Thursday, April 14, 2005


People. Passion. Partnerships.
Service. Quality. Persistence.
And oh yeah, good timing.

Those are the qualities cited today as the keys to successful exporting at the Ontario Global Traders awards luncheon in Ajax, for the central Ontario region. As emcee, I got to meet a lot of exciting entrepreneurs who are making their mark internationally. It’s always a privilege to recognize and reward achievers such as these.

Of course, the news media will mainly ignore all these boring “positive” stories, so you may not hear much about them. You can scoop the press and read all about the winners here:

There were lots of impressive acceptance speeches,
but I especially enjoyed the quotation cited by Glenn Cullen,
vp of Clarity Systems, winners of today’s “Innovation” award.
To encourage other companies to pursue export opportunities,
Cullen quoted Dr. Seuss:

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.”

Nice touch.

PS: If the Seuss estate doesn’t sue me, I will include just a couple more lines. They’re from Seuss’s marvelous book, Oh, the Places You'll Go! It’s required reading at Entrepreneur Academy.

“You won't lag behind,
because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang
and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't
Because, sometimes, you won't.”

Read the whole poem at

Then buy the book for your kids, your nieces and nephews, or the CEOs in your life.

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