The lengths people go to to look successful! I'll tell you.
I love standing on the Danforth on a warm summer evening, chomping on an ice cream cone and watching the streams of people walk by. For the most part, they all have one thing in common (and I mean "one"). They're all trying to look successful.
Some just have it! They have the strut, the smile, the grin, the features, the posture.... the entire package. Others have to work at it.
Sam Sniderman used to stand in the doorway at Sam The Record Man and he didn't have to do anything to identify himself as the successful owner of his fine establishment. He just had to stand there. I'm not sure how he did it. He just had it.
Saul Korry is often on the radio telling up-and-coming business people that to be successful, they have to buy clothes from his store, Korry's. Sorry Saul. That just doesn't cut it. I've seen many Korry type suits on very unsuccessful men.
Well, I'm not sure I have "it" but I thought I'd take a stab at one of the great symbols of success, the cigar. Successful businessmen smoke big cigars. At least that's what the movies tell me.
Now, I don't smoke but I do admire a good friend of mine, Dale Burkholder from Goderich Ontario who has smoked his entire life. He was a Cesarean baby and the doctor promptly handed him a "roll-your-own" and he's had one in his mouth ever since. Watching him smoke is a joy. He can make the smoke enter and exit every orifice within walking distance of his face. I often told him he should take his act on the road. Perhaps a circus would hire him.
I'm not in his league but I thought I'd try smoking a big cigar that was given to me by my son-in-law, Wilson Choi. Wilson has that look. He owns and operates Toronto's most successful salt water fish tank companies, Wet Thumb Aquatic Creations and he loves a good cigar. This one came from Nicaragua and I'm sure was very expensive.
I filmed my attempt at being a successful, cigar chomping Realtor. Click here to view not one of my finer moments.