John Keats, the famous 19th century poet, became part of the Italian family holiday during the summer. His life fascinated me and helped me to understand the power of poetry for entrepreneurs…
Being 25 years’ self-employed I feel I’ve developed a ‘nose’ for judging whether a business or project might work.
The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term… [Read more…]
Over the past 2 years, 49 articles connecting hitchhiking and entrepreneurship have been posted on this Blog.
Subjects and angles have been wide and varied. But no single post has focused on the unsung heroes of enterprise and entrepreneurship who have helped make my journey possible. Yet, if it had not been for the kindness of spirit, generosity of time and ability to help me reach my next destination, I would not have travelled far. And then I would have given up… [Read more…]
The post ‘Top 10 websites for entrepreneurs’ highlights the most popular websites being recommended to start-ups. But when looking more deeply at the sites and social media sources not making top ten status, it was clear something lacking popularity still has game-changing value.
Much like the globally renowned Edinburgh Festival, you must visit its ‘Fringe event’ to unmask the future entertainment diamonds. Here are great alternative websites that will be tomorrow’s mainstream… [Read more…]
It started with a cold call. “I’m sorry but Nick rarely gives interviews” I was informed. The PA on the other end of the line was pleasant but firm. “But please give me your details. Someone in PR will get back to you.”
Two days later the phone rang. To my astonishment, I learnt my wish had been granted. Slap in the middle of his hectic schedule I would be meeting the greatest entrepreneur in the world. He even wanted to meet me in person and had insisted on making all my travel arrangements…
As our plane readied for take off to Cape Town, the stewardess commenced the well rehearsed health and safety briefing. Little did we know that the airline’s serious business of having a laugh meant the ordinary was about to become extraordinary.
“In the event of the cabin losing air pressure, oxygen masks will drop down from above your heads.” Her words were calm. She paused and looked to see who was paying attention… [Read more…]
Globally, little evidence exists that business start-up and survival rates are improving. Data released by Experian (November 2011) showed 70% of start-up businesses fail within 36 months of starting. So it’s a mystery why the most important entrepreneurial skill is seldom taught.
If entrepreneurs are to survive & thrive we need to provide the right training… [Read more…]