Sandenn Killoran Regional Development Consultant

Support Your Friends: 5 Ways to Be A Great Friend to Your Entrepreneurial Buddies

Today’s thoughts:

You might have a friend who is trying to grow their business, maybe it’s a Scentsy or Pink Zebra or the old standard Avon business. Or maybe it’s a canteen or a restaurant, or anything. I’d like you to think about something before you choose to ridicule or fail to be as supportive as you can be. Starting a business, regardless of the size or type is a public declaration. It’s your friend saying that they are not fulfilled in their current job, role or where they are in their lives. It’s them doing what they can do to empower themselves to pursue what makes them happy. (more…)

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5 Things We Know About Ourselves, But Can Only Tell Ourselves When We are Alone

It’s been a while since my last post. Work has been busy, I turned a work trip into a mini vacation with the family. It was amazing.

Lake Louise – Jack, Mallory and Sandenn

What I am most happy about is that Mallory and I were able to spend a great deal of time together talking about the future that we want for each other, ourselves and our son. An amazing thing happens when you have a kid, your mortality kicks in. You start to realize that time is finite and that if you want to build something you can pass down, then you have to take action.


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Failing Spectacularly: A New Adventure

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I am glad you asked. As most of you know two months ago Mallory and I had our first child, Jack. Apart from being devastatingly cute and a pretty well-behaved baby, he has also served as a bit of a wake-up call. I am what you would call a dabbler, I have dipped my toe into the entrepreneurial pool a few times. With my role in Contendo, I am in the pool but secure with a life jacket and a tow rope. So by taking an inventory of my life, something that I am sure commonly occurs after the birth of a child (thanks for the mortality check Jack), I looked at my life and those of the people around me and realized that I needed to commit to building something for myself, and my growing family.

So it became time to start thinking of what I wanted to create. I took stock of all my strengths and more importantly my faults. I looked hard at some of the worst parts of myself and contrasted them with what I saw as the best. When I did that it became really obvious that I have always been at my best when I am trying to help others.

My favourite moment of playing hockey as a kid was when we had a bench brawl and I hauled the other team’s backup goalie off of the smallest guy on my team and proceeded to get two of my ribs cracked by his blocker, which he left on for the fight. I live to help the people I love, and hate it when I can’t do anything to make their lives better. I am simply at my best when I can help people.


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