I was delighted to interview the BBC Dragons Den TV series newest stars today.
James and Richard Gold and Lewis Blitz have grown their business Skinnydip to £500,000 turnover in just eighteen months with a startup investment of just £45k
James and Richard, 25 and 23 respectively and Lewis, also 25, have been friends since they were children and decided when they were 15 that they’d like to work together.
After university, with no loans to pay back (!) they got jobs and saved as much as possible while developing their business ideas. Two years ago, with some help from friends and family, they invested £45,000 and went to work to build Skinnydip a brand of fresh and fun tech accessories including cases, headphones and speakers.
First order from Debenhams
With no proptypes and just some design ideas they hit the phones and got an interview with Debenhams buyer and left with an order! From there, their products are now stocked in all the major retailers in the UK.
The guys were so impressive that three of the dragons were fighting to invest £120,000 in them. Deborah Meaden wanted just 20% of the company, Theo Paphitis wanted 25% and Peter Jones 30%. Ignoring the retail specialist and the marketing specialist, the guys opted for the amiable Peter Jones. They described the decision as ‘not just about the money’ and they liked that Jones had offered to drop his shareholding down to 25% as soon as they paid back his investment.
The five minute clip we saw on the TV show was part of a two hour gruelling interview when the business and the guys who run it were taken apart and examined in great detail. They described the moment when they were given space to consult with each other before accepting any of the offers as a ‘blessed relief’. There was a five month gap between the show being filmed and going out on air and the hardest part in all of it was that James, Richard and Lewis couldn’t tell anyone except their very closest family members, and they were sworn to secrecy. The strategy obviously worked as I googled their names the day before the show aired and got zero results …. impressive.
What was also impressive is the work and preparation that goes on in the gap between winning the investment and going public. The winners had time to get their website ready to accept a lot of traffic and they themselves had obviously been well groomed in how to handle the PR machine. During the interview they gave me answers they wanted listeners to hear whether or not I’d asked the question but, fair play, that’s what the game is about and they did it very well. Their natural charm and good manners were still firmly in place and I’m sure their parents must be glowing with pride.
Why are they different?
I asked James and Richard what made them different from the millions of other people who have good ideas and never get them off the ground and they replied, with what I guess will become a trademark charm, that were lucky to be surrounded by talented people who believed in them and wanted to be involved in their company.
That wasn’t quite what I meant but we only had ten minutes so I hope to get a more detailed answer to that next time as I’m sure they’ll be back for more interviews.
Looks like a bright future for the Skinnydip brand and the enterprising young men who started it!
A recent discussion with some good folk centred on why this happening. Reasons varied from the pragmatic: there are a lot of tourists arriving for the Olympics so people hope to make the most of it, to the philosophical: in hard times, it may be that manufacturers hope that people will be more inclined to help keep profits in our own economy.
With so much business being done on the internet, an increasingly sought after skill is writing for the web so I pricked up my ears when I heard Chris Thomas of Milton Contact Ltd and Carsten Garrett of Gower Associates mention that English is still the most used language in business and that style and tone is every bit as important as content.
Writing good English is a saleable skill
Brits are a minority amongst English speakers (the majority being Chinese) but speaking and writing English well is a saleable skill in most places in the world. An English accent is still highly prized too!
According to Chris and Carsten, the British, as opposed to American, style of communication is also prized because it is predictable, gentle and polite and makes people feel valued and safe.
We’re not talking about an archaic style of business writing but simply of good manners and most importantly, understanding how we make people feel with our style of communication.
Made in Britain doesn’t just apply to manufactured goods
I have been delighted and surprised at how many people from all around the world have asked to join The Inspired Group and have subscribed to our series “The A-Z of Business Success” each episode with an English speaking recorded interview.
Maybe the very thing that we think of as slightly anachronistic in a fast moving, Americanised world is the thing that we can take most advantage of and that “Made in Britain” can be applied to more than just commodities.
Does your business attract clients from outside the UK? Could it? Is this something you’d value? Tell us what you think.
Ann Hawkins and the amazing TIG can help you grow your business and achieve the breakthrough results your hard work deserves. To find out more, simply click here
Are you daunted by always having to create new content?
I often get asked about different ways of promoting a business or getting new business through generating content for blog posts, radio interviews, e books, printed books, free tips, webinars, podcasts, etc., etc.
All of these work on their own but they work even better if they’re linked up and even better than that if the content is generated by your fans, your network or your tribe.
If you need content and, instead of giving just your take on things, you ask other people to contribute and give them credit, you immediately get fans for your work.
The next best thing is to use that content in lots of different ways.
Put the radio recording, podcast or interview on your website or blog, add it to an ebook, turn it into free tips, make it into a training programme. Not everyone accesses things in the same way so make your content as accessible as possible in as many different ways as possible with lots of added but different value.
It has been said that best selling thinker and author Edward de Bono, the father or lateral thinking, mind mapping and creativity, only ever wrote one book but published it in 77 ways.
Some quick tips for engaging people in your work:
- If you have guest writers, interviewers, bloggers they help you to promote what you do.
- If you get people involved in helping to create the content, they’ll rave about it.
- If you link everything you do to your blog or website, that’s good sense.
- If you use lots of social media channels, draw all the activity into one, easy to find, central hub.
- If you turn a series of interviews, blogs or articles into something that people can listen to or buy afterwards, superb.
- If you have any opportunity to give people the chance to comment, question, take polls, enter competitions, submit photos – do it and always give credit.
How have you used these tactics successfully – share them with us in the comments …
Ann Hawkins and the amazing TIG folk can help you grow your business and achieve the breakthrough results your hard work deserves. To find out more, simply click here
News just in: there is no ‘Law of Attraction’.
Wishing for things doesn’t work.
You have to go out and make your own success yourself.
This is a guest post by my friend Ayd Instone, an international speaker, philosopher, songwriter and entertainer on the subject of creativity. He’s the author of a number of books and I thoroughly recommend his blog ‘Ding!’ which is full of thought provoking articles.
There is no ‘Law of Attraction’
I know this to be true because I have run experiments throughout my life. There are things that I have really wanted, more than anything, that I have focused positively and insensately on for prolonged periods of time. The result: I have not got them. There are things that I have not wanted, that I have paid no attention to at all, that I did not even know existed, that came upon me in my life.
This is why there is no Law of Attraction.
I know this for certain because I have studied science. For something to be a Law it must be true under all condition, every single time. Anyone who refers to Wishful Thinking (or Focus, or Positive Thinking or The Secret or As A Man Thinketh as a Law – they are dimwits. And deluded. And wrong.
Something that is sometimes true, sometimes works, where the rules are arbitrary and not universal and are not simple to describe, cannot be a Law, it can only ever rise to be a superstition.
But so what? What’s so bad about making a wish? What’s so wrong about buying into the latest cool spiritual revelation?
There is no quick fix
By thinking there’s an easy quick fix to all life’s problems (especially the financial ones) people always end up losing a lot of money and time that’s either eaten away by wasteful inaction, or stolen by snake oil hypnotists who are masters at exploiting us at our most needy.
In short, the Law of Attraction does the opposite of what it claims: it is the Law of Distraction, of Repulsion. It is a delusion.
On reading this there will be some disciples who will cry, “you’re not doing it right” or “you’re not trying hard enough” and yet no-one seems to be able to decide on exactly what the rules are.
Let’s put aside scepticism for one moment and look at the Universe as if the claims of the Law where actually true.
If the natural laws of the universe were able to be manipulated as the Law of Attraction demands, we could not have any science or any technology at all. They require unrefutable, unchanging natural laws.
If Newton’s laws of motion, if chemical reactions, gravity, the electromagnetic force and other natural laws were all at the whim of someone’s individual will, what would the universe look like?
All matter and structure would collapse. We would live in a dark age of magick and chaos where the most powerful minds (those who can ‘try hard enough’ and ‘do it right’) would have the rest of us bent to their will. They could wipe us out, or manipulate us like voodoo dolls, they could bring the stars crashing down, they could set themselves up as gods.
Fortunately they don’t, because thoughts do not manipulate matter unless we intervene in the process by using our hands.
The words manipulate, manage, manoeuvre and manifest are all derived from the verb ‘to handle’, i.e. to use one’s hands, not one’s mind.
Let’s look at a few more mundane examples.
If you believe in the Law of Attraction you must never hold any insurance policy of any kind. Just by preparing for death, accident or thinking about any kind of safety net means you’ll be asking the universe for trouble.
Make sure you don’t wear a cycle helmet as you’re just ‘attracting’ to fall off and bang your head.
Another aspect that is intrinsically linked to belief in the Law of Attraction is that the controlling force behind it, the Universe, is amoral. This means that we must be careful what we wish for. It also means we can wish for personal success and riches guilt free. There is no judgement. We can use the Law to be as greedy as we wish and in fact this is often encouraged and the main practitioners of the Law promote the wealth angle and cite their own wealth as proof that it all works. The Universe, it seems, just gets us whatever we really want.
Stephen Fry once said of such ‘New Age’ beliefs, “At least when we believed in God, we didn’t believe all this horse sh**”.
And he has a point. If we want to believe in a universe or being that grants wishes, looks after us and communicates with us in some supernatural way then we should turn to the most researched, explored, debated, believed and trusted methodology for that kind of system which is contained in a set of books called the Bible. (Other faith based books are available).
But people stay clear of the Bible (and the other major faith based doctrines) because it says something that the Law of Attraction doesn’t say: you actually have to do some work.
And that’s the attraction of the Law of Attraction, that you don’t really have to do any work. You don’t have to be righteous, or truthful, or love your neighbour, or worship and praise a higher authority, or support a community. It’s spirituality without the religion which is like having a cake without baking it.
Some people deride religion as if it’s some sort of disease. It isn’t. All it is, is a mode of life that sticks to particular rules, an organised system of living a life. Football can be a religion. Religion isn’t a dirty word. Religion is about order and about getting things done, on time when you said you were going to do it, in the way you said you were going to do it. To do something ‘religiously’ means to do something continuously and consistently.
The Law of Attraction is anti-responsibility and anti-action. It is wishful thinking. It is a promise of a quick fix, an easy way out without having to do any work.
But what about all those people who claim they have indeed ‘attracted’ success?
There are two factors that play a vital role in any success: taking action and coincidental luck. Just study anyone who is or was successful and you’ll see that they all DID something AND were in the right place at the right time, often without conscious design to be there.
There is no evidence that wishful thinking increases ‘luck’. There’s plenty of evidence that directed, focused action increases ‘luck’. There’s also plenty of evidence that lack of action produces lack of success (even for people who were in the right place at the right time).
Taking action means actually doing something rather than just thinking about it or wishing for it. Directed focus means deciding on the right action that will likely get the desired result.
If dream/vision boards, positive thinking, prayer and meditation help you decide and set goals that create focus then they are useful tools. What you think about dictates what action you’re likely to take.
So instead of waiting around for the Universe to deliver our wonderful wishes, we should be taking matter and energy into our own hands, manipulating the Universe for ourselves, to manifest the outcomes we desire by focused, directed action.
As humans we are creators. We make things. Civilisations rose through action. The great discoveries of science were made by experiments. The great works of art were painted, transcribed, carved and written. In short: things got DONE.
It’s good to dream and it’s good to plan but it’s even better to DO.
But leave all that ‘wishing’ to Peter Pan.
And if you STILL have a spiritual need, a vacuum inside you that needs filling, go join an established Church, and ask questions. Be very wary about finding the answers from some millionaire guru selling bootcamps and books. Do you really believe that anyone has had a genuine spiritual experience simply by paying money to get it? To get anything worthwhile in life you have to do the work to get it. Usually things that come easy aren’t worth having.
Ayd Instone is an international speaker, philosopher and entertainer on the subject of creativity. He’s the author of a number of books and writes regularly on his blog ‘Ding!’ Follow Ayd on Twitter @AydInstone.
So tell us what YOU think. Comments in the box below ….
A guest post from Dr Chris Thomas www.miltoncontact.co.uk
When Ann reminded me about her 2010 article “Thoughts do not become things” (http://goo.gl/SMabr) in a recent tweet, she was railing against those who use trite phrases to promise the earth such as “Thoughts become things – choose the good ones”. Ann was angry at the feelings of guilt caused by psycho-babble remedies that are the quackery of the modern age.
Yet, underlying the simplistic concept is a more complex, fascinating and surprising reality. It is a tale that weaves its way from the very origins of our humanity, via mental sex to survival in a hard business environment. I’d like to debate for “Thoughts become Things – choose the good ones”.
The ability to have thoughts is not unique to humans. There is even evidence that animals are capable of a higher level of thought – thinking about thinking (http://goo.gl/mNrK9). However, combined with language, we humans are able to take thinking to a more complex and abstract level.
Many of our internal thoughts are still related to our physical and emotional needs. In turn, our thoughts have physical effects on us. The most immediate are the subtle micro-expressions in conversation (try reading them yourself here http://goo.gl/Fpp5I).
The impact of our thoughts has more profound effects on our bodies.
Mind you, thoughts alone can create orgasmic experiences. Kim Airs is not unique in this (http://goo.gl/CWXpM) as other women and many hormonally-fired teenage boys can testify.
Optimism accounts for a 5 to 10 % difference in outcome such as cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer and are less likely to have or develop certain diseases over time (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimism ). In cases where optimism does not appear to have an effect on health, it helps with coping strategies.
We also have an incredible ability to build mental worlds. Mathematics and the sciences are logical constructs that try to make sense of our physical world. Euclid’s “Elements of Geometry” (http://goo.gl/b4a2t) or Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” (http://goo.gl/8uXof) are just two examples of abstract thought put to paper.
The world’s religions and philosophies are thought structures too, based on belief and metaphysical factors.
The most explosive effects of our thoughts are – when we share them with others. Our ideas are challenged, changed and evolved out there in the wider world – or they can die. Richard Dawkins coined the word “memes” for ideas, behaviours and styles that spread from person to person in our cultures (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme ).
Thoughts also lead to actions. You are reading this article on a device that is the product of several thousand years of applied science and technology. On the flip side, the idea that women are not equal to men has disenfranchised half the population in significant parts of the globe.
Thoughts become things
Thoughts are such an integral part of us right from birth that our thoughts make us who we are. Because we are humans, our thoughts collectively make our environment, our society, our culture, our businesses.
By our sheer existence, our thoughts become things, no matter how small or how significant.
Choose the good ones – What are they?
This is where I find myself back in partial agreement with Ann, because there are thoughts and there are thoughts. Here is my personal interpretation:
ñ There is no universal thought cure-all – but we can learn from the experience of others.
ñ A wish for something to happen is unlikely to work – but we can have our own aspirations or goals to strive for.
ñ Unpredictable bad things happen, whatever we think – but having our own flexible, positive coping strategies can help us recover faster.
I can give you my thoughts as an opinion or example, but ultimately you have to decide how and what the good ones are that work for you.
Taking the subject to a more practical level. As businesses, our thoughts are realised in our products and services. We have a pretty prompt reality check – if our ideas do not work, we can be out of business!
The Inspired Group provides a forum for those of us who wish to grow and develop their businesses by sharing experiences and ideas. It is up to us which of our conscious thoughts become things – and choosing the good ones is a bespoke lifetime project for each one of us.
What do you think?
Chris Thomas www.miltoncontact.co.uk
Liz Weston of Weston Communications had just received a great testimonial from a client and we were discussing innovative ways to use it, other than the obvious; ” stick on your website”.
Here are some ideas we came up with (some of them weren’t printable!)
Hang it on the office wall
Paper the loo with it
Put it in your marketing pack
Have it tattooed on your arm
Have it printed on gift boxes and use them for client gifts
Have it printed on cup-cake papers and take them, with cakes, to your next networking event
What other ideas are there? Leave us your suggestions below!
Being passionate about your business is a good thing – right?
I know lots of people who are passionate about their business. It’s a good thing and no more than I would expect from the people I mix with, given that most of them have chosen to do what they do.
However, I am constantly puzzled by the need that many folk have to “tell” me they are passionate about their business. Maybe you are one of them.
Telling me you’re passionate doesn’t do a thing for me.
Would you tell me you are funny in order to make me laugh or say that you’re sexy in the hope I might introduce you to a friend looking for a fling? Would you start a business conversation by telling me you’re honest?
No? I thought not. So why tell me you’re passionate about what you do?
Do you think by declaring your passion that I’m more likely to buy from you?
Here’s a newsflash. I’m not – and neither is anyone else.
Your customers don’t care how you feel about your business
Actually no-one cares how you feel about your business. Its just not relevant. You could be bored to death by it but if you supply what people want at the right price they’ll buy it.
I understand the whole thing about buying decisions being emotional ones but its the customer’s emotions that are in the equation not yours. How you or your product makes them feel is important but will your declaration for being passionate affect their emotions?
No – and here’s why:
This is from Jeremy Marchant http://www.emotionalintelligenceatwork.com I’ve edited his words slightly for context.
Jeremy says: ” … it is a mistake to believe that, if you tell me how you are feeling, that is a conversation at a feelings level, at the level of emotions. It’s not. It is a rational, “thinking” conversation.
A description of how passionate you are about what you do is not an emotional experience for the listener. It is a factual monologue, which will have the inevitable consequence of keeping them in their thinking mode, NOT getting them into their feelings – in other words it precisely does what you don’t want it to do!
The way out of this impasse is … to convey your passion by HOW you talk. How you are. “
In other words, its better to let people see and feel how passionate you are than to tell them!
Getting people to connect with you on an emotional level is the key to any transaction but simply telling them how you feel doesn’t work.
Don’t tell me – show me
If you want me to buy from you, stop telling me you are passionate and start demonstrating your conviction that you have the solution to my needs.
Businesses are driven by process not by emotion
There are millions of businesses that make money without anyone investing any emotion into them. In some ways, its better to be detached and make the right decisions logically that to be so emotionally involved that your judgement is clouded.
Passion is a great thing to have in your life but it doesn’t have to be invested in a business in order to make money. Of course, for some people, the ideal situation is to turn your passion into a way to make a living but there are those who prefer to keep them separate. The important thing is to recognise that what works for you and what works for the business may not always be the same thing.
Why do we need to know how to be happy?
Why is happiness so important? Are we born happy and then lose it? What has happiness to do with business success?
I recently became aware of a number of business owners who work such long hours that they neglect all the things that make them happy, except their work.
Because I believe that most of our best ideas come to us in the downtime when we are playing or relaxing, and because I believe that we are all so much more than our businesses, this bothered me a bit so I decided to conduct an experiment.
I asked people to list ten things that they DO that make them happy and then to schedule into their diaries every day something they looked forward to doing and then actually DO them.
Over 130 people shared their lists with each other on-line and about 30 turned up for a meeting to discuss their ideas on happiness, led by philosopher John Turner (www.metathink.co.uk)
These are some of the ideas the people in the group expressed:
To be happy we need to focus our minds, not drift along without being aware.
To be happy we need to be in the flow with an absence of distractions
To be happy we need to be creating and doing
To be happy we need to feel valued – by ourselves as well as others
Happiness is our life’s purpose and nurturing friendships is a major part of this
We need a verb: “to happy” (apparently, in ancient Greek, there is/was)
On one thing everyone was agreed: If there was a machine that could make everyone happy all of the time, we wouldn’t want to turn it on. There are times when we need sadness, and happiness is something to be worked towards.
The second part of the experiment is still ongoing but these are my own thoughts on happiness:
“Happiness depends on ourselves.”
2500 years ago, Aristotle enshrined happiness as a central purpose of human life and a goal in itself.
2500 years later neuroscientists came to pretty much the same conclusion.
The Nature of Happiness
Despite the fact that many human beings live their lives believing that they will be happy if they get everything they want, both ancient and modern wisdom shows that this is far from true. Tests show that we are notoriously bad at predicting what will make us happy (or unhappy) and we prove ourselves wrong time and again. Rich people are not happier than poor people and yet much of our society is geared to the pursuit of material possessions and fleeting pleasures.
There is a school of thought that says that happiness cannot be pursued or sought and we just need to be open and wait for it to alight in our lives but this too is disputed by both philosophy and science. This is because happiness is not something that can be gained or lost in a few moments, like pleasurable sensations. It is about the ultimate value of a life, measuring how well we have lived up to our full potential as human beings.
Aristotle tells us that the most important factor in the effort to achieve happiness is to have a good moral character — what he calls “complete virtue.” He argues that virtue is achieved by maintaining the balance between two excesses – reminiscent of Buddha’s Middle Path.
Neoroscience shows that happiness is inextricably linked to the faculty of attention.
Attention systems that lack focus or have become habitually trained on feelings of poor self worth or criticism lead to emotional states that are out of control and lead to anxiety, depression and other distressing states. Studies show that contemplative practices such as meditation are wonderful ways to train the brain into new habits of paying attention to subjects or feelings that enhance self-worth and strengthen new neural pathways.
The language is different but the message is the same.
Happiness takes effort.
Aristotle advocates the education of the whole person, including one’s moral character, rather than merely learning a set of skills. He taught that developing a good character requires a strong effort of will to do the right thing, make difficult decisions, not give in to immediate gratification and that through training and practice we can achieve our full potential and the enrichment of human life.
Neuroscience shows that we can change our brains, not by intervention with medication or stimulants but by practicing new thought patterns. The basic structure of our mental life is habit and, just as we strengthen muscles in our bodies by practice, so we do the same with our brains.
Qualities we admire in others, e.g., kindness, generosity, humour, patience, compassion are not innate qualities but are skills that we can learn with practice until they become new habits. If we admire these qualities in others we can aquire them for ourselves by paying attention, repeating behaviours and becoming the kind of person we most want to be.
What does this have to do with business?
Building a successful business, especially when you are working alone, requires great discipline. Doing the right things at the right time, even when we don’t feel like it, making difficult decisions, turning away from the quick fix in order to stick to a long term plan, staying focused on a task, being mindful, keeping the promises we make to ourselves are all important.
If the pursuit of happiness is about human flourishing and thriving, applying the same principles to business can only be a good thing. Happiness is not something we take time off to do and then feel guilty about, it becomes both the reason and the way in which we do everything.
Rather than say “I’ll be happy when ….” (I’ve got to x turnover / this job is finished / that client is satisfied / I have some reliable staff), and recognising that these things are not what makes us happy and that we don’t have to wait for them to happen, creates the freedom to make the pursuit of happiness an habitual activity that leads to real fulfilment of our potential as human beings.
Take part in the experiment
If you would like to take part in the happiness experiment simply schedule into your daily activities things that you DO that will make you happy and then DO them and share your ideas with the rest of the group either by leaving a comment below or on the LinkedIn discussion here: http://lnkd.in/4MM6ca
In the 1920′s and 30′s, a young journalist called Napoleon Hill, interviewed 500 of the most successful people in America. He found that people who create success have many things in common. These are some of them as described in his best-selling book, “Think and Grow Rich”
- Decide what you want. Desire is the starting point of all achievement. Desire is a crazy mad emotion that you absolutely have to satisfy, not a rational reasoned argument for doing something.
- Believe in yourself. Self doubt will prevent you from taking action. No-one is born with a sense of what they can’t do. Limiting beliefs are learned and they can and must be unlearned. It is usually easier to overcome other people’s judgements than our own.
- You don’t have to do it all yourself. As Mother Teresa famously told Bob Geldof, “I can’t do what you do and you can’t do what I do but together we can change the world.” Surround yourself with people who can do what you can’t and who respect you for what you can do. Start or join a MasterMind Group with like minded people.
- Make practical use your imagination. Work out how to turn your dreams into reality. Everything, everything, starts out as an idea. Ideas are the beginning point of all achievement but they need to be harnessed into practical action.
- Create a plan, organise your ideas and take continuous action. Most people put more effort into planning a holiday than planning their life. Successful people don’t just react to things that happen to them, they question whether something will take them closer to their goal before acting on it or rejecting it.
- Avoid procrastination and make decisions. The ability to make decisions comes back to understanding exactly what it is that you want, to the burning desire and definite purpose that underpins all achievement. Successful people in all walks of life decide quickly and firmly and the world has a habit of making room for the person who knows where they are going and why.
- Persist. Things will go wrong, people will let you down. If your desire is strong enough you will find a way through all difficulties to achieve your desire. Don’t keep doing the same things and expecting different results. Find different ways to achieve your goals. Paulo Coelho was committed to a mental asylum by his parents three times and subjected to electro-convulsive therapy because they thought he must be mad to want to become a writer instead of a lawyer. He persisted and his book, The Alchemist, sold over 40 million copies.
- Aquire power and learn how to use it. The ability to lead others in a spirit of harmony to achieve a definite objective is a major source of success but successful people say that personal power and self mastery are most important.
- Understand that sex is the most powerful of human desires. When this desire is harnessed into a creative process it can be the source of genius. It can also be a huge temptation and has destroyed many great people. Successful people say that they are able to transmute its power into a creative force that helps them to produce and action ideas that in many instances makes their fortunes.
- Learn to use the power of the subconscious mind. Everything we have ever experienced is kept in the vast storehouse of our sub-conscious. It can work for or against us but when we learn how to harness this power it makes us unstoppable. What we think of the world and ourselves makes us not only who we are but who we can be.
- Develop and learn to trust the ‘sixth sense’. Intuition can help us to avoid dangers and grasp opportunities. Intuition is part of our nature and many successful people admit that intuition is a big part of their success including Donald Trump, Oprah, Richard Branson and even Bill Gates. Einstein and Edison described their creative process as having original ideas that didn’t come from the rational foundation of the mind. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine, says, ‘The intuitive mind tells the logical mind where to look next.’
- Deal with fear, the major obstacle to achievement. Almost every feeling of fear we experience is as the result of an IMAGINED situation, not a real one. In almost every case, the imagined situation that we most fear never happens. When a situation that we had feared actually materialised, most of us deal with it without any real consequences. The only thing holding most people back is their own imagination!
Is it ever too late to do the things you once dreamed of doing?
Mary Wesley, best-selling author, took up writing at 70
Charles Darwin’s first book wasn’t published until he was in his 50’s
Colonel Sanders was in this 60’s when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken
Ray Kroc was in his 50’s when he launched McDonalds
Agatha Christie was 62 when she wrote The Mousetrap
Julia Child was 50 before she took up cooking professionally
Benjamin Franklin was 78 when he invented bifocals.
Life expectancy has doubled in the last 100 years. There is no longer an official retirement age. If you go to college at 40 and qualify at 45 you could still have half your life left to work at what you love. It’s never too late to become an achiever instead of a dreamer!
You can see more about my mentoring services here: http://annhawkins.com/mentoring/