Every single year, on the 1st January, I make myself some huge promises. I’m going to exercise more, eat better, stop biting my nails, be less anxious, do all of the things I didn’t tick off my ‘to-do list’ for last year. And, within three weeks, I’ve given up all hope. I feel like a complete failure. I put myself down for another few weeks before life just goes back to normal until another New Year rolls around. Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone.

In fact, a study last year found that most people will abandon any New Year’s…


‘These Rags to Riches Stories Will Inspire You,’ ‘These Billionaires Started Out Poor,’ ‘The Rags to Riches Stories That Prove Success Isn’t About Money.’ These are just some of the titles that leap out at me as I search for rags to riches stories, something I would do on an almost daily basis.

As someone who grew up poor, has been homeless several times, and became an orphan by 24, I was desperate to read inspiring stories of people just like me. I thought that adversity was the secret sauce to success and was adamant that these stories would confirm…


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Do you know what I’m not looking forward to coming back when we return to (almost) normal? Networking events. Especially as they’ll likely be smaller and ‘more intimate’ which means a lot fewer chances to hide in a corner waiting for the nightmare to end.

If you’re reading this and nodding along, you’re probably as anxious as I am about networking. However, as my leadership lecturer kept reminding me: One of the MOST important skills you can have in business is the ability to network.

When he said that, I would roll my eyes while hidden away in the corner…


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I remember having a chat with a friend as I was hiring more staff. I said I was going to be very upfront about my anxiety and depression.

“Hmm, I wouldn’t’” she mused…

“They might think you’re weak.”

I thought about that bit of advice for a very long time. It played on my mind for months after the conversation — and still does every now and then.

I ignored the advice, however, like I do most advice I’m given (as my husband will attest to.) …


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Being a Millennial is interesting because literally nobody likes us. Generation Z mock us and Boomers just think we’re lazy, avocado-on-toast eating losers who’ll never buy a house because we love lattes too much. But are Millennials really just lazy, unmotivated brunch lovers? Do they just hope that granny will die and give them a house while they carry on taking photos of their Starbucks for the ‘Gram? Maybe. Or maybe they’re just not motivated by what society (and business leaders) tell them they should be motivated by.

In what is probably the four millionth article about motivating Millennials, I…


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“If you’re sitting in front of Netflix in the evenings and not growing your business, don’t come crying to me when you’re not a millionaire.” I’m paraphrasing Gary Vaynerchuck there, but you get the gist. I heard him say this whilst flicking through my phone in front of Netflix at the very beginning of my business journey. The TV went off and I started reading everything he and various other business gurus had ever written instead.

From then on, I started heading into the office at 6.30/7am and not leaving until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. Hands up…


A record number of women now hold the top spot at Fortune 500 companies — A whopping 37 women (women!) are CEOs out of 500 possible positions. I jumped for joy. This is it! This is what we’ve been fighting to achieve for all these years. 7.4% of women in top positions! Luckily, it’s not exactly 50/50 in terms of men and women in the population otherwise that percentage would look a little skewed. However, from experience, being a working woman is an easy feat and it surprised me that the number wasn’t higher because we have it a lot…


There has always been a fascination with the wildly different leadership styles that people exhibit. Researchers have spent decades studying the attributes of many types of business owner or leader and how they are all successful in their own way… However, each style also has its own drawbacks. Steve Jobs was clearly a visionary leader who could inspire passion in people. However, it’s also been said that he could be rude, controlling and quick to temper. …


I don’t know whether it’s just me and the algorithm I’ve been stuck with, but everywhere I turn there’s another new article about writing on Medium. Here’s how to bring in 10,000 readers a day. Here’s how to make $10,000 a day. Here’s how to turn your Medium articles into best-selling books that would put J.K. Rowling to shame.

I may click the odd one out of interest (probably why I keep seeing them), but none of them are very unique. Then, you’ve got the people who keep publishing articles on why Medium isn’t working anymore. Why they’re going to…


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Is there anything worse than writer’s block? Whether you write fiction for fun or copy for clients, the dreaded writer’s block can strike at any time. You can stare at that blank document for what feels like hours, yet the words just don’t seem to come. It’s been well-documented that this creative slowdown is a real condition, with plenty of studies into what causes it and what can help reduce it. …

Bex Spiller

Entrepreneur & MBA scholar 🧪 Behavioural economics/sciences 😊 Economics of Wellbeing & happiness 🧠 Biz psychology, mental health & success

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