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  • Have you been in the dark for too long?

    ‘It's not the light that's the problem; it’s that you have been in the dark too long.’ You know when you've had the lights off for a while and they suddenly come on again that it takes a while for your eyes to adjust - what's the real cause of that? Is it really because the light has come on, or is it actually that you've been in the dark for too long? On one level, that might seem

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    Who makes you feel inferior?

    No-one can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt.  What are your thoughts on this comment? Have you ever let anyone make you feel inferior? How did they do that? More importantly, how did you let them do that?  If we explore some different scenarios where someone is apparently ‘making’ you feel inferior, maybe you can decide how much it was a case

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    Cracked or broken?

    ‘One small crack doesn't mean you're broken. It means you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart.’ Anon.  Which way do you tend to see it when a crack appears? Do you see it as the beginning of the end or do you see it as an area for learning and/or fixing?  If we follow the analogy of a crack in a wall, it could go either way. A crack can of course mean a problem

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    If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door

    Have you ever wished or waited for an opportunity to present itself for you to do something you've always wanted to do ? How fixed was that idea as to what that opportunity should be or look like? We hear a lot about waiting for opportunities to arise, and of course they sometimes do, but what if it's more about you creating your own opportunities and being open to recognising them when they do

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    There’s nowt so queer as folk

    This was one of my Dad's favourite sayings. He used it whenever someone did or said something that seemed odd to him. It’s another way of saying ‘people are endlessly interesting’, which is a phrase I use a lot. What makes us all interesting are our differences. If everyone behaved and thought the same, there would be no surprises but also perhaps little growth or development. Perhaps

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    Not this time

    How do you deal with the disappointment when you don't achieve what you set out to? Perhaps you didn't get a job you wanted, or secure the new business you were hoping for, or make it into a sports team you tried for. How many times does that have to happen before you give up? Or do you keep going and follow your dream? It’s easy to start telling yourself that you're not good enough, that

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    What is your greatest asset?

    When you’re asked that question, do you start thinking about your material assets, such as your house, your business or your money? Or do you do you think about your skills and attributes? Maybe you have a particular talent that is valuable to you. There are so many ways of answering and there is no one right answer. What if your greatest asset is simply you? What is the value of all those

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    Do you dress to impress ?  What do you take that question to mean?  Is it asking whether you dress smartly, colourfully or outrageously?   Dressing to impress is normally said in relation to a job interview or another situation where the spotlight might be on you.  Whatever you take it to mean, the answer is ‘Yes, you do dress to impress’, however unconsciously

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    How do you define personal branding?

    There can be a lot of confusion around what constitutes personal branding so perhaps a useful place to start is by saying what it’s not. It’s not about logos and letterheads. Logos and letterheads are part of your business branding. While of course there’s a connection between the two, i.e. a good business brand for a solo entrepreneur should reflect their personal brand, they are absolutely

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    How big a risk will you take?

    How much of a risk taker are you? How safe do you like to feel? There’s a matrix that you can apply to risk taking with 3 key issues to be balanced against each other. These are: the likelihood of the worst outcome occurring, the level of seriousness of that worst outcome and your own competency or skill level. The idea of this matrix came to me when I was on a paddleboard, considering

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