Does Effort Equal Success?

It is that time of the year again… piles of school books to cover and the obligatory “Meet The Teacher” meeting. Not that I mind the meeting  —  in fact I rather look forward to get to know a little about the person I am entrusting my precious child with for six hours or more every weekday. Only, […]

Why entrepreneurs fail ~ and what to do about it

Cacaity x Opportunity = Flow

Businesses fail for many reasons, but underlying all the possible causes there is one truth that, if better understood by the entrepreneur, would have ensured success. That truth is that to succeed you have to operate inside your “flow zone”. In my work with thousands of entrepreneurs this is the picture I draw most often, […]

Achieve Results with this 1-Page Business Plan

This is what Mike Tyson, the boxing champion and convict of the 1990s, famously said when reflecting on his approach as a successful fighter: “Everyone has a plan – until they get punched in the face!” In many respects Tyson’s observation is also what we experience in business…  You make meticulous plans, are asked by […]

Potential for Independent Professionals to Develop Themselves

Potential for self-development of independent professionals

Recently I did a quick “straw survey” amongst the independent professionals and entrepreneurs in my immediate network. When I got to a count of 50 replies I did a count and found the following: 98{e42095093a56873cd52ce328b684ec04090f01af8d3dd0862e56b9475caff4d7} PROFESSIONAL EXPERT By far the most of the professionals in my immediate network have been involved in their field of […]

Ask for feedback to get better results


Would it not be great if feedback at the end of all conversations was seen as part of the usual way of doing, just like starting a conversation with asking “how are you”? Imagine this: You have a meeting with a prospective client and at the end of the meeting, as you prepare to conclude […]

Your Business Must Support Your Life

Yesterday Steve Jobs announced that he is taking “medical leave of absence”.  Apple released the terse email he sent his staff, saying “the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health”. This is the third time Jobs faces big health problems – previously he fought […]

Your Resolution to Pay Attention is a Good Investment

I’m looking out over a misty sea, the waves rolling in on a new year.  It’s time, they say, to obsess about New Year’s Resolutions and what I’ll pay attention to in 2011! Now, this is my question today: How do I make sure that when I “pay” my attention, I make a good “investment”? […]

Achieve Automagical Results

When you know how to create the conditions for ‘Flow’, you can achieve more than you thought would be possible in your business – you’ll see great results as if by magic, while you only do what you love to do. Here are some practical tips on allowing your business to grow by achieving ‘Flow’. […]

You already know how to be great

You already have inside of you what you need to achieve your most important goals. So what is keeping you back? You need: – Faith in yourself and others; – Fire in your commitment and actions; and – Focus in what you choose to pay attention to. These are the three elements Alan Fine says […]

Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” — James Allen “The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.” — Norman Vincent Peale “(T)he information we allow into consciousness (is)… what determines the […]