Take Some Time to Smell the Flowers

You’ll be glad you did. Today seemed like a great day to see what was blooming in the garden that Melissa and I put together.

I love mornings like this one: the day after a steady stream of rain, where everything is refreshed and the colours start to really come out. Behind the lens you can often find something spectacular… if you take the time to look.

I spent some time looking today, and I’m glad I did. Continue reading “Take Some Time to Smell the Flowers”

Photographing New Zealand

When a close friend met the love of his life while escaping said life in New Zealand, I immediately became attracted to the small island nation.

New Zealand is, for lack of a better description, a more laid back and warmer version of Canada. The locals are friendly, there’s much natural beauty to take in, and it’s a great place to work, live, and visit.

Melissa and I visited New Zealand at the end of February, and we’ve both fallen in love.  Continue reading “Photographing New Zealand”

Business.com Article: 3 Essential Elements You Need When Empowering Your Staff

One of the best parts of being an entrepreneur is being able to influence real change in the lives of those that work with and for you.

During my time with Neatfreak I gained a lot of hands-on experience in a small business management setting that taught me a lot about staff, motivation, and the qualities you need to be an effective leader.

It’s also where I learned that I greatly prefer to let others lead and leave myself to the strategy.

Read it here: https://www.business.com/human-resources/cameron-martel-empower-your-staff/


Being Productive While Also Being Easily-Distracted: My Approach

Working from home full-time is a privilege I am glad to have. Since I’m easily distracted and doing deliverable-based work, being able to control my environment is a gift… but it’s not a gift that I can maintain if I’m not productive.

As much as when working anywhere else, I must be productive if I expect to continue working from home. Same goes for you, too.

I’ve been easily distracted for as a long as I can remember. My mind is constantly looking for ways to get off-task. As a kid, I wanted and intended to do homework but struggled to remain focused.

This is why I don’t get lost in the details- I just lose them completely.

It took me most of my adult life, but I finally figured out an approach that allows me to be productive. If you’re like me – distracted by shiny things, Reddit posts, SMS notifications, and anything that blinks or beeps – you might find some value in giving this approach a go.

I’ve learned two things that empower me to be productive: controlling my environment, and the “give it a minute” approach.

Continue reading “Being Productive While Also Being Easily-Distracted: My Approach”

New Article on Business.com

I woke up happy to see my first published article for Business.com on the front page.

Read it here: https://www.business.com/business-development/cameron-martel-complacency-in-business/

This article is an honest conversation about what I learned when I let my success get to my head. Instead of grinding and pushing to achieve more, I decided to ride on my results.

Even though this happened more than 11 years ago, I still think about it almost every day.