The Blog

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

Things Happen, But We Need to Deal With Them

Name me someone who’s never felt frustrated. You can’t. It’s impossible. We all get frustrated at some point, either in business or in life. A payment doesn’t come in on time. A service provider lets you down. A washing machine goes on the blink. A flight is delayed. Things like this happen all the time […]

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Are you self-sabotaging your inner maverick?

I remember having a conversation with Kay early in our relationship that has stuck with me. It was one of those conversations in passing.  One that you don’t think much of at the time but becomes a bit of a cornerstone of the way your relationship then evolves.   It was less of a conversation than […]

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Success Is What You Make It

What does success mean to you? Find out how to set goals and learn to achieve on your own terms, not someone else’s, in my latest business coaching blog post.

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It’s All in the Asking

When a problem arises in business, we dive in and scramble around, looking for a solution. We ask what the problem is; we identify it; we find a solution; we implement it. That’s how it works. At least, that’s how it should work, but you see, business isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes, a solution that should […]

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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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