Forget New Year’s resolutions, it’s all about #reruns

Forget New Year’s resolutions, it’s all about #reruns

Like most people I spent the Christmas and New Year break watching too much TV, eating too much food and generally not doing too much. I really downed tools and there was a point at which I had to be encouraged to get out of my pyjamas and dressing gown, after spending too much time in them! One of the things that we really got into was watching reruns of classic British film and TV comedy. You simply can’t beat Only Fools & Horses and Morecambe & Wise. Yes, we had access to huge amounts of new films and TV shows…

Selling Everything. Everywhere. (Jeff Bezos’ Top10 Lessons for Entrepreneurs)

Selling Everything. Everywhere. (Jeff Bezos’ Top10 Lessons for Entrepreneurs)

“I knew if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” In 1994 Jeff Bezos, CEO & Chairman of Amazon.com, came across a piece of information that excited and motivated him to move in a new direction. The Catalyst He found out that internet usage in that year was growing at 2300%. This startling statistic stirred Bezos, at the time a 30 year old Vice President of an investment company, to give up a  comfortable job to embark on what he described as ‘this crazy thing…selling books online.’ He was clear what he wanted to do…he wanted…

An Epic Fail… [What making Green Juice Taught me about Life  & Business]

An Epic Fail… [What making Green Juice Taught me about Life  & Business]

Green. Juice. I know for many people those two words are likely to result in you making your face up and wondering why anyone in their right mind would drink the culinary equivalent of engine oil. And if you think that, I wouldn’t blame you, as I was there with you just few months ago. When Judy first introduced it to me, I was having none of it… Until I became desperate! With a significant birthday approaching I decided that I would make some drastic changes as the things I used to do I could do them no more. 🙂 So, having reluctantly…

Are you using your Superpowers?

Are you using your Superpowers?

  Just recently I’ve been doing quite a lot of networking and going to conferences where I’m meeting some really inspirational people. They are passionate about helping people and making a change in the world. However, I’ve noticed that when I ask them what they do and who for they tell me that they can do so many things. They are aware that they must “niche” but not sure what to focus on, as they don’t want to leave out any of their abilities because they love using them. My response to this is: “How would it be for you to use all of your “superpowers” –…

8+8+8

8+8+8

Everyone has 24hrs every day. That includes you, your boss, the slothlike guy in your team, and your nemesis, the charismatic achieving machine. 8 hours for sleep… 8 hours for work… 8 hours for ??? Even before Branson, Lord Sugar, Oprah, Musk, Zuckerberg, Arianna and Sandberg made their millions (or billions) – they had 24hr days just like me & you. They still do. I hate to break it to you but you do not get the ass you want by sitting on it. If you want more, then you will have to do more & be more than who you are being…

The Art of Being Stark Raving M.A.D.

The Art of Being Stark Raving M.A.D.

Life is sometimes crazy! Family. Business. Friends. Church. Sports. Hobbies. All vying for a chunk of our time. Unrelenting. Undeniable. Unceasing. I’m sure there are times you ask yourself….How do I deal with life’s never-ending demands? How do I keep focus with all the distractions around? How do I make all of this make sense?  As I thought about this, I started thinking about my poster days! Days where everything seems to be going right. It all seemingly falls into place, works itself out and at the end of the day, I have a huge sense of satisfaction. I’ve made meaningful connections….

How we taught our 13 year old daughter to become an entrepreneur

How we taught our 13 year old daughter to become an entrepreneur

Leah, our daughter is an extremely talented writer. Yup, I’m her Dad so I’m a lil biased as you would imagine. But, seriously,  she really is a great writer! Recently, she decided she wanted to go to a summer event with the young people from our church. It would cost £150 and she wanted to pay for her friend as well. Her request? ‘Dad, can I have £300 for the trip please? I really want to go!’   Step 1….Start with a Purpose She had the first requirement to become an entrepreneur. A reason. A desire. A purpose! Without that it would have been…

As the worm turns (my Kitchen Aid adventures)

As the worm turns (my Kitchen Aid adventures)

In our house we love food! Judy is a great cook and Leah is becoming an expert baker. She really makes the best cookies and is becoming a regular supplier to our training events and barbecues. The indispensable magic tool for both Judy and Leah is a Kitchen Aid, the most used piece of equipment in our kitchen! The other day, though, it broke and Judy casually said, ‘You can fix that can’t you Col? I know you can!’, and she smiled and walked away with complete confidence. I didn’t share her confidence and even got annoyed that she would have me use my time tinkering with a Kitchen Aid. When I learnt…

Love it. Live it. Lead by it!

Love it. Live it. Lead by it!

When most people think of the consummate entrepreneur, the first name that springs to mind is…. Sir Richard Branson. ‘What is it about Sir Richard that epitomizes entrepreneurship?’ The answer, I believe, boils down to 3 things:   1. He Loves it! Sir Richard clearly loves what he does. For him Virgin is not just a business and Virgin being customer champion is not just a corporate gimmick. He is passionate about providing a better deal for consumers. And as British Airways found out to their cost, he doesn’t give up easily, even when facing seemingly insurmountable odds. In his own words, ‘Don’t think what’s…

Be clear where you’re going!

Be clear where you’re going!

Summer 2010 was great.      It was the summer we did something I wanted to do for a long time. A family road trip! I wasn’t sure Judy would go for the idea but the benefit of some ‘we time’ creating memories, meant it was an ‘easy sell’. We shared the idea with the kids and they didn’t seem bothered about the journey, just excited about going on holiday.We agreed that the holiday would start as soon as we got in the car. This clever plan was to cut out the many instances of that phrase that all parents…