Christopher Kolmatycki

Entrepreneur, Marketing Expert, and Shower Singing Enthusiast

Comments Off on You’re going to be fine in about five minutes.

Just saw this on Facebook and thought it was beautiful.

Sometimes you’re 25 and standing in the kitchen of your house making breakfast and brewing coffee and listening to music that for some reason is really getting to your heart.

You’re just standing there thinking about going to work and picking up your dry cleaning. And also more exciting things like books you’re reading and trips you plan on taking and relationships that are springing into existence.  Or fading from your memory, which is far less exciting.  And suddenly you just don’t feel at home in your skin or in your house and you just want home but “Mom’s” probably wouldn’t feel like home anymore either.

There used to be the comfort of a number in your phone and ears that listened everyday and arms that were never for anyone else.  But just to calm you down when you started feeling trapped in a five-minute period where nostalgia is too much and thoughts of this person you are feel foreign.

When you realize that you’ll never be this young again but this is the first time you’ve ever been this old.  When you can’t remember how you got from sixteen to here and all the same feel like sixteen is just as much of a stranger to you now.

The song is over.  The coffee’s done.  You’re going to breathe in and out.  You’re going to be fine in about five minutes.

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Comments Off on Garth Brooks Inspiration – Standing Outside the Fire

I originally thought this song was about going for love, but then started seeing the applications to taking the unconventional path in business as well and going out there and becoming an entrepreneur.  Basically going into the hellish fire of risk and reward that can be associated with running your own business vs. “standing outside the fire” where you work your 9-5 job climbing the corporate ladder.

According to the music video, it turns out I was completely wrong and it’s about overcoming some completely different sort of adversity…?

Lyrics:

We call them cool
Those hearts that have no scars to show
The ones that never do let go
And risk it the tables being turned

We call them fools
Who have to dance within the flame
Who chance the sorrow and the shame
That always come with getting burned

But you got to be tough when consumed by desire
‘Cause it’s not enough just to stand outside the fire
We call them strong
Those who can face this world alone
Who seem to get by on their own
Those who will never take the fall

We call them weak
Who are unable to resist
The slightest chance love might exist
And for that forsake it all

They’re so hell bent on giving, walking a wire
Convinced it’s not living if you stand outside the fire

[Chorus:]
Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

There’s this love that is burning
Deep in my soul
Constantly yearning to get out of control
Wanting to fly higher and higher
I can’t abide standing outside the fire

[Chorus x2]

Entrepreneurship Working For Yourself
Comments Off on Company Immediately Calls Job Applicant Upon Seeing ‘B.A. In Communications’ On Résumé

As someone who has done hiring, I love this so much.

My Industry Rants
Comments Off on Want to Start a Business? Pick a Name Out of a Hat and Don’t You Dare Get a Logo!

This is true in over 95% of cases. I find it especially interesting (mostly because I almost fell deep into this hole myself starting Denote Communications) that new businesses are often fixated on what are actual trivial things such as logos, business cards, names, etc. instead of what actually matters, sales.  If you are running your business, you should not be focused on your logo, business cards, or web site.    Read More ...

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Comments Off on Me and Cecil Clarke

Last week Mark and I took a trip down to Sydney, Nova Scotia to have a meeting with some Denote Communications clients, friends, and acquaintances.  After meeting our wonderful clients at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, we met up with a few folks.  One of those happened to be old client, and stupendous orator, Cecil Clarke. We got the grand tour of the Sydney Mayor’s office and chatted about what was new and did some catching up.  Congratulations to Cecil on his new position and Sydney is in good hands with him.

Cecil Clarke and Chris Kolmatycki

Cecil Clarke and Chris Kolmatycki in the Mayor’s office in Sydney, NS

Chris Kolmatycki, Cecil Clarke, and Mark Hobbs

Chris Kolmatycki, Cecil Clarke, and Mark Hobbs in the Sydney, NS Mayor’s Office

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