Successes & failures: Invaluable lessons from entrepreneurs

Examples, case studies and real-life stories about entrepreneurs and their working lives. Learn from the success and failure of others to save you money and time and ultimately help you succeed.

Value your Entrepreneurial Journey

Fear, inertia and ignorance fail us. Start now and value the journey. If you want to make anything happen in life, you have to start an entrepreneurial journey. But be aware, "Entrepreneurship often happens when people are on their way to something else..." . Read More

Need to achieve

Do entrepreneurs have a stronger need to achieve? Leeds station, 11.35pm. It's a dark, cold November evening. The last train to York departed 5 minutes before my train from Huddersfield arrived. But for the night-time usuals I'm on my own, frustrated and penniless. But my need to achieve will get me out of here. Read More

The Devil of Self-importance

Smug and the devil of self-importance As I climbed the tank crane's 10 foot ladder to access the driver's cab I knew this wasn't going to be a typical hitchhiking experience.. But I wasn't aware that I was about to be hijacked by the devil. The devil of self-importance... Read More

Develop Resilience: Tackle the Biggest Problem First

When the going gets tough, tackle the biggest problem first "Where ya goin?" The van driver shouted above the noise of the engine. He was leaning over from his seat, pushing the passenger door open with his outstretched hand. Standing on the pavement and with my heavy rucksack held over one shoulder I replied. "Lake District!" The prospect of a lift added eagerness to my voice. "Get in. But I'm only going to 'arrogate'..." Read More

Trust Builds Business

Trust builds business but how do you build trust? Building trust in business is everything, but how do you do it? Here's a starting point. Can you recall a moment where someone you didn't know well demonstrated real trust - in a risk situation? What happened next? In little time strong bonds may have developed, sometimes at surprising speed. And the relationship changes for the better. The same is possible in the workplace, although the 'risk' catalyst is less commonplace (hence the need for Outward Bound courses). Read More

Befriend Risk

Medical injections and me are not the best of friends. Ever since childhood I have had a deep-seated fear & loathing of the needle. But whilst avoidance might work as a strategy for some of the time, a lack of desire to do anything only serves to create problems further down life's line. Progress requires me to befriend risk... Read More

How to Shape Your Business

After several years working very hard on my first venture, an experienced mentor and friend drew me a simple diagram to demonstrate how to run a much more effective company. "It's all about knowing how to shape your business and getting the direction right" Chris said, taking his pen off the paper and sitting back in his chair. I peered at the illustration. None the wiser I looked up at his smiling face and asked him to explain. What he told me influences my thinking everyday... Read More