“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
– Coco Chanel
Last Wednesday evening I hosted what has become my annual event for business women in my network – Dinner For Ladies Who Don’t Lunch.
This year we had Alison Cowzer, from the popular TV show Dragon’s Den, join us as a guest and also for a Q&A after dinner. Alison (with her husband) runs one of the largest biscuit manufacturers in Ireland and the UK. They also have an investment company that focuses specifically on high potential food businesses.
Like many women who attended the night, she also has a young family and so she has plenty on her plate to deal with daily.
During the Q&A, she shared some of her own lessons in business and life and throughout the evening, I also heard some powerful insights from women of all backgrounds and experience, as they
openly shared their challenges, achievements, and advice.
Here are some of the nuggets:
⁃ Success is not a straight line. Sometimes your biggest challenges give you your greatest rewards.
⁃ Education is not just important, it’s vital to your success. Invest in your learning.
⁃ Do work you enjoy. If you don’t find a way to do that then change it or leave it.
⁃ Change is essential to growth and success and sometimes you have to force change on yourself.
⁃ Adapt to your environment, often you have to change your clothes to suit the weather.
⁃ Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes and if you’re open, anyone can inspire you.
And perhaps most importantly, that it is possible to have it all – but ‘all’ differs from person to person. We all need to decide what’s important to us and then move into creating it.
That’s one of the reasons I love the quote above from Coco Chanel.
The great thing about your life or business, is that there’s always work to be done.
So where this week, would you like to create better?
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