That Long Stare


Every once and a while, you wonder to yourself: ‘Why am I doing this?’; or ‘Why am I putting myself through all of these problems?’

Recently, I was asking myself those same questions. For a number of years, I have participated in the MS Leduc to Camrose Bike Tour which takes 1,500 to 2,000 bikers through a 178 kilometers bike ride to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alberta.

This last tour was harder than most. Day 1 involved 40+ km/hr wind into our faces along with constant rain. For Day 2, the rain and wind eased up a bit but they were still a factor.

During Day 2, while finding my right knee acting up again, there was a bus parked at thesecond rest stop taking riders to the finish line.

I looked at that bus long and hard for a few minutes.  I kept hearing a voice in my head say ‘You have done it 14 other times, it is okay to give up now.’

In the end, one personal characteristics kicked in: not giving up. As a business owner, if you gave up easily, you wouldn’t be trying to fulfill your dreams. You wouldn’t be doing what you.

If your goal is worth working for; if your dream is worth playing out, don’t give up. The reward at the end will be more than worth it.  Success doesn’t come in 5 minutes. Hard work and hustle are needed.

Have you ever had that long stare at the bus? How did you deal with it?  I would love to hear.

Have an awesome and productive week.


Kevin MacDonald is a Business Consultant at L6S Business Consulting Inc ( L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin has his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on a bi-weekly basis.

Kevin is hosting a series of workshop called Entrepreneurial Community Edmonton #ECYEG with the goal of helping entrepreneurs with their business. You can find more information at

For help with your business, contact Kevin at or 780-868-1867.


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