There is a myth that entrepreneurs are born that way, just like there is a myth that talented sports people are born with a superstar gene. When we watched Usain Bolt run, it was easy to say that he won because he was born with the attributes that make a world class sprinter. Well, the reality was very different. In fact, Usain’s training regime was incredibly tough, and although he possessed some useful physical attributes for a top class sprinter, it was his commitment and discipline at putting in the training that made him so special.
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The chances are, when you first started your business, you were very passionate about it. Everything was new and exciting, and at last you had a way for you to make your mark on the world, to do things your way, to set new standards, to bring something new to the market, to help more people – in short, you were in love with your business and the opportunities it promised for you. Read the rest of this entry »
Many business owners I meet have the same wish:
“ If only I had a few more hours each day to get things done!”
The reality is that there’s only ever going to be 24 hours in a day and frankly, if you are working for more than 50 hours per week, some part of your life is going to be suffering, whether it be your health, family, fitness or enjoyment Read the rest of this entry »
I came across a post on Facebook recently, setting out the “12 F***ing Rules for Success.” I don’t know who originally penned these rules, but I thought they were pretty much to the point, so I have paraphrased them below (without nearly all of the swearing!)
- Do the work. Don’t be lazy.
- Stop waiting. It’s time.
- Rely on yourself. The Universe doesn’t give a damn.
- Be practical. Success is not a theory.
- Be productive early. Don’t mess around all day.
- Don’t be a baby. Life’s hard. Get on with it.
- Don’t hang out with idiots.
- Don’t waste energy on stuff you can’t control.
- Stop bullshitting. It’s embarassing.
- Stop being a people-pleaser.
- Stop putting toxic stuff in your body. It’s stupid.
- Stop doing the same thing and hoping stuff will change.
Do any of these resonate with you? Well, now you know what to do!
I have just read an interesting article in the Financial Times on the topic of UK productivity. UK workers are significantly less productive that their counterparts in France, Germany and the US, and are less productive than they were in 2007, when the financial crisis hit. This lack of improvement in productivity will hamper the expansion of the UK economy. Read the rest of this entry »
The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters
This book was the subject of our first ActionCOACH Solent BookCLUB in September 2017. I love this book, mainly because of its simplicity. Having done a lot of research myself in the areas of psychology and neural science, it was great to come across a book that cut through the high level, technical stuff, and brought it down to a concept that a 4 year old could understand! Read the rest of this entry »
Just imagine if your business was like a Formula 1 Team – how successful do you think you would be? On race day, would you be the Team Manager, completely in control of the situation and calmly orchestrating events from the safety of the pit wall? Or would you be running around, doing every job to make sure it is done properly and getting in everybody else’s way, but feeling good because you are busy helping, with the end result being that the car goes out long after all the others, and with only 3 wheels on? Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever wondered why reaching the top is not all that you hoped it would be, when you were lower down the ladder? The biggest reason that managers and directors find life at the top so hard is that the skills that got them into that position can act against them when they are there. It’s not like a sport, where you just get better at one thing. Everything changes when you get to the top of your business, and you are actually playing a completely different game. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve seen some great examples this week of people pushing themselves to the extreme – Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ bid to climb the highest mountain on all 7 continents, and the sailors completing the Vendee Globe round the world solo yacht race, to name but two. These types of endurance experiences all require the participants to be amazingly self-motivated in order to endure the loneliness and hardships that can be a part of such extreme pastimes. Read the rest of this entry »
ActionCOACH Solent MD Kevin Stansfield was recently interviewed on local radio station 103.9 Voice FM by Xan Phillips for their business programme. In the interview, Kevin recommends 3 books that all business owners should read. Among the topics discussed are how to manage your team, making the most of your time, what it takes to be a true entrepreneur and the importance of maintaining a healthy cash flow.
To listen to the interview, just click here.