Sunday, 9 May 2010



A couple of years ago, I was fascinated as I listened to a group of successful business men talking on a T.V. show about what makes them successful. Each one encompassed some indefinable quality. Was it passion, or focus, or a total lack of fear, was it wisdom, knowledge of their market place, or the desire to win. It was all of those qualities and more. Richard Branson's mother brought him up to believe that 'there is no such thing as failure'. He borrowed an enormous amount of money to start his business. When the bank demanded he pay the money back, he acquired a loan from another bank, payed the first bank and carried on. As we know, it paid off.

The business men were asked what advice they would give, in one sentence, to others seeking success.

They said:-

1. Keep it SIMPLE
2. Do what you KNOW
3. Do what affects YOU
6. Make THEM believe it.
7. Its not good enough to have the ideas - MAKE IT HAPPEN.
8. Whatever you are good at - CARRY ON DOING.

And I carry those around with me.

As I was having my hair done last week, I read the magazine 'Marie Claire'. They have collected 17 powerful women and through the Princes Trust are offering mentorships 'Inspire and Mentor', to a Marie Claire reader, to help them be the best they can be, especially to start a small business.

Best advice:
Leona Lewis, " follow your gut instinct", Simon Cowell.

Elle Macpherson, "Have the courage and willingness to explore different mediums of creativity. Do what you love and love what you do, and drink three litres of water every day"

Karren Brady, Businesswoman and vice chairman of West Ham United on qualities she admires. "Communication and integrity. People who are direct and honest".

Ruth Jones Actress. "Her husband said, 'There is not one cake. There is an endless supply of cake that everyone can eat".

Naomie Harris Actress. Said her inspiration was Dawn French who gave her the £80 for her equity card. "Super talented as well as an incredible human being"

How many times do we hear business people, actresses etc. telling tales of incredible luck, of being in the right place at the right time? Is it luck? Is it drive, determination, will, strength which create successful people. Must we have a passion that becomes an obsession? We mustn't forget skill and knowledge, belief in oneself and considerable research

"Feel the fear and do it Anyway". Susan Jeffers.

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