(Story & Photos: Bro. Furlong)
Photos from yesterdays Sankey lecture at Brock University that was well attended by Masons, non-Masons, and students.
Dr. Lafferty gave a compelling lecture on "Brothers in Arms: Freemasons and the War of 1812". It described the Masons who fought against one another in the war of 1812, and how Masonic principals curved the articles of war in this conflict.
Learn. What could be more natural you ask?
It was drummed into your head from the day your started kindergarten; the best companies make continuous learning a priority; and it has been a centerpiece of this blog since day one.
In fact, if you had to boil down what we have been talking about in this space to a single phrase it would be “learning to manage uncertainty.”
The subject we are constantly dealing with is how do you navigate your way toward creating the future you want when:
In this kind of situation, it helps to have a role model. And as we have talked about throughout, we have one. The people who are best at dealing with uncertainty are serial entrepreneurs, those who have created two or more successful companies. There is nothing more uncertain than starting abusiness and these people are masters at it.
What do they do? To reduce it to a single formula they:
It’s an approach we call: Act. Learn. Build. Repeat.
And you see that learning is central to it. You take a small step toward your goal. And then you pause to see what you have learned from taking that step. It just makes sense, right?
Yes. But nevertheless, people find it difficult for a variety of reasons ranging from ego–we are the experts; who knows more about our business than us, so what is there to learn–to we think we have more pressing concerns (an unhappy client is yelling; the quarterly numbers are falling short of projections) to we are simply too tired to put one more thing on our to do lists.
When you put the excuses for not learning down in black and white they just look silly. But you need to guard against each and every one one of them because as wonderful as you think your idea is, it is only the marketplace that will ultimately decide whether you are on to something.
Okay, you say. I’ll do it. I will make sure I am always learning.
We have no reason to doubt you. But to make sure you do, commit to learning one new thing each day about your product, market, customers and potential customers.
Having that hard number in mind will force you to pay attention all the time.
Some people try to learn one new word a day.
This will help you more.
Paul B. Brown is the author of Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy
The 2014 MacGregor's Meat Fundraiser is now underway. The last two MacGregor’s Meat Fundraisers have received many positive comments about the quality of the products and efficiency of the distribution.
The proceeds will be used for the lodge to offset rising costs. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the District charity – Multiple Sclerosis Society. A presentation will be made at the Installation by the incoming Worshipful Master.
MacGregor’s Meat is a quality product that is served in many restaurants (such as The Keg) and hotels. The products available are sold by the case in bulk. There are many items in a variety of price ranges which are perfect for the summer BBQ season.
These are products that everyone needs and already purchases. In addition to our lodge members MacGregor’s Meat can be sold to family, friends, neighbours and coworkers. We have timed the delivery to coincide with the start of the summer BBQ season. My own experience with this product has been very positive. Once people try the products there are repeat orders in subsequent years.
Below you will find several product descriptions and order forms that can be downloaded. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with it. You can print as many order forms as needed at your convenience.
1. Member Instructions
2. Product Information
3. Feature Sheet One
4. Feature Sheet Two
5. Order Form
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 - PACKAGES DISTRIBUTED
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 - ORDERS PAYABLE BY CHEQUE DUE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 - ORDERS PAYABLE BY CASH DUE
NO ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED AFTER MAY 14
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 - ORDER PICKUP: 9 PM AT VIC JOHNSON ARENA IN STREETSVILLE