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Dodging the business poo

When you start achieving what you want, people start flinging poo at you. Jill, one of my Superheroes, has taken what I teach and run with it from day 1. The second she joined my group, she did stuff. Now she's seeing the rewards...  ...and the poo. She posted this in our private email group [...]

In a couple of weeks, I'm giving a talk and doing a workshop at my mentor's event. Jon McCulloch, aka the Evil Bald Genius, asked me to come and talk about one of the things I do best: helping businesses be more fucking interesting.  I was pretty chuffed, because Jon's well known as pretty much [...]

The motivational pants of poverty

Brace yourself: a rant is coming... About motivational mindset pants.  I'm interviewing a rather splendid lady today for my podcast. Her name's Stefanie Arroyo, and she runs a group call Marketing, NOT Mindset.Somewhat amusingly, she changed the name of her group fairly recently to focus on marketing, not mindset... and a bunch of her members got [...]

Gooseberry gin gift keeps me grinning

We need to talk about gin. Specifically, gooseberry gin.  Even more specifically, the bottle of gooseberry gin that arrived beautifully packaged and addressed to me, accompanying a card from Sarah, one of my Superheroes. I know I'm a bit flippant sometimes, but I actually have all the feelz. Too many of them, a lot of [...]

Here, take this blindfold…

Look around your industry. Go online, look on LinkedIn, check out forums, and look around in the real world, too.  How many people are having fun with their businesses? Very few, I'll wager. Because when I look around at all the coaches and trainers and marketers hawking their wares to business owners, most of what [...]

Running face-first into tiny willies

I was talking to a friend a couple of days ago. She shall remain nameless to protect the loony. And we were talking about her Man Woes.  Specifically, how she kept running face-first into tiny willies. And so she’s done with men (for now) while she works out a different strategy. After I'd stopped snorting [...]

Narcissistic selfie monster gobbles sales

Turn a little to the left... dip your chin... lower your eyelashes... tilt your head slightly -- there! That's it! DUCKFACE!  Repeat ad naseum, all day and all night. This, ladles and jellyspoons, is the modern horror. The Narcissistic Selfie Monster. People so absorbed in taking pictures of themselves and posting them on social media, [...]

"Take that frown and turn it upside down!" Said with manic Stepford-Wives glassy smile and empty eyes.  Just another meaningless platitude from people who can't cope with the real world. Well, here's my antidote to that: keep your frown and use it to power yourself to success. In a world filled with fake positivity and [...]

Love doesn’t pay the bills, toots

I've just come up for air. From total immersion in a book. A real, honest-to-megatroyd, hardback book of short stories by Stephen King: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  The stories are mostly superb, but I'm totally buried in one particular story -- longer than most -- called Ur. It's about the Kindle, written when the [...]

Scared of political doo-doo? Read this

It's voting day today in the UK. We're having a General Election. There's a lot of fearmongering and bile-spewing from all sides -- and I'm not going to add to it today.  Today, I'm going to point out two things: Politics is important. Really fucking important. Health, education, social welfare, transport, infrastructure, science, culture, the [...]

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