Positivity

One of the Entrepreneurs I work with told me that in her investment exit plan it involves her and the hubbie moving back to the USA – she’s starting to get tired of the UK. I asked why – not because I took it personally but because I was genuinely interested as to why someone…

Change and uncertainty

As human beings we often find change challenging – it might be because our lizard brain goes into fight, flight or freeze mode when there’s an inkling of uncertainty, or maybe it’s because our security might be at risk which according to Maslow will impact the rest of our needs or it might just be…

I woke up this morning…

I burnt out in 2017 and it was last night, whilst having a drink with my colleague, that I realised this. I was so exhausted (even after a week off work for Christmas) and started to tear up. I was unhappy because I couldn’t change the things people wanted me to change. I was trying…

Take time to celebrate

I enable a large number of Entrepreneurs in my role at Entrepreneurial Spark and time and time again I have to remind them to celebrate even the smallest of milestones. When you run your own company you are pulled in a number of directions – you have to make key decisions everyday whilst being thrown…

Let your chimp make friends

My Chimp is called Emma and she can be a right pain in the bum sometimes. She always speaks out of turn and reacts far too emotionally in situations that need an element of level headedness. No I haven’t lost the plot, I simply read The Chimp Paradox and it’s been life changing. The Chimp…

Consider swapping a Master’s for a Start-Up

When telling my Entrepreneurial journey, or my experience of it so far, I always compare my first two companies like doing a Master’s because I learnt so much and they cost me as much. I’m absolutely not advising you not to do a Master’s but do consider other options out there where you could learn…

What are you currently learning?

Travel back in time for a second and imagine yourself as a baby – you can’t talk, you can’t walk and you can’t feed yourself. Yet, over time you learn all those skills because you have to – it’s how you are going to survive. So, why is it that we don’t put that level of self…

We’re biologically different…

A few months ago, I read a report from the Centre for Entrepreneurs called ‘Shattering Stereotypes: Women in Entrepreneurship’ – it was a really interesting read and it got me thinking. The report stated that women need a different level of service to men when in business. I’m not waving my feminist wand here but…

The Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster

Starting a business is hard. In fact it’s really hard and it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Within my role at Entrepreneurial Spark I Enable a large number of Entrepreneurs on a monthly basis and one of the common themes I see crop up time and time again is trying to cope with the emotional…

Allowing Yourself to ‘Just be’

Yesterday I experienced my first Reiki session. For those of you who don’t know what it is…like me a few days ago… it’s a Japanese technique used to help with stress relief and relaxation. One of my Entrepreneurs told me how amazing it is so I decided to give it a whirl. I’m known amongst…

#BeBoldForChange

It’s International Women’s Day on 8th March and at the Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator Hub I run in Milton Keynes we are holding a #BeBoldForChange event. Women in Business is a topic that I am really interested in but I recently got challenged on it. Someone told me to be careful not to paint myself with…

It takes 5 seconds to become de-motivated

I want to be healthier and do more fitness. It’s something most of us say on a regular basis yet we don’t do it. We then worry about it all day – we feel guilty for not going to the gym in the morning or for deciding at lunchtime that we can’t be bothered to…