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One of the most used excuses for not starting up a business is that people can’t afford it.

But is this a legitimate excuse?

How much money do you really need to start a business?

According to Inc. here is a breakdown of the 500 fasting growing companies from the past year and how much capital they started with: Read the rest of this entry »

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At the time of writing, the people of Scotland are carefully considering whether to vote yes to become an independent country.

My wife Karen, is from Scotland, so I’m interested in the result even though I have no opinion either way, but as I contemplated the outcome of this referendum, I wondered what else we should be affirming in our lives.

Here is a list of 10 questions I think we should be saying yes to: Read the rest of this entry »

A cook knows how to prepare a meal.

He is able to follow a recipe, put together a few ingredients and make something edible.

Those who consume the meal are filled.

Job done.

But a chef isn’t like that.

She is an artist, with a knife instead of a paintbrush.

She experiments with new flavours and combinations.

She works on her technique.

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Don’t wish that life was easier.

Don’t wish that you were luckier.

Don’t wish that you were more comfortable or secure.

Don’t wish that you were someone else.

Don’t wish that you had less work to do and more time to do it in.

Don’t wish that your kids were better behaved.

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A bird doesn’t fly if it flaps its wings but never leaves the branch.

You can’t learn to swim if you never leave the shallow end.

You can’t write a book if the words stay in your head.

A lion cub doesn’t learn to hunt by eating what her mum caught.

You can’t climb a tree if you leave one foot on the ground.

You can’t learn to play the cello by watching Yo-Yo Ma videos on YouTube.

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The weekend is almost upon us and I know that many of you are looking forward to the next couple of days off.

However, they can be more than an opportunity to drink too much and sleep in the next day.  They can be a great chance to add real, lasting value to the quality of your life.

So, here are a few random thoughts to get you through the next couple of days off and launch you into the week ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

In 1 Kings 3, not long after Solomon was made king, God visited him in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon responded that he felt inadequate for the tasks and said, “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

God responded, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.  Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both wealth and honour – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.”

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There are a couple of things that every professional, from every field has in common.

Every professional artist.

Every professional musician.

Every professional athlete.

Every professional entrepreneur/business owner.

Every professional public speaker.

Every professional activist.

Every professional writer.

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Tastes like chicken.

A dime a dozen.

Beige.

Part of the herd.

A small cog in a big wheel.

Don’t let these phrases describe you or your work.

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In the days after her passing, many of the funniest quotes from the great Joan Rivers have been circulating.  Sayings like, “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware” remind us of her brilliant wit.

But as with most successful people, there was another side to Joan.  This is what she had to say about one of the keys to her long-term success in a notoriously fickle business:

“I have become my own version of an optimist.  If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door or I’ll make a door.  Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”

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