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At the beginning of 2011 we started a campaign called Start Something You Love. We kicked it off on 19th January with our big Esc winter party in front of 600 people at Guanabara bar in central London.

We are now following it up with 365 bits of advice from real people who are doing interesting and inspirational things with their lives. And we asked them all the same question:


#98: Lucy Kent: Professional artist

Be brave, take the plunge. Believe in your talents. Don’t let it get you down. Keep your pecker up when it gets tough. Keep calm and carry on.

#99: Annabel Symington: Freelance journalist

When I was sitting in Ouagadougou complaining about the fate of young freelance journalists, saying “I can’t do this… I can’t do that,” my boyfriend replied “Why not?”

Do a lot of research but when you’ve found what you’re looking for STOP researching and go out and do it.

#100: Neeta Halai: ex-lawyer turned Business Trainer & Coach

Brian Tracy said: “You can’t hit a target you can’t see.”

#101: Sarah Cooper: Cows from my window

I didn’t take advice from family or friends as I think they would all have tried to dissuade me! Although when things turned out well and they saw how happy I was, they became great supporters.

The best is knowing that I’ve acted on that small voice that for years was nudging me to make a change. I took the leap of faith.

The worst is the lack of stability that comes from being self-employed.  Sometimes, I’ve lain awake at night worrying about money coming in. But I’d rather have that worry than the knowledge that I never tried.

#102: Nicola Taylor: Ex-equities broker full-time blogger

“Show up. Share your soul. Take the risks.” This was from Seane Corn, a truly inspirational yoga teacher who has created an organisation that uses the power of yoga to effect social change.

If you’re thinking that your job is wrong for you, then you’re right. Don’t spend another moment doing something you’re not excited about. There’s just no need.

Will you need to work hard to get to where you want to be?

Absolutely. But do you know how awful it is to think that you’d rather spend 30 years doing something that saps your soul, than spend a few years retraining and do something that makes you happy?

If you’re thinking this way, call me, and I’ll slap you about for a bit.

#103: Oliver Tomalin: Spreading the espadrilles love…

On the LoveEspadrilles’ inaugural night, at the Elizabeth Street Party in London, I was told 3 words: ‘focus, focus, focus’.

Good advice for someone like me who stays awake at night thinking of ideas.

Keep smiling through the disappointments.

#104: Joe Adkins: Self-made real estate entrepreneur

Without risk there is no reward. Risk it all every time. Have a little money in the bank… but risk it all.

While you are working at your job, start side projects and get good at outsourcing and managing others. Become the employer instead of the employee. First, read The 4 Hour Work Week, the new edition (this is my business bible). Then go on elance and hire a virtual assistant or a developer to start carrying out your idea. Once your idea starts making money and you have confidence that you can make money and have made some money… go out on your own.

Now do three things…


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