• Set up a life you don’t need to run away from

    I read this in an article in the paper this morning as I was balancing eggs, coffee and reading material on a small café table. It was attributed to Seth Gordon and as things are inclined to do on a Saturday morning, it jumped up and hit me between the eyes.  I often think I might run away. When I did a quick online search to verify the quote, there were many references to Seth and his

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    Four steps to achieving the life you imagined

    Have you ever had this thought - the life I imagined is not going to happen? It can be a confronting dose of reality. When we were kids, we all had great ideas about what we were going to be when we grew up.  There were the usual train drivers, and famous singers or astronauts and various combinations that changed according to our experiences of that week. It didn’t matter what our

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    No Way Forward

    There can be a time in anyone’s life when the planets all seem to be aligned against them and there is no way forward.   Fortunately those globes are exactly where they should be but the perception remains. Perhaps life is not turning out as we had imagined and that in itself is a major disappointment. We are not as rich or successful as we anticipated, perhaps we have health

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    A Foreign Prognosis for Warren

    With his prostate cancer in remission, Warren Coupe continued his work as a builder/handyman by day and a cleaner in the early hours of the morning.  A flare up of the disease and the trauma associated with his treatment eventually lead to drastic decisions and a total change of lifestyle and occupation. Can you tell me what were the circumstances to lead to a change in your life/career

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    Seven Entrepreneurial Steps

    It’s at this time of year when thoughts turn towards quitting the day job and setting up business on your own.  It might not be a decision of your own choosing; rather one that arises either through redundancy, or perhaps the collapse of your employer’s business.  Whatever the reason, the thought is both exciting and terrifying all at the same time. There are some crucial questions to start

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    Negative Nancies

    It’s a great idea.  You’ve been awake half the night going over the possibilities and you are so sure that this is just the business or career solution you’ve been searching for.  You’ve subsequently done some research and looked at the financial aspects.  You’ve put together a draft business plan.  It seems like this might just work. It’s at this point, you tentatively mention

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    What are you Afraid of?

    It is not unusual to think of leaving the rat race and starting your own business or developing a home-based enterprise.  We think about it a lot, and then think about it some more.  Particularly on Sunday nights as we contemplate the week ahead. Only a small proportion of people actually form a plan, do their research and take the first step which will lead to work place independence and

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    Resilience Rescue

    Resilience gives you the skills and strength with which to handle the curved balls that life throws at you. Parents worry about building resilience skills in their children, and that is admirable, but it’s just as important for adults to master this trait as well. What do we mean by resilience anyway?  I think of it as bouncability, or the ability to recover from an adverse event and move on to

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