Posts tagged entrepreneurlife
You Can't Be Good At Everything

Even writing this makes me smile because, as an entrepreneur, I would rebut this statement if someone else said it to me. After all, an integral part of the entrepreneur DNA is being confident and determined, so it’s quite natural to us to believe that we can put our minds to anything.

However, take it from me, a seasoned entrepreneur of 17 years – and a business coach who’s worked with hundreds of start-ups and growing businesses, right up to multi-million pound organisations – you can’t be good at everything.

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Why Being At The Cutting Edge of Your Specialism Is Key To Business Success

I love to learn. In fact, if I could spend the rest of my life reading and studying, I'd be a very happy lady. Last year, I read 75 books (that might sound like a lot but in 1982, during my six week summer holiday alone, I read 50. I admit it, I am addicted to reading...); and I have a pile of 16 books to read at the moment. All subjects, all genres, all eagerly awaited.

I've also, almost, applied to study for a Masters degree, twice, in the last twelve months. This is a nuts idea because I just don't have the time right now; although there's that optimistic part of me that tells me that's not true - I'm sure I must have some free time somewhere... (I don't). (Well, not unless I want my head to explode from the stress).

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5 Point Checklist For Starting Your New Business

Starting a business is an adventure; the chance to build something that’s yours, that reflects your passion and hard work and enables you to do the things you love most. However, it can also be fraught with challenges, particularly in the early months so, as with all things, it’s best to be ultra-prepared before you kick off.

1.    Write a plan

I get it. Writing a business plan is not much fun.

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5 Reasons To Be Authentic In Business

I am an incredibly honest person. I was brought up in a family that lied as easily as you might take a breath, so I made a conscious decision when I was very young that I would be the opposite. I would be honest to a fault.

Since making that earnest promise to myself, I've come to realise that honesty - authenticity - isn't always valued. I've learned to temper my honesty with a cushion of kindness here and there, sometimes people don't want to hear the truth so it's better to say nothing than to lie but mostly, I like to think, people want to know where they stand and what their options might be.

As much as I like to tell the truth, I also appreciate hearing it. There have been notable occasions over the years when it's hurt a bit (OK, a lot!) but I'd much rather know than not know. It's how I've brought my sons up too, and the big pay-off has definitely been that they have told me all kinds of things that they could have kept secret, or even been too scared to share; and certainly things that my friends don't hear from their own children. 

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5 Ways To Go From Being Lost To Found

I have a sign above my desk.

I hung it up a year ago, and I see it every time I sit down. I placed it there deliberately; I wanted the reminder of where I once was, and how I once thought - and how far I'd moved on - every single day.

I wanted to catch sight of it when I was working, or reading, or creating. I wanted the reassurance that, although things might have once seemed to be at an end - the end is often the beginning.

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Do You Know What You Really Want?

I am writing this blog from beautiful, and very warm, Andalucía, where I am living and working for the next few weeks.
When I hit the big 50 last summer, I decided that I had to stop living my life entirely for my kids - who were off living their own lives anyway, and had expected that I would be doing the same - and start living my life for me.

First thing on the list was to travel more. I had a list of places that I wanted to visit (and all of them were sunny - the grey, rainy, cloudy, British weather is definitely NOT motivational for me!) so I picked Barcelona, booked a flight, and headed there for a week.

Just me.

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Staying Motivated When Working From Home Now That Summer Has Arrived!

I hope I haven't jinxed things but I believe that summer has arrived AT LONG LAST! Quite frankly, there have been times over the last few months - and those few months have felt like a few years - when I've thought that the winter would never end and that I'd have to emigrate somewhere hot, very quickly.

I only know a handful of people who say that they'd rather we still had grey skies, rain, and temperatures akin to a fridge (and I'm extremely disappointed in them); most of us prefer the blue skies and warmer weather because it just makes us feel so much more positive and productive.

Amen to that.

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