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About Dan Boudreau
Armed with the Business Planner's RoadMap as a teaching tool, Dan coaches and mentors ordinary women and men to create the financial stability and lifestyle they dream of. He is proudest of being acknowledged and appreciated by peers and friends for his ability to help entrepreneurs avoid pitfalls and bring their ideas to fruition.
When Dan takes time out from business and writing, you will find him crammed into a kayak (occasionally right side up), or coaxing disturbing sounds from his guitar. From bungled attempts to outsmart fish in the rivers of northern British Columbia to flopping around in the waves or practicing applied inertia on tropical beaches, his leisure time usually incorporates fresh air, clean water, and sandy beaches.
Dan lives in Prince George, British Columbia with his wife Britta.
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The first miracle of that cataclysmic day was that both victims lived long enough to get to the hospital, where a throng of family and friends had already begun to gather. The second blessing was that they lived through the day, though it was impossible to tell if they would survive or for how long. The Boudreau’s didn’t know then that they would practically live at the hospital for the following few months.
Shortly after the accident, it became obvious that the Boudreau family had a communications nightmare on their hands. With Clarence and Olga on life support in the Intensive Care Unit, the waiting room was crammed with family and friends. Amid the symphony of ringtones was an explosion of people texting and talking on their cell phones, spreading the word to all the concerned folks who couldn’t be there. It was like a WIFI version of the moccasin telegraph, on steroids.
Adding fuel to the communications beehive was the rumour mill. From the start it was difficult to get accurate information without going directly to the nurses and doctors. Even the stories that started out in reality were quickly blown into a state of fantasy as they were told, texted and re-tweeted person to person to person. While the accuracy suffered, the family’s relationship with the nurses was becoming strained as more and more people attempted to get information.
With family and friends stepping up to take on different tasks, eldest son and author Dan Boudreau began sending out regular email updates to keep all interested parties informed. Dan sent the first message on December 29, 2011 to a handful of concerned people who then circulated the message to their friends. Within a very short time the mail list grew to more than 130 contacts.
For Clarence and Olga the auto accident triggered a chain of events that culminated in them leaving their life-long home in Penny and moving into Prince George to set up residence closer to family and the amenities. Though it hasn’t been an easy transition for them, the gut-wrenching business of leaving Penny has been trumped by the miracle of both parents surviving the ordeal. Although they may never return to pre-accident condition, both have recuperated to the point that they can continue their journey while enjoying a reasonable quality of life.
When I vaulted into my first business in 1980, I hoped to be a successful, positive force for those around me, and an asset to my community. Seven years later, the day I declared bankruptcy, I felt crushed, enslaved, and worthless. Not the glory I’d envisioned.
Those closest to me were shocked and concerned; employees and customers were disappointed; unpaid creditors were furious. I felt victimized and ashamed, but really—I’d engineered my own horrid nightmare.
To stop the craziness, I dragged my battered soul into a trustee’s office and declared bankruptcy. After a costly period of self-indulgence—drinking, using drugs, alcohol, drugs, feeling sorry for myself, embarrassed—I settled in to unravel the lessons. That’s when I began to understand the bigger picture and, most importantly, to heal my shattered heart.
As the tentacles of insolvency tethered and strangled me, I feared I would once again be reduced to punching time clocks at insufferable workplaces. Defeat settled in. I didn’t realize then that entrepreneurship was embedded in my DNA and that my education was just beginning.
That experience gave me the foundation for the next unexpected opportunity to learn. In the early 90s, I was invited to join a committee for a business funding agency. The committee reviewed business loan applications and decided whether or not to finance entrepreneurs’ dreams. It was like a Shark Tank or Dragons’ Den, minus the flash and dazzle of multi-millionaire investors and media.
The fifteen years with the lending group were amazing. I learned so much from the applicants and the other committee members. I didn’t know it then, but the committee was my ringside view of the small business financing process, including the dark side—collecting when clients defaulted and dealing with all the ugliness that prevails when a business goes bad.
The vision for this book emerged after a particularly messy blood-fest when the lending committee wrote off several defaulted loans. I realized that all the same problems, which I call Business Killers, surfaced again and again in the wreckage of each catastrophe.
Why, when each fledgling venture is fueled by the owner’s blazing desire to be successful, do so many fail? After sifting through hundreds of downed ventures, I finally got it: most business casualties are not caused by the stock market, oil prices, or world events; they’re triggered by the owners themselves. Consciously or unconsciously, people sabotage themselves with their thoughts, habits, and actions. The enemy is self-destruction and main saboteurs of businesses are those who own them.
Business Killers will show you how to triumph over self-sabotage and succeed in business, even though so many things can go wrong. This book will teach you to make better decisions and form better habits, while offering ways to redirect and improve.
You don’t need to declare bankruptcy or start over to benefit from this book. Owners choke the vitality from their own struggling ventures day by day, choice by choice, one treacherous action at a time. Business Killers are not necessarily fatal. If you aren’t quite cutting it in your industry, or you’re barely paying your bills, or you’re not growing fast enough, then this is the book for you.