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Motivation Monday: Have you mastered your passion?

When we bring our passion to life and go into business so that we can ‘live the thing’ that we’re passionate about, we sometimes forget the level of skill that’s required to fulfil our ambitions. The new credo is ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect – just get it shipped’ but sometimes we just need a little push to take us to the next level, where we find that we’re capable of more mastery than we ever imagined. Sit back, take a break and ‘watch Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tell the …

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A look back at the women who pioneered the female ‘start-up’

Sometimes we need to look back to look forward. In this TED Talk, Dame Stephanie Shirley gives us insight into a time when being a successful woman in business went against the grain, and how things have changed dramatically for women wanting to start their own enterprise. So if you think you’re up against it, and are looking for inspiration, listen in to the kinds of challenges she faced when starting out. ‘Dame Stephanie Shirley – the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a …

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The rise of the micro-entrepreneur

Hi everyone, this morning I wanted to share this TEDx talk about the rise of the micro-entrepreneur, that Julie did at UCL back in 2013. It’s a testament to how much work Julie does behind the scenes of Women Unlimited, whether it’s speaking, judging awards, mentoring micro-business owners or spreading her message of ‘you can do it too!’ I love this talk, because it shows not only Julie’s journey, but it gives us ‘real world’ examples of people who have built a successful business by simply taking an idea (in their own small corner of the world) and running …

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Dare to Disagree: Your business can’t grow in an echo chamber

How many people tell you what you want to hear, not what you ‘need’ to hear, when you ask them for an honest opinion about your business or idea? In this TedTalk Margaret Heffernan tells us why it’s so important to challenge ourselves and each other, in order to grow. ‘Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to …

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The future of business is the “mesh”: Inspiring Ted Talks

This is a really interesting Ted Talk by Lisa Gansky – Entrepreneur. Lisa gives us her insights into the future of business and technology from the point of view that ‘sharing trumps ownership’, as a way for customers to consume services and products. Worth a listen (even if you’re not a tech head!)…and could well be a conversation starter if you’re brainstorming ideas for a new business or enterprise. Lisa Gansky, author of “The Mesh,” talks about a future of business that’s about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples …

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Book Love: ‘So we leaned in…now what?’

You may remember Julie’s great review last year of Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Now, further down the track, we have Sheryl back on the TEDWomen stage, being interviewed by Pat Mitchell about what she has learned since her Ted Talk and the book’s publication. If the book has had an impact on you and your life please share in the comments, we’d love to hear from you! Sheryl Sandberg admits she was terrified to step onto the TED stage in 2010 — …

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Why you should never ever give up on your dreams…

Last night I watched this incredibly inspiring video from last year’s TED Women conference. I hadn’t heard of Diana Nyad before but wow, what an amazing lady she is.  Non apologetic, bold, brave, fierce, resilient, persistent … I could keep going but think you should discover it for yourself 🙂 There have been many times in my business journey where I have thought about giving up… where it has all seemed too hard… If you ever feel like that, please watch this as she shares the importance of enjoying the journey …

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Thrive Conference: Joanna Tall Off to see my lawyer.com

Your Stories: Joanna Tall from Offtoseemylawyer.com

Last year at Thrive 2012 (have you checked out Thrive 2013 yet?!) we decided to do something a bit different. Rather than running a conference where all the speakers had made millions and squillions of dollars, I wanted to inspire the audience with some of YOUR stories. Women from our own commmunity who had started up their own businesses and had come along to our workshops and events. Women who had made the leap of faith and jumped into their new venture with anticipation, fear, excitement and hope. We had …

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The game that can give you 10 extra years of life: Jane McGonigal

This TED Talk is one of the most inspiring speeches I have seen in a long time (massive thanks to Leanne Dal Santo from @Smartbags for sharing it with me).  Jane McGonigal shares how she turned herself around while in the depths of depression and found the secret to creating more happiness and extending your life. If you are experiencing any personal challenges in your life, watch this video – it will make a big difference.  

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