At the risk of sounding like the old bloke on Reggie Perrin, I didnt get where I am today without asking good questions. Asking questions does not make you look stupid, it makes you look clever, keen to learn, enthusiastic, involved, a player, an achiever and more. It gets you noticed by the people you need to be noticed by, your teachers, peers and bosses
Who are you and how is that reflected in your brand, your business, your life? What peace and success could come from having them all aligned?
Would I rather have more successful entrepreneurs even if it eats into my off peak benefits? Yes, do you know, I think I would.
The best and most efficient way for me to do less is to learn to say No more. This has been a challenge for me for untold decades, and I have written before that the main person to whom I learn to say No is myself. For I think I want to do all the things, or most of the things, I commit to and its only the sheer amount of them which makes some of them feel burdensome.
"Money's nothing; its just a way of keeping score" is a favourite quote of mine attributed to all and sundry, including Trump. It doesnt matter who said it, and you can imagine it tripping lightly off the tongue of someone who has plenty of it, can't you?
What do you already love about your business and how could you do more of that? And if you don't love yours at all, how can you get rid of it and start again?
So, what I recommend is that you sit down and work out what you are sending out into the business ether and whether or not you are not only coming from a place which is instrinsically good, but that you can demonstrate that also. Big companies call it CSR (corporate social responsibility) and for a long time it was just lip service. But now, business leaders of the future have this front and centre on their agenda.
Got any tips for using and remembering the names and spellings of people who are important to your business? Professional Networkers and Supporters, this is your chance to share your best tips with the rest of us struggling with senior moments and hasty fingers.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!
Courage, mes braves! I firmly feel that more heart can only be good for our small business world and I think - despite the heartlessness all around us - that there is also plenty of evidence in support of my theory if you only but look. Perhaps you could look with your heart, always remembering that what we watch out for increases?