Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From a Dream to the "Den"

"From the moment an idea is born, it travels in one of two directions. It will either gradually disappear or suddenly vanish on a crowded, foggy highway of wishful thinking or gain clarity and momentum as a vivid dream, bumping along a rockier, less traveled dirt road of commitment"

In the case of the slamdunk, social media and PR success that is "YPG", this nationwide talent search for young entrepreneurs has offered a clear roadmap of how dreams come to fruition.

The brainchild of Ken LeBlanc, Walter Melanson and others at PropertyGuys.com, the "YPG" campaign walked its own talk in terms of displaying entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. Financed on a bootstrapped budget and volunteer sweat, this first-of-its kind national initiative has triggered a groundswell of enthusiasm from both the grassroots and corporate Canada.

"YPG" was conceived in a Moncton brainstorming session and wound up in front of the "Dragons" a mere six months later in Toronto. But, in some respects, turning dreams into reality has become routine for the remarkable brand known as PropertyGuys.com.

The company that began in the late 1990's out of Moncton, NB with two university students who possessed nothing more than a big idea and less than $100, has enjoyed quite a ride this November. President/ CEO Ken LeBlanc and Chief Operating Officer Dale Betts were among a select group of entrepreneurs invited to meet with the Duke of Windsor at a Vancouver function hosted by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. As part of the Royal Visit to Canada, Prince Charles met with 21 young entrepreneurs from across Canada at the 2010 Winter Games Olympic Village.

Adding even more fuel to the branding fire, LeBlanc and PropertyGuys.com also scored a major media coup with a live interview telecast November 8th on the Business News Network. Not even in his wildest dreams could Leblanc have imagined such a favorable reaction as telephones started ringing across the country once this segment hit the airwaves.


Ken LeBlanc and PropertyGuys.com have clearly demonstrated nothing happens unless first we dream. And through "YPG", thousands of aspiring young entrepreneurs have been shown that all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. However, it takes a ton of courage to show your dreams to someone else.

If you are like most, you have been thinking about a "big idea" as well. But, without courage as well as leaps of faith, imagination, or dreaming, you will miss out on the excitement of the possibilities that await.

You never know where your "big idea" will ultimately take you.

And you always get to decide which path it follows.

Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?"


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