Breaking The Chains

Breaking The Chains

Its been a good week. I think I've made tremendous progress in breaking the chains that have been tying my mind up in knots over the last few weeks. Breaking the chains of procrastination hasn't been easy, and going through a period of navel gazing , identifying your own personality flaws isn't an enjoyable process. The good news is that I liked myself a couple of weeks ago, and I still like myself today even though I know realise that I'm not as perfect as I once thought I was. The first thing I did after last weeks angst ridden post,  was to finish the Julie Morgenstern book about time management - and realised way before reaching the end of the book, that time management was … [Read more...]

Navel Gazing

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Writing this blog has brought about a lot of self reflection - navel gazing, and as a consequence, I’m constantly being hit in the face by facts that I don’t particularly like. I’ve started writing down my own character traits – and they make grim reading. Have a read of this list and you’ll think its amazing that I have the audacity to write a blog called “Get Rich With Me”. Maybe my blog should be called “sit on the sofa for hours thinking about what I should do next and then never doing them dot com” I’m such a mind butter fly that I’ve just this second checked up that the domain name “sitonthesofa.com” is available – it is! So is sitonthesofaandprocrastinate.com Maybe I … [Read more...]

Struggling To Keep Up A To Do List

The year of Systems

Have you ever found yourself struggling to keep up a to do list ? In my drive to become more organised, a better businessman and generally more efficient I decided to start using a to do list. See Procrastination - A Blight On My Life or Old Habits Die Hard and Getting Organised It didn't last long. Less than a week in fact, as I ticked off all the nice and easy jobs on the list but then backed out of doing the "tough stuff" So I feel as though I'm back to square one again. Struggling to keep up a to do list has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. As you can see its something that has been at the fore front of my mind recently but breaking the chains … [Read more...]

A Slow Progression

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I've just had a re -read of some of my recent posts - oh dear - I didn't realise what a miserable, ungrateful, grumpy old git I have become. Sorry for inflicting my navel gazing on you. Its a monday morning, and like every monday morning - its a bright new start to the working week. Welcome to the new SUNNY grwm - I am going to try following my own advice this week - and intend to smile more often, say yes more and tell my family how much I love them and how special they are to me more often. I didn't get much reading in over the weekend - I spent most of the time looking after mini grwm - and I also went to a great bonfire party. Bonfires bring the 13 year old in me back out … [Read more...]

Getting Rich An Impossible Dream?

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Getting Rich An Impossible Dream ? Saying is one thing – doing is another (Whats the fish picture got to do with this post ? – read down to the bottom for the answer) The general consensus from financial commentators is that to become wealthy you need to go through the following process Reduce your unnecessary expenses / start using a monthly spending plan or budget Try to earn more money Set up and emergency fund Pay off your debts Start saving towards your pension (especially if your employer makes matching contributions) Start saving and investing  as much as you can in a tax efficient manner Buy assets not toys ! Now that’s easy to say – seven bullet points – … [Read more...]

A Networking Disaster

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You couldn't make it up - the first networking event I've attended in ages turned into a networking disaster. Firstly there were very few people there - less than 20. And secondly most of the people who were attending were sole traders, or small new business start ups, not my target market of existing companies with 5 or more employees. I did however stick to my principles of networking. I remembered everyones name, asked nice easy open questions and then sat back and listened. The most interesting people I met were a guy who was importing wines from Bulgaria, and the Black Sea region (I've been to this region on holiday in the past - they do have some great wine) Another … [Read more...]

November Spending Plan and To Do List

November Spending Plan

Lets start off with the plans I set for last month before I get on to November spending plan. I'm not really happy with my progress, like I've said in a previous post, "Old Habits Dies Hard" and this has proved to be the case in November. I've not really achieved what I set out to at the start of the month and to be honest am a little disappointed with myself. October has been a month of distraction - my in laws moved in with us at the start of the month, and to say its caused a domestic upheaval is something of an understatement. Anyway - after a month of seemingly endless Atlantic storms blowing across - the sun is shining this morning and I feel as though I'm going to have a much … [Read more...]

Networking Confidence

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I'm off to my first networking event in ages in about 15 minutes. The order of the day will be trying to meet potential new clients but at the same time avoid things turning into a sleazy business card churning exercise. These are going to be my rules for a little networking confidence: "I'm a great person - people in this room are going to like me" I'm as good as anyone else in here Being nervous isn't a bad thing - most people in here are a little nervous I'm going to be friendly and polite - I want people to like me quickly= Smile, good eye contact, not too firm a hand shake - and make sure that I don't forget anyones name (my usual trick) Remember … [Read more...]