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Real stories by real business owners with real solutions for life and work. This month's stories are about biases, growth mindset, goal setting, owning your job

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Shannon’s
Thoughts
As the Stark’s keep telling us, 
“Winter is Coming” and this winter will
be like no other before it.
 As the second wave of the
Coronavirus is beginning to rise up,
governments in the Northern Hemi-
sphere are evaluating which restric-
tions to put into place to keep the
number of cases manageable for
their healthcare systems.
 Many of those who found respite
from their homes in backyards, parks,
and nature trails will be spending
more time behind closed doors.
 Due to a lack of socializing, we
have gotten out of the habit of calling
people to make plans for coffee, din-
ner, or going out for a fun evening.
These next few months will be hard
for a lot of our loved ones as travel-
ling for holidays and family dinners
will be put on hold.
 Takeafewmomentstogure
out how you can bring family and
friends together on a regular basis
through one of the many communica-
tion systems we have at our disposal.
It isn’t the same as being in the same
room as each other and we still will
feel we are missing the connection of
humanity in our lives.
 Reaching out matters. Suicide in
young people is up and seniors who
felt isolated before the pandemic are
more isolated than ever before.
 The thing about isolation and
depression is, once it gets a hold of
it makes it hard for those battling
loneliness to reach out. I know it
sounds odd. I mean if you’re lonely
pick up the phone and call someone -
easyx!
 For those who suffer from de-
pression and isolation it isn’t easy to
pick up the phone. They get lost in
their own thoughts and misery. They
know people don’t want to hear about
their misery and for most, they don’t
know why they are miserable. They
don’t want to talk to people, but they
need to.
Make connection a part
of your daily routine.
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Bobby’s or Peelers are
members of the Metropolitan
Police force, which was formed
on September 29, 1829, by
Home Secretary Sir Robert
Peel who became Prime Min-
ister of Britain twice in his life-
time. His father was Sir Robert
Peel 1st Baronet and one of
the 10 richest men in the UK
in 1799, thanks to the 23 cot-
ton mills he owned around the
country. When Alice was born,
the 3rd Baronet of Peel was a
Member of Parliment, though
less impressive than his prede-
cessors.
When I was a teenager,
an aunt told me our family was
decended from a member of
Sir Robert Peel’s family. Curi-
osity sprouted while watching
the Frankenstein Chronicles,
about a Thames River Cop set
Searching for Thomas
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by Shannon Peel
 You think your boss is a jerk
and then you and your family run
into him at the local coffee shop
and you are surprised to discov-
er he is funny, interesting, and
thoughtful.
 You don’t understand why
your wife keeps saying she’s fat
when she really isn’t. Your best
friend is forever boasting and be-
ing confrontational with you, saying
things you know they don’t mean.
You get passed over for a promo-
tion and the guy who got it doesn’t
have the experience or skills you
do, but he is well liked by every-
one.
 Life seems to be a popular-
ity contest and you have no clue
why you are left out of the running.
What is going on?
 We all have blind spots, which 
Cognitive Biases & Blind Spots
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by Likky Lavji

The pace of change, the un-
certainty of outcome, the complex-
ity of decision making and the am-
biguity of facts are making it harder
for leaders to make an impact.
One of the best ways to face
these interesting times with con-
dence is to take on a growth mind-
set. What is a growth mindset? Let
me illustrate with a story.
About 12 years ago, my fami-
ly and I went on vacation to a lake.
One beautiful morning, the lake
was placid. Completely still and
calm. You could see the reection
of the sky and trees perfectly in the
water.
My 4-year old picked up a
pebble and threw it in the water
and he was immediately in awe.
That rock that he threw in made
ripples that seemed to go on
A Growth Mindset
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by Shakeel Bharmal
Own It
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by Anthony Gruppo
Owning it is a mindset that
says, if something goes wrong and
others are at a disadvantage, you
own the outcome of your work. It
means that when you invest time
and resources on something that
fails, you suffer a setback because
you care about the outcome. When
you don’t own something, if it fails
it doesn’t impact you because if it
doesn’t work, so what, it didn’t hurt
you, you don’t feel any loss. Own-
ing it means when you do some-
thing wrong, it can hurt others and
hurts you too.
When you own it, you have a
can-do attitude, are discipline fo-
cused, have a hard driving attack
model, because problems give you
courage, condence, and the abil-
ity to take greater risks. You’ll try
harder to do your best because you
There are three types of goals. 
Aspirational. Attainable. Achiev-
able.
 When we set goals at Build
Impossible, we follow a basic for-
mat with the purpose of achieving
the impossible. The two main goal
setting methodologies are, the big
scary audacious goal and a goal
has to be believable to be achiev-
able. What we discovered from a
pragmatic and practical standpoint
is a goal needs to be both of those
things. The goal setting process
isn’t a matter of setting a goal, it is
a matter of setting a process.
 Our process is broken into
three parts, 5-year, 1-year, and 90-
day goals. From there we create
RIPS, which are like KPIs to measure
Goals are Processes
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by Cameron Chell

In this article I bring together
the morning routines shared with
me on LinkedIn. Is a routine import-
ant? Discover the answer for your-
self.
How I start my day tends to
be how I spend the whole day, as
transitioning from one activity to
another is hard for me. I tend to hy-
per-focus on what I am doing and
keep doing it until it’s done, or I fall
asleep.
How we start our day affects
our mindset and mood throughout
the day it is important to have the
right routine, which I do not.
Every Morning I:
Look at my phone
Turn on an audio book
Engage on LinkedIn
Morning Routine
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By Shannon Peel & Friends
I pull into the driveway and
park the van. My head is throbbing
with the beginnings of a headache.
I lean back on the seat’s headrest
and close my eyes. Just for a min-
ute. Only a minute.
Bang
“Moooom!”
My eyes shoot open. An elec-
tric shock jolts me and my heart
pounds in my chest. I feel a wave
of blood moving through my body.
I’m getting light headed and dizzy.
What the…? I turn and my son’s
face is looking at me through the
driver’s side window. I put my hand
to my chest, breath deep and push
the button to open the window.
Nothing happens. Right. I turn the
key in the ignition and put the win-
dow down.
“Aiden. You scared me.
Date Night
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 The cries of tiny Alice Boyd
wererstheardbyherparentsJohn
and Eliza on May 9th, 1880. Con-
stableJohnBoydheldhisnewborn
daughter never knowing 93 years
later to the day, her existence could
lead to connecting his direct line to
the family of one of the richest and
most powerful men in Britain at the
time and the man who made his
‘Bobby’ career possible.
 Bobby’s or Peelers are mem-
bers of the Metropolitan Police
force, which was formed on Sep-
tember 29, 1829, by Home Secre-
tary Sir Robert Peel who became
Prime Minister of Britain twice in his
lifetime. His father was Sir Robert
Peel 1st Baronet and one of the
10 richest men in the UK in 1799,
thanks to the 23 cotton mills he
owned around the country. When
Alice was born, the 3rd Baronet of
Peel was a Member of Parliment,
though less impressive than his
predecessors.
 When I was a teenager, an
aunt told me our family was de-
cended from a member of Sir Rob-
ert Peel’s family. Recently, Curiosity
sproutedwhilewatchingaNetixseries
starring Sean Bean, called,The
Frankenstein Chronicles, about a
Thames River Cop set in 1928/9
when the Metropolitan police force
was a new idea being passed into
existence by Home Secretary, Sir
Robert Peel.
 The predecessors of Scot-
land Yard, The Thames River Po-
lice, were kind of like a private pay
for cop organization put in place to
stop thievery along the Thames riv-
er. The series character, Sir Robert
is the Sir Robert Peel who created
the ‘Bobbies’ and became Prime
Minister of the world’s most powerful
country in the 1800s.
 As I watched the show, I won-
dered if my aunt had been correct
Searching 
For Thomas
 Shannon Peel

and if so, which brother or cousin
were we descended from?
   With today’s technolo-
gy connecting my computer with
the archives, libraries, family trees,
and nothing but time on my hands
during social distancing, I set out
to discover if there truly is a family
connection to the man character-
ized in the series.
Found:
John Boyd
 Ancestry.com enables you to
plug your branch into a family tree
already built by someone else. In a
couple of days, I had 500 years of
names all coming together to create
little ol’ me.
 IdiscoveredJohnandEliza
Boyd who were one of the few city
dwellers in my tree. He was a ‘Bob-
by’ in London and she was a Buck-
ingham Palace cook.
 For those born mid 19th cen-
tury to the start of the 20th century
thereislotstondandIlearned
things which changed my idea of
what was socially acceptable at that
time. What I learned about the peo-
ple who came before me:
1. I share a birthday with my
great-grandmother Alice Boyd
2. My brother shares a birthday with
our great-great-great grandmother
JaneAnnPeel
3.JohnBoydwas‘Bobby’#139in
district T - Hammersmith
4.JohnBoyd’smomwas31andhis
dad was 23 when he was born.
5.Elizawas8yrsolderthanJohn
and they married the year after her
fatherdiedwhenJohnwas21
John Boyd Late 1800s

Sites like Ancestry.com give us
dates and places but they don’t give
us the stories.
Ever wonder why your grandpar-
ents moved to a different country
or how they met? Are you curious
about what life was like when your
mother was a teenager?
Some people want to know about
their family stories, their roots, or
how they are similar to a member
from a previous generation. The
sad thing is many of those who
came before us took their stories to
their graves. The family storytellers
share their stories, but it takes less
than a generation for those stories
to be lost or changed due to embel-
lishments and poor memories.
To help you get started with put-
ting your story down on paper, I’ve
created a 7 day challenge.
Start preserving your story for
your great-grandchildren today.
Take the one week
write your story
challenge
Preserve Your Story
Stories
Eve Haas is the daughter of a German Jewish fami-
ly who took refuge in London after Hitler. Her father
reveals the family secret - that her great-great grand-
mother Emilie was married to a Prussian prince. He
then showed her the treasured leather-bound note-
book inscribed to Emilie by the prince.
The Secrets of the Notebook tells how she follows the
clues,from the London archives to West Germany and
under threat of being arrested as a spy, to an archive
in East Germany. What she unearths is a love story set
against the upheaval of the Napoleonic wars
When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman,
happens to pluck a library book from the shelf, she has
no idea that her life will be irrevocably altered. Recog-
nizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the
book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather
was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chill-
ingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List - a
man known and reviled the world over.
Although raised in an orphanage and eventually ad-
opted, Teege had some contact with her biological
mother and grandmother as a child. Yet neither re-
vealed that Teege’s grandfather was the Nazi “butcher
of Plaszów”, executed for crimes against humanity in
1946. The more Teege reads about Amon Goeth, the
more certain she becomes: If her grandfather met her -
a black woman - he would have killed her.
The Secrets of
the Notebook
My
Grandfather
would have
shot me
 You think your boss is a jerk
and then you and your family run
into him at the local coffee shop and
you are surprised to discover he is
funny, interesting, and thoughtful.
You don’t understand why your wife
keeps saying she’s fat when she re-
ally isn’t. Your best friend is forever
boasting and being confrontational
with you, saying things you know
they don’t mean. You get passed
over for a promotion and the guy
who got it doesn’t have the experi-
ence or skills you do, but he is well
liked by everyone.
 Life seems to be a popularity
contest and you have no clue why
you are left out of the running. What
is going on?
 We all have blind spots, which
cause us to behave in ways others
interpret differently than we intend-
ed and in response they behave in
ways they do not intend. We do not
realize how our behaviour is com-
ing across because it is in our blind
spot.
 There are a number of dif-
ferent cognitive biases which can
cause us to misinterpret the behaviours
of others. A cognitive bias is
an error in decision making due to
personal beliefs, experiences, and
assumptions. These biases are the
root cause of our blind spots.
 Conrmation Bias is the ten-
dency to gravitate to facts which
conrmyouralready-heldbeliefs.
Keynote Speaker | Facilitator | Consultant
APeeling Columnist
Cognitive Biases and Blind Spots

You seek out news and stats to
back up your argument. You talk to
people who have the same opinions
as you and avoid conversations
with those who disagree with you.
You will dismiss those who don’t
agree with you as liars, fake, and
outright wrong in order to hold on to
yourpointofview.Byndingpeople
whotendtoconrmyourbeliefs,
you are able to be right no matter
what your argument is.
 Overcondence Bias is a
more personalized extension of
theconrmationbias,whereyou
have a false sense of your skills,
talents, and abilities. Those who are
overcondentwillbelievetheycan
do something they’ve never done
before and if they succeed it’s be-
cause of their innate skill and if they
fail, it was bad luck and the fault of
others stopping them from doing
what they needed to do to succeed.
 The Actor Observer Bias is 
where you are able to excuse your
short comings, mistakes, and loss-
es due to situations in your life. You
were late to the meeting because
you had jetlag and couldn’t wake
up in time, not your fault. However,
if someone else was to do the ex-
act same thing for the exact same
reason you blame it on their inability
to be responsible. In other words,
excuses for failure only apply to you
where others were incapable, in-
competent, and irresponsible.

 The False-Consensus Effect
is when someone overestimates
how many people agree with them.
They see themselves as part of a
majority regardless if the facts show
they are in the minority. They as-
sume everyone in the room agrees
with them.
 Incentive-Caused Bias is
acting a certain way because the
incentives are aligned to get you to
make a certain decision or action.
 Framing is when you make a
decision because of how informa-
tion is presented to you instead of
relying only on the facts. It is a reg-
ular tool of the sales professional
to create a framing bias to help you
make the decision they want you to.
 The Optimism Bias is when
we tend to be too optimistic for our
own good. We overestimate the
likelihood that good things will hap-
pen to us while underestimating the
probability that negative events will
impact our lives. The opposite of
this is Pessimism Bias.
 The Narrative Fallacy occurs
because stories help make sense
of things and we can relate to them.
We tell ourselves a story to helps us
feel better.
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 Anchoring Bias is when we
use pre-existing data as a reference
point for all subsequent data and
it skews our decision-making pro-
cesses because we can’t see the
new data independently of what we
already learned.
 Hindsight Bias is when some-
one predicts something which turns
out wrong and they change their
story to, “I knew it all along, I was
just kidding before.” It is a common
cognitive bias that involved the
tendency of people to see events,
even random ones, as more pre-
dictable than they are. The hind-
sight bias occurs for a combination
of reasons, including our ability to
“misremember” previous predic-
tions, our tendency to view events
as inevitable, and our tendency to
believe we could have foreseen
certain events.
 Our memories of events tend
tobeinuencedbywhathappened
after the actual event. This is known
as, the Misinformation Effect. A 
person who witnesses a car ac-
cident or crime might believe that
their recollection is crystal clear, but
researchers have found that mem-
ory is surprisingly susceptible to
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evenverysubtleinuences.
 Emotions can cloud our judg-
ment and lead to poor decisions.
The Pain-Avoiding Psychological
Denial is the tendency to wish for 
something to be true to the point we
cannot see the actual truth. Loss 
Aversion is the tendency for people 
to not take risks because they are
too scared they will lose what they
have or won’t succeed so why try.
 Representative Bias happens
when people believe there is a cor-
relation between objects, people,
events because they have similar
characteristics.
 The Halo Effect Bias or 
Physical Attractiveness Stereo-
type is the idea that if something is 
beautiful it is good or right.
 When making decisions about
others, think about these cognitive
biases and how they are affecting
your behaviours due to blind spots
in your life.
Likky Lavji is the Blind Spot Navigator,
helping organizations, teams, and indi-
viduals discover the blind spots
in their lives
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 The pace of change, the un-
certainty of outcome, the complexity
of decision making and the ambigu-
ity of facts are making it harder for
leaders to make an impact.
 One of the best ways to face
theseinterestingtimeswithcon-
dence is to take on a growth mind-
set. What is a growth mindset? Let
me illustrate with a story.
 About 12 years ago, my fami-
ly and I went on vacation to a lake.
One beautiful morning, the lake was
placid. Completely still and calm.
Youcouldseethereectionofthe
sky and trees perfectly in the water.
 My 4-year old picked up a peb-
ble and threw it in the water and he
was immediately in awe. That rock
that he threw in made ripples that
seemed to go on forever. My 2 boys
and I must have spent 2 hours at
the lake that day throwing pebbles
and trying to make bigger and big-
Enabling Impact in Uncertainty
APeeling Columnist
Shakeel Bharmal
A Growth Mindset

ger ripples. It was a glorious day. A
memorable day.
 Two years later, our family was
driving to the Oregon Coast for va-
cation. We had booked a place on
Cannon Beach. The whole drive up,
my sons couldn’t stop talking about
throwing stones into the water. They
remembered that wonderful day we
had had together and could not wait
to recreate it. So, the next morn-
ing, we headed to the beach. It was
a beautiful day but the water was
volatile. There was a wind and the
waves were crashing.
 My boys had been collecting
rocks for days. But what happens
when you throw rocks into rough
waters? That is right, nothing. My
younger son looked at me for direc-
tion. I didn’t know what to say while
I tried to think of a back-up plan so
that the day could be salvaged.
 Then he looked at me again,
with a glimmer in his eye. Some-
thing had clearly changed in his
brain. I wasn’t sure what he was
thinking, but I recognized by his fa-
cial expression that he was looking
to me for permission for something.
With a slight nod, I gave it to him.
With that cue, he ripped off his shirt,
backed up about 10 feet and ran
into the crashing waves. Of course
he was knocked down right away,
but that didn’t stop him. He did it
again and again and, within 20 min-
utes,hehadguredouthowtoride
the waves.
 He was demonstrating a
growth mindset. He had created a
plan, based on his past experience,
and was ready to execute. He was
going to throw his stones and cre-

ate ripples. He was going to make
his impact. But there is a difference
between the ocean and a lake.
The weather also created different
conditions in the water. He could
have given up and decided instead
tobuildsandcastlesoryakite.
Those would have been good op-
tions. Instead, he re-assessed and
found another way to make an im-
pact in the water. In the process, he
learned a new skill, riding waves,
which he continues to enjoy to this
day.
 So what to do to live a growth
mindset every day? Here are two
ideas for you.
 First, recognize that taking a
xedorgrowthmindsetisachoice,
not a foregone conclusion. It re-
quires a conscious effort for most of
us.You can choose to:
 Take on more challenging
goalsanddifcultproblems.
1) Be conscious about embracing
constructive criticism, no matter
howdifcultitmightbe.
2) Ask for help, when faced with an
obstacle, instead of giving up.
3) Find inspiration in a colleague’s
success. Try and learn what they
did right.
4) Learn from failure instead of be-
ing embarrassed by it.
 If it all sounds uncomfortable,
you are right. It is. You will need to
cultivateyourabilitytoreecton
your own performance in real-time,
if possible.
Listen

Real Time
Reection
 When I was a kid, the Bobby
Orr hockey card was coveted. He
was a legend. What you may not
know is that he was a master of re-
al-timereection.
 Bobby Orr was said to have
an incredible ability to be able to be
in the game, on the ice, in the mid-
dle of the action, while at the same
time being able to jump in and out
of the stands. This ability meant he
could monitor his performance and
change his behaviour in real-time
as things shifted.
 Believe it or not, this ability is
available to all of us. When we are
delivering a presentation, and we
notice the audience disengaging, or
checking their phones, we have the
abilitytoreectonwhatwearede-
livering and change our approach.
 When my son jumped into
the crashing waves, over and over
again, he kept changing his speed,
his stance, his angle in an effort to
get the perfect ride. He was con-
stantlyreectingandadjusting.
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a conversation, perhaps receiving
criticism, we know when we are
getting uncomfortable. We might
even say a few defensive words.
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and reset our approach in the con-
versation.
 It’s also important to estab-
lish even a short, daily practice
ofreection.Ideally,attheendof
the business day and ideally in the
form of handwritten notes, because
handwriting helps the brain pro-
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yourself are:
1. What did I learn today?
2. What would I do differently if I
had the chance?
3. What was I doing when I felt the
most energized? Why did that
energize me?
4. What was I doing when I felt
drained? Why did that drain me?
Thissimpleactofdailyreection
is part of being fully aware of who
you are and what you have to learn
from the people and experiences
you come across in your day.
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Owning it is a mindset that
says, if something goes wrong and
others are at a disadvantage, you
own the outcome of your work. It
means that when you invest time
and resources on something that
fails, you suffer a setback because
you care about the outcome. When
you don’t own something, if it fails
it doesn’t impact you because if it
doesn’t work, so what, it didn’t hurt
you, you don’t feel any loss. Own-
ing it means when you do some-
thing wrong, it can hurt others and
hurts you too.
When you own it, you have a
can-do attitude, are discipline fo-
cused, have a hard driving attack
model, because problems give you
courage,condence,andtheability
to take greater risks. You’ll try hard-
er to do your best because you own
the outcome.
You don’t have to start off with
tough tasks, start with things you
can handle and work your way up
as your skills develop.
I’ve been sent into tough situa-
tions and if I didn’t own it, or believe
in it, or make it my own, I wasn’t
going to be successful. I’ve walked
into rooms where everyone looking
at me was struggling with perfor-
mance results and they looked to
me, hoping I’d be able to turn things
around for them. That is a great
weight. You can see it in their eyes
when you meet them. Some peo-
ple doubt you because others have
come before you and failed, they
don’t want to change, or they don’t
believe it’s possible to turn things
around. However, no matter where I
went, what type of situation I walked
into, there were always a few peo-
ple who wanted to work with me to
improve the situation and get better
results.
One time, I was faced with
a situation in Texas where it was
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By Anthony C Gruppo
so bad, I felt like I was in over
my head. When I got there, I tru-
ly doubted that I had the skill to
do what was asked of me and I
thought, “oh well, I can always go
backtondsomethingelseifthings
don’t work out.” That’s when I re-
alizedmythinkingwasawedbe-
cause I’d already started to build
my exit plan for when things failed.
So, instead of building an escape
pod, I decided to fearlessly go for-
ward, own the task set before me,
and play each day as though it was
my last to drive the team towards
the goal line. That was the one time
when owning it made the biggest
difference because I realized there
was no going back - it was get it
done or nothing. When you play a
highrisk game without a net, that’s
owning it.
If you want to own it, don’t
think about your job title, don’t
think about your role, don’t think
about your lack of authority to
make something happen, owning it
means doing the very best you can
do to get the job done. Have you
ever tried to get help from someone
only to be told, “That’s not my job”
or “I don’t have the authority to help
you.” Don’t be that person. Discover
theproblem,ndoutwhocanhelp
you solve it, and see that it gets
done. This could mean communi-
cating the desired outcome with
different departments, a supervisor,
orthepersonbesideyoutondout
what can be done, who can do it,
and then following up to ensure it
was done.
When I worked in construc-
tion, I decided I was going to shovel
more dirt, I was going to push the
wheelbarrows faster, I was going to
climb scaffolds before somebody
else did, and I decided I was going
to learn how to operate a backhoe.
I owned whatever job I could, even
if owning it was the end of a pic,
a shovel, a rake. I wasn’t going to
let the heat, the cold, or anything
stop me. I owned the ground I was
standing on, the hole I was punch-
ing into the earth, and the next chal-
lenge I was going to take on.
I never changed that mindset.
I always deliver the best I can, seek
outwaystohelpothers,andnd
challenges that will help me grow
my skills, my reputation, and my
sphereofinuence.Ibelievethe
minute you tell yourself that you will
not deliver your best every day, you
start to open yourself up to disap-
pointment and failure.
If you do the best you can,
then your chances of being suc-
cessful are higher than if you think
you don’t own it because it’s some-
body else’s problem, that my super-
visor didn’t do it right, I didn’t have
the right geographical location, or I
was put in a place that was harder
than somewhere else. I have been
in places that were harder than any-
where else. I have worked in Erie,
Pennsylvania.
Erie Pennsylvania was a very
depressed little town and and peo-
ple asked me with disbelief and
scorn in their voice, “you’re going
to Erie, Pennsylvania? Why? It’s
cold. It’s grey. It’s depressing. All
the businesses are going downhill
there.”
Guess what? I found a charm-
ing place full of great people who
supported me. Erie is a tremen-
dous community, my best friends
are from Erie, Pennsylvania. I went
there to help them turn the business
around, with the mindset that it was
my ground, my shovel, my hole,
and I have to tell you that we were
wildly successful in Erie, Pennsyl-
vania.
When I was in New York, and
people were saying, “Oh, well,
you’re in New York City, you have
every resource you can possibly
have.” Yes that’s true, but it’s also a
streetghteveryday,It’scompet-
itive and the best of the best play
here. No matter where I am, I will
tell you that owning it is a mind set,
whether I’m in Erie Pennsylvania or
New York City, or London England,
it’s the same mindset.
Anthony C Gruppo is the CEO of
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speaker, author, and a mentor. This
has been an excerpt of his book the
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 How I start my day tends to be
how I spend the whole day, as tran-
sitioning from one activity to another
is hard for me. I tend to hyper-focus
on what I am doing and keep doing
it until it’s done, or I fall asleep. Due
to the nature of my work, I usually
fall asleep before I’m done. Then I
wake up and start again.
Every Morning I:
 Look at my phone
 Turn on an audio book
 Roll outta bed
 Make coffee
 Start working
 Make more coffee
 Keep working
 Go to bed
 Check my phone
 Turn on an audio book
 Whether or not you purpose-
fully created a morning routine, you
have a routine. Routines are hab-
its. The things we automatically do
without thinking every day. Those
who purposefully have a routine
that encompasses physical and
mental well-being along with pro-
ductivity will get more done in a day.
 According to the Blurt Team at
the Blurt Foundation, which seeks
to increase the understanding of
depression, “Developing a daily
routine can help us to feel more in
control of everything, and help us to
make room for all that’s important.
Routine can aid our mental health.
It can help us to cope with change,
to form healthy habits, and to re-
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difculttomaintain,theideaofcre-
ating a routine sounds boring. In
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I pull into the driveway and
park the van. My head is throbbing
with the beginnings of a headache.
I lean back on the seat’s headrest
and close my eyes. Just for a min-
ute. Only a minute.
Bang
“Moooom!”
My eyes shoot open. An elec-
tric shock jolts me and my heart
pounds in my chest. I feel a wave
of blood moving through my body.
I’m getting light headed and dizzy.
What the…? I turn and my son’s
face is looking at me through the
driver’s side window. I put my hand
to my chest, breath deep and push
the button to open the window.
Nothing happens. Right. I turn the
key in the ignition and put the win-
dow down.
“Aiden. You scared me.
What?”
“Aren’t you coming in? You’ve
been out here for almost an hour.”
An hour? I look at the time on the
dash. It’s been almost an hour since
I parked. The groceries! I panic.
Meat, frozen pizzas, milk, cheese.
I ick the switch unlocking all the
locks on the van and the back door
rises up.
“Grab some groceries and
take them into the house. Where
are your sisters?”
“Awwwwe do I have to?”
“Yes. Your sisters?”
“I don’t know. Inside.”
I grab a few bags and yell for
my three daughters to unload the
van and put the groceries away be-
cause I’m running late. They whine
while doing it. I don’t care.
“If you hadn’t fallen asleep…”
Aiden starts and I just glare at him,
daring him to continue. The boy’s
not dumb, I’ll give him that.
I have to get ready Gus will be
home soon.I run upstairs to jump
in the shower, shave, wash my hair,
the whole nine yards. I have less
than an hour to look gorgeous. Not
an easy feat at forty.
After twenty-two years, four
kids and an extra hundred lbs I am
not the slim beautiful eighteen-
year-old girl my husband married. I
know Gus still loves me. He says my
curves and stretch marks make me
that much more real and attractive
to him. More cushin for the pushin
he teases me and I try to believe
him, I do.
My husband doesn’t have an
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ounce of fat on him, thanks to good
genes and a physical labour job as
a contractor. He even still has most
of his hair. I see the women linger-
ing around him, irting with their
eyes, trying to get my husband’s
attention. He claims never to notice
because he only has eyes for me.
Ha. I just bet he didn’t notice when
Melissa Rempkin walked right into
him at church and then looked up
with puppy dog eyes.
“Ooops sorry Gus. You sure
are a solid one aren’t you?”
I could have ripped her eyes
out and I would have too if the pas-
tor hadn’t walked by at that very
moment. I mean, I can’t have him
thinking I’m a jealous, violent, irra-
tional woman, now can I?
I get out of the shower, look
at my naked body in the mirror and
cringe. I’m plump. Round. No, not
rounded, round. My waist is larg-
er than my hips and my hips are
round. Remember in the Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory mov-
ie, when the girl eats the gum and
becomes a big fat round blue berry
and needs to be rolled out by the
umpa loompas. No, not the John-
ny Depp one, the original one, the
one made before, before I was
born. The one with, what was his
name? It’s been so long since I saw
it. Gene Something… Simmons?
Hackman? Oh I don’t know.
“Mooooom.” My son’s voice
coming through the door.
“Whaaat?”
“You forgot the nacho cheese
dip. How are we supposed to have
a movie night without the nacho
cheese dip?”
“I don’t know. You have to
make do. Now leave me alone or
give me your game system.”
I start getting dressed. Noth-
ing ts the way I want and I hate
how I look. After trying on four
dresses and a pantsuit I settle on
a black sac of a dress. It might as
well be a tent. My hair at least is
cooperating. I wished I’d had time
to go to the hairdressers this after-
noon and get it done up really nice,
but with driving the kids around,
the groceries, getting the house
cleaned up, laundry… the list is
endless.
There, that should do it.
I dig in the bathroom closet for my
makeup box. I hardly ever wear
any, there is little to no point. I rare-
ly go out and when I do, no one
cares what I look like. Lack of daily
practice is making a mess of things
and I feel like a clown. Too much
eye shadow and the lipstick is too
bright.
“Mom. Aiden is being a lit-
tle shit. You have to get him under
control.”
“Language Alexis, watch your
language.”
I turn to see my eldest daugh-
ter looking gorgeous and dressed
to the nines in a blue patterned
skirt with a matching blouse and
her hair cascading over her shoul-
ders. She’s nineteen and looks a lot
like I did when I married Gus. I look
at my slim daughter with her in-
dented waist and perky breasts and
sigh.
Just wait I think, twenty years
and you’ll look like me.
“And where do you think your
going tonight?” I ask.
“Out with Cameron.”
“Which one is Cameron?”
“The blonde with the pickup
truck. You know, he goes to the
University, he’s studying to be a
lawyer one day.”
“Oh right him. What hap-
pened to the one who’s going to
be an electrician or something? I
like him.”
“Dan? I’m seeing him tomor-
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row, and before you ask, I went out
with Richard last night.”
“How do you keep them all
straight? I can’t even imagine dat-
ing more than one man. You’re not
sleeping with them all are you?
Don’t forget you can catch diseas-
es and worse they’ll think you’re
a whore and no man has ever fall-
en in love with a whore. You really
should just pick one or else people
will think you’re a slut or some-
thing.”
She has heard me say these
things a hundred times already and
I can see from the glaze over her
eyes that she isn’t listening. Why
do I bother? I just want her to be
happy. Not like her Aunt Charlene
or worse Charlene’s new friend,
Lindsay. I wouldn’t worry so much if
she’d just nd a nice boy who is like
Gus and will take care of her, pro-
tect her. It’s a dangerous world for
girls. It just is.
“Mom. Enough. Aiden. That
little spoiled shit you call a favourite
-.”
“I do not.”
She rolls her eyes. I hate it
when she rolls her eyes.
“Everyone knows he’s your
precious little boy and that he’s an
entitled pain in the ass who at this
very moment is trying to make na-
cho cheese sauce in your kitchen
with your favourite pot. Thought
you might want to know.”
With that, she turns on her
heel and walks out the door.
Trying to make nacho cheese
sauce? Oh no, what does that
mean?
I hurry downstairs and there
is my son with cheese all over
the counter and a pot of burning
cheese on the stove.
“Oh Aiden.”
“I wanted nacho cheese
sauce. Gerry likes nacho cheese
sauce and I told him there would
be some.”
I grab the pot off the red-
hot stove element. Right then, the
smoke detector goes off and Gus
walks into the kitchen.
“Ready to go on our date?”
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