Creativity: 31 Days of Abundance, Day Fourteen

I have an abundance of creativity. That isn’t something I always knew about myself. Correction, it IS something I always knew about myself but it was somewhat buried until I gave myself permission to be creative. Typically accountants aren’t thought of creative, not in a way which is well connoted at least. Creativity in accounting is often taken to mean cooking the books! What helped? After I sold my accounting business and my travel agency, and started to create other business opportunities, I realised I was a starter, not a manager. And reading the E-Myth helped me understand how to […]

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Ideas: 31 Days of Abundance, Day One

Today I am beginning a series of 31 consecutive blog posts on the topic of Abundance, my own personal abundance. I am having a few days off work this week so I lay in bed this morning with a notebook and pen and brainstormed a list of 31 things I enjoy in abundance in my life. I stopped at 31, though I don’t believe I would need to. I suspect if I’d kept on looking, they’d be there until infinity. Today I am abundant in ideas. As a Creator in the Wealth Dynamics profiling system, ideas are my stock-in-trade and […]

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Reviews, Affiliates and Karmic Payback

I am indebted to Trevor who asked me a question on the 30DC this week which I found very provocative, in a good way. Trevor was thinking about some of the same things as me and enabled me to get my thoughts in order. Thanks, Trevor, Old Love. Here’s our starting point: “People love what I do, or at least they say they do. That’s the rub really. I get quite a lot of work from an online directory site where you list your expertise and the more reviews you get (good or bad) the higher your placing in the […]

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Consultant and Coach/Writer/Entrepreneur Wants to Make a Difference

I love the work I do and have no plans to do anything else. I coach and I write and I look after my own business interests. But it occurs to me I have time to do something else as well. Not all the time but maybe as much as a couple of days -or half days – a week if I am really efficient. I would like the opportunity to do something which draws on my forty years of work in accounting/finance, entrepreneur coaching/mentoring and writing, and which makes a difference to the world in which we live. I […]

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Balance: Little Word, Big Deal

Lots of conversations with my clients this week have been about achieving balance while self-employed, working for yourself and having a life too. The reason I am being thoughtful about this topic is that this is our second sunny weekend running and it is perhaps easier, in the sunshine, to reflect upon how important it is to get out and about to enjoy it, not least because it is so long since we’ve see it in such quantities. Balance isn’t only about work, rest and play but also about the right mix of activities and interactions with which drain us […]

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Two French Letters

I don’t get much snail mail any more, I don’t know about you? And so often, when I do, it’s the sort of thing which the sender still feels (despite my protestations) must come by post. Some banks insist on bank statements though I would prefer digital. Credit card statements must still come by post from some lenders apparently. Although I went digital with the utility bills, some of them seem to be making a reappearance into my real world too. Thus, the post started to become a dread part of my day, compiled as it so often is of […]

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A Gorgeous, Brilliant and Shiny New Idea For My Client

There’s nothing so gorgeous, brilliant and shiny for a Creator as a great new idea for my business, or for yours. And I have lots of great ideas on my own. But the best ones are those I co-create with my clients and they just come unbidden to either one of us during a call, as happened earlier today. We both found the new idea very gorgeous and spent just a few moments sighing at its beauty before using it as a stepping stone for more goodies falling effortlessly into place. I used to play the piano at school and […]

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Entrepreneur: How Do I Know I Am One?

A comment from a virtual visitor earlier in the week got me thinking. Here’s his comment “Isn’t Entrepreneur a word that is used to describe other people?  As in you couldn’t really say “I am an Entrepreneur”, even if other people labelled you as such?”  Thanks to Michael for that. Actually I can, so I disagree with Michael. I don’t hold the word Entrepreneur in quite such reverence. Guru perhaps. Genius definitely. But Entrepreneur no. How do I know I am one?   Because I started and ran my own firm of accountants and sold it after 20 years and the guy […]

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How Do You Let Your Labels Limit You?

What are the labels you use to describe yourself? Here are some of mine. I’m middle aged. A woman. An accountant. A coach. A writer. A Creator. An optimist. A cat-lover. Single. I am fearful of physical challenges, e.g. ski-ing because I might break something. I’m a starter, not a completer-finisher. Generally – but not exlusively – the things I am prepared to call myself liberate me to be and do more. That’s the optimist speaking. But it does work both ways. A label can be both empowering and disempowering to the extent that we give power to the words we use to […]

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Freedom for Entrepreneurs: Why are you Self-Employed?

I sent out a little tweet on Twitter recently asking my Entrepreneur chums for the top three reasons why they chose to work for themselves.   I’ve evaluated their answers, of course I have, I’m an accountant still in some tiny part of my soul and I love a good statistic. Flexibility is a recurring theme, but the main thing all the answers share is a strong desire for freedom; in fact, I would call it a must-have.   Its the thing which has driven folks out of a job and into a life. Freedom to do what, I wondered?   And they […]

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