Doin’ Me

Yo! Sorry. Going to go a bit street on you today, because this post has been inspired by a rapper. Yes, I know! And me (technically) a pensioner. I am a sucker for an empowerment song. I know this about myself. And one whiff of this song during a TV ad break and I was hooked. Doin’ Me by Mikey Mike. I shared it on Facebook. Clearly I am alone in this as it drew precisely zero interaction. No, I lie. One Like – ha! Presumably everyone else was ff-ing through the ads? OK, some of the lyrics and ideas […]

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The Stuff I Love to Share on Facebook

My love/hate relationship with Facebook rumbles on. The last ten days since 20th January 2017 have been perhaps my hardest ever, and over the weekend I have already begun investigating an alternative for my Facebook groups. That’s a discussion for another day. Today’s discussion is about the things I love about Facebook, some of which I would miss if I were not on FB any more (which I do not rule out right now): Things that make me go Wow! Things that seem funny to me (often me, one of my greatest sources of amusement) Woo woo – Feng Shui, […]

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Oscars 2017: Stickiness Underfoot

I love cinema, so did my Mum. She transferred that love to me via Gone With the Wind (an asbolute marathon at the cinema with interval sandwiches!) to Saturday afternoon movies together (one of the few things we did share as the antidote to the interminable sport on TV at our house) to old black and white ones (still love B&W, me) to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her favourite actors included Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Alan Ladd, Cary Grant and many more. She had an eye for the chaps, it must be said, and in her heyday she could […]

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My Top Spy Tips for Jason Bourne

I got into a discussion with my youngest nephew on Christmas Day about the Jason Bourne movies. Are they better than James Bond? He was a yes, I was a no. Sparked by that, I thought I’d revisit the Bourne films One (The Bourne Identity 2002) and Two (The Bourne Supremacy 2004) with a view to then going on to consume the ones I hadn’t seen yet – Three (The Bourne Ultimatum 2007) and Four (Jason Bourne 2016). Here are my tips for Jason Bourne, who does a fabulous job keeping one step ahead of all the American and international […]

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Why I Love the “Journey” Programmes on TV

There are very few people in my world with whom I can discuss my work from my side of things, how it feels to be a coach/mentor. There are plenty of clients with whom I can and do discuss it from their perspective. Given this shortage, one of the resources I find very helpful indeed – and endlessly inspiring – is what we’ve come to know as the “journey” programmes on TV. These are required watching for me. They are my homework. I’m so over X Factor, my life’s worth more than that, and I’ve never watched I’m a Celebrity […]

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How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

This week my clients have made the distinction between running a business and “just” making a living doing what you love. This is an important distinction. Not everyone is driven to create, set up and manage a real-world business. It can feel onerous as I know only too well having been there and done that several times. I also know what the traps can be of creating a living doing what you love, but let’s not go there yet. Firstly, let’s just imagine that it is possible. And it is possible, yes. Easy, even. I was inspired in this thinking […]

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Why I Won’t Be Watching The Apprentice

I didn’t own a TV during early series of The Apprentice so I was slow to catch on to what is now regarded as unmissable telly. And uniquely I seem not to be excited about next week when a new season returns with his Lordship, his team and another clutch of ghastly, egotistical, self-important jobsworths who have been set up for a big fall on prime-time TV. Humiliation goes with the territory. I think I can just about see why it’s such a popular TV show if you can bear to watch, rather than squirm behind your laced fingers as […]

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Still Iffy About Selling? Watch Hot Tub Britain!

If you are still iffy about selling, you have about three weeks left to watch Hot Tub Britain on ITV (see link below). I got so many useful and business relevant thoughts as I was watching this, particularly about how to make an easy sale. Britain has apparently gone mad for hot tubs and the programme shows the UK’s only hot tub superstore, a family-owned business based in Blackpool, turnover £10,000,000. People drive from all over the country to the superstore to buy a hot tub. They love shopping. They have a budget in mind. They pretty much always all […]

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The Entrepreneur In Her JimJams

I’ve got a new neighbour and, for a couple of days running now, he’s been popping by for the sort of favours which new neighbours require. Will I be in later if his Sky man wants access? Could he borrow a telephone handset to check his new phone line is working? And so on. And I comply with alacrity, I’m a good neighbour, moi. What must be confusing him a tad is that whatever time of day or night he rings the doorbell unexpectedly, I need to keep him waiting at the front door while I put some clothes on […]

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