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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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Are You Confident About Charging What You’re Worth?

Knowing what to charge for your product or service has to be one of the most difficult responsibilities of working for yourself. And in an industry where working for free is often expected, seen as something you should be grateful for, charging what you are worth is the bane of the creative entrepreneur. It is no secret that so many of us undercharge in the mistaken belief that we are not worthy of charging high prices. We fear that being expensive means we will not get clients.

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The Ten Year Rule, Fact Or Fiction

If you read my review of the book Never Too Late To Be Great, you would have seen mentioned the Ten Year Rule. As someone who switched careers from graphic design to writing and publishing via a stint as a jewellery designer, I find the Ten Year Rule fascinating. The theory being that it takes ten years, equating to 10,000 hours for someone to master their craft and then become an expert in it. The theory was the result of research by John Hayes a Carnegie Mellon University Professor and later by others including Professor K. Anders Ericsson. There are various arguments […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Never Too Late to be Great

We live in a world that celebrates youth and the underlying message that if you haven’t made it by a certain age you never will. Living in an online world driven by a youthful audience of digitally savvy Millenials and Gen Z’s means they inevitably make up a large portion of the success stories we now see and read. Not knocking Millenials and upcoming  Gen Z’s -I think it is great to see a generation unafraid to embrace entrepreneurship- but you could be forgiven for thinking entrepreneurship is a young person’s game. Because for those outside these demographics it can […]

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Appreciate What You Have Achieved Rather Than Dwelling On What You Have Not

I have always been a glass half empty rather than a glass half full kind of girl, a mindset that I have worked, and to be honest am still working, hard on to change. I was reminded of this recently while working client side in their offices, and when asked what I would be doing next once my contract ended and I left the team I began to list the projects I was working on. The responses I got momentarily stunned me because I started to see what I do, my achievements and the progress I have made through their eyes. […]

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How To Get The Most Out Of Business And Personal Development Books

I have always been an avid reader, but business and personal development books were never really at the top of my reading list until a few years ago when I realised that if I wanted to grow and develop as an entrepreneur I needed to invest in content and courses that would help me to do so. And I think this is something all entrepreneurs should be doing. Learning benefits our development as entrepreneurs, opening us up to new ideas, teaching us new skills to help us become better at managing our businesses and so much more. But with thousands of […]

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