Posts tagged strategy
Three Suggestions For Great Business Reads

If you've been playing close attention to my blogs, you'll know by now that I am an avid reader, so it's probably not going to be much of a surprise to you to learn that I will be settling down with a couple of books over the Christmas and New Year break.

So, in the spirit of caring and sharing, I thought I'd give you a heads-up on five of my all-time favourite business books - if you're looking to boost your knowledge around all things entrepreneurial, these are definitely worth a read.

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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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29 Rules To Live By

I picked up quite probably one of the best business books I've ever read , this week. 

The book? Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss.

It's a simple concept. Over the years, Tim has interviewed a whole raft of entrepreneurs, successful athletes, and deep thinkers for his podcast, so he took the transcripts, asked a few more questions, and *ta-dah* produced this book.

I absolutely loved it. It spoke to me on so many levels - as an entrepreneur, as an innovator, and a creator. It reminded me of things I used to do, still do, and it also opened up a whole world of new things to try.

And this, without doubt, was my favourite find of all:

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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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Make Your Dreams Come True Day

It’s Make Your Dreams Come True Day on January 13th.

Every day is Make Your Dreams Come True Day for me, because I run my own business. I get the opportunity to do something I love, that I’ve loved doing for many years, work with people I really like (and if I don’t like them, I don’t have to work with them) when I want/if I want and where I want, and I finish work EVERY day feeling that I’ve accomplished something.

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3 Tips When Starting A Business

1. Don’t be afraid to start off small

Not every start-up is going to be the next Virgin or Body Shop. Let’s accept that. And, in fact, not everyone who starts their own business wants to be the next Richard Branson or Anita Roddick. Remember that some 95% of businesses in the UK are small, only a tiny proportion are the corporates that we see on the high street.

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