Founders Insights

business-resources1 As part of my work I need to know what is happening in the world. Whether it’s popular culture, trends or the latest celebrity gossip (yes, really!). I consume a lot of information and assimilate it to work out the best way forward when devising strategies for clients.

I’ve bookmarked so many business resources that I think you would find helpful so I’m going to try sharing some of the best videos, books, blog posts and anything else I can think of that may help you, on the blog every Wednesday.

One resource that has had me going back for more whenever I get a spare moment has been Inc’s Founders Forum. It’s a set of video interviews with some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs.

Some of my favourites

Two entrepreneurs that are inspiring me right now are Marc Ecko, founder of Ecko Unltd and Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker. Both have built brands that are authentic to them, with both starting out as underdogs of their industry.

Marc Ecko

Mastering the Art of Authenticity

Marc talks about authenticity, how you are your best brand and over coming obstacles and fear.

Neil Blumenthal

A New Vision for E-Commerce

Neil talks about the importance of branding, authenticity and strategy to grow your business.

Watch and learn.

Challenge yourself

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In January I set myself a challenge to write every day with the hope of sharing more thoughts in this space. I managed to write a lot but nothing ended up here. So when I saw my friend Patti was taking part in NaBloPoMo  (National Blog Posting Month), I decided to join in. I’ll be posting every day for the month of April. To make sure I complete it, I won’t be sticking to a particular theme but instead I’l post whatever is on my mind that day.

30 blog posts in 30 days doesn’t sound that much of a challenge if you are a frequent blogger but it is rare for me! I’m hoping this challenge will get me back into regular posting schedule.

When was the last time you set yourself a creative challenge?

Embrace the present

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Bye bye 2013. Hello 2014. I have a feeling you’re going to be a special one. Not because of all the things I might achieve but because of all the things I’m going to savour this year.

One of my goals is to live in the present. I want to feel and experience every moment.

I don’t want to rush through life trying to get to the finish line, missing all the things that happen in between reaching big milestones or achievements.

LIFE is what happens in those moments in between. Those moments when we’re waiting or working or resting or playing.

That is life.

That is living.

So le’s make the present the best it can be. Let’s savour those little moments because those moments ARE your life.

Your life doesn’t start when you reach your goals, your life is right now.

Today.

Sometimes the little things are the big things

little-things Today I was caught in vicious hailstorm with my 3 year old daughter. At first we were going to wait it out, we had somewhere to be and I didn’t want to be late. I soon realised that we’d need to run for cover. My daughter’s hood on her jacket kept blowing off, my boots were getting soaked through, my gloveless hands were freezing.

We ended up running back home and being late but what I’ll remember most:

  • Lily’s giggles and squeals as we ran under cover.
  • Her excitement at the “hard snow” falling from the sky.
  • Her sparkling eyes, wide open in awe at the hailstones.
  • Holding hands as we ran. Her small soft hand fitting inside mine perfectly.

These little tiny moments, I’ll hold close forever.

Your life will have different tiny moments. Moments that are hard to capture on camera because you’re fully living them.

By the end of our lives we’ll realise the little things were the big things. Those little moments of giggles, laughter, small fingers and toes, loyal pets, crisp leaves and the hug of a dear friend. These things matter so much more than we realise day-to-day.

Enjoy them.

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Just decide

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Make a choice. Just decide what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, how you’re going to do it. Just decide.

Have you ever gone back and forth with something so many times that you feel like a yo-yo? Or have you been stuck because you just can’t decide what it is you even want?

You are not alone. I’ve been there too.

When I first heard this quote in a youtube video,  I was still trying to decide where I was headed. This past year has been a discovery year. I’ve changed things up, switched things around, took on too much, cut it all back down and built my workload back up again. I was searching, waiting, to find the right balance for me.

While all the experimenting was great, I still felt stuck.

I had no idea what I wanted which meant I wasn’t ever going to move forward.

But this quote, it resonated with me. It brought me back to 2009 when I finally decided to start my first real business (my short-lived illustration business aged 8, notwithstanding.)

So I decided what I wanted. Truthfully, I always knew it but it was buried under tons of stuff.

I went back to my core. I decided what mattered. I thought about what makes me happy.

And now, here I am.

I’m not entirely sure where this blog will take me all I know right now is that I have to write. I want to write.

So I’ve decided. What it’s going to be. Who I’m going to be and how I’m going to do it.

Thanks Will.