose, that I provide time and effort in exchange for compensation, (If THAT is what my life one day erodes to then the next thing you’ll read with my name on it is my obituary!). It’s to add value to all those around me.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, that was a pretty cliché answer but let me elaborate. When you’re given a leadership position, whether via promotion or you start your own company, you’ve been given a responsibility, a power.
I’m gonna go a different direction today and talk about my hiring process. I’ve been very fortunate that, in my career so far, I’ve always been able to surround myself with the absolute best people. People that no matter what, they always have your back. Trust is an extremely important ingredient if you’re working to accomplish something great. Knowing your team mates will follow through and that doing the right thing above all else is their North Star is invaluable.
I don’t do resumes. I don’t even care what’s on there. Have a degree? Perfect, you’ve proven that either…
But WHY is it such a difficult concept to understand? Especially in the mortgage broker and property managment spaces, if you don’t understand this statement, you are going to lose.
In the mortgage arena, with regulation changes that continuously seem to favour the banks, margins getting tighter having to be rate competitive and banks approving deals outside a brokers scope, you have to go on offence where they can’t and won’t go.
Touch the heart.
Make friendships, make them smile, make them laugh, make it memorable. Keep in touch but make it authentic and personal. A random…
Forget just random motivational crap. I’m not kidding here guys, a lot can happen in one year. So many people won’t start because they get worn down by how daunting the road ahead looks. Here’s a real life recap of my last year:
Sold my business I put years into making ✔️
Sold our home ✔️
Left all our friends and family and moved across the country to Vancouver BC ✔️
Became the youngest President in the Canadian Mortgage Broker industry ✔️
Found out we were pregnant when years, multiple doctors and tests told us that…
So a funny thing happened Wednesday evening. It was funny for a few minutes and then it ended up causing me a lot of grief and wasted time. I was mad, like really, really mad. I’m all for a practical joke, anyone that knows me, knows that I have a good sense of humor, even a bit twisted. Okay, fine, REALLY twisted but not when it comes at the expense of jeopordizing my business or the ability to service my customers. But first, let me give you some context…
I left home on Tuesday afternoon and was going to be…
Okay so here’s the deal, I had no idea what parenting entailed. I thought I knew but boy was I wrong and I’m not afraid to admit that.
It’s just so damn hard! The lack of sleep, the complete feeling of helplessness when you can’t figure out what they need, the patience and self control to constantly remind yourself that you’ve got to keep going, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
But it’s also the best, by a long shot.
I’m not use to being affectionate, it has a lot to do with losing everyone early on…
President of Centum Financial Group Motivator and RPM Canada, Motivator + Goal Crusher. Business, husband, dad. Vancouver 🇨🇦 Instagram: @christurcotte_