Success-Is It Luck, Genius, Hard Work, Serendipity?

It was 1987 or 1988 when I met him. He went on to become one of the most successful and high-profile figures in Irish business for the next quarter of a century, or thereabouts. And his success has always puzzled and annoyed me. Because my gut feeling, from my observation and conversation on a Saturday […]

My Business (and Personal) Growth Strategy for 2019

For 2019 and beyond I want to focus all my attention on the things that matter; I mean the things that really matter. For my business, and for myself personally. And these things are closely related. Let me explain. There is a small number of things that really matter to continue to grow my business, […]

Race to the Bottom With Your Costs, Not Your Pricing

I was in traffic during the week and I spotted a small removals van with a sign emblazoned on the sides. It said something like “Your entire home moved for €249/299“. And it struck me that the guy better have a way to cross sell, up sell, sell add-ons, sell trimmings/extras or he won’t last […]

2,000 YouTube Subscribers Later-My 4 Fundamentals To Grow a Small Business Online

I got a great deal of quiet satisfaction this week from reaching my 2,000th subscriber to my YouTube channel. I uploaded my first video in March 2011 and it took from then until the third quarter of 2018 to grow my subscriber base to 1,000. But it only took a couple of months to add […]

Words Really Do Matter (Why I Hate the Absurd Overuse of This Word)

I don’t know when exactly this particular word entered into usage in the way that it has but like all these trends  it came from the United States. And it drives me bananas. Pass the sick bucket, please. The word I refer to is “super”. The use of the word “super” in describing something as […]

Dombey & Son By Charles Dickens-an Early Feminist Novel?

One of the greatest pleasures I have discovered in the last ten years or so is the genius of Charles Dickens. It started with Bleak House as this was a book recommended as one that would interest anyone with an interest in the law and legal system. It took a while to get into his […]