The Blog

Ash’s thoughts, thinkings and ideas on being more productive in your business (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Why Entrepreneurs Should Take Annual Leave

We’re entrepreneurs. We love what we do — so much so that we hardly feel as if we’re working at all. The thing is, we get so caught up in our passion that we hardly notice time ticking by and we work longer hours than perhaps we should. Not that we choose to. It just […]

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Don’t regret the things you don’t do. Regret the things you do.

America is big.  I mean really big.  You may know this already and unless you’ve travelled there, it’s tough to understand how much space there is.  I’m writing this on a flight from San Francisco to London after just over two weeks traveling the west coast.  Not quite a road trip but enough tarmac to feel […]

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The Learning Curve: The Importance of Failure in Business

Fall down seven times. Stand up eight. It’s a Japanese proverb. And they’d be right. In business, you’re going to fail sometimes. It’s a dead cert. But you can’t lose heart. Failure is an important part of life and of business success. We should embrace it, learn from it and, as the proverb advises, keep […]

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Ready for Business: Why Sleep Is Important for Success

How much sleep do successful people get? Depending on the person, anything between 4 and 8 hours, according to Forbes. The NHS suggests we should sleep 8 hours per night, although some people need more than this and others need less. The one thing several of the world’s most successful people have in common is […]

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Are you letting your environment affect your business?

I’m still playing golf.   Yes, it’s a bit cold although not too bad for the time of year.   Yes, it’s very wet and conditions are not conducive to smacking the ball long distances.  It’s not great for hitting cute shots from the rough either.      The environment becomes all-consuming at times.   It […]

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Stop Beating Yourself Up (Nobody Else Does)

This Wednesday was World Mental Health Day and it got me thinking about the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat others and the gap in between.   One weekend last month I was really lucky and played a lot of golf.   I played 9 holes on the Friday night, 18 Saturday, […]

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Are You Catering For Your Customer’s Needs?

On the 27th of May earlier this year, I proposed to Kay.      We were in her favourite place in the UK, Holkham Bay on the North Norfolk Coast.  Josie and I planned the whole event together and when we asked the question, it was from us, rather than just me.       The only […]

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Stop Being Your Own Critic And Start Being Supportive

We are our harshest critics.   There’s no one else in the world who will find fault as often and as discriminately as we do to our selves.   It’s good to look back on what we’ve done and learn from our mistakes but there’s a fine line between being critical and being cruel.   Next […]

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‘The Right Choice’ Is Just A Story We Tell Ourselves

I sometimes get stuck when making minor purchases. Sometimes for weeks.   If I don’t find a notebook or a pair of shoes that feels right, I’ll step back and gather more information.    I’ll look at reviews.  I ask the advice of friends who seem less intimidated by the prospect of notebook or shoe shopping.  Mostly I […]

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The things I HATE in business!

I recently found myself watching an episode of room 101 on YouTube.   It was because I was watching highlights of England’s magnificent victory over Sweden to reach the Semi-Finals of The World Cup. I suspect YouTube may have recommended the episode as it’s hosted by Frank Skinner.  Frank who with David Baddiel and the […]

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