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December 31 2010

Have you ever heard of a TV show created by the fans? We need you! Can you help?

Hi everyone,

It’s been four and a half months since we launched the Race to a Million. There’s six months to go and we are entering an exciting new year for 2011.

With incredibly talented  and dedicated staff, the amazing entrepreneurs on the Race to a Million teams, several business leaders from the community, our business partners, and most importantly you the fans… we’ve accomplished some great things already in 2010.

Here are our top 8 accomplishments for 2010!

  1. Together, we’ve created a reality television show that is positive not negative and that has started to demonstrate that incredible things are possible when everyone works together.
  2. Over a half a million dollars has been invested into the Race to a Million in order to create this unique opportunity for the public, entrepreneurs, business people, and non-profit groups to work together and to create further success.
  3. We’ve provided masterminding support and mentoring to a total of 37 entrepreneurs who in turn have started no less that 16 new business ventures in 2010 which otherwise wouldn’t have happened. These same people have formed the teams of the Race to a Million and they’re working on additional ideas together to benefit their teams, their charities and their community.
  4. We’ve already achieved over 3000 registered fans and supporters for the Race to a Million from over 20 countries through the www.racetoamillion.ca website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Buzz. WOW
  5. We’ve helped to shine a spotlight on the great city of Kamloops. We’ve put the city of Kamloops on a world stage and brought attention to the fun, innovative and exciting business climate and the great people in our city that help make it all happen. Over 2000 of the show’s registered fans are outside of Canada!
  6. We’ve inspired people across the nation, into the United States and around the world to start their own mastermind groups and work as a team to start entrepreneurial businesses which can make a difference in the world while at the same time become profitable and fun!
  7. We’ve brought some exposure and awareness to some important charities that deserve our support and we’re finding new ways to benefit even more non-profit groups and worthwhile causes.
  8. We’ve shown that it is possible to produce a quality TV show from this region that deserves to be broadcast into other markets and continue into a second season with the possibility of expanding the teams to as many as one hundred is as many cities.

Now, more than ever we need you!

Have you ever heard of a TV show created by the fans? Here’s your opportunity to stand up and be counted. You have the opportunity to be part of this exciting effort. We want your help… your creativity… your passion… your involvement… your advice… your influence. Without you there is no “we”. WE can do amazing things together!

Here are some ideas that we hope may appeal to you.

  1. If you are not already a registered fan, PLEASE become one today. This shows the TV networks that people care enough to be involved! It shows the contestants that you support them and what they are trying to do! When you become a fan it shows potential corporate partners and sponsors for the show that it is worth their while to get involved. Please become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our channel on YouTube and register as a user on our website.
  2. After you become a fan please share the link to the Race to a Million website with as many people as you can and tell them to do the same! If you have a website we’d love to have you provide a link to us and encourage your readers to follow along.
  3. We’re also looking for people that would like to become a contributor.  Would you like to write articles for us that contain strong business tips, ideas and entrepreneurial advice?
  4. Do you know someone who would consider becoming a sponsor, advertiser, or partner for the show? We would sure appreciate an introduction to them and an opportunity to come up with some creative ideas for how we could work together to benefit their business while creating more value for our fans.
  5. Have you considered buying a Thanks a Million card and making a difference to someone else in your life?  The Thanks a Million card purchases help support the Race To A Million and everything we are attempting to do.
  6. Would you like to work with one of the teams to help them out with advice or mentoring?
  7. Please consider submitting your business ideas for making money. Perhaps you could brainstorm some ideas with your friends or family and submit them together. When we publish your ideas on the Race to a Million website you’ll get a great t-shirt and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $10,000. You get an entry into the contest for every idea you submit that we publish.
  8. You can also submit ideas for what you’d like to see on the show.  It could be an idea for a new segment or an improvement for something we have already done? Do you know someone we should interview? How about something you’ve always wanted to learn?

What can you offer? We’d love to hear. Please consider sending Dean and I an email at info@racetoamillion.ca or reach us through the contact form on this website.

Cheers

Peter Cameron-Inglis

December 28 2010

December 21 2010

Small things can make a huge difference

I’m going to clean my office today and I’d like to share with you the reason why.

Things like clearing the recycling cardboard out of the office hallway, cleaning our offices, cleaning off our computer desktops and keeping our software up to date, properly greeting our coworkers, and washing the dishes are so insignificant and small…

Having your staff decide whether to leave or stay in your company, needing your team to come up with great ideas and solutions to big business problems, customers choosing to trust and increase their business with your company, caring for your coworkers, friends and family … these are the BIG things!

If we can’t take care of the small simple things how can we take care of the big ones in business?

I recently read a book called the “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. I referred to it in an earlier post on the Race To A Million website.  You can read it here.  In the book Mr. Gladwell tells a story about the New York subway system and a man who was charged with cleaning up the crime that had plagued New York’s transit authority for far too long.  He was facing the challenge of dramatically reducing what seemed to be an insurmountable number of major felonies and murders. He was almost dismissed over his decision as to how he was going to clean it up. He decided to focus on the smaller less significant crime of graffiti. He reasoned that if criminals saw that New York cared about something as simple as graffiti in a big way then it would make a large impact on the more significant crimes without having to do anything directly. Turns out, he was right.

Last night I read another great illustration of small things making a significant difference in a book by Sir Richard Branson. The book is aptly named “Business Stripped Bare” and in it Branson shares many great business insights.  Yesterday evening I read how the Virgin group of companies is concerned first and foremost about people, their staff and their customers and how the two are inseparable and so closely related. Virgin often considers and protects themselves from the potential to mechanize people and turn them into machines or at least into just another cog in the wheel. With all of their success, fast paced business environments, and expensive machinery (planes, trains, automobiles and even a “space ship”) one would think that they might have a tendency to dehumanize their staff and customers, at least a little.  But this is not the case. They go as far as actually humanizing, instead, their machinery.  Every car on every train, every plane, every vehicles in fact has a human name.  This make seem very funny but it is brilliant. Pure genius. Their level of attention and safety record has increased dramatically as a direct result.  People relate more to the machinery and take better care of it, they actually “relate” to it because it has a personal name.

This morning I had a great conversation with my business partner Dean. He told me a story of a recent disagreement between Richard Branson and Stephen Colbert where Mr. Branson ended up apologizing by naming one of his planes after Mr. Colbert.  Wow! What a great way to make a huge impression with something that is so insignificant.  Does it cost Branson anything to name a plane after someone. No, in fact it probably makes him money through the value of the publicity alone AND what a huge impact it can make on a person!

Taking care of the small things – the little details – makes all the difference in the world.

I’m going to clean my office and desk now.

What small thing can you do today to make a difference to someone else?

Cheers.

Peter Cameron-Inglis

P.S. If you’re looking for an inspirational idea of something small you can do today that has a potential big impact, check out our Thanks A Million cards.

Thanks a Million cards allow you to say ‘thanks’ – and pass it on! From person to person and place to place, each card’s progress is tracked online, taking with it a rich collection of inspirational stories of sincere gratitude. And who wouldn’t want to be a part of a journey like that? They’re definately one way I’m ‘paying it forward’ this holiday season.

You can read more about the Thanks A Million cards at http://www.racetoamillion.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/RTAM-release-thanks-a-million.pdf

December 07 2010

Can small things really make a difference?

I recently read a book that has been on the National Bestseller list for quite some time.  It’s called “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell… The subtitle reads “How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”. The book does a great job of explaining some of the psychology and mechanics behind the creation of trends in the marketplace. The book’s focus is on the moment in time when an idea or behavior becomes “viral” and spreads like wildfire.

Perhaps one of my favorite analogies from the book is when the author asks the reader, “if it were possible to fold a standard piece of paper 50 times how thick would it be?” … As thick as a yellow pages directory? As tall as a table? As high as a refrigerator? A House? A Skyscraper? … Without doing the math my mind was reasoning that it might  be as tall as 10 feet but I would never have never guessed what the correct answer was. It would reach from the earth to the sun. It’s amazing to think about such a small and benine thing like folding a piece of paper 50 times actually reaching such significant and epidemic proportions of exponential growth in such a short time. Truly amazing!

I’ve been a fan of viral marketing on the Internet for many years, particularly around messages of affecting a positive change in the world and making a difference. I especially love YouTube video trends like the “Free Hugs Campaign” and “Where’s Matt Harder?” (The Crazy Happy Dance Guy). I’ve often thought that it would be a neat experience to start, or at least be part of launching, a “viral marketing” trend or phenomenon like these examples. The only thing I wished is that someone could show me how much of an impact my contribution or participation could made to the effort. Can my small effort really make a difference? In a world of billions of people does one person really count for anything? It’s seems so easy to become apathetic and complacent today.

When we started the Race To A Million we wanted to prove that one person (or a few people working together) can make a difference. We believed that we could make a change in how people view the world of business and entrepreneurship. We want to help people achieve success, help them with ideas and give them permission to succeed. We’re excited about seeing great people become successful and we refuse to accept that you must be ruthless, insensitive, and dishonest to get ahead in this world. That is why we chose the motto, “Nice People Can Finish First” which adorns everything from our website to our t-shirts.

As a result of all of the inspirational ideas and excitement around here we have embarked on an additional experiment and we’d like to invite you on the journey. This is your chance to be part of making a difference in the world by doing something very small AND we’ve found a way for you to track and see the impact your contribution can actually make. It’s called the “Thanks A Million” card. we want you to find someone who has made a difference in your life and thank them by giving them one of these cards. Then they can “pay it forward” and you can both watch as more messages of thanks and inspirational stories spread around the globe from person to person.

You can read more about the Thanks A Million program at http://www.racetoamillion.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/RTAM-release-thanks-a-million.pdf

Here are a few great stories from the early stages of this great program that may serve to help you think of someone from your life to whom you would like to say “Thanks A Million”…

  • For Kathy – There’s no way I’d have been able to commit as much to my career as I have without the support of my wife Kathy. For 16 years and counting, she’s allowed me to pursue my goals and dreams…and I’ll be forever grateful for that.
  • For Laura – Even though we live a great distance apart, and have for many years, I still feel very close to you. I love that no matter what, I can pick up the phone and talk to you as if no time has passed and as if there was no distance between us. Thank you for always being there.
  • For Mark – I remember our very first conversation on the phone before we met, and remember liking you right away. Since then you have become someone very important to me, and appreciate that we’ve remained good friends through the years. No one can fill a room with their energy the way you do, and I always enjoy your company. Thanks for making my world a better place.
  • For Heather – you make us constantly proud to be your parents. We want nothing but the best for you which is why it may seem that we are sometimes hard on you. But, we are extremely proud. You work very hard, you’re smart and you have a huge heart. Quite often your mother and I find ourselves aspiring to be like you. You are an inspiration to us and many others. Don’t ever apologize for who you are because you young lady are GREAT! You are one in a million!
  • For Travis – Travis is always there when I need help. Thanks man. Not sure I would have made it through this semester with any sanity if it wasn’t for your help and support.
  • For Al – he has not only impacted my life, but the life of so many others. Being a continuous giver he is, this man never stops. He has always been there for my family and I and I would like to Thank him a million for this :)
  • For Teri – I love that the words fall out of me when we talk, unedited and raw, and that each thought is taken for what it is, and nothing more. My world is a better place because you are in it.
  • For Sue – We haven’t spoken in years, and that’s okay. I’m sending you this card because no matter the reason why, or what happens in theh future, you’ve been a light in my life and I will always appreciate you for it. Thanks.
  • For Janet – Janet is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with. Her loving and caring personality created an excellent home to grow up in. It’s through her work with CBC that my passion for broadcasting was ignited. Her wisdom and support in our family has kept us all on the right path and we can’t thank her enough for everything she has done. You are one in a million… so thanks a billion!
  • For Vic – I just want to say I am truly grateful for having known you and having been in business with you. If anyone deserves a “Thanks A Million” it is you my friend. Your belief and trust in me at a time in my life when I didn’t believe in myself meant the world to me and it still does. No matter where the years take us I will always consider you a true friend. Thank you.

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