Boom bust feast or famine you choose!

Boom, Bust, Bollocks!

If you’re a small business owner (or even a big business owner for that matter), you’ll have heard of the phrase ‘feast or famine’ associated with working for yourself; and if you haven’t, chances still are you’ll be familiar with its effects. It refers to the rollercoaster of highs and lows experienced by everyone running …

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Distillation test!

There’s not a day goes past without us hearing gossip of some form or another, whether it be on social media, TV or just in the office. I read this little story about gossip and thought I’d share it, it’s called the “Distillation test!”  The philosopher had just spent another hard day at the university …

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Ancient Stoics!

Have you ever noticed that there are quotes and sayings from the ancient stoics from over 2000 years ago? All of these quotes have got me wondering how they apply in the modern world in which we now live. So, I’ve decided to pick a quote per week from those ancient philosophers and put my …

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Decisions by emotion or intellect?

Human beings make hundreds of thousands of decisions over the course of their lifetimes; from the small, daily decisions that barely even register: ‘What shall we eat?’ ‘Which route shall I take to work this morning?’….to the big, life changing, agonising-over-for-days type of decisions: ‘Should I quit my job?’ ‘Should we buy that house?’ ‘Should …

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You Never Know!

They say that conversation is a dying art, and in this age of text messages and social media I’m inclined to agree with them. Having said that, you can’t deny that conversing electronically is still conversing  and entire relationships are forged and finished from a keypad. Regardless of how you prefer to talk to people, …

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Help One Person Everyday!

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how much we as a species rely on interaction with other human beings; To help one person everyday could be the new way forward! The internet is rife with memes, posts, and statuses about how much we miss hugs, about how epic it’s going to be when …

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What comes first marketing or sales?

Marketing or Sales?

What comes first, marketing or sales is like the chicken or egg conversation! It’s an interesting conundrum because you need sales to sustain a business and without marketing of some description you won’t get any sales! The lack of leads is one of the biggest reasons small businesses fail in the first five years “These …

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Get some perspective

Get some perspective!

I was out walking with my wife and we were about 2 miles into a 5 mile walk when it started pouring down. After 15 minutes we were both soaked and she said “If I had known it was going to rain I’d have stayed at home!” I said “What’s the problem? Skin is waterproof …

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Sex and Networking!

Why Business Networking Is The New Sex ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’, that’s what we’re told isn’t it? But unless we are talking about something transactional – ie: a purchase, how can we expect to get what we want if we haven’t laid the groundwork first? In this case, by ‘groundwork’ I mean …

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Life Lessons!

It’s coming up to 7 years since the unexpected passing of my mum. This weekend I caught myself reflecting on the morning when I received the news, and how since, lots of people who I barely know came up to me over the subsequent days and gave me a pat on the back, a hug, …

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Imagine…

I’m glad you’re reading this… Because today I am going to share a powerful technique with you. But first I want you to imagine this… Imagine jumping out of bed each morning with a surge of motivation. With a huge smile on your face because of your passion of just being alive. Imagine feeling complete …

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