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Interview: Laurie Sluser on business success, happiness and meditation    Translate This Article
6 January 2016

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Laurie Sluser

Laurie Sluser was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He became a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1973 and taught TM to hundreds of people, including many high-level business leaders. He and his wife Renee were married in 1973. Their son, Zachary, is a filmmaker residing in Los Angeles.

Mr. Sluser has managed either his own companies or other small businesses for the past 35 years. Laurie co-founded a marketing company in 1979. They had immediate success growing it to over $3 million in revenue within three years. They sold the company in 1984, and he moved with Renee and Zac to the United States, where he now resides in Fairfield, Iowa. That year he accepted a position with a software development startup and served as executive vice president, helping the company to realize significant growth.

For 15 years (until summer 2013) he served as general manager of Donatech Corporation, a software engineering staffing firm, which he led to tenfold growth in revenue with over $25 million in gross sales.

Today Laurie is CEO of bizHUMM, an online content provider helping entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses.

In a recent interview on, Laurie said, ''Even as a kid, I knew that there had to be more to life than what presented itself. While I was studying at McGill University, I saw a little ad in the student daily newspaper on Transcendental Meditation. Immediately I knew that I had to learn how to do it. . . . Ever since then the TM technique has been the foundation of my life. A year later I decided to become a TM teacher, and I taught TM full time for seven years. It was an extraordinary time.''

About his most recent business venture, he said, ''There are now dozens of companies that do different flavors of content supporting for small businesses, and they do it really well. But I still believe there is a gap that bizHUMM is filling: to be a one-stop shop for solutions for entrepreneurs to start and grow their business, where they can learn how to do things affordably, how to grow their business, how to write a business plan, how to more effectively manage payroll, create great reports and so forth. . . . In 2016, we're adding consultation services and webinars, and we will be building our video library, creating training courses and tutorials. . . .

''Our central focus is helping a worldwide community of entrepreneurs to succeed. What drives us to be an entrepreneur is the desire to achieve something and hopefully to solve a problem, help others to gain a measure of independence. One also cannot forget that when you hire others, you should totally 100% respect their happiness, their independence. This means you have to be a leader. You may have to demand excellence from your team, but never at the expense of balance in their lives, their happiness or independence.''

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