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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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This Is What Happens When You Choose To Dream Big

Seven years ago I made a major career shift and started a blog with vague ideas of what I wanted to do as a career, and no idea of how I was going to get there. About to complete my Masters a careers advisor told me they could not help me. I was on my own. So I made a list of all things I wanted to try out, adding to it over the years; some worked, some failed and some that I ended up working on were not even on my list, to begin with. One of the things […]

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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 […]

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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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Be Still – Take Some Time To Do Nothing And Just Be

Most of us don’t know how to be still anymore. And by still I mean taking some time to do nothing and just be. Whether that’s lying down and letting our minds drift or walking aimlessly and really hearing the birds sing. When was the last time you looked up at the clouds and actually watched them drift lazily across the sky, or truly felt the caress of a gentle breeze tickling your skin?

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BOOK REVIEW: How To Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a book that had been on my radar for a while, but I kept resisting because of the title. Goes to show how important titles are. For me the title conjured up negative thoughts of manipulating people’s emotions, which made me feel uncomfortable. But I was however finding myself reaching out to, and dealing with more and more people as part of my business, as well as attending more networking events, which tend to push me out of my comfort zone being an introvert by nature, and I realised […]

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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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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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