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Good habits

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Successful people are simply those with success habits. – Brian Tracy

Most of life is habitual. You do many of the same things you did yesterday and the day before. Unfortunately, not all habits we have are good. There are plenty of distractions to lead us off in another direction. Habits, good or bad are what make you so even the smallest effort can make a change. However change is hard work and there are no shortcuts to achieving it. Why do you want to change it? What would happen if you didn’t make a change?  What’s in it for you if you do? Weigh up these questions and then you make the choice. It is no longer an automatic action because every time you perform the action, you know you will be making a choice. Read More

What are you thinking?

What are you thinking?

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Choices, not chances, are responsible for the quality of our life. Spend time to think, reflect, introspect and then choose – Rajeev Sharma

Do you feel overwhelmed by the onslaught of knowledge and to-dos that accompany the always-on smartphone. Life today is busy! I am a multitasker, juggling my role as a mother and wife, working for clients and running my business. Activity doesn’t stop from the moment I wake up until I go to bed unless I consciously allocate some downtime. Read More

Where do ideas come from?

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesise new things – Steve Jobs

The creative process seems like magic. You pose a problem then create a solution. Rather like the magic trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Although somewhat magical, this process has got a method, however, there is not right or wrong way to solve a creative problem. This is the wonderful part of creativity. We all have our own processes. However, there are some aspects that help to make this process work more effectively. Read More

Have you got a marketing plan?

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“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination” Earl Nightingale

Without a marketing plan, any time and money spent on marketing will be making stabs in the dark at drumming up business. For a truly effective marketing strategy, you must evaluate your business and its target audience then create a plan of action and follow through with it. This is something every business, no matter how big or small, needs to have in place. After all, you can’t expect business to just fall in your lap! Read More

Everything communicates something

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A picture is worth a thousand words

Pictures and photos can connect us to a story. They have the power to evoke an emotional response. Never underestimate the importance of a picture, especially when the intent of the image is to call someone to action. That emotion can be transferred into positive feelings about a product, service or brand. Read More

Welcome to the world Entrepreneur Barbie

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Don’t be too quick to judge Barbies’ new career as Entrepreneur Barbie. Barbie is always evolving and reflecting trends of each decade. This includes an new career every year and the latest has just been unveiled at this week’s American International Toy Fair in New York. It’s the first time in her 55-year history that Barbie has taken on the role of business owner, where woman are ‘living their dreams their own ways.’ Nicknamed the ‘Chief Inspiration Officer’, the new Barbie comes with a pink dress, a sophisticated hairstyle, black heels and her ‘tools of the trade’: A tablet, smartphone and a laptop case. Barbie Entrepreneur comes in four ethnicities and goes on sale in June. Read More

Do you love what you do?

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It is Valentines Day, which got me thinking all things love. While sending messages of love to your sweetheart, remember the other love in your life: your job. Think about it as you do a relationship. It takes time, planning and energy.  Do you love your job? Are you proud of what you do? Or are you just in it for the money? Read More