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TODAY! Your Biggest Adventure Is To LIVE the LIFE of Your DREAMS! #Appreciate

September 27, 2016


TODAY is the BEST Day Ever! #Appreciate

For you TODAY is Packed with choices, #potential, #adventure and #opportunity to happily LIVE the Life You REALLY Want…

All challenges can be overcome…you just need to know how…

What will you do today and how will you be?  How will you detect and accept what is absolutely right for you or change what no longer serves you?

YOU are Alive! Everything that you want and need therefore is both within you and offered to you. It is abundant around you – but do you see or even recognise it as being powerful for you? I will show you the way…

To bring your dreams alive, you need to take action. Before you take action you need to be clear on your destination. Create your clear #Vision, that is your unstoppable way forward. Start afresh with a blank sheet and create your future. Take what time it needs for it is the Most #Valuable and #Powerful Work you can do for yourself today….

Connect with me to know HOW you do this….



100 RULES FOR ENTREPRENEURS – Real-Life Business Lessons – Neil Lewis, reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Everything is Possible™, and other enterprises

December 22, 2010
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 100 Rules for Entrepreneurs – Real-Life Business Lessons focuses on core ‘first principles’ in business from which the rules then flow. Neil Lewis’s entrepreneurial pedigree cannot be denied. Here are lessons of incalculable value from an entrepreneur who built a $12 million business from a £2,000 back bedroom start-up, survived ten years with the last two years of decline delivering the most entrepreneurial lessons, then walked away with nothing. But then he picked himself up and started all over again!


    As a serial entrepreneur who has been head hunted to turn businesses around I would like to see this book as a reference in every business library. Wondering what you can learn and pitfalls to avoid? Better get your hands on a copy, read now and apply your rules!

    100 Rules kicks off with a version of Tennyson’s classic In Memoriam “It is better to have tried and failed than to have never tried’. The important thing is to learn from experience. These insights into what can go wrong when an entrepreneur’s first business booms then busts? Priceless! As is conviction, knowledge that it needn’t break anyone, true entrepreneurs just get over it! Start again! 

     ‘Just do it’ is Neil’s call to learn but importantly, to action. All journeys begin with the first step, you can think about things forever but it is action that makes things happen. Armed with these lessons affecting all areas of business you have sound advice on your side that will help you in many ways from cutting costs to employing right to improving profits and much more besides.

       ‘Boom times’ can be a load of ‘hot air’, a time to learn from your mistakes. ‘Bust times’ (recessions), (as I know from personal experience) can be times of greatest innovation and opportunity. Through it all though there’s an emphasis to know and take care of yourself. You’re the captain of your own ship and it’s sensible to think about alternative measures of success than purely money.  You’re encouraged to ‘Sharpen the Saw’ as in Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’.

        Sound advice to know your strengths and weaknesses; have a boost every now and again; go on holiday, you’re NOT indispensible (or shouldn’t be). (I remember being told quite frankly that people were capable and everything was under control during my very first vacation when I rang the office to see how things were. Felt strange, but very satisfying, not to be needed in my own business)!

       I’d like to have seen more substance in Rule 64 about the power of Vision, especially Shared Vision with wider company input, ownership and delivery of the Values, Mission and Strategic Action Plans that flow from these. After all though, company failed, and lack of these may be one reason why?

      ‘To Stop’ list, great idea; win/win negotiation; power of 3 in KPI’s; Business Angels; Freelancers; Interim Senior Managers and, importantly, avoiding the ‘diversify’ trap; warning to not too speedily dilute your own holding in the business (those desperately seeking finance may) plus Business Exit Strategies. The latter doesn’t mean you’ll definitely action; advantage to think through even if the solution is a big money buyout!

       There’s fundamental truth in Neil’s quote ‘Business comes and business goes – but you’ll always be an entrepreneur (someone who starts businesses)!’ I’ve never met a true entrepreneur yet who either found satisfaction working for someone else, or who gave up completely after their first failure.

      His postscript expresses hope that 100 Rules for Entrepreneurs will add three years to learning and maturing process for every entrepreneur/would be entrepreneur reader. An additional resource, one outcome from all this learning, is the new MediaModo entrepreneurial accreditation scheme to revolutionise the way investors and entrepreneurs work together. Look out for it!

      Start up, student or seasoned entrepreneur, there’s valuable advice in 100 Rules for Entrepreneurs! Highly Recommended 

Don’t Feed the Ducks! – In Your Business or in Your Life – Liam O’Connell

October 5, 2010

Don't Feed The Ducks Liam o Connell

Don't Feed The Ducks Liam o Connell

He’s back and he’s done it again! Liam O’Connell, author of “My Fire’s Gone Out”, the inspirational story of three little devils managing change that I named ‘Best Little Book of 2010’ at time of reading, is back with Don’t Feed the Ducks! – less metaphor, more hands-on cultural change programme.  Read my full review at   Opening with the words – “Let me paint you a picture. Imagine for a moment…” you get the feeling that Liam is something of a visionary; combine this with one outstanding phrase from the author’s own journey, “It’s a long ride, it’s a fast ride and if you fall out it’s your last ride”, and you’re spot on. The way this change programme is conveyed is just what’s needed for seekers of practical methodologies to bring about real and lasting improvement. This is reading with a capital ACTION!

“Happy, focused people = happy customers”. Too obvious you say? But I would posit regrettably a still all-too-novel approach for some and don’t we know it! We know (hopefully) how it feels to walk into a business where the atmosphere buzzes, there’s passion and enthusiasm, positive vibes in an upward spiral – doesn’t seem like work at all! And we’ve experienced the opposite. No guesses where the saboteurs skulk, but Liam outs them, no padding, straight to the issues, even the ones some of us would perhaps rather ignore at their peril, but not those who still want to be in business in the upturn!

With chapter titles like “Smell the Culture”; “Shock the System”; “Can’t be Arsed Ltd”; “Let Me Entertain You”; “Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll” it’s clear that this is certainly not a run-of-the-mill self-help book – you’re in for an interesting ride and a worthwhile read.  You’ll meet the very ducks you shouldn’t feed at any cost, amongst them the ‘Mood Hoover’. I’ll leave you to explore why “Hoovers Really Suck!” and we’re not talking vacuum cleaners. See who these little quackers remind you of, find out their effect!  Passion, belief and attitude are …go read my review..


START-UP SMART–How to start and build a successful business on a budget – Robin Bennett – Reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Everything is Possible™,

August 23, 2010




“Entrepreneurship is, for the most part, a thoroughly enjoyable activity….you can have as many separate businesses as you like….read the book for the rest of this quote, but as a confirmed ‘serial entrepreneur’  that I have to say I’m delighted! AT LAST! Someone is saying to start-ups that it’s OK to begin more than one business, that it has fun moments and Robin is also showing how it can be done on a low budget. People know that I’ve been saying it for years but in print it’s still a breakthrough!     The brief background on Robin’s entrepreneurial career (many similarities to mine, including we both have over 20 years entrepreneurial experience and shadowed millionaire entrepreneurs in the early days, which provided exceptional learning opportunities for us!) makes a fascinating read before pitching straight into the logical process peppered with useful streetwise advice – and keep reading because there are more pleasant surprises to come – if you’re serious about having a go at business for yourself.

Robin’s aim is to keep you on the right path (legally and otherwise), so the humorous angle running through is appreciated. Serious and sometimes tough topics include negotiating….

YOUR COMPANY ON A PLATE! The great ending to START-UP SMART is Robin’s basic outline example of a model start up company to earn you £50,000 year 1 and £100,000 year 2, complete with cashflow and balance sheet forecasts plus blank Business Plan pages to write your own. You can adapt these in any way you desire. If Robin can do the serial entrepreneur bit, so can you. What’s more he wants to help you to and has set up The Start-Up Smart Competition for under £5,000 business start-up ideas from 18-30 year olds in the UK. Winners announced November 2010. More at

  So what’s stopping you? If you’ve read the book – go there right now! If not, buy START-UP SMART now!  Added value insight to the serial entrepreneur mind & how you too can do it! Highly Recommended

‘Ave to Love’, Philippa Hanna, Help for Haiti’s Children , the next or even first global Number 1? You tell because…”Everything is Possible”!

March 12, 2010

‘Ave to Love’ the sensational new work from songbird Philippa Hanna, inspired by her visit out to Haiti’s children, has gone from nowhere to featuring on World News within a space of days.   Is this the next, or even first global number 1?  Can’t stop talking about it… and sharing – will you join me?  Philippa has inspired me and thousands of others…

 ‘Ave to Love’ video is now being shared as well as watched and it’s travelling around the world. Philippa’s dream is that ‘Ave to Love’ will create a people support wave big enough to generate funds, enough money raised to make a substantial donation to Compassion, to work with Haiti’s children. What have you done today to help spread this inspirational word?

WATCH & SHARE her moving and inspiring video


VISIT Phillipa’s site 

Read Philippa’s story/Donate


Philippa Hanna Ave to Love for Haiti's Children

Philippa Hanna Ave to Love for Haiti's Children

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