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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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Does Luck Determine Your Success As An Entrepreneur

I was thinking about the meaning of luck the other day. Frustrated at missing out on an opportunity I pondered the question, ‘Is luck something that just happens to you, or do you create it?’ Does luck determine your success in life and business? I’m sure we’ve all uttered statements like ‘that was lucky’ or ‘you’re so lucky’ when something favourable, leading to success happens to us or others we know. In doing so we affirm our beliefs that luck is this magical thing that chooses who to bless and therefore we have no control over it. But is that […]

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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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Starting And Managing A Side Business While Working The Day Job

Trying to start and run a business whilst working a 9-5 is hard. More so if you are not quite sure about what exactly it is you want to do and therefore need the time to explore your options. I started out as a full-time graphic designer and then transitioned to a freelancer still working full-time through agencies, to now working from home on my businesses and projects and consulting for select clients. The journey to this point has not been easy and I can fully empathise with those of you trying to work the 5-9 entrepreneurial journey after a long […]

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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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