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I’m Philip J. Keezer, president and founder of management consulting firm Grindstone Capital. Dedicated to hard work, learning, positivity and accountability.

Scaling a business can be your ticket to higher revenue, financial freedom, and professional fulfilment.

But It’s not easy. Scalability itself differs in characteristics on a case by case basis. Some businesses are more scalable than others, so they’ll have an easier time with growth. However, that doesn’t mean that scaling is impossible for any business.

There are specific ingredients for the recipe of scaling that any business can work with.

And that’s what we’ll explore in this article.

1. A suitable business plan and product

The first step when thinking about scaling your business is to analyze your business plan and product to make sure it’s…


While there are many things that divide Montrealers, from language to Jordan Peterson, there is one thing that unites us, the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs, as they’re known in the city, are ice hockey’s answer to the England football club. Perennially close but not close enough to victory, despite being home to some of the greatest ice hockey players there are.

As a son of Montreal, the last few months have been a rollercoaster — as they have for all Montrealers. …


The news media’s traditional maxim of if it bleeds it leads is as true today as it’s ever been. The only difference is now the competition for news audiences is much fiercer. The media was once assured huge audiences of loyal viewers and readers but the internet has changed all that.

Thousands of online magazines, channels, blogs and podcasts now compete for those same audiences and ad-revenue. This competitive pressure has given us twenty-four hour news and a seemingly endless cycle of drama.

Against this backdrop, it’s easy to forget that there has likely never been a better time to…


As we approach the onset of the next great industrial revolution, learning is as important as it has ever been. An incredible 85 percent of today’s elementary school children will, by 2030, be working in professions that do not exist yet. And what makes that statistic more mind-boggling still is that it dates back to 2017 — several years before the onset of the global pandemic.

Thankfully, there are a virtually infinite number of resources available to us to help us develop our knowledge and skills. …


The success is many new ventures is owed to a powerfully enchanting and somewhat intangible spirit. Energy, a thirst for change, and a strong sense of purpose.

For a business owner, developing this entrepreneurial spirit is essential to grow your own business, achieve financial independence, and ultimately achieve your goals. You probably wouldn’t be a business owner if you didn’t have a huge dose of this bubbling inside.

However, entrepreneurial spirit isn’t just valuable for business owners. …


It’s a classic tale of human nature’s flaws when an accomplished person begins to neglect the attitudes that got them to where they are. And it’s a flaw that has the power to bring down many of the world’s greatest experts. Indeed, as we become more adept at the things we do, keeping our ego in check becomes ever more important.

Curiosity is a trait that turns a gifted person into a master. Particularly in tech, an industry that sees continuous disruption from emerging trends, the people who reach the top are the ones who have lived out a passion…


I’d heard a lot of good things about Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. And when I finally found the time to read the book, it occurred to me that not only is this a valuable asset to anybody’s personal growth — it has the potential to be a workplace mantra.

The first thing to say about this book is that, to apply the advice that it gives you, you have to be prepared for your current perception of the world to be challenged. In life and work, we often look for quick fixes to issues that…


Great leadership is contingent on a willingness to be judged. Having the courage to speak up, give constructive feedback and make difficult decisions leaves us exposed to questioning — that’s just what it takes to move the needle.

But only in an environment of open and honest communication can you foster this type of courage. Your leaders need to feel safe to express themselves without fear of repercussions for saying the “wrong thing”.

And at a time when communication skills are deemed to be more important than ever, it’s unfortunate that our society seems increasingly eager to punish candor. Excessive…


Would you rather be a good person with a bad reputation, or a bad person with a good reputation?

Life throws us moral dilemmas all the time, and how we choose to handle them represents our integrity. Whether it’s admitting a mistake or exaggerating an achievement, we commonly face predicaments in which it feels as though we could stand to lose by doing the right thing.

Although integrity is as much a personal responsibility as a corporate one, business has taught us why it’s so important. The path of integrity is the more difficult one to take, but it’s really…


When we think of self-reliance, we might think first of a child learning to tidy their room or manage their money. But becoming financially independent and able to look after your own basic needs is really just the beginning of developing a self-reliant mindset.

Self-reliance is about living a life in which you make decisions with respect to your own experience of the world. You believe in yourself. You trust yourself. And you’re true to yourself.

I was recently re-reading the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay ‘Self-Reliance’, and it’s remarkable how relevant it is today. …

Philip Keezer

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