Let's make sure that those wanting to take up the challenge of running a business, have the very best in support from 'real-life' entrepreneurs to make sure that they can be successful, and that our successful entrepreneurs are encouraged to spend the time to make this a reality.
We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.
Such a bold and controversial question has been plaguing my mind over the last three years due to a number of events. Each time I do my best to repress it, however on this occasion the strength of it overtook me and I found myself here; documenting my thoughts hoping that this article will be thought provoking especially for those that have never questioned this before.
There are so many obvious answers to this question: they started a business, they want to make money, they live in developing markets, and of course they want to be successful. But what do we really mean by "to be successful"? Making a lot of money? Be famous? Own a huge house and be on holiday forever? Sometimes that's it, but not always... and not everywhere....
Whether it be your therapist, hairdresser, sister, or best friend, make sure you build that tribe, and surround yourself with people who encourage, inspire, and remind you of how truly fabulous you are.
Something I've been really passionate about is the next up-and-coming generation of female entrepreneurs and I truly believe that it's about empowerment. It's about confidence and self-belief... and the younger you can empower a woman the more confident she'll be when she goes into business.
It's All About Connections When It Comes to Careers - But My Students Deserve the Same Chances as Their More Privileged Peers
Our students need to learn how to be in the real world and to know what's really out there in terms of potential opportunities. We want to push them to widen their horizons - literally as well as figuratively.
My biggest regret is not finding a mentor earlier on into my journey. I put this down to a lack of clear information about the specific types of mentoring services available and lack of transparency around the costs of their services.
For almost everyone reading this blog, there will be one person, whether a teacher, a friend or someone in business, who has given you a vital leg up at one stage in your life and without whom you would not have done so well.
The concept of mentoring is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and more needs to be done to encourage businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to large multinational corporations, to get mentors and in turn give back through mentoring schemes.