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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Forget the new, make progress instead

I appreciate that it’s March as you read this. Yet, as I write this article, I’m surrounded by the most beautiful snow filled landscape that is smothering the orchard with whiteness.   We’ve passed the 21st January which according to “experts” is also known as Blue Monday. The day in the year that is said to […]

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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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4 Ways To Look After ‘Me’

I think many business minded people start off in life thinking only about the money – how much can I make and how quickly can I make it?   We put money above all else at the expense of the rest of our lives.   I was no different …   I lost a lot […]

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You “Can’t” Or You’ve Decided You Can’t?

My neighbour, Chris is a great guy.   We get on well with both him and his wife, Andra.   We share many things such as a love of good wine (they have a wine cellar) and good food (I love to cook).   We were recently sitting in the garden, mopping up the remnants […]

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