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Manifest your dreams by Cissi Williams

How can we learn to listen to our soul, so that we can be guided by our own unique, divine GPS?   To manifest our soul’s dreams we need to take the time to truly get to know our soul, by tuning into its divine energy, wisdom and love. Doing this, we allow our soul […]

July – August 2016

Cover July August 2016

If you’re headed away for a summer break, The Best You’s bumper issue of inspiration is your perfect inspirational read. This issue we profile Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr, Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill who is preparing for Rio. We chat with celebrity farmer Jimmy Doherty, adventurer Alastair Humphrey, media expert Fiona Harrold and hot […]

Andy Murray – Ultimate Competitor by The Best You

  Despite a recent split from his coach, the birth of his daughter and last year’s surgery, Andy Murray is still one of Wimbledon’s favourites. We look at the formative years and rise of the player. Andy Murray has had the dubious honour of carrying the tennis hopes of the United Kingdom, since his friend […]

Top 6… Outdoor cinema classics by The Best You

  Whether it’s a projector and sheet in your own backyard or a night out at some of the UK’s finest landmarks, there’s a feast of film on show at outdoor cinemas across the UK this summer. Here’s The Best You’s best views…     Dirty Dancing With its 60s styling and soundtrack, Dirty Dancing […]

From one goddess to another by Mel Wells

Love food? That’s a good thing, says Mel Wells in her new book The Goddess Revolution, who wants us to love our bodies and reclaim our lives Our stories around food, weight and body image are all so very personal. We keep them tight to our chests, for fear of being judged or misunderstood. Yet […]

No-one’s coming by Kute Blackson

It might sound like a bad thing, but the good news is the rescue squad is inside of you! Life coach Kute Blackson wants us to take ownership of our potential to find personal freedom, and the starting point is his new book, You Are The One.   Kute Blackson has, quite literally, witnessed a […]

Rita Ora leads success at Migrant Woman event by The Best You

  Beauty, diversity and inspiration in abundance, with singer Rita Ora winning the Award for Renowned Female Achiever, The Best You reports from the Migrant Woman Conference and Awards 2016 More than 250 women and men filled the Millennium Gloucester Hotel for the second annual Migrant Woman Conference and Awards in late May. The one-day […]

What does it take to be a… beekeeper by Tim Lovett

  Town or country, you’re sure to spot a busy bee when you’re outside this summer. Tim Lovett, director of public affairs at the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) explains why they are so important to our eco system   How did you get involved in beekeeping? “I’m a biologist by training but as a kid […]

From the street to Selfridges by Jemal Peters

  Jemal Peters grew up in a tough London district where crime was the normal route to riches – but he didn’t let his formative years define who he was destined to become Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, and if you don’t believe it, meet Jemal Peters whose Big J’s Kitchen range of condiments […]

Vloggers making a difference: PewDiePie

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others   They’re some of the biggest YouTube names, so we salute them when they lend their digital space to a great cause…   Aka Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, the Swedish YouTube star has helped […]

Stop talking, start doing by Shaa Wasmund

  She is the woman who won a Cosmopolitan competition to interview Chris Eubank… and ended up managing his PR. She took an unknown James Dyson and launched his global business. Now Shaa Wasmund MBE is urging us to take action and make our goals reality Have you got an itch? To start your own […]

 The Aha! Moment by Mariana Cooper

Ever wondered how some people seem to intuitively know what to do and when? In an interview with The Best You, Mariana Cooper explains how you can have it too Tell us about the Aha! Factor and how you developed the language of answered prayer. I was raised to believe that there was always more […]

Hannah Mermaid – Force of Nature by The Best You

  Hannah Mermaid, aka Hannah Fraser, is the first person to make a living as a full time mermaid. She tells The Best You how she came to make a unique career out of a passion for the sea – and the pros and cons of swimming with the sharks.   As far back as […]

Look and learn by Jez Rose

As a renowned behaviourist, Jez Rose wants us to turn off the auto response to channel the best from ourselves – the result, he says, could be extraordinary Self-parking cars, clothes with tech built in, multi-screening, all benefits of the digital age – or not? What if the tech that is designed to empower us […]

Vloggers making a difference: Jim Chapman

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others They’re some of the biggest YouTube names, so we salute them when they lend their digital space to a great cause…   He raised almost £6k when he ran the London Marathon in aid […]

Vloggers making a difference: Zalfie

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others   They’re some of the biggest YouTube names, so we salute them when they lend their digital space to a great cause… That’s YouTube golden couple Zoella and Alfie, of course. Zoella has worked […]

Paul McCartney: A legendary voice by The Best You

With a busy summer of festival and US dates, the former Beatles and Wings star shows no signs of slowing down as he celebrates his 74th birthday this month. We look at the achievements of the man who wrote the world’s most-frequently recorded song and celebrate his life and contribution to music.   With a […]

The courage to be creative by Doreen Virtue

Legendary New Age author Doreen Virtue is back with a new book which encourages us to get creative. Here she introduces the book to The Best You readers It takes courage to be creative. I know from personal and professional experience, as I’ve been self-employed as an author and speaker since 1993. During that time […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Eleanor of Aquitaine – A Talent for Staying in Power

Eleanor of Aquitaine was born around the year 1122, as exact records of a birth that long ago do not exist. Until she became a teenager, she was raised in privilege as the daughter of France’s most powerful Duke, who was also one of the King’s wealthiest landowners. Eleanor was extremely lucky for a woman […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Simon Cowell – Failure Was Not An Option

Born in London just before the rise of the swinging 1960s, Simon Cowell’s mother and father counted their professions as ballet dancer and music industry executive, respectively. Cowell was a decent student in school while he was growing up, however he was not particularly drawn to any one passion as far as his future career […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Michael Dell – Ahead of the Tech Curve

  Michael Dell was born in Houston, Texas in 1965 to an upper middle class Jewish family. Even in elementary school, the future founder of Dell Computers attempted to leap ahead of other children his age, convinced he was ready to graduate from high school at age eight and enter the business world. While encouraging […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Robin Wright – Talent Strikes Twice

  Robin Wright was born to non-entertainment industry parents in 1966 Texas. After a move to California however, she was raised in the backyard of Hollywood for much of her young life. While she attended high school in San Diego and Los Angeles, Wright began a modelling career, which quickly led to a higher profile, […]

Now What? By Noel Plaugher

  Hollywood, CA 1990 I was lying prostrate on the bloody sidewalk. After some time, which was probably only seconds, but felt much longer, I decided it may be safe to get up. The night was now silent except for the lone voice of a woman screaming out a window. I looked up, but I […]

How to Become a Great Speaker? by Professor M.S.Rao

“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world. Abandoned by his party, betrayed by his friends, stripped of his offices, whoever can command this […]

Receive the Attention of Another Person by Kaitlyn Mirison

Providing a personal understanding and insights about how to open to receive from another when deeply seeded beliefs that block exist. Part of the cycle of living includes to receive from life. Whether that is essential nutrients and sustenance for our physical body, caring acts for our tender heart, knowledge for our thirsty brain, or felt […]

The only thing we have to fear us fear itself by Pete Martin

    It is absolutely true to say that had my life continued “normally”, I may not have visited the places that I have recently, nor written my new book “Revolutions”. That is not to say I had not dreamt of visiting the Taj Mahal or the Kremlin or Mount Fuji or any of the […]

Revolutions: Wandering and wondering on a sabbatical year by Pete Martin

  It is an extract of Chapter 4 of my new book. My first travel book has just been published. Revolutions: Wandering and wondering on a sabbatical year   After having my “normal” life fall apart, Chapter 4 describes a pivotal time in my life: discovering NLP, having my limiting beliefs challenged and rebuilding my […]

Inner and Outer Style by Malcolm Levene

Having spent a great deal of my life in the style and image arena, it still intrigues me how people focus solely on design, image & the way stuff looks. When I consider my style heroes, the individuals that come to mind are my wife, a Company Director & my late grandmother. Of course, there […]

May 2016

We hope you will be inspired by this issue’s content. We have fantastic interviews with inspiring people who have determined to create positive change in their lives and those around them. Brett Moran was a drug addict and prisoner, but at his lowest ebb he discovered mindfulness, meditation and began a journey of recovery that he is […]

Vloggers making a difference: Nickehfilms

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others His filmography is as impressive as the sports stars that he videos. Nick Hodgskin is a 21-year-old filmmaker and skateboarder from Sydney, Australia who started shooting at the age of 12 after his grandparents […]

Vloggers making a difference: Adam LZ

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others Adrenaline sports fan Adam LZ has been shooting BMX videos for seven years, and shares his Californian wheel-based fun with more than 600,000 subscribers. His awesome stunts are as visually stunning as they are […]

Vloggers making a difference: 3Y45U

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others   If you want the pitch performance of Ronaldo, start with 3Y45U’s YouTube channel where the deft footwork of Eyasu shows you how to dribble, flick and trick the ball into enormously impressive moves. […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Wes Bentley – The Path of Most Resistance

One could be forgiven for assuming that Wes Bentley, an actor who has already lived a dramatic Hollywood existence by the age of 37, was born to privileged Los Angeles parents that were successful in the entertainment industry. This however, is not Bentley’s story. He was born and raised in Arkansas to parents that were […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Sacajawea – From Wronged to Strong

Sacajawea’s early life was fraught with peril. Born into a tribe of the Shoshone Native Americans, she was kidnapped by an opposing tribe at the tender age of 12. This however was not an uncommon age for anyone in untamed North America to be forced to grow up quickly and adapt to a sour turn […]

Rocky Roads to Success: John Mackey – His Whole World

A seemingly go-with-flow attitude early in life couldn’t mask John Mackey’s inner success engine. Born in Houston, Texas to middle class parents, Mackey always leaned toward pursuing his interests, as opposed to getting an education as a way to make more money. To this point, Mackey studied at the University of Texas at Austin in […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Hillary Clinton – A Flourishing Ambition

Hillary Rodham Clinton was born into a middle class family in 1947 Chicago. Clinton’s parents were extremely supportive of her intellect and ambition, a trait which was not especially supported in women at the time. At the young age of 13, Clinton could be found helping to campaign for presidential candidates across the south side […]

Goal-getter by Rachel Bridge

Journalist and author Rachel Bridge wants us to reconsider our perception of ambition as a valuable part of personal success   Yuppies, Gordon Gekko, Loadsamoney – the last time that ambition was in vogue, 80s excess and materialism were all the rage. It’s an image that has left an association of greed and selfishness yet […]

Hack your brain by Neil Pavitt

Did you realise you’re only in control of five per cent of your brain’s activity? That working less is more effective than endlessly sitting at your desk? And that chocolate is a proven stress-buster? Neil Pavitt is the man in the know   Life hacks are those nifty little insights that make everyday living easier, […]

Have a voice by Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram

Each of us has a ‘voice’ with a corresponding set of characteristics, but which type are you? In a new book, Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram share their insight into personality types   Many people have run the gauntlet of personality tests and come away without a proper understanding of how personality wiring is mixed […]

“Home is where the heart is”. by Ali Bastian

Actress Ali Bastian writes about her life as a yogi on the road – this issue she shares her experiences with London-based teacher Mollie Morris My pursuit of a yoga practice has often been accompanied by the notion that I need to travel far and wide to get to the ‘root’ of yoga, or perhaps […]

Gut Instinct by Christine Bailey

Christine Bailey is on a mission to improve our wellbeing through our stomachs. Autoimmune diseases, allergies, arthritis, fatigue and depression can all be treated with the right diet, she says   ‘You are what you eat,’ the saying goes, but a better truism might be, ‘Your gut knows best’. Gut health is critical to our […]

Your Best #HigherSelfie by Lucy Sheridan & Jo Westwood

When life coaches Lucy Sheridan and Jo Westwood met online, it was the catalyst for a spiritual collaboration that is inspiring a new generation Life moves incredibly fast, and contemplation, mindfulness and spirituality rarely fit alongside social media, corporate life and complex relationships. But for two media professionals, the desire to achieve a more meaningful […]

What does it take to be a… Recycle Retailer? by The Best You

Turtle Doves is a British design and manufacturing company, specialising in using post-consumer textile waste to create beautiful new garments and accessories. The Best You chats with founder Kate Holbrook   1 | How did you get into recycle retailing? Twenty-five years ago, I was working for a clothing manufacturer and although I worked on the […]

Love Your Life by The Best You

What will your legacy be? Here are 12 inspirational quotes from those who have considered the meaning of life and the impact we make   “My legacy is that I stayed on course… from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.” – Tina Turner “In the end, it’s not the […]

Life Lessons For Greatness by Jamelle Sanders

When most people see me today it is hard for them to believe that I have experienced lots of failure in my life. Everyone sees the magazines, media attention and awards. However, very few people see the years of struggle, failure and adversity that have made me who I am today. It is troubling to […]

“I ditched my secure job to take an artistic dream of a lifetime” by Karen Neale

Karen Neale shares her experience of being awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to travel across Europe to document UNESCO heritage sites   “My passion is sketching and painting the world around me. Ever since leaving school I have kept a sketchbook with me, all through my training, qualifying and working as  an architect. Then, […]

Brett Moran – Are You Awake? by The Best You

From drug dealing and prison time to mindfulness and meditation, Brett Moran’s journey of self-discovery has been monumental, and now he’s on a mission to help others find their own path   Meeting Brett Moran is like being hit with a blast of sunshine – powerful, uplifting and bursting with the feel-good factor. His effusive […]

Boxing Clever The Success of Amir Khan by The Best You

As Amir Khan takes to the ring in Vegas to meet Saul Alvarez, moving up two weight divisions, we look at the formative years of the young Asian boxer   There are countless routes to success, and Amir Khan‘s truly spectacular rise to fame and fortune shows how important the support and love of a […]

Adele: The Real Deal by The Best You

Mid-tour and confirmed as the headline act for this summer’s Glastonbury, Adele’s comeback after a self-determined leave of absence from the stage, has been as electrifying as her singing. The Best You looks at the singer who set out to write other people’s songs, but wound up centre stage, and who talks openly about her […]

Present & Correct by Dani Dipirro

Dani DiPirro is founder of PositivelyPresent.com, an inspirational site to help people live more happily in the moment. With the release of two gift books, Gratitude and Living in the Moment, penned and illustrated by DiPirro, we discover the story behind her work   In the jumble of life that most of us lead, it […]

Transformational NLP As A Tool For Healing With The Spirit by Cissi Williams

Cissi Williams is a certified NLP trainer, transformational coach, osteopath, naturopath and energy medicine practitioner. Here she writes about the power of transformational NLP   Would you like to be able to tap into the creative power and wisdom that exists within each and everyone of us? If you do, then transformational NLP may be […]

Top Tips for Loving Life

  1. Give yourself permission to be happy – why not, it is your life? If people choose to be miserable around you there is no reason for you to join them. 2. Analyse what needs to happen to make you happy, write a list and do one of the things on it today. 3. […]

Zen & The Art of Smiling by Garry Jones

Garry Jones explains that the simple act of smiling can make an enormous difference to your wellbeing   My all-consuming passion for martial arts complements my work in mind coaching. They are intertwined in one particular way. The Zen quest of discovering the mind and body relationship. I relish the application of hypnosis and neuro-linguistic […]

5 Steps to Powerful Personal Change by Paul J. Spencer

Change is tricky to accomplish but Paul J. Spencer has the formula for success Many people are aware that they have something in their life that if they changed, would help them to achieve greater success and happiness. We are inherently programmed to seek out the possibility of fear, our instincts are designed to scan […]

Power of Creativity by Prof. Philip Bond

Philip Bond explains how we can refocus our brains to reclaim our innate creativity   Whether in business or in their personal lives, many people want to achieve success. For some people success means ‘doing fairly well’ while for others such as top Olympic competitors it means ‘being the best in the world’. Whatever your […]

Seeing the signs by Ian Young

How can you spot the signs whether a loved one is an alcoholic or addict? There are certain characteristics that can be assumed for someone that is addicted or severely dependent. Ian Young, addictions consultant and founder of Sober Services, discusses these   There are three different aspects of addictive behaviour: Being unable to control […]

Time to think by Elliot Kay

Elliot Kay has a vision for his clients’ businesses’ growth, and it all starts with strategy   – Tell us about Strategic Brilliance Services and how you help companies to grow their businesses. What we do is give people a tool that has been tested and tried over the last four years which has proven […]

How to survive your break-up by Sara Davison

Having survived her own break-up, Sara Davison is the divorce coach, helping others to move forward positively and confidently to the next stage of their life. Here she shares her insights with The Best You Did you know that divorce is often referred to as the second most traumatic life experience after death of a […]

How to find your ideal clients by Matt Kendall

Matt Kendall shares his insight into marketing your coaching practice   When working as an NLP practitioner, hypnotherapist or coach, you need to ensure that you work with the right clients. A lot of time and money is often wasted by practitioners targeting potential clients that are just not suitable to work with. The more […]

Game Changer by Darren Stanton

Human lie detector Darren Stanton is back with a new project that aims to get to the heart of what makes people successful, and how we can find our own inner potential   They say that a mind once stretched by new ideas will never again return to its original dimension. Like many of you […]

The Best You March/April 2016 – Expo Edition


At the inaugural The Best You Expo on 27-28 February 2016, great names and practitioners from the world of personal development came together at London’s ExCeL to deliver insight, advice and knowledge for those who came in search of answers. In a special edition of The Best You, we capture the event and share some […]

Born Wisdom by Robert Holden

Psychology and spirituality are central to our happiness and success says author Robert Holden   He’s the man who was famously ‘made up’ by personal development guru Louise Hay and went on to co-write a book with her, using Hay’s uplifting mantra, ‘life loves you’. So when Robert Holden spoke to the Great Minds Seminar at The Best […]

What makes a Champion? by Sir Clive Woodward

Speaking at The Best You Expo, Rugby World Cup-winning head coach Sir Clive Woodward explained what it takes to be the best   Nature or nurture? It’s the perennial question surrounding success, and so when Sir Clive Woodward presented ‘DNA of a champion’ at The Best You Expo’s Great Minds Seminar, he tapped into the heart of […]

Accelerating Growth by Daniel Priestley

Daniel Priestley was an entrepreneur who was making $10m a year at the age of 21. At The Best You Expo, he talked about the key skills an entrepreneur needs   After selling his business in his twenties, Daniel Priestley decided to look for a new venture and fresh opportunities. Having had a company involved […]

An Eternal Inspiration by Kelle Bryan

From the highs of pop stardom to the lows of challenging health issues, Kelle Bryan has stayed the course, driven by her own dreams. Now she is inspiring others to follow their visions too   It could be argued that as a former member of one of the world’s biggest girl bands, Kelle Bryan, should […]

A Lesson In Catching Affluenza by Gill Fielding

Gill Fielding is a woman on a mission, and that’s to spread financial savvy and wealth-making potential to as many people as possible. She calls it affluenza – and her talk at The Best You Expo was highly contagious   When Gill Fielding was a little girl, money was a dirty word. Growing up in […]

Kelle Bryan

As a teenager, Kelle Bryan enjoyed chart success with Eternal, but after pop stardom, lupus struck. Despite this she hasn’t let the illness stop her achieving her ambitions and helping others too Sitting in a Winnebago on a farm in 500 acres of green countryside, having her hair and make-up done for reality show, Flock […]

February 2016


If January is the month of resolutions, February is the month of moving ahead and we have an incredible issue and unique event to help you towards achieving your life goals. Ahead of The Best You Expo on 27-28 February at London’s ExCel, we have interviews with some of our stellar line-up of speakers, including […]

Never say never on the road to success by Will J. Jackson

Will J. Jackson has five ways to keep you focused and help you to achieve your goals for success   Everybody wants success of one kind or another. How we define success is specific to each of us. Some people want money, others a perfect relationship, others a perfect job. One way to move closer […]

The No-Nonsense Approach To Happiness And Success by Ailsa Frank

Experienced hypnotherapist and author Ailsa Frank shares five top tips from her book Cut the Crap and Feel Amazing to help you move ahead in life Early on in my book I stress the importance of taking control of your mind at every moment of your day so you can make amazing things happen. Even […]

Change your habits, change your life by Susanna Halonen

Finding it tricky to stick with your self-improvement plans? Susanna Halonen has a strategy to get you on track I used to think happiness and success were driven by the goals I set. If I set the right goals and worked hard on achieving them, I would be happy and successful. I tried this approach […]

Top 6 Random Acts of Kindness by The Best You

With Random Acts of Kindness Week on 14-20 February, The Best You takes a look at some of the greatest ‘do good’ moments   1. Small beginnings Anne Herbert and Margaret Pavel’s 1993 children’s book, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty is believed to be the first time the phrase was used to describe […]

Inspirational Story – Amanda Hart

Hardship and suffering don’t define us, says Amanda Hart whose story aims to help others move beyond despair   From the age of four I learned how to survive a harrowing upbringing when I was taken from my mother and was suddenly thrust into a world of hatred and violence. Up to that point I […]

7 Counter-Intuitive Ideas For Fast-Growth Business by Daniel Priestley

Many of the rules we hear in business are wrong, or at least not right for small businesses under a million in revenue. These rules are the top seven counterintuitive ideas I’ve used to grow businesses from an idea to a seven-figure company (often in the first year)     1. Getting good at spending […]

What does it take to be…a successful blogger? Catherine Balavage

Catherine Balavage is author of The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Successful Blogger – here she shares her insights into creating a thriving digital diary   Tell us about your career so far I started off writing poetry, songs and short stories, then I became an actor and worked in the film industry. I always […]

Oceans Seven – Adam Walker by Daska Davis

Adam Walker is the first Brit and only the second person in the world to complete the Oceans Seven challenge, encountering deadly marine life, huge swells, strong currents and extreme cold. Now with the release of his book, Man vs. Ocean, he tells Daska Davis about his motivation, the challenges and his love of outdoor […]

The Rise of Ronaldo – Cristiano Ronaldo

The Best You looks at the extraordinary career of footballing legend, Cristiano Ronaldo   Cristiano Ronaldo was born on 5 February 1985, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, growing up in a working class neighbourhood in genuine poverty, the youngest of four children. His home by the sea was a small tin-roofed shack where he shared a room […]

Daniel Radcliffe – Carrying the gift

The story of Daniel Radcliffe’s rise to fame is the classic ‘dream come true’ story. A boy, picked from thousands of boys, when the producer supposedly got a chance sighting of him is the classic account of the fickle finger of fame plucking someone from the crowd and lifting them to superstar status. The truth, […]

Vloggers Making A Difference: Alex Chacon

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others  Alex Chacon If you read and loved Che Guevara’s memoir, The Motorcycle Diaries, which charts his travel through South America on a 1939 Norton 500cc (and if you haven’t, you really should), then you’ll […]

Vloggers Making A Difference: Louis Cole

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others  Louis Cole Ever regretted not taking that gap year and seeing the world? Live vicariously through YouTuber Louis Cole who has been recording his daily life as he travels the planet, since 2011. From […]

Vloggers Making A Difference: Devin Super Tramp

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others  Devin Super Tramp If travel and high adrenalin are your idea of a good time, Devin Super Tramp is your man. Watch him rope swing over a Greek shipwreck, cliff jump in Italy and […]

Rocky Road to Success: Dabo Swinney – A Life of Good Play-Calling

Dabo Swinney is a collegiate American football coach who took a long-shot team to the national championship in 2015. Swinney was born in 1969 Alabama, at a time when American football was gaining exponential popularity. A born hard worker, Swinney from a young age had the fortitude to look past the rough patches his family […]

Rocky Road to Success: Elizabeth Taylor – Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Elizebeth Taylor was born in a suburb of London during the all-too-short years of peace between World War I and World War II. By happenstance, Taylor’s parents had chosen to pursue financial gain in an industry seemingly impervious to The Great Depression: art dealing; they escaped much of the fallout from the economic hardship in […]

Rocky Road to Success: J.R.R. Tolkien – Fantasy is Reality

Born in South Africa to upwardly mobile parents, thanks to his father’s promising career in banking, J.R.R. Tolkien was only three years old when his father died. A crushing blow to the family, Tolkien, his mother and younger brother happened to be on vacation in England at the time. This left the family quite literally […]

Rocky Road to Success: Chelsea Handler – A Handle on Success

It’s a bit difficult to be noticed when you’re the youngest of six kids and everyone in your neighbourhood has more money than your family. That’s how Chelsea Handler came into the world in 1975-New Jersey. Her father was a used car dealer, and the Handlers were used to the sort of workman-like mentality she […]

Tips to get linked in by Steven Burda

  Steven Burda’s claim to fame is being the most connected person on LinkedIn. With over 50,000 connections, the business-networking site is a large part of his life. Here he gives us some tips on how to get the most out of LinkedIn.   LinkedIn is great, but it’s also hard work. You need to […]

Are you happy? Your mindset will create your life… by Kate Varvedo

I used to say: “You win one battle, then the second, then the third, and then you win the war.” (Theoretically of course! – your battle with life for survival) So the question to ask is: Are you happy? What is that you need? Do you need to get out of a relationship? Have you […]

Self Esteem And Confidence Are Often Confused by Malcom Levene

    In my experience many employees, particularly in the corporate arena tend to have less clarity than I think is necessary regarding the difference between self esteem and confidence.   One of the dictionary’s definitions of Self Esteem is: “A realistic respect for or favourable impression of oneself; self-respect”. For Confidence it’s: “Trust; belief […]

Eating Tips for Diabetics: What to Avoid and When You Can Indulge by DTS Buyers

When dealing with diabetes eating can help or hinder how you feel on a daily basis. While there are many foods that aren’t good for diabetics, there are also many healthy but tasty foods that are great for those dealing with diabetes. DTS Buyers advise people with diabetes to limit packaged and processed foods, when […]

Befriending your self critic by Graeme Armstrong

Everyone has a self-critic. It is that part of us that is constantly commenting negatively on and condemning what we do; it tells us that we’re not good enough, that we “shouldn’t, oughtn’t or mustn’t” do things with our own authority.   The critical faculty of mind is in itself very useful, but our self-critic […]

Vloggers making a difference: Mads and Mikkel Johnsen

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others   Since 2011, Norwegian brothers Mads and Mikkel Johnsen have charted their journey from a self-described lifetime of unhealthy eating habits to a 100 per cent raw vegan diet. At Sweet Natural Living, the […]

Vloggers making a difference: Sarah Nagel

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others   Need a natural cold remedy? Try Sarah Nagel’s Tomato Tea video recipe. As the talent behind YouTube channel holistichabits, the Vancouver-based star aims to,     “Inspire people to adapt a healthy lifestyle, […]

Vloggers making a difference: Alba Garcia

At The Best You, we recognise those who are using their digital space to educate, empower and do good for others   If you’re looking for something a little different than the regular beauty vlog channel, switch over to the refreshing SunKissAlba whose mandate is, ‘Where beauty meets health’. Promoting all-natural beauty routines, Alba Garcia […]

Rocky Road to Success – Jon Cryer: Nobody’s Second Choice

Jon Cryer was born into an east coast family that had an appetite for show business. They had been successful enough in and around the theatre to be able to provide a path for Cryer’s later career in film and stage. Born in New York City in 1965, Cryer’s education centred on the arts. After […]

Rocky Road to Success – Jennifer Hudson: A Girl Dreaming

Jennifer Hudson spent her childhood in and around the Church, constantly surrounded by family and friends. Born in a crime-ridden part of Chicago, Illinois in 1981, she was the youngest sibling in her family. She began singing in the church choir while still in grade school and, with the encouragement of her grandmother, Hudson spread […]

Rocky Road to Success – Henry Miller: Owning his Opportunity

A true American wanderer and success story, Henry Miller was actually of German descent. He was born in Germany in 1927 to a father whose stock and trade as a butcher and cattle rancher would give Miller the know-how for his later success. He began assisting his father’s business at a young age, often acquiring […]

Rocky Road to Success – Adele: Changing to Stay the Same

Adele began her singing life when she was only four years old, after already having lived through hard times early in her life. Raised in London primarily by a single mother, Adele’s father walked out on the family shortly after she was born. Singing was in her blood, as the young performer enjoyed imitating and […]

Believe the hype by Sharon Hadley

Mindfulness has been hailed as a ‘wonder cure’ for mental health, but should it be used in the workplace? Mindfulness expert Sharon Hadley argues the case for its implementation   Mindfulness is commonly defined as being in a state of awareness, on purpose, without judgement. In practice this means really being aware and in tune […]

My New Year’s business resolution… by The Best You

Will 2016 be the year that you enjoy business success? Follow the advice from The Best You’s business experts and see what you can achieve     “Know who your clients are. I cannot tell you how much time I wasted trying to serve everybody. Cash will only flow into your business when you concentrate […]