In a dialog with tim hockey (ceo @ td ameritrade)

Student Life Network has recently sat down with another successful business leader in the series "Guide to working with the executive management of the SLN". Read it to find out what Tim Hokkay should tell us about success

Who is the best basketball player of all time? The answer to this question depends on whom you ask. But there's a good chance he'll come down two people: Michael Jordan and Lebron James. The choice of one of the two is difficult, if not impossible, of the task. Both men played in very different categories. In fact, many fans think of players 1A and 1B.

Part 1: High School

I wasn't a big sports kid. But I wasn't a nerd. I was just interested in a lot of things, usually

Now that I think about it, I wasn't very social either. I did not fit into a single click, which was generally fit. Back then, in Canada, in high school, it was five years, that is, grades 9-13. I made nine, ten, and jumped from 11 to 12 and 13. In general, I have made enough loans in the 9th and 10th grades to accelerate my journey to 12 and 13. Five years at four, which will actually destroy your social network if you think about it, don't you? Everyone usually goes from one group to another together

Academically speaking, my sisters were in the high '90s, and I actually said that I was happy to get grades in the' 80s. I wasn't the one who really focused on scientists

I was pretty optimistic. I came from middle-class families, the son of immigrants who came from Great Britain to get better opportunities. They were both civil servants in Ottawa. I was working as a paperback, a janitor and a gas man. I've done all these job types. And then, when he came to postsecondary, I just went to the local university, Carlton. I decided to make public administration because, again, my father was a civil servant. I thought the government's research-bureaucracy would be interesting. It wasn't, hahaa! I didn' t like it at all, so I ended up doing a lot more business management courses

However, in the middle of the university, when I became interested in the stock tag,

My father had lost part of his investment in the stock market at that time, and I was very interested. I've read everything that is possible about markets. In fact, I've taken Canadian securities courses-options, the future, all the courses I can take. One thing led to another, and I started a small consulting firm where I actually used one of the first computer stamps. It was the TRS-80 Model I, I think. I'll never forget it. And I used what was then the predecessor of Excel (it was called "Busy Calc"). It was before Lotus I, II, III. These are the two earliest versions of spreadsheets

Yes, I do. And no one had a personal computer. After that, I realized that I was able to figure out what was called the Warrant Hedge. And I was good at it. In any case, for a long time, I started selling this information to the intermediaries. It was all in the first and second course of the university, by the way

I think, ha! At the time, I realized that I would like to be a broker, but in reality I could not be a broker in 21 years and have clients. So I had to figure out how to get the clients. Then I decided to get a job at the bank, because I decided that people with money. I have thus completed part-time work at the University of Canada

I've done that part

Part 2: Postgraduate and postgraduate training

At this point in my life, I was still at the bank. MBA felt that it was a good choice to update my skill set. I'm a man who's lifelong learning. I like the opportunities that they will both give me in terms of career, but also the opportunity to learn about smart people on business topics. Both of which I have a real opportunity

Yeah, a few. Bosses and mentors, mostly. On a trip to the MBA, of course, my wife was supposed to be very favorable. At that time, we had children -- it wasn't exactly a small overlay on her. So if she hadn't, it wouldn't have happened. At that time, the Canadian Trust never sponsored any person who would appear on the MBA program. In its course, these are the first days of using MBA, so it was mostly two years, programs with full employment. Even having a full-time job and, in my case, a young family. It was very difficult. That was too much. There was a lot of stress

I had a boss who supported me, but I never did it before. There are no real overload indicators. He said, "Look, I'm going to download you." I have two different assignments in these two years, which were difficult situations in which I needed to fix something. So I did it and added it to the most stressful couple of years of my life, as you can imagine

The story I'd like to tell you is because some people in Canada, of course, know Ed Clark, who was the CEO of TD Bank. He was the boss of my boss's boss at the time I wanted to apply for MBA school. And because I'm going to get corporate help in her execution, and it's never been done before. And there I was ashamed that they were talking about me at these meetings. So I just gave up my name. I said, "I'll do it myself, thank you."

It was just embarrassing

In any case, he insisted on meeting me. I talked to him, and he was very supportive. He said, " See if you want to go to Harvard. We'll send you to Harvard. You need to do an extensive management program at Harvard. " You don't mind, he was Harvard himself. He was very expansive in his thoughts about the possibilities and the possibility of a career. And you must remember, at this time, I was very, very junior. I was a newly elected leader, as we call him vice president. It was a pretty heavy experience, but it was very useful both at the beginning and in my career

Probably in the last 15 years. Once again, I wasn't particularly sporting. I mean, I was playing sports, but I wasn't a great collector. I wasn't a lone wolf. I was just a sorta who didn' t play hockey when I was a kid because my parents were British. It is interesting that most people consider themselves to be an athlete, because they played in college or something like that, and now they're just trying to get through their glory days. I've never had a day of glory

I'm starting over. It just happens when I get old

My day was much less pressure to get to universities or to make your MBA. In my case, I have to address my colleagues who stress that I have all the preconditions that must be met in the MBA program. However, looking around, showing leadership, there was simply a lower column. And I often think I can't compete in today's environment. If I had to do it again in 30, 40 years later, it would be much harder. I'm not sure how I would

I don't want to be a face to you. That's kind of you, but you really need to take a look at this. This is a good reflection that can be discussed with itself, because it shows the importance of competition. If the competitive environment is lower, it will be easier to climb to the top. And if the competitive environment would be higher, I may not have risen in this case. But there will be no question to achieve something in life now, the competitive panel will be higher at an earlier age. So it would be interesting to ask: do you think he can do as he did? I don't know

I went to the undergrits for a short period. Then you didn' t understand how you felt. But it may have been a matter of concern. I don't know if I call it anxiety or depression. It was very short, fortunately. And that is not what we often hear and see much more today. But I remember feeling like this in the middle of the university. And I often remember how much it was what we hear right now. All this suggests that I am very sensitive to mental health problems

It was never too much. I don't want to get out of bed in the days. But I feel so confused now. Is that normal? He's just growing?

So it was one point. Get to the MBA school. I remember one night very clearly, at 2:30 in the morning, and I was in my desk in London, Ontario. And because of the stress, everybody started to shake. I mean, a very aggressive jerk. It was the culmination of a lot of tension. It was just everything. So he went to a point where my body was physically responding to all of this together

But even this kind of spil is compared to the lowest point of my life ... when one of your children is terminally ill, and the load that comes with it. He tried, it was a disappointment. But the things that you're trying to use are very useful for your height. And I think that this is one of the problems that we all face today in society. In a world of protection, trying to make sure that you were protecting each other, the marshy environment would choke people. Now people are growing

I mean, the university, in particular, should be the pot of ideas that people argued, but with the greatest respect. And the idea is just to suppress the idea, because you might have insulted someone, it's an anaphem for this ability to grow as individuals

Yes, and you're starting to see it in record numbers in Canada and even North America as a whole. Students registered to support mental health suffer from a record level of anxiety and depression. And I believe that much of this is due to the lack of sustainability caused by the fact that some of them have not been exposed to certain stress factors that we might not have in the old days

Part 3: Dream Job

Funny you should ask. I wrote something when I first got here with the TD Ameritrade. I think I named it "Tim Hockey User's Guide." And it really was meant for my senior management so that they could understand the new guy, not going through two or three years of experience. In fact, I have learned the lessons or things that I believe in leadership, interaction, and much more. I'm a very big data guy. The truth is in fact, unlike the opinion, I think

And I want to say, "The main executive director wins in the earth." If you want to win a bet, just do it on the basis of facts and data and good research that supports your position. I'd like to say that you can't insult me, so being very transparent and open is the best way to get bait. I love it to be strong with my ideas, and for people to take me as strong opinions, loosely coupled -- and if they make the best argument, I'm happy to turn left or right, because their data is better than mine

The balance of life is what I believe. I often say that there is no balance between work and life. It's just life, and work is a big part. So I would like to say that I do what I do, unlike attempts to do the same thing, and then to relax in other things. No dress rehearsal. We only got one trip in this life so you could turn it around

I believe in planning goals and achieving goals for themselves in the short, medium and long term. My father taught me this lesson when I was 13. I remember we caught a fish on a boat. And he taught me how to plan and write things. So he taught me to do it for a few years. And given the fishing season, we'd update it every six months. Now that I think about it, I've been doing this for the last 42 years of my life. And this process probably has been more of any success, at least in achieving the goals than any other in my life

People. You want to work for the company where you work with the people you work with. They're smart. They're movable. They care about their clients. They have good values. When I first came here, I would first try to assess the health of the organization and its cultural health. Companies like people -- they have a pulse, they have intelligence, they have a set of values. They are either healthy or sick. And the good news is that TD Ameritrade is a very healthy organization, and you can always get a healthier. We're still on this path in person, right?

The same applies to the organization. But that's what I get from

It's a different job in the sense that you don't do anything like that. You don't make it yourself. You do it all through people

I mean, the whole idea that she's single at the top is very true. You do not have peers in the work item. In fact, that's what you should get used to. And then the mission itself, you're literally just saying. You read things, but do not generate your own conclusion. You approve the work of other employees, and you are given tasks. You need to set up a perspective. For example, one of the guys is the senior leader I worked with -- he told me he'd be home for the weekend and build a bird

I said, "What the hell are you doing?"He said, "Because I want to be able to do something with my hands."

You go through weeks of this kind of work, and I say, "Actually, I don't know if anything has been done."

I think that on this day and in the age, with these types of resources-be they podcasts or feeds of social networks-it is easier to be lifelong learners. It was too much friction in the learning process. If you had a time period, you'd have to find that book, you'd have to take a book, and then you would have to use it. While you can now split the chunk into smaller sonic bits. It can fill in the blanks in your time

Podcasts are a good example. I have an 18-minute connection to work, this is half a podcast for me. On my bike in the morning, maybe two podcasts

My favorite, because he was prolivened, is Tim Ferriss. Now he has over 300 episodes. A16Z is another great one. The hidden brain of NPR is also good

Knowledge project from Farnam Street. In fact, it's the man from Ottawa, his name is Shane Parrish. He's very attentive to thinking patterns, making sure that you don't suffer from cognitive problems with prejudice (we all do it)

Part 4: The future

Well, it doesn't depend on finances. Of course, the biggest trend we all see is convergence of data and analytics. How does that change everything we do? Clearly, finance is a big problem. That's interesting. We're talking about a little block and a quantum computation, and how it all goes together. For me, this is a fascinating space to try to be aware, but also to try to determine the consequences for competition

Let me tell you about how I went about this with my sons

The critical situation is the number you want-you don't want your children to grow up wikis, and you want them to be happy. My young boyfriend just started his first real job, which wasn't a boarding school -- she's with a small firm. He really needs him to be good at his job

While in other jobs, when you become an intern in a large company, they mostly give you jobs almost like a charitable foundation to grow you and to develop and keep you in a potential case. The difference in work ethic is dramatic. If you're an intern in a big company, they barely give you enough to get you interested

If you're an intern in a small company, you need to create it. So, he's struggling with this for the first time, but the good news is, he says, " Dad, I'm drinking out of a fire hose, I'm barely keeping myself. My boss wants me to do it. The workload is, and so on. " Of course, it's all learned, so it's not very effective

I told him, "Look, man, this is what happens when you go to your first real job-you know you're teaching at the same time as you're trying not to be the boss of your boss."His text came back to me "," Dad, I don't want to be one of those well-bred rich kids who just turn pale eyes and run in the first sign of the misfortune ", which is music to my ears

Relax, enjoy the ride. I said maybe the best advice I could give myself. And maybe this is also the number one of those recommendations that older people will give to their younger self. What for? Because they know how worried they are and how difficult they are, along with all the lessons and the successes they've been able to get. Then they realize that life is a journey, not a destination

On the other hand, these efforts and concerns and energy have led them to the place where they can give advice. It's a little roundabout. I'm not really sure, because if I was more relaxed, I might have been less complete. And maybe not very good in my life right now, like I.

I still think it's true, right? I mean, life is a journey. It's about how to go, unlike the place of destination. It's not what you think when you're in the ' 20s

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Hamza Khan is the managing director of Student Life. Several awards-the winner and entrepreneer, as well as the author of The Burnout Gamble, are regularly invited to speak at events around the world. He is a session instructor at the University of Ryerson, training courses in digital marketing and social media. Through his writing, teaching and speech, Hamza enables people to transform ideas into action. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @HamzoK