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6 Simple Ways To Become A More Balanced Business Owner

  • By Joel Graham-Blake
  • 01 Sep, 2016

We all have to be entrepreneurial in life, to deal with the daily challenges that life brings, whether you want to deal with them or not.

When those bills come in, you have to find the money to pay them. When something happens that is so devastating that it has an impact on everything else, you have to dig deep and find the best way to cope.

Challenges are part of our life journey. But the ability to overcome those challenges, lie in willingness to harness your entrepreneurial skills and qualities, to achieve balance in your life. Balance creates liberation and gives you the clarity you need to embrace negativity, positively!

However, I am also a realist. It is easy to lose sense of self, sometimes.

As a business owner, you can work so hard that you forget to enjoy the journey. You can become so fixated on the 'vision' that you forget you have a wife, a husband, children, friends who deserve your time, love and attention.

The body is a wonderful machine, but the mind is more powerful - having a more balanced peace of mind, gives you the confidence to make more insightful, impactful and passion-fuelled decisions, that have the effect and breed the results that you desire!

I want to share with you 6 ways to help you find balance in your life - I hope they help you in some way:

1. JUST DO YOU.

Learn to accept, respect and love yourself, warts and all!

You are unique. You are special. So why spend your time, trying to live someone else's life? Don't you realise it is actually HARDER to try and be someone else because you are always having to be 'fake' and have play up to the perception?

Assimilate positive models of success, yes, but do it your way!

Also, people will say what they wish about you. You can't help that. But at the same time, don't be the person to hand them the ammunition, to say what you do not wish them to say about you...

2. SEPARATE YOUR WHAT, FROM YOUR WHY.

Your why is your purpose. Your why is the reason you embarked on this challenging yet rewarding entrepreneurial journey.

Live by and for your why. That is what separates you from others and will give you the power to exceed your own expectations.

3. DEFINE WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO YOU.

Don't live by other people's definition of success, because you will never truly feel why that is so important to them, in the way they do.

You may have not lived their life, their experiences, have the same personality and outlook etc, so how do you know how life has really affected them and brought them to the point where they are at?

Empathy is good but success is relative to you, so make success something you own by linking it to your own purpose, not linking it to the idealogies of others.

4. HAVE A LASER LIKE FOCUS.

Stop trying to be a jack of all trades...unless you have a solid model, process or ethos that is transferable.

Focus allows you to cut off the things that are not aligned to your end goal and attract the things that are.

5. LEARN TO PLAY THE CARDS THAT YOU ARE DEALT.

The most valuable lessons in life are often found in the circumstances, the situations, the places of negativity that you occasionally find yourself in.

The cards that are dealt to you, are the very ones that you must use to play the game of life - you may never get the perfect hand, so aim to play the best game that you can with whatever you have.

Remember, there are always people who are worse off than you, so stay humble and appreciate what you DO have, and CAN DO.

6. LOVE YOUR FRENEMIES.

Trust is a such an important thing in life - sometimes, it is the people who you thought were the closest to you, who are the ones that hurt you the most!

This emotional turmoil can knock you right off balance!

That is why it is important to know who is really in your corner and who is not. Negative people tend to reveal themselves when the brown stuff hits the fan...the secret is to know who these people are, and love them all the same. Why?

Because, although hatred and vengeance will eat away at your soul, but so does ignorance through perceived trust. Once you know who your frenemies are, you can choose to remove them from your lives with a sense of forgiveness.

Spirit in balance!

Please do share your own tips, insights and ways that help you stay in balance as a business owner, in the comment box!

Till the next time, JB.


G.R.I.T

By Joel Graham-Blake 04 Dec, 2016

In life, there are many things that you may wish to achieve personally, financially, spiritually, something that is good for your well being or whatever your core driver may be.

Often the 'thing' is formed by the mindsets and behaviours that have brought you to this point. 

Deciding to focus on an end goal can be both a conscious or subconscious decision, that gives you a sense of wonder and a burning desire, that you may not be able to put into words!

You feel empowered and seek to create a vision in your mind of what you want to achieve..

...but have you ever felt stuck as you try to do so? 

Suddenly, it all seems hazy as you try to create the perfect picture in your mind, but feel the nagging of doubt, fear, guilt.

You start reminiscing on all those times when you tried to achieve something, did not do it and saw it as failure, then justified the reason with some bullshit excuse, that even know you don't believe but are still happy to accept!

Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve is crucial, but I do not agree that having a singular vision as the starting point of all achievement is right. 

Why? 

Because creating a singular vision can give you a false sense of security. 

It is easy to create a goal and fall in love with the thought of achieving. You may even daydream about what it will be like when it happens...WAKE UP!!!

Your authentic self knows when you are not been congruent with all other areas of importance in your life. Business success is important, but too often, you can focus on this and forget the wider ramifications of having a singular goal.

We all know right from wrong, good from bad, truth and lies. So don’t kid yourself.

What I believe is the key, is creating a holistic CLARIFIED vision.

Such a vision is one that combines the emotional attachment of your mental, financial, spiritual and physical power. 

A clarified vision enables you to gain clarity on your WHY and stops your from chasing unrealistic dreams with no sense of order, because you have become more aware of how this vision will affect you holistically.

Being clarified about challenges and impacts that you will have to encounter to achieve the end goal, gives you a realistic edge and a more grounded understanding of what you need to do and why you MUST make it happen!

A clarified vision makes success more authentic and real, based upon:

  • a desire to meet a defined purpose, greater than yourself, but your responsibility to achieve.
  • an emotional attachment to that purpose, that takes on board and include other areas of your life that you thought were not relevant.
  • the motivation to act on that emotion, and the willingness to face all consequences with courage and resilience.
  • the focus to ensure that you are willing to do whatever it takes and see it through to the end.
  • the consistent action needed, to make it happen.

Having a singular destination in mind and the passion to get there is good, but having the emotional intelligence to plan for and accept the wider impacts this journey will create in all areas of your life, is better!


By Joel Graham-Blake 01 Sep, 2016

Have you ever had your back up against the wall, and you realise that you either have to push back or give up?

Did you push back?

That desire to do so was Resilience. Resilience enables you to learn the lessons that you don't wish to be taught; it fuels the motivation and inspiration you need to face challenges, deal with the lows and reality of life/business and be humble when the highs come along.

Many of us can be anxious about facing challenges in our way, but embracing resilience forces you to learn more about yourself, your character, your relationships with others and to truly identify what is really important to you.

I've been there. 

Aged 21, I was in the fortunate position of being in my dream full-time job - I became the Midland's leading Mentoring Trainer for corporates, training their staff on how to become employment mentors and drive innovation, as part of their corporate social responsibility strategies. Personally, we also had a baby on the way too! Life was great!

But one night I woke up in cold sweats, finding it difficult to sleep.

Something was not right and I did not know why. I went downstairs, found a pen started making random notes on my life, my career, the future..the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between!

Within a two week period, I resigned from my dream job, negotiated reduced rent on a one-man office, designed my own two page website, made my own business cards and was hunting for my first client, as my own boss of my own personal development training company.

Many said I was crazy, many said it would not work. People said "you are the wrong race, you are about to have a baby, you come from the wrong social class, your don't speak 'corporate', you never went to university so what do you know etc etc" I got it all!

I doubted myself countless amount of times, and did end up taking on 'proper jobs' on more than one occasion, to supplement those sahara desert months of no income, and I must have been a complete nightmare to live with.

But something inside was always burning away. A feeling of hunger and a desire to help others, but not in a way I easily could articulate to others. You know that feeling?

I had to take some time out to really reflect on how I was, who I was becoming and who I really wanted to be. I realised that for me, business was not about the media hype perspective, but more about creating vehicles that help to add value to that create personal, social, economic and commercial impact for others.

I learned 2 things about myself during that time, that I would like I share:

1)   Your purpose is never about you:   we all have something special to contribute to the lives of others and the world. You may already know what your purpose is, but if not, have a think about what truly makes you happy; what gives you that funny happy butterfly feeling whenever you think about it, a bit like when you saw that girl or boy of your dreams and you got all giddy :)

I know some days it may be hard to, but you must believe in yourself to realise the power that you have within you, whether it is through a job, a business, family or whatever route you can - no one has the right to stop you from maximising your potential to fulfil your purpose.

That includes you from stopping yourself..

2)   Be humble enough to never think you have all the answers, but confident to ask the right questions: life is like poker - you get dealt the cards that you don't expect, but you must play with those cards, whether it is a good hand or not.

Real learning comes through resilience refusing to give up, reminding yourself daily on your big picture, thanking those who try to hold you back for the motivation and staying true to yourself!

Ask the right questions of yourself and of others, but ALWAYS from an authentic, real and genuine perspective - enjoy the ride, but don't get sucked into the hype!

Life is for living and learning - it's better to remain its keenest student!

So...what wall are you going to break down next?

Till the next time, JB.

By Joel Graham-Blake 01 Sep, 2016

We all have to be entrepreneurial in life, to deal with the daily challenges that life brings, whether you want to deal with them or not.

When those bills come in, you have to find the money to pay them. When something happens that is so devastating that it has an impact on everything else, you have to dig deep and find the best way to cope.

Challenges are part of our life journey. But the ability to overcome those challenges, lie in willingness to harness your entrepreneurial skills and qualities, to achieve balance in your life. Balance creates liberation and gives you the clarity you need to embrace negativity, positively!

However, I am also a realist. It is easy to lose sense of self, sometimes.

As a business owner, you can work so hard that you forget to enjoy the journey. You can become so fixated on the 'vision' that you forget you have a wife, a husband, children, friends who deserve your time, love and attention.

The body is a wonderful machine, but the mind is more powerful - having a more balanced peace of mind, gives you the confidence to make more insightful, impactful and passion-fuelled decisions, that have the effect and breed the results that you desire!

I want to share with you 6 ways to help you find balance in your life - I hope they help you in some way:

1. JUST DO YOU.

Learn to accept, respect and love yourself, warts and all!

You are unique. You are special. So why spend your time, trying to live someone else's life? Don't you realise it is actually HARDER to try and be someone else because you are always having to be 'fake' and have play up to the perception?

Assimilate positive models of success, yes, but do it your way!

Also, people will say what they wish about you. You can't help that. But at the same time, don't be the person to hand them the ammunition, to say what you do not wish them to say about you...

2. SEPARATE YOUR WHAT, FROM YOUR WHY.

Your why is your purpose. Your why is the reason you embarked on this challenging yet rewarding entrepreneurial journey.

Live by and for your why. That is what separates you from others and will give you the power to exceed your own expectations.

3. DEFINE WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO YOU.

Don't live by other people's definition of success, because you will never truly feel why that is so important to them, in the way they do.

You may have not lived their life, their experiences, have the same personality and outlook etc, so how do you know how life has really affected them and brought them to the point where they are at?

Empathy is good but success is relative to you, so make success something you own by linking it to your own purpose, not linking it to the idealogies of others.

4. HAVE A LASER LIKE FOCUS.

Stop trying to be a jack of all trades...unless you have a solid model, process or ethos that is transferable.

Focus allows you to cut off the things that are not aligned to your end goal and attract the things that are.

5. LEARN TO PLAY THE CARDS THAT YOU ARE DEALT.

The most valuable lessons in life are often found in the circumstances, the situations, the places of negativity that you occasionally find yourself in.

The cards that are dealt to you, are the very ones that you must use to play the game of life - you may never get the perfect hand, so aim to play the best game that you can with whatever you have.

Remember, there are always people who are worse off than you, so stay humble and appreciate what you DO have, and CAN DO.

6. LOVE YOUR FRENEMIES.

Trust is a such an important thing in life - sometimes, it is the people who you thought were the closest to you, who are the ones that hurt you the most!

This emotional turmoil can knock you right off balance!

That is why it is important to know who is really in your corner and who is not. Negative people tend to reveal themselves when the brown stuff hits the fan...the secret is to know who these people are, and love them all the same. Why?

Because, although hatred and vengeance will eat away at your soul, but so does ignorance through perceived trust. Once you know who your frenemies are, you can choose to remove them from your lives with a sense of forgiveness.

Spirit in balance!

Please do share your own tips, insights and ways that help you stay in balance as a business owner, in the comment box!

Till the next time, JB.


By Joel Graham-Blake 01 Sep, 2016

The life of a business owner is one fraught with many up and downs.

No matter how many books you read, seminars you attend, tapes you listen or people you speak to, you can never truly understand what it means to run your own business, until you actually take the plunge and do it yourself!

Once you do start, you experience the euphoria of being Mr or Mrs CEO, the Head Honcho, the mutts nutts - when someone asks you what you do, you whip out the business card and with a smile as wide as the grand canyon, you begin to give the spiel, the elevator pitch or in some cases, whatever amount of BS that falls from your lips.

But you don't care, your in business...

Then one day, you have that thought goes a little like this -

S**T! I NEED TO MAKE A SALE!

That's when your mind goes into turmoil.

You start getting butterflies, like the first time you saw that girl or boy who stole your heart, as you begin to realise that you are IN business, and it's time to get busy - productively, not being a busy fool acting like you are actually running the business...

So how do you it? How do you get that first sale to prove that you truly have something that other people want or need to have from you, and only you?

Well, there are many qualified sales experts out there who are more than equipped to give you great tips and techniques. There are fantastic marketing experts who can tell how to create a pipeline of business, right to your door...

But personally, I believe it starts with having a Winning Mindset!

What you think, leads you to what you feel, What you feel, leads you to take a specific course of action. What you do, leads you to the results you receive.

So what do you think happens, if you think negatively in the first place?

Your mind has a wonderful way of doing whatever you order it too. But it does not differentiate between right and wrong, good or bad, negative or positive.

The real power lies in your ability to start off with a winning mindset, even if you do not have a clue about how you will achieve your goal - here is my perspective on how to achieve that:

1) Be comfortable with being uncomfortable

The reality is that you can achieve more by accepting that the business journey will be uncomfortable at times, and that's ok - it simply means there is always something more for you to learn, in order to bring you closer to the vision that you started out with.

2) Learn how to make bricks, before you build the house

You can't receive the fruits of your labour, without having the fundamentals in place. I'm not saying to not have a focus on what the end game will look like, but think of this in another way..what is the point of having a Ferrari, if there is no petrol in the tank?

3) Be a marathon runner not a sprinter

Have you noticed that most long distance runners are rather slim, lean, nimble and agile?

No, it is not because they don't like to eat...

You need to train your mind to operate like a marathon runner - set yourself a huge goal and take your time to get there, without any unnecessary burden, cost or luxuries.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you have created a winning mindset   to help you in your business, or in your life in general!

Till the next time, JB.

By Joel Graham-Blake 01 Sep, 2016

We know that the economic crash of 2008 +, affected many businesses across the globe.

Lives were thrown upside down, careers were crushed, and the world was forced to give itself a major spring clean.

Cobwebs of the past, were ritually brushed away to make way for a new dawn, though the spiders of capitalism have found new gaps in the ceilings of commerce!

However, as a consequence, Intrapreneurship is emerging as a key innovation strategy within boardrooms across the world. It is the new corporate action hero, here to save the bottom line!

Harnessing the creativity talents of staff is now a badge of honour, a prize no longer earned in the battlefields of breakfast networking sessions, swanky soirees and the loneliness of the home office, but in the innovation teams and creative minds of motivated staff soldiers - soldiers, who longer want to march to the beat of the salary drum but to create their own beat using their own instruments instead!

And It is about time too!

The way that business is done has changed dramatically.

Because customers are more socially-conscious than ever before, they are not afraid to question your business values and ethics, and to tell you why they are not buying your products and services!

Furthermore, they have the means to tell the world about all the above, at the touch of an online button!

This means that businesses have to be more innovative to not only keep up with their own competitors in their market sector but, to do so, across diverse markets that demand both social and commercial results..

We are no longer living in a 'them and us' society   - a forward-thinking business must be able to meet social needs, not just satisfy shareholders to succeed!

In our business,   we have seen an increase in the demand of companies, wanting to become more innovative with their CSR strategies.

Philanthropy is important, but we are seeing an increase in business seeking to develop the creativity of their staff members in order to achieve social impact goals - the needs of society, is becoming more and more strategic and balanced against commercial objectives.

Maybe it is because customers are savvy enough to know that demonstrating social impact is a business imperative, and the use of entrepreneurship in a corporate context, creates a more tailored, bespoke but wider range of solutions for them to choose from?

Companies can also learn from our icons of entrepreneurship - even a british stalwart such as   Richard Branson,   who was once questioned about the price of milk and did not have a clue, yet is the head of, arguably, the greatest British company and brand EVER, built his businesses and brand on a genuine desire to help others!

But before you all start racing to the finish line, let's be honest....

Not every corporate is ready to be more intrapreneurial.

The idea that being more dynamic and innovative as an organisation, will lead to an instant increase in productivity and, ultimately, a more healthier bottom line is imbalanced.

The stark reality, is that most companies need to review their own governance as a business, need to ensure the CEO is equipped to change from a more traditional to a more entrepreneurial work culture, and that the organisation has the processes in place to harness the output of entrepreneurial staff, effectively.

Like real entrepreneurs who are often skint, and live the type of abnormal life that many would not dare, an organisation wishing to be more intrapreneurial, must be willing become more of a risk taker, visionary, a more egotistical yet humble entity.

We all have the mental capacity to THINK like an entrepreneur. But how can businesses make the 'Intrapreneurship Change'?

Here are my 5 tips on how:

- Review your company WHAT vs WHY: Your WHY is the purpose, the real goal, the overall impact or value you wish to create in society. Your WHAT are the tools, resources and efforts that you need to achieve your why.

- Senior leaders must create the frame, but empower staff to paint the picture:   You should be able to describe in detail, what your collective vision is as a business - it must be so clear and powerful, that your staff feel as if you have ALL already achieved it!

- Embrace your fears: Fear is a state of mind, because you are fearful of negative consequences or results. Put in place a strategy that you would execute if that consequence took place - you will soon realise that there is nothing to be fearful of!

- Make the necessary sacrifices: Forget what the business thinks it should do, to become more innovative. It must DO WHAT IT MUST in order to succeed. Learning from those choices is the key.

- Be willing to learn the lessons you don't want to be taught: A business that wants to be more intrapreneurial, must be willing to learn harsh truths about itself, warts and all, and seek to learn and integrate the feedback!

We all have to be entrepreneurial just to survive in life and to truly help others..but isn't that what business should be about too?

Till the next time, JB.

By Joel Graham-Blake 01 Sep, 2016

"I believe in the power of visualising what I want to achieve with clarity and taking action to manifest that vision, in order for me to achieve inner peace. This enables me to learn from my own journey and inspire others to complete their own journey, regardless of any difference that they may have".

My Why - Joel Blake

Business has always being a passion of mine since I was a teenager, even though I was very much an introvert, with low self-confidence living in an environment of low ambition and despair.

I think I got the business bug from my father - although we may not have had the the closest ever relationship growing up all of the time, I only remember seeing him out of a suit three times in all my life and always admired that.

I remember asking him about his love for suits once and he said " If you look like shit, people will treat you like shit. But it is not really about the suit, but about having a standard of self-respect and principles that you choose to live by and others must respect in return, if they truly respect you."

Those words have stuck with me for as long as I can remember..

For many years I was a corporate soldier, addicted to the standard of putting on a sharp suit, gleaming shoes, hair cut, minty breath and going out there to do 'battle'....

I feel like I am 'in battle' every day, being challenged every constantly on who I am, what I stand for and my ability to create the future I want for my family, my community and wider society at large...and it feels so exhilarating!

And you know why?

Because, for the first time ever, I have been able to articulate my why and what that means to me.

I'm not saying it is easy (its taken my 36 years of life to understand my own why!) but the more you search for it, the closer you will get to it!

The uncertainty of knowing your own purpose, filters out the things that are not aligned to your purpose because you begin to identify the things you don't want and attract the things you do.

To start, ask your yourself three questions:

- What would make you jump out of your bed and run outside with joy, when it it is cold, hailing, windy, grey and miserable?

- Who or what type of person would you invite to come outside with you, knowing that they were going to ask you the very same thing?

- What would you do to help others, even if no-one knew that it was you doing it?

Some amazing things have already happened, that I just feel so grateful and humbled by - a major highlight has been listed as one of the  Maserati 100 , a list of the Top 100 entrepreneurs who are actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.

I also still wonder what would have happened if I did jump of that balcony when I was 15, because I felt worthless as a person...

...anything in life is possible...just go for what is already waiting for you!

Till the next time,  JB

By Joel Graham-Blake 01 Sep, 2016

Entrepreneurship is regarded as the utopia of dreams, founded on a passion to succeed, good old fashioned graft and a little bit of luck sprinkled here and there!

But in the midst of all the great start up activity that is taking place across the UK, strategic decisions on the future of business support and the needs of business owners, are being made without the input of those who are at the coal face day in day out, striving to turn their bedroom ideas into the great businesses of tomorrow!

Within our  finance business  and within  our peer learning network  for aspiring young entrepreneurs, we see many great, raw and passionate ideas. But we make no apologies, in giving business owners a strong dose of reality via our courses, training and activities.

You see, what I believe is missing from start up scenes across many cities, is a more holistic and connected ecosystem of support, for both the business and the business owner.

Let's take Birmingham, for example:

  • We still have pockets of deprivation in this city, yet it is the youngest city in Europe in terms of age demographics, and arguably, the most innovative and creative city as a result of this fact.
  • There is a need for more inclusive capitalism - the notion of providing resources and support to help local communities to generate their own wealth, locally.
  • Access to the right level of talent is a permanent issue for the private sector and SME's - talent, in this context, also includes the knowledge base of the business owner themselves.

It is also worth highlighting the importance of ensuring that the development of businesses, is tied into helping all our citizens to be cared for, in order to tap into the latent talent that sits within communities and add sustainable value.

This will, in turn, provide tangible opportunities to utilise that diverse range of talent in ways that create the type of employees and future business leaders that are needed, to become more globally competitive in the future.

Across the UK, there needs to be an erosion of the silo mentality amongst organisations and support agencies. This mentality causes business owners to feel confused about where to go, to find and use the tailored support that they need to survive, let alone to grow to a stage of scale up.

The scale up stage is also crucial for UK PLC to prosper, as highlighted in the  Scale Report  authored by world-renowned Entrepreneur and Investor  Sherry Coutu (@scoutu)

Let me be absolutely clear – I firmly believe that if business owners receive holistic support as they seek to launch a new start up, they will increase their confidence, skill level and have the ability to create a much more solid foundation to grow and scale.

Entrepreneurship is a mindset and a lifestyle choice, that affects all areas of your life! It is not just about your ability to start a business, but it also about your personal ability and resilience to weather the mental and financial storms that will come your way, (even if people tell you about them, it means nothing if you have not experienced it yourself) in order to achieve the vision that inspired you to start in the first place!

If you feel successful in terms of having a strong mind set, effective personal and business skills, positive attitude and the right support around you, then your business has a greater chance of survival, which benefits all!

So as we all crowd around the start up camp-fire and sing songs of future successes here in the UK, let's not forget that real business success starts by investing in the people behind the business, and the communities that we are all here to serve.

Till the next time, JB.

By Joel Graham-Blake 01 Sep, 2016

Summer's over and the kids are back at school - yes, I can hear that huge sigh of relief across cyberspace!!

As we get back into the routine of getting school uniforms ready, scraped knees in the playground and after school clubs, and though I would never claim to ever know what the physical pain of childbirth is like, I fervently believe that starting a business is like having a child......

You give birth to an idea, you learn 'on the job' how to nurture and help to shape it's growth through the formative years, you struggle with the demands of growth, sometimes you wish to put it back where it came from, but ultimately you desire for it to outgrow you and take on a life of its own!

Each stage of this journey has it's own specific challenges, but for this post I wish to focus on you, the 'parent' of your 'baby'..

How many times have you questioned yourself on what you are ACTUALLY doing? How many times have you experienced self-doubt, a lack of self-belief and thought that you are just not cut out for the job? How many times have you tried to wrap both you and your business in cotton wool, babysitting your dream and vision?

Me? More times than I can remember over the past 15 years...

You see, there is something almost masochistic about the pain you experience in both business, and in life, for that matter.

As you strive for success, you become tired, both physically and mentally. You may find yourself sacrificing relationships and precious time with family and friends, in pursuit of your version of business utopia. You think that no one else in the world cares about you and it's all give, give, give!

The stark reality is that you can read all the books you want, watch all the videos you like and have as many conversations that you feel you need.

But NOTHING prepares you for the emotional roller-coaster of stepping meeting these challenges head on!

But like a dirty nappy, s**t happens.    Learn how to change that nappy faster.

You have to embrace the unforeseen curve balls that will come, no matter how well you plan ahead, in order to give your 'child' the best chance to be, who they are destined to be.

It took me a long while to realise that there is a logic in banging your head repeatedly against the brick walls of business, whilst learning to love the taste of the blood in your mouth and the sting of the sweat in your eyes...

Liberation comes when you reach that mental point, where you officially put two fingers up to the rest of the world, and truly operate both your life and your business from a place of raw authenticity!

Allow me to try and summarise this. by sharing these three key lessons:

1) Adversity breeds strength   - such an obvious statement, but so true! You can never learn how strong you are and the level that you can operate at, until you look back at what you have overcome and achieved to get there.

This may also mean accepting that you can't help everyone else, until a) you have set your own foundations right b) they are willing to share the responsibility for their own development and success too!

2) Be a student for life   - the moment you think you have all the answers, is the moment you know nothing at all!

Education is a broad church, so be open to learning from all angles, whilst understanding what makes sense to you - just because someone gives you a piece of advice or insight, it does not mean that it may be right for you, at the stage you are right now.

3) Learn from child-like innocence   - have you ever asked for your children's opinion of something to do with your business, with them having no prior knowledge of the challenges you face, and received an epiphany type of response?

Enough said.

You have everything within you to achieve, whatever you wish to achieve for your life and your business. Maybe, you just don't realise how good a parent you are yet.

Till the next time, JB.

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