The Blog

Ash’s musings, thoughts and observations on being a business owner (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Stop Hindering Your Path to Greatness!

Martina Navratilova was once asked, “How do you maintain your focus, physique and sharp game even at the age of 43?” You may not know who Martina is, but she’s considered a GOAT (greatest of all time) candidate in the tennis world. Her response? “The ball doesn’t know how old I am” What she meant […]

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Tomorrow Never Comes 

The fifteenth of August 2001 will always be a day I’ll remember. Picture the scene. I’m a tennis coach and preparing for another day. I’m sorting my kit, deciding what to wear, checking registers and eating on the go. Another regular morning. I do remember that it was scorching hot. The kind of hot that leads to […]

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There is no point crying over spilt coffee

Several years ago, my daughter got me a mug for Father’s Day.  I’ve treasured this mug as she hasn’t always had the opportunity to get me something and often, if not reminded, would not be aware of the day at all. Now she’s a teenager she probably “chooses” to forget, but that’s another story. Anyway, […]

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Zoom not zzzzz!

This whole videoconferencing thing is working well.  The whole world seems to have discovered that it’s possible to stay connected and even meet new people via the screen on your laptop, phone, tablet or TV screen.  It’s meant many businesses can continue functioning, networking is thriving and many work- from-home employees are able to do […]

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It’s all my fault

Nearly seven years ago I went on my very first (and only) mindfulness retreat.  As part of the weekend I met, fell in love with and then married my now wife, Kay.  Okay, we didn’t get married that weekend, but you get the idea!  Recently, Kay reminded me of a poem we read on that […]

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How Champions are made

As you know, I’ve retaken to the gym after deciding I’ve put on a few more pounds over winter than I’d like. So I got myself a training plan after spending time with a coach – just to make sure I would be getting the best from every workout, not spending time on things that […]

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Do you remember to ask customers the right questions?

You might know that I’m a big fan of spending time with Kay, my wife. We make a concerted effort every week to have, what we call, date night. Sometimes, it’s date hours, but that’s not the point.  We consciously make an effort to plan it, schedule it and implement it. It’s really important to […]

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We can choose a better way to behave

One of the things about having a bad back is that it’s always there.  You’re always aware that one false move and you kick off a spasm that sees you walking like you’ve forgotten how to use your hips properly. You take on this half shuffle, half limp lopsided gait.  And it hurts. It doesn’t […]

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Helicopters, heights and conquering fears

There are few things in life that I’m scared of, in a phobia sort of way. I understand you can’t “sort of” have a phobia but you get the drift.   I don’t like slug type things, but I’ll squish them if needed. I’m not a fan of ladders but that’s more related to a […]

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