Dawn Barclay

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Do You Want to Change? Change Your Mind.

Have you ever wished someone would just give you a different life? A new identity. One where you could bag up all the rubbish. Bin it. And then change your neighbourhood entirely with none of the crap you created this side of the fence? I have. How easy that would be. Up sticks and leave. Thank-you-very-much. ...more

Do You 'Should' Yourself?

I don't think I'm alone here, that others (maybe even you) have trundled the 'should've, could've, didn't, whoops' path. Am I? AM I? Let's see... Perhaps I should have stayed on the train and went to the college that I really wanted to go to but I didn't. I got off and came back because I met the 'love of my life' a week before. Yeah, that worked out, well it did work out, I suppose that is true.  ...more

110 Short and Snappy New Solo Business Owner Tips

Woa! Before you scan down the page. This little list is my list. These are my thoughts based on my experiences. I hope you have a very different list, you do don't you? Go ahead and share them in the comments,when you get there. ...more
Ah, love this list- especially the points about not building on someone else's land and taking a ...more

10 Lessons Dogs Can Teach Us About Life

Hate dogs? Just go, you have my blessing. ...more

When Someone Hates What You've Produced

Let's assume you have created a piece of work, and you put it out for the world to see: an idea, a plan, a blog post, a hobby project, a presentation. Let's say 500 people take a look at what you've done. 499 people like it: some praise you, some tell you it's wonderful, some say nothing. 1 person hates it, and you plus your approach, then tells you publically. Who do you listen to the 499 or the 1? Logically you know: a) not everyone is going to like your work or what you do (or you). b) not everyone is going to say 'well done'. ...more
 @Darcie It's the naffiest of naff Darcie -- it's personal, rise above that's what I say! :-) ...more

How to Deal With Drama Queens

I know someone who creates a drama out everything that doesn’t go her way. She thrives on creating ‘a scene’ and doesn’t stop until someone is paying full attention to her, and only her needs. Maybe you know someone just like her? ...more

Personal Branding and a Lesson From Picasso

Client says to me: "I'm not applying for an executive role, and the people on Linkedin are in more professional jobs than I'm going for, so why should I bother about personal branding?" ...more

10 Ways to Be Happy At Work (Even If You Hate It)

In my life I have walked out of three jobs: a bank, a call centre and a themed pizza restaurant. And yes, when I say walked I do mean stood up, coat on, bag over the shoulder and left. Irresponsible? Totally. Utterly miserable? You bet. But I'm going to defend myself okay? I was young, I didn't know anything about the world of work. ...more

Should We Always Forgive?

Here’s a question for you…should we always forgive? Yes? No? Maybe? Depends. On what though? The damage caused, the long term effect, the severity of the pain, the way in which the hurt was given out? The reason I’m bringing this up is because of the pain, anger, hurt, bitterness, regret, shame, vulnerability, loss, grief, sadness caused at things that have past. Recent email replies from nearly a newsletter subscribers have been: ...more