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By Katherine Kiang
KaTsZoNe Newsletters > KaTsZoNe - Issue 75 - Keep Moving Forward

3 Apr 2011

March has now come and gone and it was a busy one!

I had been anticipating the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)'s annual convention, as you know from last month's episode of KaTsZoNe.  It was more than I had anticipated.  Starting with a short course on Investment Fundamentals, and then attending the Investors Exchange, that would already have been exciting and quite enough information for years to come.  But, along with some fellow attendees, whom I have affectionately called my "Goldbugs" friends, we went to several company presentations/cocktail parties -- that was a first for me.  It was the most fun I have had in years at the PDAC.  So, I am glad I took the entire week off, so, I had a few days to recover and to just have some "down time" -- what I call a celebration of spring week.  Those of you with kids in school call it "March Break" -- the PDAC week is really my "March Break" -- one week before the kids take off. 

I did not get around to attend Canadian Music Week (CMW), although I had mentioned it in March's KaTsZoNe.  I was planning to meet my friend, Jaimie, during CMW but she was too busy, as she is involved in the music business, so, we met up a week later.  I am glad that we did have a chance to meet after all.  She will be graduating soon and when I say she's in the music business, she is involved, even now, before graduation, so it was quite a busy time of month for her.  On top of that, I know she had tons of assignments to complete. 

After CMW, another huge music event took place in March in Toronto -- Juno Week!  The Junos started in Toronto and for the past 10 years, the awards have been handed out in cities across Canada.  This year, on a special 40th year anniversary, the Junos came back to Toronto, with a number of events taking place between March 21st to 27th.  The week wrapped up with the 40th Juno Awards at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, March 27th.  I think this may be the first time that I've watched the Junos from beginning to end.   Since becoming a SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) member about 10 years ago, which I sort of fell into when I agreed to collaborate with a friend to write songs which  he was working on, I did not have much interest in the music industry/business.  In 2006, I decided to take another look at the music business by getting out to watch and meet local artists, attending some concerts, and attending CMW.  Since then, I have continued to search for more Canadian artists to listen to.   Fortunately, I have met friends with a huge interest in music -- personally and professionally.  I am proud and excited that Canadians like Justin Bieber of Stratford, Ontario, has risen to superstardom, and Maria Aragon of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has grabbed Lady Gaga's attention to her talent through youtube.com.  Success stories are not always overnight sensations - inspite of how it may appear.  But, I do know that talented, passionate, hardworking individuals, no matter how old you are, can become successful.   Dreams do come true! 

If you are wondering how I find out about Canadian music, I have subscriptions to magazines like "Words + Music" (published by SOCAN) and "Canadian Musician" which help me keep in touch with the Canadian music scene.  From time to time, friends also keep me up to date on their favourite artists and will send me news articles about the music industry.  Another source is "Digital Media Wire" which was sent to me, originally, because of my participation in Canadian Music Week.  It is not just about music.  As the name suggests, it is news concerning technology, media, music companies. 

I admit, sometimes there is so much information coming at me, it is hard to keep up when my Blackberry keeps flashing its LED light informing me of new emails!  I finally had to shut off the flashing LED light because my battery would quickly run out of power, not to mention that I do have a full-time job! News from all over are sent to me via email 24-7.  Sometimes, I love it!  Sometimes, I am just so tired from it.  I am an Information Addict -- seriously!  I am not even trying to seek help.  Last night, I added about a dozen publications to follow on my Twitter account, so, there you have it.

In the last couple weeks, I have been reading about my other favourite topic:  Starbucks.   I came across a book called It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks by Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks Coffee Company International .  I have just a little more read.  So far, all I can say is, I'm totally inspired.  One thing I'll never forget from this book is that, Starbucks is not in the coffee business serving people, it is in the people business serving coffee.  We must have a proper perspective and goal in order to be successful in whatever we choose to accomplish.  The lessons which Howard Behar shares in the book is that people are what matters most -- employees and customers.  Something I have learned is that "People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care" (John C. Maxwell, American author and motivational speaker) -- take that with you everywhere you go and you will see great changes in your families, workplaces, schools -- EVERYWHERE!

What's next after I finish reading It's Not About the Coffee?  I pre-ordered a book from Amazon.ca written by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, called Onward: How Starbucks Fought For Its Life Without Losing Its Soul and it arrived last week!  There has already been articles and interviews of Howard Schultz surrounding the release of the book.  I am looking forward to reading it this coming week.  By the way, I've already drank some  Tribute coffee at home -- it celebrates Starbucks' 40th year.  The Starbucks experience continues on!  (http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/onward-ceo-howard-schultz-starbucks-got-groove-back-20110330-091626-573.html)

Although I have not started reading Onward, I have been thinking a lot about moving onward in my career goals and other life goals.  I want to seek out new challenges and take my passions to another level. I  cannot do everything at once so I will have to set priorities.  I want to leave valuable and meaningful footprints for me on this earth.  It is time to dream about where I want to be at age 50.  It is not that far away.  The years go by very quickly!

I love to listen to interesting, thought-provoking, humourous conversations.  Sometimes, I stumble upon some interesting things and people.  I often eavesdrop on conversations at coffee shops, malls, subways and buses - not so difficult to do when people are very chatty.  I finally decided to start discussion forums on KaTsZoNe which you can find at www.katszone.com/discussion_forum.html.  Some of you responded to my email and Facebook note posted on March 20th -- thank you!  If you did not receive the email, I'm afraid it may have ended up in your Junk Mail box.  If you have not visited the Discussion Forum section, I hope you will take the opportunity to do so, even if it's just to read on necessarily post anything.  I have started up some new topcs which I invite you to check out.  These are topics of interest to me and perhaps, it may be of interest to you.  Topics include career changes, retirement, investments, health, social networks and technology issues, etc.  And, you are more than welcome to start new topics too.  Let's get a discussion going!

I give credit to my friend, Jaimie, on this month's title:  "Keep moving forward".  Seems to also be right in line with Howard Schultz's book, Onward.  It reminds me that success is a journey, not a destination. 

I'll be back in May! 

Take care and God bless!

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