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Tagged, Sort of...

Well, not really, because Thom Singer cheated. But, because it's a long weekend, I find it amusing to have the chance to continue on with the "blog chain letter" (as Jim calls it). And it lets me tag fun people, too.

(As an aside, you should check out Thom's blog. He's been doing this great series of posts called the Praise Others Project where he points to some cool people).

But, for now, just to continue the trend within the blogosphere, 5 things that you probably don't know about me:

  1. I aim to read at least 50 non-fiction books per year, which is a target I have significantly surpassed in each of the past 5 years.

  2. I had 5 different majors in college, none of which centered around computers. I started out looking to go into medicine and ended up graduating with a degree in Philosophy. (I did end up doing a minor in computer science)

  3. I spent most of my time in high-school and college being an athlete. I played goalie for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, lead my high-school crew to compete at the Canadian championships, and ran cross-country, track and triathlons in the summer. (And every time I read Jason Womack's blog I get the urge to race again)

  4. I've always had an entrepreneurial streak - I started my first business at the age of 19 as a "Goaltending Consultant", with the other head instructor of the Jim Park Goalie School. And, much as today, we ran into some difficulties trying to work in the USA - it was my first lesson the importance of the right visa.

  5. The book that most changed my thinking was Dennis Conner's book The Art of Winning, which I read when I was 14. It's still the simplest, most on-point book on building successful teams and successful careers that I have ever read. I still give it to anybody who manages a team under me - it's an incredible playbook for building a successful winning team.

Since I jumped in due to Thom's cheating, I feel it only necessary to tag the only the people who I'd most like to know random things about. So, I tag Linda Ferguson, Alex Hutton, Michael Vanderdonk, Andy Jaquith, and Adam and the folks at Emergent Chaos.

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