How do you look after yourself in your business in hard times?

Slangkop, Kommetjie. (Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)
Slangkop, Kommetjie. (Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)

In Australia a team of emotional resilience experts and a family business professional travelled more than 1,300 km across outback Queensland to give practical advice and inspirational to regional communities hard-hit by drought. The resilience experts provided practical advice on how to best manage personal and business change, challenges and opportunities.

One of the experts said that people can’t look after their businesses, family or property without looking after themselves. Their aim was to change the conversations around the dinner table on the need to focus on hope, strategy and action rather than despair and difficulties. The roadshow series reinforced the importance of emotional well-being and resilience during difficult times. Continue reading “How do you look after yourself in your business in hard times?”

Where do you get your inspiration as an entrepreneur?

English: Street scene from Brick Lane in London.Stewart Laing, tattoo artist, gave this pitch to the panel selecting social entrepreneurs to fund:

“I’ve been homeless, I’ve been an addict, I’ve been shot in the face. My dad died when I was young, I have no contact with my mum, I hustled for a living. Four years ago I turned things around. My tattoo teacher not only taught me, he saved my life. Now I want to set up a tattoo studio and employ troubled kids like I was to escape the street.”

This young man is 26 years old. He has developed his entrepreneurial instincts on the streets. Overcome childhood trauma. Learned to survive.

Seeing Stewart’s first-hand account from a piece in the Evening Standard, is powerful and moving. It shows how entrepreneurial skills can be found anywhere. It also shows how entrepreneurs can make money but also how they can make a difference to other people’s lives.

Continue reading “Where do you get your inspiration as an entrepreneur?”

Ugly moods ditched with emotional makeover that turns into fast and furious creative jam

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I don’t know about you but when I get into a negative mood I find it hard to come up with new ideas or be creative. If you look at the research that’s been done into this, it’s quite confusing.

Some researchers have found that people need to get themselves into a more resourceful and uplifting mood before they are able to feel creative and produce ideas. Continue reading “Ugly moods ditched with emotional makeover that turns into fast and furious creative jam”

Do these theme songs inspire you to create or make you want to vomit?

Soundtrack to your imagination
Soundtrack to your imagination (Photo credit: nerosunero)

The other day I downloaded three of my top film soundtracks from the Internet:

Start Wars Main Theme
Chariots of Fire
Rocky Balboa Theme

These were some of the form soundtracks that I’d listened to on my yellow plastic Walkman when I used to go running in the mornings.

The songs would help mask the pain on those long uphill stretches. Inspiration for when the running became tough. Continue reading “Do these theme songs inspire you to create or make you want to vomit?”

How history inspired the right business idea

IMG-20130815-00452Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, looked to history for inspiration when he founded his microbrewery in the mid-1990s. He researched ancient brewing cultures and learned that brewers made beer with whatever “was beautiful” and natural and grew where they lived.

The company now makes a whole range of Ancient Ales inspired by historic and molecular evidence found in tombs and dig sites. Continue reading “How history inspired the right business idea”

A young African innovator who turned an idea into a viable product

StawiTurning an idea into a viable product is often scoffed at by those who say it’s just for dreamers. And you’re sneered at if you learn or read how to go about becoming an entrepreneur because “you may as well give up before you start”.

Eric Muthomi, 26 years old, came up with an idea to process bananas from smallholder farmers in rural Kenya and process them into banana flour. He started his business Stawi Foods and Fruits after studying law and completing short courses in enterprise management. Continue reading “A young African innovator who turned an idea into a viable product”