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Successful Goal Planning For The Entrepreneur Who Wants To Achieve Their Goals

It is a scientific fact that repetition helps to reinforce things in our minds, in turn influencing our habits and actions. So imagine what you could achieve by regularly writing down your goals and having them to hand as you go about your workday. By constantly having to write out your goals and having them in front of you every day you will start to affirm, and truly believe in them because they will become embedded into your subconsciousness. But in order for goals to work, you need to set the right ones. So how do you set goals that […]

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Hitting the reset button on missed goals to get you back on track

Goals help us bring our dreams to life, but sometimes we can miss the goal deadlines we have set for ourselves. If things have been a bit of a struggle and you have slipped and fallen behind don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens. In life, not everything goes to plan. But it is how you deal with the changes and setbacks that determines how successfully you pick yourself up to have another go. Simply take a deep breath, press pause to reflect on why you missed the achieving goal, then hit the reset button to start from where […]

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Creating A Daily / Weekly / Monthly Work Schedule That Works For You

As an entrepreneur, you are in charge of your time and have a responsibility to make sure that you get the most out of your working days. Being your own boss means juggling a lot of hats as you find yourself dealing with lots of different things that demand your attention. Having a daily / weekly / monthly work schedule that works for you will help keep you on track of what you need to get done as you work towards growing your business and achieving your goals.

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Does Following Your Passion Automatically Lead To Success?

I read this quote the other day “Follow your passion and success will follow”. Not the first I have seen or heard this shared or uttered by various people to motivate their audiences. And whilst in theory its all well and good, I know from personal experience that following your passion can be ridiculously hard, and success elusive. And it is the messy, meandering, hard bit that is missing in between that statement. 

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Why It Is Important To Invest In Yourself And Your Business

As a start-up creative entrepreneur on a budget investing in myself and my business was something that seemed out of reach. I just didn’t have the money to do it. Or rather that is what I told myself, as I wasted my precious pounds on things that were never going to bring me a return. What changed for me was a shift in mindset. I always saw investing as meaning working with a coach or taking some fancy course, forgetting that by reading a business book or attending an event I was in fact investing myself and my business. And […]

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?

I was taking part in an event and had a stand showcasing some of the books I publish. I had roped in my niece to help me out on the day, and when I had finished explaining my work to some of the first visitors to my stand, she turned to me and asked with a quizzical look on her face “Where do you get your ideas from?”

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Entrepreneurs You Cannot Afford To Be Complacent

The recent election shock in the UK has brought forth yet another important lesson for entrepreneurs, this time on complacency. A Prime Minister who thought they had this in the bag and that sending people to the polls was just a formality in strengthening their position is today wondering how did it all go so badly wrong. In hindsight there were several contributing factors, the key ones being:

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The Power Of Self-Belief

One of the hardest things about starting a business and putting your product or service out into the world is having the self-belief that you can do this. And self-belief much like the fear of failure can hold us back from fully realising our visions. Our self-belief is attacked by self-depreciating words and statements such as ‘I can’t do that’, ‘I am not good enough’, ‘What if I fail’, ‘They are more successful than me’, ‘What if no-one likes it’, ‘Who am I to be doing this’ and so on.

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Are You Standing In The Path Of Opportunities?

For opportunities to find you, you need to be standing in their way. There is a myth that opportunities happen to lucky people, but the truth is that opportunities come to us every day, ready to be found if only we take the time to look in the right places. Looking in the right places refers to the actions we take to put ourselves in the path for opportunities to find us. Putting yourself in the path of opportunity requires groundwork, laying the necessary foundations.

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Challenging The Fear Of Stepping Into The Unknown

The weather has gotten colder and windier as autumn gives way to winter. And as the seasons change, I have found myself increasingly reluctant to leave the house for my afternoon walk. Looking through the window the world outside seems dreary and not a place I want to give up the cosy warmth of the indoors for right now. But I need to go out and here’s the thing, having finally convinced myself to do so once I was outdoors I found it to be not as cold as it had looked through the window, and went on to enjoy […]

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Creative Entrepreneurs, Are You Taking Responsibility for Your Finances?

I am hopeless when it comes to finances, maths was never my strongest suit and figures make my head hurt, however becoming your own boss requires an understanding of and taking responsibility for your finances even if you contract the services of a professional. How else will you know how successful your business is, exactly how much money is flowing and out, or if your required taxes are actually being paid if not doing it, or at the very least understanding it yourself.  

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Everyone’s Entrepreneurial Journey Is Different So Follow Your Own Path

Most of us aspire to make our lives, both personal and professional, better, working hard to achieve our version of success. When starting or running a business we have that vision in our heads, but sometimes we can detour especially when challenges come and things don’t seem to be happening as fast as we would like. And, that’s when the success stories, the ‘picture perfect’ lives played out in social media and seemingly rapid progression of others can further distract us from our purpose. I love seeing and applauding what other’s are achieving, it never fails to motivate me to […]

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Why It is Important to Face Your Fears As Creative Entrepreneur

It is said that fear often precedes great or amazing moments. The trouble is many people never get past their fears to experience them. Fears like being afraid of failure can stop us from bringing our ideas to fruition, as the discouraging ‘what ifs’ of doubt take over the mind. I am currently working on an idea that I have to admit does scare me when I think of its potential and the responsibilities both personally and professionally that making it a reality will bring, and so I do find myself having to fight the excuses to quit whilst I […]

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Getting Together with Fellow Creative Entrepreneurs

Some months ago I spent an inspirational evening in the company of some of the creative entrepreneurs featured in my book, Contemporary Design Africa. Creative conversation was the main theme with the discussions flowing around comparing and sharing the experiences of running a creative business. Running a business, especially if working alone or as a side hustle is hard work, and in the early days especially when you have little or no experience, is a process that sees you finding your way on a steep learning curve, making and learning from the mistakes that inevitably occur along the way. An experience I […]

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