You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think

The following is an approximate transcript of the talk I gave at the London ON FIRE meetup in London, Ontario on Oct 30, 2018: You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think. 1. Good evening everybody. It’s great to see so many of you out here tonight. My name is Chris Urbaniak, and I’ve been part […]

Networking: “Don’t Talk to Strangers” is a Fallacy

I love networking. I’m not talking about “Nortel Networking”, although I did spend some time there while they existed. Rather, I’m talking about meeting new people and building relationships. I’m talking about talking to strangers. But why is networking so hard? Why do so many of us fail at being effective at networking? And how […]

A Non-Cyclist’s Journey Into Cycling

It’s time for another installment in my Bike to Work Series. This week we’ll actually dive into the daily logs I kept when I first started cycling to work last summer. Remember, at the time I had decided to ride every single day regardless of the weather. I’ve softened that a bit, but it’s still […]

Why I Started Biking to Work

I have failed. Specifically, I failed at my goal of biking to work year-round and selling my car this spring. But you know what? I did bike to work for several months, saved some cash, got a bunch of free exercise, and reduced my carbon emissions. So yes, I failed to reach the moon, but […]

When Did You Last Give Someone a Chance?

In today’s hyper-competitive, dog-eat-dog world, there is often a thought that you must only have the best people on your team, and if you can’t, then you must do it yourself. Don’t give someone a chance. Well, I have news for you: On average, people are, well, average. On average, people are average In any […]

A Tribute to Future You

Death and destruction are everywhere. And it Sucks. With a capital S. But what will you do about that? Today’s post is unfortunately partly “inspired” by many recent tragedies. I am almost always one of the most energic, optimistic people in the room at any given time. However, as I work through the process of […]