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Richard Linklater: Be Original, Be Happy

  “Whatever story you want to tell, tell it at the right size.”   A true Texan down to his very core, Richard Linklater was born in Houston, TX in the early 1960s. He would prove to be somewhat of an artistic anomaly in the Lone Star State. As a young man, Linklater attended school […]

Huey Lewis: He’s Got The Good News

  “I am deluded enough to think I can bring something to the table.”   Huey Lewis began life as a wanderer. He was born in New York City in 1950, but he didn’t stay there long. His family moved to northern California when Huey was still quite young. In his teenage years, Lewis would […]

Four simple steps for manifesting your desires by Natalie Ekberg

  We all wish that manifesting our desires was as easy as the popular belief “dream it, believe it—bam! There it is!” Natalie Ekberg points out that, although this formula is correct, a certain amount of work is required—just like with everything else in life. Answering the questions below will get you started.   Do […]

Sarah Jessica Parker: Success and The City

  “When it comes to life and love, why do we believe our worst reviews?”   It’s fitting that Sarah Jessica Parker is sometimes known as America’s sweetheart. Parker was the youngest of four children born into a struggling family in an Ohio coal-mining town. Her parents divorced when she was two. Soon after, her […]

Reed Hastings: Audience Redirect

  “Broadcast TV is like the landline of 20 years ago.”   Reed Hastings was born an entrepreneur. Perhaps it is fitting that he came of age in the1960s; the age’s tendency to question authority inspired his own fiercely independent spirit. Hastings’s early proclivity for innovation surfaced while he was in the Marine Corps – […]

Hang in there by Gerry Robert

  Life can be tough on a person. It can be tough on a family. So many people lack the mental ability to hang in there in the tough times. You can control your thoughts, says Gerry Robert.   You can practice perspective by changing the way you interpret your circumstance, situations, and environments. The […]

Communicating effectively by Emma Vites

  There are lots of different types of people in this world, each with different experiences, beliefs, values, and goals. Each has a unique interpretation of what is right and wrong. For Emma Vites, effective communication begins with this understanding.   The biggest barrier to effective communication is the belief that only you are ‘right’ […]

4 Ways To Feel Rich When You’re Broke by Kate Northrup

Even if you are overrun by debt or struggling with money, it is possible to have the experience of true abundance. Life should be filled with gratitude and love, and according to Kate Northrup, both of these critical elements for happiness and abundance are free. No matter what your bank statement says, there are countless […]

The genius within by Robin Sharma

  Inspiration can come from many things – a story, a hike in the mountains, a conversation with a friend. But a lot of the time inspiration comes in the form of people – people who have made their mark with their genius. Robin Sharma lists a few.   I have huge respect for those […]

Percy Fawcett: A Life Of Adventure

  Percy Fawcett was ensconced in adventure and intrigue his entire life. Fawcett drew on the inspirations of his family to become one of the most enigmatic explorers of the modern age. Fawcett’s studies drew him to the field of mapmaking. Driven by a desire to make the unknown known, he began to explore. Fawcett […]

What Successful People Do That’s Different by Stefanie Hartman

  Stefanie Hartman looks back at an experience that changed the way she viewed success. Perhaps her anecdote can teach you something new.   When I was working my way through university in the summers, I had a job at a totally rustic resort that was only accessible by seaplane – it was that remote! […]

10 steps to financial nirvana by Vishal Khandelwal

  Ever dream about financial freedom? Of course you do. We’re sure friends and family give you all sorts of advice, but take it from Vishal Khandelwal, a financial analyst and founder of Safal Niveshak, gives us some advice that has worked for him.   I feel I am too young to dispel any life-changing […]

Rick Allen: Finding A Way To Play

  “My situation should have been a lot worse. By rights I shouldn’t have survived the crash.” Rick Allen was meant to be a drummer. Born in Dronfield, England, Allen quickly outgrew his native environs and played his way onto a world stage. Playing the drums came so naturally to him that Allen’s mother responded […]

Mickey Rourke: The Stage and The Ring

  “I never look backwards. I have always been an athlete. I boxed before I acted.” Mickey Rourke was born in New York in 1952. His father was an amateur bodybuilder and would provide the blueprint for Rourke’s stint a boxer later in life. After Mickey’s father left, Rourke’s mother moved to Miami. He was […]

How Sir James Dyson Cleaned Up For Success

  “As an engineer I’m constantly spotting problems and plotting how to solve them.” In his youth James Dyson was a good long distance runner. He has stated that he was good not necessarily because he had the body for it, but because he had determination. Early in his college career, he became interested in […]

Slow, slow, quick, quick slow – by Jo Haigh

  Why oh why does everything seem to take longer than we would like right now? Never have I known such procrastination in business. Everyone wants an instant response to their requirements, yet when it comes to making an actual decision it seems there is a different speedometer working. I have been thinking about why […]

Are you a Whinger or a Winner? by Roger Harrop

  There is no question – the prospects for the economies of the UK and the rest of Europe have not been good BUT many sectors have thrived throughout the last 3 years. You may have seen my (not exhaustive) list of 31 of these sectors and companies that I show in my workshops and […]

The Awesome Power of Focus by Mark Baker

  With all of the current uncertainty in this unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in, I thought it would be the right time to share some tools and ideas with you that are used and understood by the world’s most effective people. What I will share with you now is not about positive thinking or looking at […]

Thriving, not surviving by Mark Baker

How to thrive and not just survive in an economic downturn. Mark Baker provides some advice on thinking positively during tough times… Quite honestly you could be forgiven for thinking that we are on the verge of financial Armageddon considering the amount of doom and gloom that we seem to be bombarded with during every […]

When a financial crisis hits home by Sue Plumtree

  As a life coach Sue Plumtree has all kinds of people coming to her for help. But lately many people are coming to her with financial difficulties, which happen to be her area of expertise. She lets us know what to do when a financial crisis hits home. A client might have heard rumours […]

Value Added – Tips for Selling a Business, by Jo Haigh

  When a property doesn’t sell, an estate agent worth their fee may recommend that some rectification or improvement work could improve the selling chances. For instance, just because you like deep purple walls, this doesn’t appeal to everyone. There’s nothing like a nice coat of magnolia to improve that first impression! Likewise adding a […]

The alchemy of a start up by Jo Haigh

  Alchemy; the ability to turn a base metal into gold. Is there such a chemical formula for a start-up business? Step 1 – Take two enthusiastic people. You need two minimum; an ideas person and an implementer. If you have both these skills then lucky you but if there are two or more of […]

Should I tell my staff? – by Jo Haigh

  This is a question I am frequently asked by a client who is looking to sell their business. Should I confide in my team and if so when and what will happen if the sale doesn’t go through? If I tell them they may run scared and look for another job and the value […]

The Ten Second Philosopher

  Derek Mills made a massive change in his life after a chance encounter, when someone asked him an apparently throw-away question. That exchange led him to completely reappraise his life, and begin to understand exactly how to bring the things he wanted to it. The Best You uncovers his story. For Derek Mills, it […]

Secrets of the Secret Millionaire- Gill Fieilding

  Gill Fielding grew up in London’s East End and left school when she was 16 with no formal qualifications. She is now a multi-millionaire. What does she know that we don’t? Bernardo Moya talks to her to find out. Gill Fielding first came to prominence in the UK as a “secret millionaire” on the […]

Shifts in the workplace by Liz Barclay

  The world of work is changing. Jobs as we know them – working for one employer to do a particular task – are becoming a thing of the past. Small business journalist and adviser, Liz Barclay, says fortune favours those thinking out of the box. Almost one million – that’s more than a fifth – […]

The three values that drive my success by Jo Haigh

  With 20 years’ experience of negotiating the sale of businesses (at last count 327 businesses sold), and four bestselling books under her belt there’s no denying Jo Haigh is a successful businesswoman. Jo describes the three main values that inform everything she does. I’ve worked with many successful people, and one of the things […]

Shine at that Interview!

The Best You asked eight business leaders what advice they would give to someone looking for a job. Here’s what they told us:   Jo Haigh: partner in FDS Corporate Finance “Understand what we do. There is no reason for you to not be prepared – Google will tell you all. Understand the market we […]