Adaptation and Survival 

True knowledge is nothing else than adaptation and survival.

Since the beginnings, past civilizations and cultures all rose and fell on the margin of ecology. Today, urbanizing our ecology, we have created and still are creating something very unique in the history of mankind: an urban order no one can walk away from, nor anyone survive.

Despite the sayings of all ancient wisdom writings and ancient scriptures, knowledge doesn’t grow on trees. True knowledge is knowledge of truth. There is a fundamental differentiation between reality and our perception of reality, between the true nature of reality and our opinion on the true nature of reality, between true reality and our perception of the reality.

Let it be said that the end of human life is the end of the world beyond which is nothing. This is evolutionary thinking. Human existence and human activity make a world where otherwise there is nothing. The very laws of nature are the outcome of an everlasting evolution. To think otherwise is nothing else than pure intellectual masturbation. Modern urban masses can no longer be well governed by old ancient history, old ancient principles or medieval methods. In today’s world, scientific objectivity shall prevail on the spiritual and magical. Good lying no longer makes good knowledge. Rational over theological and philosophical is now the rule. Replace “faith” with “knowledge” and you have the guiding idea of Truth and Enlightenment, of the true nature of Reality.

Spirituality does not determine human existence. It is our social existence, which determines our reality. In today’s world, esoteric and spiritual contemplation as well of all other forms of intellectual masturbation will always only result in derivation, antisocial behaviors, prejudices and bias. Maxims, morals, proverbial nuggets of wisdom, myths and wishful thinking will always result in an antisocial confrontational social world, perversion, chaos and destruction. Objectivity and rationality are the new fundamentals of knowledge that will drive us on a truly social and global world. To know is to enjoy and global social order can only result from true knowledge.

Today’s reality is very different from yesterday’s reality. Today’s reality is the now-global human environment. Knowledge is realistic not because it imitates reality but because it contributes to the political realism expressed in the preference for knowledge, for true knowledge.


Michel Ouellette JMD [] is a Public Affairs & Communications Strategist, a miracle worker for entrepreneurs, executives and social innovators.


Good Fortune is the most elusive part of Success

First, realize that people do not care about you as much as you think they might and that the people who truly care about you are not interested in your accomplishments and possessions. They are interested in you. When you find people who really care about you, do everything you can to hold onto them; they are your most precious assets, they will be your foundation.

Arranging your life around money will never bring you success. Focus on people who you care about, people who care about you, on your passion. Figure out what elicits certain responses from people, and you will be better able to favorably influence others in your favor. When you know how to speak to change someone’s mind, to instill confidence in someone, to quiet the fears of a child, then you will know firsthand what real power is all about.

Prepare for the unexpected and whatever your passion is, always make sure to fully understand the way things are working. While doing this, always keep up in mind that no amount of knowledge can prepare you for chaos that will inevitably hit you one day. Just always make sure to have a Plan B; you cannot let events and others define or tell you who you are.

Today, to become successful, there is no shortcut; you have to outperform the other guy, you have to outperform the competition. Always go beyond what is required and, when you will reach the top, start competing compete with yourself. Meantime, be self-aware. If you can see yourself the way others see you, you will be able to work with and get along with others more easily.

You want to move along and differentiate yourself from others, just remember that biases always affect everything you do. Your worldview works its way into every decision you make. If you know your biases, you can minimize acting selfishly and do what is right for the situation. Living in the present will keep you focused. Accept that the past cannot be changed, and everyday that goes by, make the most of what is in front of you.

Except for errands and petty tasks, do not surround yourself with “yes-men”; avoid them as much as possible. Only people who are very different from you can benefit you and enrich your life by providing new perspectives and learning experiences. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people will not only limit your creativity, it will impair it by denying you of all form of possible challenges.

Keep an open mind and if possible, travel and travel even more. Not only will it expose you to other ways of thinking, of living or doing things, it will also provide you with new perspectives on life, it will take you out of your comfort zone and allow you to challenge your own personal beliefs. Never take anything for granted. It is important to keep taking risks to investigate all possibilities until you find your passion.

Take care of your health and protect your reputation. You cannot focus on being successful if you are continually indulging your vices or ignoring health problems that are the potential cause of all your possible setbacks. Above everything else, your reputation must be protected. Guard your reputation; make it your first priority to be honest, reliable, and kind, and others will notice and reward you with their trust.

Control yourself; always stay in control of your emotions. Anger or panic should never impair decision-making process; a knee-jerk reaction can destroy a lifetime of efforts and work in one moment. Forgive others and forgive yourself. Strangers and loved ones alike will always hurt and disappoint you in some way; this is a fact of life. React accordingly, react appropriately but never hold grudges.

Life is short and we live in a world much bigger than ourselves. There is a lot we do not know, a lot you do not know. Nobody knows everything. Always seek the greater purpose. Think strategically. Think systemically. Use a sense of urgency to make the most of your time. If there is a task you can delegate to someone better suited for it, then do it. If there is a discussion about something you are not sufficiently knowledgeable about, resist the urge to jump in. Be honest with yourself. If you are to grow as a person, it is important to see unpleasant things for what they are.

Success is a choice; your choice. Success is a decision; your decision. Choosing to be successful and optimistic, regardless of the situation, yields more happiness than negativity. Everyone is afraid of failing; everyone hurts somehow. Nothing is perfect in this world and truthfully enough, unlike in the movies, the good guys do not always win.The successful ones know how to accept their fears and keep anxiety from restraining them.

Good fortune is the most elusive aspect of success; only confidence in yourself will take you places. Believe in yourself and be kind to everyone. People will believe and trust you; they will reward you with their trust.

Moving forward is the key to success.


Michel Ouellette JMD [] is a Public Affairs & Communications Strategist, a miracle worker for entrepreneurs, executives and social innovators.


Trust is everything

Being trusted and knowing whom to trust is the killer skill of life. No other attribute and ability so clearly delineates the difference between success and failure.

Today, trust is playing an increasingly pivotal role in all possible endeavors of humanity, either the business, personal or professional world. You want to make it! Do not do the right thing, the proper thing, and the ethical thing to be done only when someone is watching. Whatever you do, whatever you say, always do or say what is right to be done or said. Be proper and ethical in everything you say or do and above everything else, always make sure to never fudge the truth.

Always do the right things and do them right

When interacting with people, focus all of your attention on the other person; don’t peck away on a digital device. Turn off your phone and tell that person that you are meeting with: “I don’t want to be interrupted while we are talking.” Doing so distinguishes you from this ever-increasing mass of people who, without any kind of respect for their interlocutors, listen with one ear and either talk, or do anything else when they should be listening.

Learn to value true relationships

True relationships are everything! Learn to differentiate between people you can count on, people you can trust and people who only pretend to be reliable and trustworthy. Not everyone is worthy of your trust and not everyone is worthy of being one of your friends. Be trustworthy and reliable, deal only with the reliable and trustworthy and over and above everything else, avoid people who only pretend to be reliable and trustworthy.

You do not have to help or to be friend with everyone

If necessary, put your friend or wannabe friend to the test. There is a time in life where you have to decide who, without any expectation of getting something in return, is worthy to be your friend. There is a time in life, where you have to decide who you are willing to share with and confide in without having to fear, people that you can trust. Those are the only relationships that should matter to you. If you have no such relationships, it is about time to re-evaluate your life. There is no greater warning sign of danger ahead than to be utterly self-sufficient and self-absorbed.

Alone, you are not getting anywhere.


Michel Ouellette JMD [] is a Public Affairs & Communications Strategist, a miracle worker for entrepreneurs, executives and social innovators.

Take control of your job search!

Yes indeed, age discrimination exists in the workplace and many mature job hunters are facing an uphill battle when competing against younger candidates. But there is still hope.

Whatever how old you are, whatever you are being told, you do not have to take the back seat. Here are some leads on how to do it.

It is all about spinning and reframing.

Change Your Mindset

The first thing to be done is to relentlessly remind yourself that you are experienced, not old. You are seasoned, not over-the-hill. You are here and now, not history.

Go on the Offensive

Then, go on the offensive. You may be, but you are not stupid, and you are not dead. Use your know-how to sell your experience against youth. Sell the fact that being older often brings more wisdom, more common sense, and a long work record of real life accomplishments. Sell your track record. Take advantage of your lengthy work history and turn your age into an advantage.

Make Sure to Wear Just One Hat

The most important thing you now have to do is to focus on the job description and the title of the job you are interviewed for.

Tell the prospective employer what he wants to know and nothing more. If your duties and experiences from some of your previous positions do not address the job title’s requirements or the job description, do not emphasize them. Whenever possible, get them off your resume.

Do not give prospective employers another reason to screen you out. This is your story. Tell it your way. Magnify only the aspects of your background that are relevant to your targeted objective.

Have a Second Look at Your Resume

Before sending in your application or presenting yourself to a prospective employer, have a second look at your resume and ask yourself: Would I hire myself for this position? It is a well-known fact that you cannot do anything about your age. But one thing you can definitely do is to stack the deck in your favor.

Spin and reframe your story in your favor. This is your story. Tell it your way. You don’t have anything to lose and everything to gain. Drop old work history from your resume. You generally should not need to show more than 10 years’ work history. Remove obvious road markers such as dates.

Remove college degree dates and older professional training dates that go back more than a few years. Make sure everything in your resume relates in some way to your goal and that there is nothing in your resume that gives up your age.

Now that you have the interview:  Sell Results

Here is the most important thing to remember: Today’s hiring managers and business owners and managers are looking for performance and results. Talk the only language they talk, understand and really appreciate: Return on Investment. Identify your benefits and put them into monetary terms.

Back up your accomplishments with facts that are benefit-based. Sell them from the perspective of the end result of your work and how it served your present and previous employers and/or customers. Get as close to money as you possibly can in the language of your accomplishments, and list them on your resume.

In difficult economic times, money talks and it talks rather loudly.


Age discrimination is neither legal or fair!

If you are an executive in your mid-50s or early 60s who made it through the first screenings because you did not put your first couple of jobs on your resume or excluded the year you graduated, you could walk into that interview and be talking to an HR person who is the age of your child or the age of the child of your child whose only responsibility is to say “No!” as often and quickly as possible to candidates who do not fit the pattern.

Want it or not, you have to go through that process and your goal is now, to satisfy this low-level interviewer that your qualifications fit the profile and that there are no other issues such as age, health problems or unusually high salary requirement that would disqualify you.

The key to being successful is not hiding your age or salary, but being prepared to overcome all possible disclosed or undisclosed objections.

Think like a salesperson.

A salesperson practices to deal with any objections you might bring up because salespersons know what the potential objections will be. Because you think and act like a salesperson, you can avoid a lot of objections before they are even brought up and settle a lot of questions before they are even asked.

Usually the first few minutes of the interview will go like this: “Did you have trouble finding the place”, “How was your weekend?” Instead of the usual answer, go out of your way to say, “I went hiking with some friends of mine over the weekend, and I feel great!” Right at the outset you paint yourself as someone who is energetic and ready to go without even knowing if age would be an issue.

Questions about compensation and authority are stickier but can be dealt with a lot more directly with the hiring manager then the low-level interviewer.

Make the entry point as comfortable as possible for them.

If you are talking to the hiring manager, you can cut to the chase and say, “I can do everything you need done and more, and you are going to be thrilled. You will not find anybody who can do this job better than I can do it, so let’s talk about how you can bring me on board in a way that is comfortable for you.”

You can suggest that the hiring manager bring you in near the top of the scale that would have been appropriate for the more-junior person that was originally expected in the role, with the understanding that your compensation will be reviewed in six months based on the amount of value you bring to the job.

You can also propose to start on a consulting basis to get your foot in the door and say you are comfortable with that arrangement because you know the kind of value you can bring to the organization.

The key to making the compensation talk work resides in demonstrating elegantly that you can do all kinds of things a younger person can do plus all these things a less experienced person might not know to do at all thus showing that your experience makes you uniquely valuable compared to other candidates for the job. 


Julie lorsque je l’ai accueillie à Montréal 

Dans la pluie, le froid, l’indifférence et la gadoue, Julie Ledoux marche de Mont-Tremblant à Québec et personne ne l’accueille.

Du 15 septembre  au 31 octobre, Julie Ledoux, une jeune et très charmante résidente de Mont-tremblant entreprend seule une longue marche de 330 km pour sensibiliser la population aux extravagances et incongruités d’Hydro Québec. Malgré plusieurs communiqués de presse à cet effet, aucun support aucun suivi, aucun accueil.

Est-ce à dire que la presse se désintéresse de la nouvelle sociale y préférant le sensationnalisme? Aurait-il fallu qu’à défaut de s’exhiber nue  – – Julie se fasse écraser sur le bord de la route pour que l’on en parle? La Romaine, çà vous dit quoi? Une sorte de salade peut-être! Et le gaz de schiste? Une tempête de feu dans un verre d’eau!

Peuple de paroles et de peu d’action vous dirais-je et vous de me demander:pourquoi sommes nous colonisés?