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Mario Cantin
Striving to be creative in several ways
Striving to be creative in several ways
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Past the tipping point
I set out in January 2010 to re-invent myself from being a masonry contractor running my own small business in Toronto, Canada, to intending to be doing a startup. This was in order to achieve a long-time goal of mine, and in recent years, it also became ob...
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Marching on once again....
Another season of masonry work has passed yet again, leaving me free to pursue “higher” interests during the course of the winter. Looking back at the last seven years, I’m nowhere near as far along as I had hoped I’d be at now. But by what measure? Everyon...
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Not taking our way of life for granted
I hope that by now everyone realizes that we’ll be very lucky if some form of a global crisis, the like of which we have never seen, does not hit us before the end of the current US administration.  I typically tend not to take things for granted; therefore...
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Keeping the flame alive somehow
This is my first post in over ten months. I was working from March to October 2016 in my masonry business, and that took priority over anything else; but at around August, one morning, the idea struck me to write a fiction book centering around the role of ...
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Why you likely will try *not to hire me for your brick repointing project at first — and why you may end up changing your mind*
From 2001 two 2007, potential customers would pretty much make a decision on the spot, or fairly close to it, for the most part. I remember doing my sales calls on Saturdays in the spring of 2007 and coming back home with $40,000-$50,000 of sales every week...
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The Homestars Effect
I remember back to around 2003. Most contractors were still “offline” in their advertising and marketing efforts. I felt as though I had the internet pretty much to myself in those days. I had a website that was more than just a “glorified business card”, a...
The Homestars Effect
The Homestars Effect
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Let it be known I no longer work through the Toronto Heritage Grants Program
Every Spring I get a good share of phone calls from potential clients who are interested in having me provide them an estimate so they can apply for a subsidy with it from the City of Toronto’s Heritage Grants Program. And every time it results in a rather ...
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On diversity and biases
Looking at the Donald Trump circus playing out right, it’s abundantly clear that biases are alive and well in our society. Trump is not creating these feelings in people, he’s simply harnessing them. I see this as a wake up call to double down on working to...
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Reflecting on how things are going so far
Startups can be brutal even for experienced serial entrepreneurs, and some of them at times feels as though they are banging their heads against a brick wall and getting nowhere. I‘ve been banging my head too. Content, it turns out, is especially hard. Ther...
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A little pro bono work…
A Chicago architect contacted me last year asking my advice as to what mortar mix was best to use in reassembling a pre-1850 rural Illinois building his firm was involved with. I was happy to help and fired him an email. He has subsequently sent me some pic...
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