“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
George Bernard Shaw
Circumstances: we have all experienced different ones in our lives. Some were possibly extreme, and others mundane. But the sum of these circumstances make us who we are today.
And in every circumstance, we have choices. Sometimes those choices are small, and other times life-changing. But every decision under every circumstance helps to shape our future.
In 1999, I was diagnosed with Bi-polar Mood Disorder. A lifetime of struggles before that diagnosis all suddenly became very clear and gave me a choice. I could either “live the label” I was given or I could find the circumstances that would make my disability work for me. And – if I couldn’t find them – I could make them.
Those choices included my career path. I was told numerous times that I was unemployable. Rather than give up under such circumstances, I launched into business on my own. It wasn’t easy, but nothing worth doing is.
Since making the decision to go it on my own, I have consulted around the world with leading brands, presented at conferences around North America and I have been able to create several thriving businesses. I’ve had my share of low points to be sure, but one thing I never failed to do was to find or create the circumstances for my success.
It is my sincere hope that the Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada enables positive circumstances for you. We created the IWSCC to fill a gap in the Canadian marketplace for a resource devoted to representing disabled and Veteran-owned businesses. We hope to help create new opportunities and make the path easier for those coming after us. With your help, we can make this organization a powerful one, and bring about positive change in the Canadian market and beyond.
Thank you for being an important part of the IWSCC. Together we can create some circumstances for all those who face their challenges with a desire to overcome.
Be strong. Persevere. Succeed.
Co-founder and Chairman