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Hello there.

Here is something a bit different this week.

As many young people start to revise for their GCSEs, I thought I would put you through your paces and test your general and education-related knowledge.

First round! These are questions which relate to education stories from 2016 –

Take this Guardian Education quiz

Next round! This will really get your brain working! I got 50% correct. See if you can do a bit better!

Telegraph 11+ article and quiz

Third round! For all those good with numbers take these Maths quizzes from the Guardian,

Are you smarter than a 16 year old?

and another from the Telegraph.

Could you pass GCSE Maths?

Last round! A hard general knowledge quiz, which has made me realise that I need to go back to school!

Buzz Feed General Knowledge Quiz

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I hope that you enjoyed these brainteasers. I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful that I’m not sitting exams right now.

How did you get on?

Have you ever thought about helping a young person with their revision? If you don’t already and feel you have the time and temperament to help a student in secondary education, why not get in touch with Action Tutoring. They are always looking for volunteer tutors to support young people. It is a rewarding experience.

Well, thanks for reading.

Take care,

Tricia

 

 

 

In the News!

 

 

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Hi, there.

This week I thought I would do a quick rundown of some sources of news articles which I feel are relevant to business people -start-ups, the self-employed and SMEs.

Without sounding patronising, I am sure that as business people, we are all too aware of the need to be in the news, in other words, be in the know about what is happening both locally and globally.

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So, what is the best way to keep up with business news?

As a busy business person trying to do everything yourself, it is not always easy to keep up with the news, so for many their first port of call would either be Facebook or Twitter due to the fast pace at which articles turn over. Google+ is another interesting source and of course, the go-to place for professionals is LinkedIn. The quality of news you receive depends on who you are following and in light of the fake news revelations, it is probably a good idea to check a number of difference sources as backup.

Many social media sources will lead you to the top business news websites, but you could just subscribe to them, and cut out the middle-man so to speak.

So, who are the movers and shakers in the new business world?

There are of course many reputable new agencies and websites, but here are just a few:

Forbes

Business Insider UK

Time Magazine

The Independent

BBC News

Business News Daily

The Guardian

Inc.com

The Telegraph

If you don’t agree with my list that is fine as it is not supposed to be definitive just a place to start.

Do you have a favourite news source? Let me know on Twitter @PMNobleConsult.

Take care,

 

Tricia

Do What you Love!

 

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Hi there.

It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day, and while not everyone is in the mood for love, there is always time to Do What You Love!

Anyone who has been reading my blogs for a while knows that I am forever harping on about loving what you and doing what you love.

If you missed the Do What You Love four-part series, don’t despair, here they are to read at your leisure:

https://pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/do-what-you-love-part-1/

https://pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/do-what-you-love-part-2/

https://pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/do-what-you-love-part-3/

https://pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/do-what-you-love-part-4/

The series covered different areas of love – the history of Valentine’s Day, poetry, business related ideas through to how you can love the work that you do, by doing what you are passionate about. I am a great believer in doing ‘heart’ work rather than ‘head’ work but don’t take my word for it, Steve jobs said:

“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Read more https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/stevejobs416859.html

What do others say?

 

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Believe it or not, there are some who don’t agree with the above.

In an article called Why ‘Do What You Love’ Is Pernicious Advice, Bourree Lam cites others who believe that doing what you love makes it harder for workers to complain.  The full article can be found here https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/08/do-what-you-love-work-myth-culture/399599/.

Rob Asghar in Forbes, lists reasons why he doesn’t agree either.  You can read the reasons for yourself here http://www.forbes.com/sites/robasghar/2013/04/12/five-reasons-to-ignore-the-advice-to-do-what-you-love/#6e7e2fc03635

What do you thnk?

All I can say is that I’m going to keep going and if I ever get to the point where I can longer do what I love, then I will have to love what I do. That is an entirely different blog altogether.

Happy Valentine’s Day on Tuesday!

Take care,

Tricia

Step outside your comfort zone!

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Hello there and welcome to February!

So, what do you think about this? Do you think that we should step out of our comfort zones and do something that scares us?  Is it possible to do this every day?

Well, if you are self-employed, an SME or Start-up, chances are you are already doing something different and are well and truly out of your comfort zone.

Starting a business and maintaining a business is not always easy and there are all kinds of situations and experiences which present themselves.

With this is mind, do we really need to go looking for something new to scare ourselves with?

I think we do – sometimes! Having said that, I need to practice what  I preach. I too have to push myself out of my comfort zone and embrace new experiences; whether it is a cheese and wine tasting evening or a sky-dive,  a vocal training session or learning a new language. Some things are scarier than others!

Facing your fears and standing up to what scares you can only make a positive impact on your life, especially if anxiety has previously stopped you from achieving your goals.

Sometimes we need to stop and reflect on all that we have achieved and use all these accomplishments to propel ourselves forward. Reflection though is only part of the story. We need to surround ourselves with cheerleaders. You know the type, they always have words of wisdom for you, and a few funny anecdotes to keep you going.

Positive people, like the hub members at the Lets Go! Business hub at Enterprise Enfield,  remind you that you are not alone and you have a support network.  Engage with those who can see your full potential, encourage you and challenge you because they want to see you and your business grow.

Thank you, Sara Carter, Marketing Advisor at Enterprise Enfield and Diana Irinei,  of Jumping Stars for sharing a new experience with me. Diana Roy of Up Write – I am expecting you on the next leg of the journey. 

Who are the positive people around you? Who are the most encouraging people you know?  Give them a call today and suggest a new adventure that will take you out of your comfort zone.

Take care,

Tricia