Is your glass half empty or half full?

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Hi there.

Is your glass half empty of half full when it comes to your business?

If you are wondering what on earth does the ‘half empty, half full’ expression have to do with your business, then bear with me and you will find out.

Well, according to Forbes,

Nine out of ten startups will fail. This is a hard and bleak truth, but one that you’d do well to meditate on.

The article called 90% of Startups Fail: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 10%, goes on to tell you what successful companies do. In a nutshell, put a product out there that customers want, and keep your eyes on every aspect of your business.

John Rampton  in Entrepreneur also gives reasons for failures and suggestions for overcoming failure via https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235250.

So the glass is half empty when you think about the uphill journey that you are about to, or have already embarked on. This is not to say that  you should not do it if you feel the odds are stacked against you. In fact, the opposite is probably true.

Now for the glass half full. Samuel Smiles,  the writer of The Lives of George and Robert Stephenson, says,

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who made a  mistake never made a discovery.

George and Robert Stephenson were the engineers who worked on steam locomotives in the 18th century, who probably encountered all sorts of obstacles, and learnt from their challenges. Nothing has really changed over the centuries, except that we now have access to more help and support. So if you are a startup or SME remember – your glass is half full.

Take care,

Tricia

 

 

 

 

Love Local! Support Local!

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Hi there.

Love Local! Support Local! That is what I want to say this week.

I am sure you know that I love supporting local organisations and events, well today I am encouraging you to do the same.

An event on today is the  Bountagu Community Festival with world food, fun and activities.

It is on from 11am to 4pm at Montague Road Recreation Ground, N9 0EU. Go along with your family  and have a great day out supporting a local community event!

Just a tiny bit of background information for you. Bountagu – Big Local is an organisation based in Edmonton and their Summer Newsletter tells you in a nutshell what they are about. It says,

Get involved and enjoy a range of exciting opportunities to do with community life, learning, business, leisure and the environment. 

You can check out their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Bountagu for more information.

If you are a local business and want to get your name/brand out there, local festivals are a great way of doing so. Not only are they usually good fun, but you get to meet a variety of people and of course you test the water with your products/services.

One such local company, The Corrine Whyte Collection will be making a debut at the event, selling a vibrantly coloured range of accessories with a distinctly African theme.  (See the main photo). This exciting new venture is definitely one to watch!

Enfield Council has a section on their website for events. If you are an organiser you will have to check the terms and conditions for submitting an event to them. Please see http://www.enfield.gov.uk/events for upcoming events and make a note in your diary.

If you are a small business and  you need advice, support or  business facilities, check out The Let’s Go! Business Hub at Enterprise Enfield. The website is http://www.enterpriseenfield.org/.

Love your doorstep, who are usually out and about covering local events are also big promoters of all things Enfield. See http://www.loveyourdoorstep.co.uk/.

With all this information, remember to Love Local Support Local!

Enjoy the weather!

Take care,

Tricia

 

 

Work -Life Balance. A Year on!

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Hi there.

Last year I wrote Work ,Life, Where is the balance?- Parts One and Two which looked at facts and figures surrounding small business owners and ways of redressing the balance between work and relaxation.

I wrote,

According to an article by Jack Torrance– Entrepreneurs work 63% longer than average workers, see realbusiness.co.uk/p/22838. He writes:

‘Nobody ever became an entrepreneur so they could avoid working hard. Running your own business stretches anybody’s work-life balance to the absolute limit.’

The Guardian says,

micro- business owners work an average of 52 hours a week – significantly more than the UK average of 37.

In the full article Work smarter not longer when you’re running your own businesshttps://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/jan/07/useful-time- saving -tips,  Mark Williams outlines what he believes to be the unnecessary need to work so many hours, and how to rectify this.

Whilst Williams raises some valid points, I tend to agree with Torrance that the work-life balance is stretched to the limit if you are your only employee. In the early stages of your business, you may not be able to afford to hire anyone, so all the tasks are down to you.

So what is the answer? Well, if I had that I would be a millionaire. As I wrote last year we are mind, body and spirit. This will never change, but I guess we can. We still need to take breaks, to try to relax, to eat well, sleep well, and exercise. Yes, the usual suspects. it is not easy, but here are a few suggestions:

The National Trust website –http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gardens-and-parks, has information on green spaces throughout the UK to get you out and about, away from the workplace. Whether you run or walk, or even skip away from the workload into the fresh air, your body will thank you for it.

The National Trust also runs working holidays. Like volunteering (see, do-it.org.uk) doing things for others helps to maintain positive mental health.

If you are looking to get away for a longer period to de-clutter your mind and satisfy your spirit, try having a look for a retreat – http://www.retreats.org.uk/index.html.

Lastly, I found this http://www.timeout.com/london/shopping/londons-best-free-fitness-classes, on the internet, so you can check this out to see is these free exercise classes still exist.

As usual, I have to say that these are suggestions and I cannot vouch for all of the above, so do some research yourself.

Whatever you do, enjoy it!

Take care,

Tricia

A little bird told me….

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Hi there.

A year ago I wrote a blog called Words-Worth, which was a play on the name of the poet William Wordsworth.

Wordsworth wrote the famous Daffodils poem:

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

For the rest of this lovely poem which seems appropriate for the beautiful weather we are having, see, http://www.bbc.co.uk/poetryseason/poems/daffodils.shtml

The reason for borrowing his name back then was simple  – words are precious, they are worth something.

I used Twitter as an example of how as Twitter users we have to make each word count with the 140 character limit. I wrote:

Of course, the point of Twitter is, to get lots of information out there, quickly. The limit is 140 characters, and you will be glad to know that there are a few websites who are happy to give you advice about how to use Twitter effectively within the word limit.

So one year on has anything changed? Well a little bird told me…..

According to https://blog.twitter.com/express-even-more-in-140-characters:

In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters. 

I am not sure how I feel. As someone who loves words and writing I should be happy for more characters. However, writing within a limited framework helps to discipline you as a writer. If it wasn’t for time, I could write for hours. In this respect we all have to learn how to write as succinctly as possible, so that we don’t lose readers. Not every one will have time to read War and Peace.

With regard to the changes ahead with Twitter,we will just have to wait and see what happens. In the mean time though, we should always aim to make the words count!

I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about who you are following on Twitter and why?  You can follow PM Noble Consultancy Services@PMNobleConsult on Twitter.

Take care,

Tricia

Humour me again!

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Hello there!

You may recall that last year I wrote about some of my favourite humour, and I mentioned the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, edited by Ned Sherin. Well I found the following article in The Spectator, quoting from the 2013 version of the Dictionary edited by Gyles Brandreth.

See http://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/09/the-oxford-dictionary-of-humorous-quotations-edited-by-gyles-brandreth/ for quotes such as:

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific – Lilly Tomlin.

My first rule of consumerism is never buy anything you can’t make your children carry- Barack Obama.

Someone who always make me giggle is Tim Vine. He is the king of one-liners and if like me you love these types of jokes, The Biggest ever Time Vine Joke book is for you. Here is a taster:

Dot dot do.Dash dash dash, I really do regret that. Remorse code.

I’ve got a friend who’s a very tall blade of grass. He’s easily swayed.

This bloke said to me, he said I live in the sky with a Swiss clock. I said you’re in cloud cuckoo land.

I also came across this quote:

A celebrity is someone who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognised.

Written by an American comedian called Fred Allen this can be found on a website called Quotegarden.com. See, http://www.quotegarden.com/humorous.html.

We all need to laugh, so I hope that you enjoyed this very brief trip down comedy close.

I must add this footnote to say that I was saddened to hear of the loss of the talented writer, actress and comedian Caroline Aherne. She leaves behind award winning comedies and the memorable characters of Mrs Merton and Denise Royle.

Take care,

Tricia