All posts tagged: success

Bad day?

This post is more of a personal chat over a glass of wine than a formal blog post.  I woke up this morning and received some bad news.  Nothing major, yet it hit me where it hurts and sent me spinning.  I felt overwhelmed and like life is one step forward, two steps back.  Yesterday, I secured a contract that I really wanted and was feeling very happy about the success of my business.  I was telling a friend of mine how I can totally understand how certain high power women stay single.  I get such a buzz from my business.  When things go well, I get this high that parallels the thrill of falling in love – only it’s deeper because it’s rooted in something I created myself. Today, I got sucker-punched.  We all have those days though, don’t we?  My little bit of bad news skewed my entire life perspective.  Instead of feeling like I can do anything I set my mind to, (a sentiment I believe and ‘felt’ only yesterday) today I …

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe it’s 2016!  I’ve always loved the idea of a fresh start, and in reality, every moment holds the opportunity for a new beginning.  But there is something about the blank slate of a New Year. Who do you want to be?  Who are you?  And how does that person align with the person you want to be?  What interests do you have – have you pursued them?  What do you want to accomplish in life?  What’s holding you back? The irony about goals and dreams is that they evolve. Maybe this isn’t true for everybody, but it’s true for me.  Life is fluid and the most important thing is to move forward, in the direction of your passions and goals – those goals may change.  There’s a quote that says, ‘Go as far as you can see.  When you get there, you’ll see further’ It’s true.  The secret is in starting.  Discover, explore, live fully and keep going! One of my own personal aspirations for 2016 is to write more.  Some …

What is the best way to learn French?

What is the best way to learn a language? Apart from having the interest and passion to do so, the learning process has to be fun, enjoyable, slightly challenging but motivational enough to keep you going. It must have the core principles needed to attain mastery – repetition, grammar, continuously growing vocabulary and the ability to naturally combine words into usable sentences. My friend, Eoin Kennedy, CEO of Zone Digital, teamed up with Natasha Lynch, Director & Owner of the Essential French College recently to bring  all these elements together in the newly launched app “Essential French” I’ve been playing with the app, and am slightly horrified at how far my French has fallen! The app feels like a game with different levels. It starts off with a quick run-through of vocabulary. The second stage has the French vocab written and spoken, enhancing both visual and auditory learning. You are presented with three possible translations and have a time limit to choose the correct one. You need to get at least 80% correct to see …

Take risks

The Irony of Success

Life is about taking risks. Anything worth anything costs something – and often not money. In order to love, you need to make yourself vulnerable to being hurt. In order to succeed, you need to put yourself out there to potentially fail. In order to succeed at anything, you must first be a beginner. In order to grow, you must acknowledge your weaknesses. These things can be hard to do. Nobody wants to be hurt – but we all want love. Nobody wants to fail – but we want to succeed. Nobody enjoys the awkward phase of being a beginner, and let’s face it – it isn’t easy to acknowledge that we are wrong, flawed, imperfect beings. It’s scary. People might reject us. But guess what? That is inevitable. If you follow your dreams, take risks, make yourself vulnerable… OR if you stay safe and live the way everybody expects you to – you are not going to please everybody all the time. Even if you never take a risk in your life, you will …

Don't let your dreams just be dreams

How to make your dreams come true

Dream The first step is dream. Play with ideas. Explore interests. Read books. Meet new people. I love the quote that says ‘You will be the same person in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read”. This resonates with me, as books and people open your mind and introduce you to new ideas and ways of life. Don’t be afraid to try new things. “You can’t achieve dreams you don’t have”  – Jay Samit  Start It sounds simple, perhaps a bit cliché, but – just do it! Just start! When you embark on a new journey or set your hand to a new venture, you are going to be a beginner. You can’t learn everything you need to know through books, people or training – you have to just start. Take the jump. The unknown can be scary, but it is the only real way to attain mastery.  Keep Going Or fail. Failing isn’t bad. “Failing is trying something that doesn’t work. Failure is giving …

flame of success

Success is how you run the race

I’m starting to realize success isn’t a destination.   For a long time I have equated success with achieving certain goals. Lately, I am realising success is a journey, moreso than a destination. Circumstances are second to attitude. We all face hard times. We all face setbacks. Success is the way we handle those setbacks. Do we let them hold us back? Do we choose to learn, even from our own failures? If we fall, and mess up, do we allow our failure to discourage us or do we take it as an opportunity to learn and grow and get back up? There are times when circumstances, people and maybe even our own minds, tell us we can’t do something.   The odds are against us. Yet, there is an inner flame that quietly flickers – “you can do it”. Success is choosing to feed that flame. Success when nobody believes in you I read an article about famous celebrities who were rejected. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star and told he “lacked imagination …

Inspiring People Who Reinvented Themselves

We all want to be better than we are – to reach our fullest potential.  Like the Whitney Houston song says “Give me one moment in time, when I’m more that I thought I could be” The rags to riches stories are so inspiring because they give us hope.  You don’t have to be down and out to want to be better. When you see people come from truly terrible situations and then break away from the mould to reach incredible success, it shows nothing is out of reach to those who are willing to work hard and push past the obstacles. Did you know that of the 100 richest people today, 73 of them are self made billionaires?  36 of those are children of poor parents, and some of them didn’t have wealthy parents OR a college degree!  http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226514   I believe making such a drastic shift requires more than sheer hard work.  It requires a shift in ones thinking.  You have to be positive.  You have to know how to deal with the …