When I was a young salesman in downtown Toronto, I heard common advice from older, wiser people; “slow down and smell the roses” they would say. “Don’t take things too seriously”, and “always remember what matters most in life”. Something that really hit home was from someone in their mid eighties who confessed they wish they’d lived their life differently.
They wish they had lived more authentically, true to who they really were. They regretted playing it safe and making decisions to please other people. In short they wished they’d lived their definition of success not someone else’s. In the end they regretted the things they didn’t do, the experiences they didn’t have and the risks they didn’t take. They also ached for the loss of past friendships that they didn’t take the time to nurture.
As a young man I vowed to learn from those precious elders, take their advice to heart and never find myself looking back with those type of regrets. Very early I was fortunate enough to recognize that business was just a game and that health, vitality, meaningful relationships and time were by far the most precious assets anyone could have. The Live Real Factory was born out of this philosophy and is a special place to celebrate this truth.
Founded by Harry James, an entrepreneur for over 35 years, his experiences, successes and failures have created a life resume that has inspired many people across the country. His ‘live real’ experience is about pushing the pause button and asking yourself if the four key vital signs in your life are getting the attention they deserve? Are you living your definition of success and do you recognize that time is your most important non-renewable asset?
His business experience spans restaurants, financial services, quarries as well as orchestrating more than 100 million dollars worth of real estate investments. Harry’s vulnerability and his admission that he has earned his black belt in failures creates an open, sincere environment where the trappings of titles and status symbols go out the window.
Most importantly his perspective and unique insights have inspired many to recognize that we are all worthy of living the life we desire regardless of background, education, past failures or our ever present doubts, fears and insecurities. Harry is still fully engaged in every aspect of his business and is a solid example of how to build a business without sacrificing your life.
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