How Can The National Grid Help Make the UK’s Net Zero Target a Reality?

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing mankind at this time. Decisions we make now will determine the future of our planet and life on earth. It has become crucial that we change the way we live in order to reduce harmful carbon emissions and reach net zero by 2050.

Time is running out and acting now is the only way forward. In the next ten years the renewable energy industry must fulfil a number of goals.

There is much work to be done but the future looks promising with the emergence of viable technologies as well as some political commitment and investment.

Undoubtedly, in order to have any chance of reaching net zero by 2050 big changes need to be made. Currently 85 per cent of homes and 40 per cent of the UK’s power needs are supplied by gas. If the UK is to become one of the world’s first net zero economies by 2050 the gas sector needs to set out a plan for decarbonisation. In the next decade alone, it is essential that low carbon heating systems are installed in approximately 2.8 million homes.

Nicola Shaw, Executive director at the National Grid has laid out some ways that both her company and the UK can make the most of the huge opportunities that will come with the progression to net zero emissions. The National Grid is working with their industry partners as part of the Future Gas Forum to research different ways that our homes can be warm but environmentally friendly. One of their main proposals is a switch to hydrogen which is cleaner than the methane most often used at present. There are various difficulties that need to be overcome such as producing hydrogen at scale and adapting the current infrastructure. Tests are being carried out on ways of safely transporting hydrogen around the transmission network. An example of this is Project Cavendish which is researching ways that hydrogen can be produced, stored, and imported at the Isle of Grain in Kent, to get hydrogen to the South of London. Other projects are looking at how hydrogen or a mix of hydrogen and methane can be carried around the gas transmission network. All these projects are vital if low carbon energy, is to be delivered reliably and safely to all consumers. 

In another bid to make carbon savings, the National Grid has been sending robots down high-pressure gas pipelines to carry out checks and repairs. This not only reduces maintenance costs but also generates annual savings of more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon which is the equivalent to the emissions of 500 households.

The changeover to electric cars is another very important condition in the shift to net zero emissions by 2050. The UK needs to see the installation of approximately 60,000 charging points to power nearly 11 million electric vehicles in the next decade.

The National Grid has come up with a proposal to install a network of ultra-fast chargers at UK motorway service stations which would cut charge time to as little as five to 10 minutes. They appreciate that with new petrol and diesel cars no longer on the market from 2035 they need to be prepared for the big increase in electric cars. They believe that faster transition is possible and that they are robust enough to cope with the forecast uptake in EVs. They do think though that some targeted investment will be required to ensure that there are suitable places where drivers can access sufficient high-power charging away from home.

In alliance with Equinor and Drax, the National Grid is investigating the possibility of achieving the creation of a net zero industrial cluster in the Humber region. The three companies together are committed to £800,000 of funding as part of a £2.6m project to plan out industrial decarbonisation on a grand scale. The Humber area employs 55,000 people and contributes £18bn towards UK GDP making it already home to the UK’s largest industrial economy. The workforce has a significant skillset established from taking part in activities such as refining, petrochemicals, and manufacturing. Using this experience and adding the right support and carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) technology means that Humber and by default the UK, will lead the way in decarbonisation and regeneration of the area.

Today, the UK has 10GW of offshore wind but this needs to take a giant leap to 75GW under net zero. Up until now the National Grid has connected wind farms to the grid one by one but this needs to change now to allow for the further 65GW needed. Long-term solutions need to be developed to ensure we don’t create bottlenecks and that disruption to coastal communities is minimal. The National Grid fully supports the government’s recent review into offshore wind farms. They are playing their part by evaluating the costs and benefits of different coordinated network designs and technologies. In doing this they can encourage innovation, harness the economic benefits, and create highly skilled jobs.

It is vital that in the next decade that low carbon electricity generation is increased by approximately 50% from sources such as wind or solar power.

National Grid Partners, has backed a range of companies that are assisting the progress of a lower carbon future. One example of this is Autogrid which is developing sophisticated technology to bring more renewable energy into the system. Another example is Carbon Lighthouse which is helping building owners to cut energy waste to fight climate change.

We have already passed the point that saw most of the UK’s energy coming from coal-fired power stations. Those days are over. To ensure that this continues the National Grid is creating a network of interconnectors. These undersea cables enable smarter energy systems to react quickly to changes in supply and demand, ensuring renewable energy flows from where it is being generated in large quantities, to where it is needed most. Over £3 billion has been invested in 4.4GW of new interconnector capacity since 2014, which provides access to enough electricity to power 11 million homes. There is potential to add a further 9.5 GW of interconnectors in order to deliver a smarter, more flexible future energy system.

The number one aim for the National Grid is to enable the transition to a clean and low carbon future but they are also looking closely at their own operations to ensure they are doing the right thing. In the UK, the National Grid has promised to replace over 50 per cent of their internal fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2026. They are continuing to lead in developing alternatives to the insulating gas SF6 and will no longer install any equipment that uses this greenhouse gas. Further to this they are also looking at lower carbon construction methods and have set a target of increasing the energy efficiency of their own buildings by 10 per cent.  

You may not have realised that the National Grid had such a pivotal role to play in tackling climate change but they are doing much more than just keeping the lights on or the gas flowing.

10 Ways To Stay Ridiculously Focused On Your Goals

1) Remove Distractions

There is no greater goal-killer than distraction. Whether it’s TV, the internet, going out for drinks, the friend’s parties, when you are trying to achieve a huge goal that requires ridiculous levels of focus, you need to remember that these things are rewards. Otherwise they are just a distraction.

We don’t want to be ‘all work and no play’, but we do need to keep a laser-like focus in order to achieve bog things.

2) Write Down Your Goals

I’ve written about this extensively here: What is an easy way to keep track of the life goals that I want to practice daily?

In short: Write down what you want to accomplish, both long term and short term.

Each day, your task list should be working towards those goals.

If it’s not, then it becomes very easy to see where you are spending your time so you can readjust.

As we’ve acknowledged in point 1, hit a short term goal then allow yourself that reward.

3) Measure

“If you can’t measure it, don’t do it.”

This is a quote from Ron Gibori.

When you set a goal, figure out how you are going to quantify success.

Is it simply completing the project?

Is it raising a certain amount of money?

Is it how many people see it or read it?

Set a measurable goal, track it, and be honest with the result.

It’s the only way you’ll know whether you’re growing—or not.

4) Feed Your Brain

You have to study your craft.

If you want to start your own company, read about other companies, read case studies, research your industry and competing industries.

Read the success stories for motivation, and read the downfalls for perspective.

The more you read and study, the sharper your toolbox will be.

5) Surround Yourself With Good People

Rule of thumb: The 5 people you spend the most time with are a reflection of you.

If you surround yourself with people that are smart, go-getters, passionate about what they do, then those qualities will rub off on you.

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you should leave.

Take the time to audit your group of friends, your co-workers and work environment, and even your family.

If these people are not contributing to your life in a healthy, positive way, reconsider how much time you spend with them.

6) Exercise

A common thread between great minds is exercise.

Whether it’s a sport, going to the gym, or even taking a brisk walk through the park, being in tune with your body will help you get through the mental marathons required to produce great work.

Too many entrepreneurs and “driven achievers” forget this.

7) Meditate

To those that are new to this practice, I realize it seems unorthodox.

I’d like to remind you that DaVinci, Tesla, Steve Jobs, etc., all attributed their brilliant ideas to meditation.

Take some time in the morning and at night before bed to quiet your mind and let the creativity come to you — instead of you relentlessly chasing it.

It doesn’t take much.

Just allow yourself to sit in silence for 5–10 minutes.

And if you can’t, ask yourself why.

There’s a lot to explore there.

8) Remove Your Vices

This is different from removing distractions.

Distractions are the TV, cell phone, the party next door, etc.

Vices are the things we use when we really, really want to avoid the hard work.

By removing them, we can become more aware of what within us is holding us back.

I promise you, if you are a drinker, a smoker, etc., and you remove your vice, you will see all too clearly the moments when you crave it and the moments when you (surprisingly) have no craving at all.

And those cravings will give you endless insight into what truly holds you back from achieving greatness.

9) Love

Being in love is always a surefire way to getting motivated to accomplish great things.

However, love can also be felt outside of an intimate relationship.

Similar to spending time with good people, find ways to truly express yourself with people you feel comfortable with.

Make some time, no matter how small, to spend time with family and friends during your work week—people who truly care about you.

Even the world’s most successful people need hugs every now and then.

10) Get Rid Of The Garbage

This is, in my opinion, the most important part of being laser focused on your goals.


If you are a painter, don’t spend every day painting with a serious face on.

If you are a writer, don’t spend every day slaving away on client work (instead of your own novel).

Pick up that guitar sitting in the corner of your room.

Go build a $10 model car one afternoon.

Grab that plastic lightsaber in your closet and go battle your younger brother in the backyard — I mean, on Tatooine.

Do the silly little things that help the brain remember that all creativity is supposed to be fun.

Goals as big as the sun won’t be achieved no matter how fast you try to sprint down the path.

You have to fly, my friend.

And you fly when the garbage in your head is gone, and you remember you’re doing what you love.

Why Your Business Isn’t Retaining Team Members

Does your business find it difficult to retain valuable members of your team? Has retention always been an issue, or is it only recently that team turnover has increased tenfold? Whatever the answer, it’s important to investigate what the root cause may be before your competitors are the beneficiaries of all those months and years you invested in your people.

There are several reasons why people move on, and not all of them boil down to becoming tired of where they work. Family reasons, the desire to try something new. or relocation are all valid reasons for moving on. However, if you notice a steady increase in people just straight up quitting, this is an indicator that something is not right, and likely, there is an underlying issue that is causing people to leave your company.

Has Anything Changed?

Are you able to pinpoint a time when turnover started to increase? If so, has anything noticeably changed in the workplace that may coincide with this?

Perhaps a new manager was hired or promoted, changes to policy were made, or increased workload could be the reason behind members of your staff leaving. While some change is good, negative changes in the mood and atmosphere almost always lead to a fragmented team, with vital members going on their merry way.

When you can diagnose a problem, you can work towards finding a solution. Whatever that may be will come down to your findings and it may involve making a tough decision. Make sure to speak to your employees to try to uncover any patterns or issues that may arise in their discussions with you.

Market Analysis

If you aren’t aware of what your competitors are offering, you can be sure that your staff members certainly are. This is especially true if your company has been unable or unwilling to offer any bonuses or incentives recently.

Remember that whether you offer an increase or not, inflation continues to rise, meaning that your peoples’ expenses are rising too. If their income doesn’t match this, they may believe it’s time to move on, regardless of how loyal they may be to the business.

To combat this, you should speak to your network and find someone who can help to formulate a solid bonus structure and reward strategy based on market research. You may find that your teams’ gripes aren’t about the money itself but how much they feel valued by the company.

For example, if they have not been shown any indication of an incentive for a long time, despite taking on extra responsibilities in the business, they will feel as though they are being undervalued by the company. In this case, don’t be surprised to learn that they have already been going to interviews elsewhere.

The Future of the Business

How does the future of the business look in the long-term? If your team catch wind that the business’ future is in doubt, they may look to jump ship before any announcement of closures and opportunities are lost, which would leave them out of work and in desperate need to find new ones in order to pay their bills.

Make sure to be as transparent as possible with your staff members as to the state of the business – for better or worse. This will earn their trust more than anything. When employees can see that there is a clear plan of action, the business is moving in the right direction, and there is not so much uncertainty for the future, they won’t be as tempted to seek other opportunities.

Take Me To The Top

Career success does not fall from the sky. Those who wish to move up the career ladder must not only take advantage of activities that drive recognition, they must also internalize a few principles that will enable them to take their career destiny into their own hands. Continue reading to find out more…

“What are you doing professionally?” – “Do you enjoy your area of work?” – “Where do you see yourself in five years time?” No doubt, these are a few the most frequently asked questions in our professional lives. Regardless of what industry you work in, be it hospitality, finance, consultancy, or manufacturing, to head any organisation, no matter the industry, you must work hard to get there.

Be a Boss

For many employees, the thought of being a boss can be both overwhelming and fulfilling. On the one hand, the rewards are very attractive. However, on the other hand, the responsibility for the day to day operations and decision-making lies solely on them. This is the reason why many employees who find themselves in leadership positions often become very rigid and authoritative.

However, a good boss understands the importance of treating your team with the same respect as that of a customer. You will then be in a better position to make sound and well-informed decisions for the interest of both the staff and customers. Effective, long-lasting relationships can only be built on mutual respect.

Practice Delegation

The day to day practice of delegation can be a tough nut to crack. The issue of trust is crucial to the success of any organisation, and as both an employee and colleague, the task is to encourage healthy relationships built on honesty. By delegating tasks with constructive criticisms, your team will not only begin to trust you but will also to be more efficient when delivering work.


“Even the geniuses still ask questions.” Yes, this is true. Never stop asking questions for further your understanding and knowledge of the company’s services, products or any other vital information that can assist with your career. This can improve your attitude towards solving problems and contributing immensely to the organisation’s development. Engaging with staff across the whole organisation will be of immense benefit to both you and the company in the long term.

Dress for Success

It goes without saying that a tidy appearance alone goes a long way. Naturally, most people are not fond of dressing. However, it is imperative to value the image and impression you create about yourself and your organisation. When you send out a message that you care about your work based on a tidy, professional appearance, you will immediately increase your worth and value to others. It also gives the employer the impression that you are responsible and confident with the willpower to handle bigger tasks. Good clothes may cost money, but you have nothing to lose in the long run.

Brand Yourself

Branding has become an accepted phenomenon in the world today, as it simply means deliberately projecting yourself in a desirable way to attract new clients. However, before one can properly brand, you must access your purpose. This is vital in order to better position the brand. Your personal brand must also be in line with the organisation’s mission, vision, and culture.

Solve Three Problems Daily

As a society, we mostly spend our twenty-four hours of the day at work. With all this time spent at the office, why not do something positive for the betterment of the society? Solving three problems at your workplace means you continue to contribute to improving your work culture. This could involve discovering unique ergonomic solutions for office workers or workplace well being ideas that tackle stress and anxiety. Who knows, you might even set off a chain reaction that creates ripple effects. The more positive your solution is, the better your society gets.

Unlearn to Learn

In such a fast and dynamic world, creating and absorbing is the way to success. A person who is willing to unlearn always has a head start in life. To acquire new knowledge can be intimidating but one has to gather courage by being open to new ways. This might put you in a compromising and disadvantaged position at first, but your enthusiasm to learn certainly won’t go unnoticed. People always admire those who are willing to learn a thing or two from them. You might become twice as good as they are.

Share Experience

One of the greatest advantages you can have in an organisation is to be able to share experiences. Creating an environment where colleagues are always encouraged to share ideas releases great energy whilst building confidence in a productive working environment.

Respect Your Colleagues

Since we spend most of our hours at work, we expect that the same values attached to other aspects of our lives are demonstrated in the workplace too. Balancing professionalism with emotions can go a long way to improving productivity and happiness in the work space.


There are three components that make up diligence; accountability, loyalty, and attention to detail. An employee’s daily role should always be to improve upon what was done yesterday and not just to repeat the same duties over again. Sometimes we find ourselves undertaking routine work which can be frustrating and boring. This then leads us to fall into a state of idleness. But when we make a deliberate effort to add value to what was done yesterday we become better contributors to the development of the organization.

Good Character

A likable character goes beyond just a smile. People can tell or send a message with their body unknowingly which can form an immediate impression about the person. Your character at work should entail both internal and external aspects, and how well you relate to others will determine the success of your career. Good relationships in the office will project itself to the external customers.

Align With The Company’s Culture

The company’s culture is a guide for employees that are seeking to rise up the ladder. The culture of an organization is the position it deliberately wants to project itself as to the public. Once you acknowledge and align yourself with these values, your personal worth in the organisation will shoot up. Your colleagues are always looking for people to emulate and follow. This is also a great way to acquire the influence needed for recognition from senior management.


The main endeavour of any organisation is to be the most influential in their niche. Although these tips can be daunting if you are employed in an organisation that has already shaped its culture, however, it can take one person to bring about that change that will shape things up for the better. And that person can be you.

Goals or Resolutions?

January is synonymous with two things; being cold and New Year’s resolutions. Gym memberships skyrocket annually as people resolve to lose weight, gain mass, improve their bodies and their minds. By February normal service is resumed in almost every aspect of their lives. The same can be said of all resolutions, including resolutions made regarding your business. Business owners and entrepreneurs resolve to make this year bigger than the last almost as a rule, but they all make smaller resolutions periodically throughout the year; to land better clients, hire better people and to learn from any mistakes immediately after making them. The only difference is we often just refer to them as ‘goals’.

What’s the difference then? Well, resolutions (especially those of the New Year variety) often share almost all the same characteristics as wish-list. They are often emotional decisions made with little or no thought as to how to follow through on them and make them a reality and they are often undertaken with even less true commitment. A goal, on the other hand, is a target, not a wish. “I wish I had a better body, think I’ll join a gym” is a perfect example of a resolution, whereas, “this year I want to improve my physique in the following areas, and to do that I’ll have to do ‘x, y and z’ four days a week and I’ll have to change my diet to ‘x, y and z’. By March my target is ‘x’, by June my target will be ‘y’ and then by October I want to have achieved ‘z’.

In short, goals are very focused bite sized achievements that are well researched and worked towards with a discipline that is easy to maintain that when met will have succeeded in achieving more than the sum of their individual parts. Resolutions are vague, un researched and often emotional off the cuff responses to something you perceive to be negative.

Start 2020 the right way, with a goal not a resolution.

7 habits to avoid if you want real success.

(Please note that these are not universal statements; there are plenty of people among the 1 percent who follow these bad habits. However, their success is in spite of their bad behavior, not because of it.)

1. They don’t watch TV for more than 60 minutes a day.

I love Breaking Bad and Narcos just as much as the rest of you.

But spending more than an hour a day in front of the television isn’t just a waste of time; it’s complete madness.

The average American watches five hours of TV a day. That’s 77 days a year!

Imagine how much you could accomplish with an extra 77 days added back into your year?

It’s impossible to always be productive, and watching television to unwind and relax after a long day of work is more than acceptable.

But spending almost 25 percent of your waking hours plopped down on the couch watching other people become successful is one of the most wasteful activities you can engage in.

I’ve never met a successful person who watched five hours of TV a day.

If you are currently wasting your days in front of the boob tube while claiming you want to be successful, you need to take a serious look at how you are spending your time.

2. They don’t drink to excess on a regular basis.

Successful people know how to party.

In fact, when you are part of the 1 percent and you have the money to blow, epic parties become a natural byproduct (just think about Dan Bilzerian).

However, I don’t know any successful people who drink to excess on a daily or even weekly basis.

Just about every successful person I know will throw back shots of tequila and get wild on the dance floor from time to time.

But it’s the exception, not the rule.

3. They don’t spend most of their money on consumption instead of creation.

Successful people spend their money on things that make them better. They spend money on their business, on their personal growth, and on their passions.

Unsuccessful people feel the compulsion to buy products and things that they don’t need.

Their houses overflow with crap they purchased from Walmart and useless gadgets that they wasted their money on.

Successful people spend money intentionally and focus most of their income on things that assist in creation.

4. They don’t overeat and consume processed foods.

How you fuel your body will determine how well you can show up in business and in life.

If you are eating clean foods you will feel better, have more energy, and look younger.

If you are constantly stuffing your face with processed garbage, then you can’t expect your brain to function at optimal levels or your life to work out the way you want.

Unhealthy eating habits lead to all sorts of issues with confidence, depression, and long-term chronic health problems.

All the successful people I know take care of their bodies and pay special attention to how they fuel their proverbial engine.

5. They don’t blame others for their failures.

You will never meet successful people who blame other people for their failures.

And you will rarely meet unsuccessful people who take ownership for their lives and responsibility for their lack of success.

If you want to join the 1 percent, then quit complaining about how Donald Trump, Congress, your parents, your boss, and the world are all trying to screw you.

Instead, focus on how you can succeed regardless of external circumstances.

Other people have had it worse than you and built an incredible life.

Take responsibility for your life, and you have the power to achieve whatever you want.

6. They don’t gossip and waste time talking about other people.

I’ve yet to meet a successful person who was willing to waste his or her precious time and mental energy gossiping about other people.

Sure, he or she may mention a mistake that some peer has made to use as an example or to express frustration with the state of things.

But I’ve never heard a successful person sitting at the water cooler saying, “Oh, my god! Did you see what Sally was wearing yesterday? Did you hear that Jake is cheating on his fiance?”

It just doesn’t happen.

You have enough stuff going on in your own life. So stop focusing on other people and focus on yourself.

7. They don’t spend time worrying about other people’s opinions.

Whether they are a part of the 1 percent or not, the most successful people in the world (subjectively) don’t care about other people’s opinions.

Sure, they take advice from mentors.

But they don’t let their family, friends, or society determine what they will do with their life or what makes them happy.

They march to the beat of their own drummer and chart their own path through life.

And as a result, they get to experience something that’s an anomaly in the human existence.

They truly live.

20 Best Entrepreneur Blogs from 2019.

Launching a startup is one of the boldest initiatives one can take in life. It requires dedication, consistency and a whole lot of innovation. You must spend hours to build your products off the ground and turn them into sellable ones.

According to a report, entrepreneurs spend over 80 hours per week building their startups. They are always busy and rarely have time to read about the latest happenings, tech trends, and advice of startup trainers that can reduce their workload. Fortunately, the webosphere is packed with entrepreneurs, investors, and business gurus who are always ready to share their knowledge. The only problem is that it is really difficult to find ones who are worth following.

That’s where this list of the best blogs for entrepreneurs comes to help. The list includes some of the top business blogs about startups, entrepreneurship, marketing, product, and investments.

1. Seth’s Blog


Who doesn’t know Seth Godin? Seth is one of the best marketers of the current age. He has served as the vice president of marketing at Yahoo and also served as a consultant for multiple Fortune 500 companies. He is also the author of multiple books on innovation and marketing.

His blog is a wisdom-mine. You will always learn something new when you visit his blog.

Whether you are planning to market your startup or working as a marketer, it will help you in both cases.

Topic: Digital marketing as a whole – Permission marketing, performance marketing, organic marketing.

Value: Great for small businessmen and startup founders.

2. Gary Vaynerchuk’s Blog


Next in our list is Gary Vaynerchuk. If you have been into digital marketing, you must have heard about Gary. He is a pioneer of internet marketing and has built a $60million business just by marketing over the internet. Pre-internet era, Gary’s father had a wine business that was doing just fine, but not witnessed any major growth. Gary brought it online and started influencer marketing to sell more bottles of wine. From then onwards, there was no looking back. Today, he is one of the most-watched marketers on Youtube. He has authored many books and also regularly blogs and produces visual content on his youtube channel.

Topic: Motivation for startups, business plan, startup mistakes.

Value: Helps young entrepreneurs learn about the things they should avoid in business.

3. Mixergy


Andrew Warner is the man behind Mixergy. People know Andrew for his epic success in the startup industry when he recorded over $30million in annual sales.

He founded his blog so other entrepreneurs can learn and implement the same techniques that he has used. Mixergy regularly carries the best content and publishes interviews with top entrepreneurs and businessmen.

Recently, they have started a courses section on the website that tells the beginner entrepreneurs about how to build a successful business from scratch making it one of the best entrepreneurship blogs in 2019

Topic: Product development, Startup marketing.

Value: Helps during startup development and growth stages.

4. Women on Business


Women on Business is a key resource for women entrepreneurs who want to learn A to Z about the science of startups. It has everything that a startup founder would want to learn from creating a feasible business plan to learning about startup insurance, accounting, and even hiring process – it educates on almost everything related.

The blog is active since 2007 and since then it has become a major resource for the female entrepreneurs around the world.

Topic: Startup, women empowerment, marketing, entrepreneurship.

Value: A dedicated resource for women entrepreneurs.

5. Small Business Trends


Small business trends started in 2003 as a business trend listing website. Many have benefited from it because of the business opportunities it offers. Today, it has become a major trendsetter in the startup industry itself. It has now a following of over six million readers and counting. This entrepreneurship blog covers almost all major topics from marketing, development, sales, and logistics etc.

Topic: Startup marketing, product development, sales and logistics.

Value: Learn the skill-sets you need to grow your business. Read the interviews with successful businessmen.

6. Cloudways Blog


Cloudways blog provides valuable resources on startup development, marketing, and ecommerce. Our entrepreneurship blog contains in-depth and detailed posts on a wide range of topics.

That is the edge that this blog enjoys. This blog is for budding startup founders who are just starting out and even to those that have already sustained in the market but are trying to expand their businesses. It has got something for everyone.

Topic: Startup launch, product development, Startup marketing, growth hacking, and more.

Value: Provides tips, tricks for entrepreneurs and marketers and also inspirational startup stories for motivation.

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7. Brian Solis’ Blog


Brian Solis is an award-winning author, blogger, and keynote speaker. He has studied the patterns of success and the impact of new technologies on the business world. In fact, he has created his wealth by studying and applying the same patterns to his life and then writing about them. Brian is a keynote speaker at many major tech events. His blog is a great resource for advice on customer experience, leadership, and management.

Topic: Industry insights, latest trends in tech.

Value: Learn about the latest industry trends to align your startup’s focus.

8. Both Sides of the Table


Both Sides of the Table is one resource that guides new startup founders about fundraising. The startup magazine is active for the last 10 years and provides actionable advice on the startup development process. Whether you are a startup founder or an employee, it can help you in both cases.

It is the brainchild of Mark Suster who offers excellent advice for startup owners and established businessmen, needless to mention one of the best entrepreneur blogs out there.

Topic: Fundraising, Startup product development, investments, startup ideas.

Value: Helps you learn about how to properly pitch your startup to the investors.

9. All Business


All Business is your collection of business and entrepreneurship blogs having expertise in areas ranging from finance to marketing, to sales, and accounting. The diversity in business areas gives it an edge among entrepreneurs and startup founders. It is not purely a business blog but has become one thanks to the insightful publications it offers. Whether you are looking to find information about your business insurance or applying for a business loan, All Business has something for you.

Topic: Startup marketing, product development, business and investments.

Value: Not limited to startups. Great resource to learn about the business before indulging in one.

10. Copy Blogger


If you need just one resource for improving your copywriting skills, then Copy Blogger is the resource to follow. Its followers call it the Bible of content marketing. Brian Clark founded Copy Blogger in 2006 and since then it has grown by leaps and bounds. It now earns an 8 figure yearly revenue through courses, ebooks, subscriptions, and premium digital products.

Topic: Copywriting, content marketing, and blogging.

Value: Learn how to make your product sell through the power of words.

11. The Entrepreneurial Mind


Dr. Jeff Cornwall is the man behind The Entrepreneurial Mind, an interactive e-learning platform that focuses on providing in-depth business insights to small business owners. His debates encompass almost everything related to finance and microeconomics. For example, who is the consumer in online education, or why online education courses are all priced at the same price? Jeff also sheds light on personal finance and building a transformational business model.

All in all, it is one business resource to find answers and learn about topics such as growing a business, working with partners, and raising capital.

Topic: Business partnerships, investment opportunities, and finance.

Value: Learn how digital economies are flourishing and creating a name for themselves.

12. blog focuses on small startup and business problems. It features articles on entrepreneurship, startup mistakes and failures, and interviews of successful entrepreneurs and startup founders. The reason we recommend you to read is that it is a product of, a mentorship platform. So, those who don’t have the budget to subscribe to, can also read some of the topics those mentors discuss.

Topic: Small startup problems, startup mistakes, startup failures.

Value: Helps entrepreneurs learn the dos and don’ts of entrepreneurship.

13. Under 30 CEO


Under 30 CEO is not just an entrepreneurial blog focusing on startups and entrepreneurship, it has something for everyone trying to beat unproductivity. The purpose if this blog is to feature successful people who are still under 30. With that said, the blog focuses on highlighting their core strengths, so that others can follow and do the same. Sometimes it focuses on freelancers, sometimes, startup owners, and sometimes investors.  The reason why it is helpful for entrepreneurs is that they can learn a lot about the types of business people usually do and realign their own business strategy.

Topic: Productivity, Best business practices, Startup growth hacking.

Value: Learn from startup founders who are under 30 but offer some crucial advice for success.

14. StartUp Mindset


StartUp Mindset is a blog for all startup founders who are just starting their businesses. It features content on startup topics such as business growth, leadership, money, finance, and technology. The blog has been publishing startup content regularly for last eight years and is a prime resource for most entrepreneurs.

Topic: Growth, leadership, money patterns, and tech trends.

Value: Perfect for those who are just starting their business.

15. 500 Startups


500 Startups is a venture fund and startup accelerator based out of China. Dave McClure and Christine Tsai are the people behind this initiative. So far it has invested in more than 1600 companies around 60 countries. The company also runs a regular blog on startup management and funding. It has a separate team for the blog that provides thorough and in-depth articles on growth hacking, marketing, venture based funding, and product development.

Topic: Startup marketing, growth hacking, fundraising, and product development.

Value: For those who want to learn kickass startup marketing.

16. Smart Hustle


Smart Hustle is a print and online magazine focusing on startup owners’ interviews, blogs, and tips. They publish it on a quarterly basis as a print and digital magazine.

The reason it is called ‘smart hustle’ is that it features the journey of hustle for every entrepreneur. It also features a smart hustle conference every year featuring top business executives.

Topic: Startup interviews, startup marketing.

Value: Learn about part-time entrepreneurs and how they juggle their jobs with their side hustle.

17. Marketing and Entrepreneurship


Marketing and Entrepreneurship blog is founded by Larry Kim, the person behind WordStream and MobileMonkey. Basically, this blog is a compilation of blogs on entrepreneurship taken from other different blogs. The purpose of this curated blog is to bring all resources to a single place so entrepreneurs don’t have to search around the web to get the information that they want.

Topic: Startup marketing, product development, business growth.

Value: If you have time to read only one resource, go with this one.

18. The Startup


Medium is one channel that offers content on multiple resources. Most publications simply repurpose content and post it on Medium while others create content specifically for the website. The answer is simple, it is now one of the top 500 websites and people are really reading content on it. That’s why SWLH (The Startup) creates posts specifically on Medium. It posts regular content answering burning questions of startup founders. Whether you want to know about business trends, Blockchain, fundraising, marketing, or something else, the Startup (medium based blog) has it for you.

It has over 350,000 subscribers as of now and self-claims to be the ‘biggest’ startup publication on Medium.

Topic: Startup marketing, finance, Blockchain, fundraising.

Value: Startup focused blog with over 350,000 subscribers on medium.

19. Startup Digest


Startup Digest offers a curated list of articles on all things startup. Developed as part of the experiment to create curated startup digest for Indian entrepreneurs, the blog focuses on interviews, tips, questions related to finance, accounting, and marketing.

Topic: Startup problems, questions about entrepreneurship, finance and accounts.

Value: Focuses on Indian startup entrepreneurs.

20. Startup Grind


Startup Grind is a project of Google that focuses on UGC articles on startup and entrepreneurship. It aims to inspire, educate, and connect entrepreneurs from around the world on a single platform. The Startup Grind blog features success stories and interviews of top startup founders in over 150 countries where Google for Entrepreneurs is working.

Topic: Startup marketing, fundraising, investor pitching, startup ideas.

Value: Real-life stories of top business executives and entrepreneurs.

Final Word

We don’t want to be harsh here, but reading these top entrepreneur blogs alone is not going to do anything. What you should do is to read these blogs and get the information that can help you succeed in business? Implement knowledge. We understand that not all of these blogs will help you out. Some might not even have the topics that you want to read about. But they all have some value to offer. Try to read them and then implement the lessons you have learned in your business.

Have a blog to add to this list of best blogs for entrepreneurs? Share your it in the comments section below.

The Biggest Differences Between Successful People & Unsuccessful People.

You can be a victim or you can be successful, but you can’t be both. Here are the reasons why…

Successful people play to win. Unsuccessful people play the game to not lose.

The goal of truly successful people is to have massive wealth, massive achievement and for many of them, it’s to help a lot of people.

One of the principles we teach in our programs is, “If you shoot for the stars, you’ll at least hit the moon.” Unsuccessful people don’t even shoot for the ceiling in their house, and then they wonder why they’re not successful.

Successful people are committed to being so. Poor people want to be rich and/or successful.

The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want. Rich (read also successful) people are totally clear that they want wealth. They are unwavering in their desire. They are fully committed to creating wealth. As long as it’s legal, moral, and ethical, they will do whatever it takes to have wealth. Rich people do not send mixed messages to the universe. Poor people do.

The third level of wanting is “I commit to it.” The definition of the word “commit” is to “devote oneself unreservedly.” This means holding absolutely nothing back; giving 100 percent of everything you’ve got to achieving wealth or whatever your goal is.

It means being willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. This is the warrior’s way. No excuses, no ifs, no buts, no maybes — and failure isn’t an option. The warrior’s way is simple: “I will be rich or I will die trying.”

In my experience, getting rich or achieving success takes focus, courage, knowledge, expertise, 100 percent of your effort, a never-give-up attitude and, of course, a successful mindset.

Are you willing to work 16 hours a day? Rich and successful people are. Are you willing to work seven days a week and sometimes most of your weekends? Rich people are. Are you willing to sacrifice for at least a period of time seeing your family, your friends, and give up your recreations and hobbies? Rich people are. Are you willing to risk all your time, energy and start-up capital with no guarantee of returns? Rich people are.

It’s simple — you will be paid in direct proportion to the value you create in the marketplace.

How do you want to live your life? How do you want to play the game? Do you want to play in the big leagues or in the little leagues, in the majors or the minors? Are you going to play big or play small? Are you going to live a level 10 life? It’s your choice.

Your life is not just about you. It’s also about contributing to others. It’s about living true to your mission and reason for being here on this earth at this time. It’s about adding your piece of the puzzle to the world.

Most people are so stuck in their egos that everything revolves around them. But if you want to be rich in the truest sense of the word, it can’t only be about you. It has to include adding value to other people’s lives.

Part of your mission in life then must be to share your gifts with as many people as possible. That means being willing to play big.

The byproduct is that the more people you help, the “richer” you become, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and definitely financially.

Successful people see opportunities and focus on rewards. Unsuccessful people see obstacles and focus on the risks.

Poor people see potential loss and are driven by their fear-based voice.

Rich people see potential growth, take responsibility for the results in their lives, and act upon the mindset that “It will work because I’ll make it work.” Rich people are committed enough to do whatever it takes. Full stop! 

It comes down to this: If not you, then who?

Rich people focus on what they want, while poor people focus on what they don’t want.

Did you know that there are no straight lines in the universe? Life doesn’t travel in perfectly straight lines. It moves more like a winding river. More often than not, you can only see to the next bend, and only when you reach that next turn can you see more.

Action always beats inaction.

I have found that the richest people I know are also the nicest.

Bless that which you want. If you see a person with a beautiful home, bless that person and bless that home. If you see a person with a beautiful car, bless that person and bless that car. If you see a person with a loving family, bless that person and bless that family. If you see a person with a beautiful body, bless that person and bless their body.

Everything happens for a reason and that reason is there to assist me.

From now on, I want you to practice reframing other people’s negativity as a reminder of how NOT to be. Nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it.

Energy is contagious: Either you affect people or you infect people.

I believe negative thinking is like having measles of the mind. Instead of itching, you get bitching; instead of scratching, you get bashing; instead of irritation, you get frustration. Now, do you really want to be close to people like that? 


5. Rich people are almost always excellent promoters.

They are willing to promote their products, their services, and their ideas with passion and enthusiasm.

Resenting promotion is one of the greatest obstacles to success. People who have issues with selling and promotion are usually broke.

6. Poor people will do almost anything to avoid problems.

Poor people see a challenge and they run…

The secret to success, my friends, is not to try to avoid, or get rid of, or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than your problems.

If you have a big problem in your life, all that means is that you are being a small person!

If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!

I go over this specific principle in my upcoming free web class, “Don’t Believe A Thought You Think.”

7. Rich and successful people are solution-oriented.

Rich people spend their time and energy strategizing and planning the answers to challenges that come up and creating systems to make certain that problem doesn’t occur again.

Think of yourself as a container for wealth. If your container is small and your money is big, what’s going to happen? You will lose it. Your container will overflow and the excess money will spill out all over the place. You simply cannot have more money than the container. Therefore you must grow to be a big container so you not only hold more wealth, but you also attract more wealth.


8. Rich people do not back away from problems, do not avoid problems, and do not complain about problems.

Rich people are financial warriors.

The bottom line is that if you become a master at handling problems and overcoming obstacles, what can stop you from success? The answer is nothing! And if nothing can stop you, you become unstoppable!

If a 100-foot oak tree had the mind of a human, it would only grow to be 10 feet tall!

Again this is something I cover a lot in my free web class, “Don’t Believe A Thought You Think.” 

9. Rich people work hard and believe it’s perfectly appropriate to be well rewarded for their efforts and the value they provide for others.

Poor people work hard, but due to their feelings of unworthiness, they believe that it is inappropriate for them to be well rewarded for their efforts and the value they provide.

Get really rich and then help the people who didn’t have the opportunity you did.

If you have the wherewithal to have a lot of money, have it. How you do anything is how you do everything.

There’s nothing wrong with getting a steady paycheck unless it interferes with your ability to earn what you’re worth. There’s the rub. It usually does.

Living based in security is living based in fear.


10. Rich people believe in themselves. They believe in their value and in their ability to deliver it.

Poor people don’t. That’s why they need “guarantees.”

The only way to earn what you’re really worth is to get paid based on your results.

Do you want a successful career or a close relationship with your family? Both! Do you want a focus on business or have fun and play? Both! Do you want money or meaning in your life? Both! Do you want to earn a fortune or do the work you love? Both! Poor people always choose one or the other, rich people choose both.

Let’s set the record straight. Money is important! To say that it’s not as important as any other things in life is ludicrous. What’s more important, your arm or your leg? Could it be that both are important?

Money brings freedom — freedom to buy what you want, and freedom to do what you want with your time. Money allows you to enjoy the finer things in life as well as giving you the opportunity to help others have the necessities in life.

Most of all, having money allows you not to have to spend your energy worrying about not having money.

Rich people are willing to act in spite of fear. Poor people let fear stop them.

It’s imperative to realize that it is not necessary to try to get rid of fear in order to succeed. Rich and successful people have fear, rich and successful people have doubts, rich and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them. Unsuccessful people have fears, doubts, and worries, then let those feelings stop them.

We need to practice acting in spite of fear, in spite of doubt, in spite of worry, in spite of uncertainty, in spite of inconvenience, in spite of discomfort, and even to practice acting when we’re not in the mood to act.

If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you’re willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.

Either you’re a person who will be stopped, or you are a person who won’t be stopped. You choose.

What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur.

We discuss entrepreneurship on a daily basis. We use the term entrepreneur to describe our partners on our Business Development Programme, but what is an entrepreneur? What makes a good one and what does it mean to be a good entrepreneur?

The road to entrepreneurship is often a treacherous one filled with unexpected detours, roadblocks and dead ends. There are lots of sleepless nights and plans that don’t work out. It can be so challenging to launch a business that it may make you wonder why anyone willingly sets out on such a path.

Yet despite all these hardships, every year, thousands of entrepreneurs embark on this journey determined to bring their vision to fruition and fill a need they see in their own lives and the lives of others. They open brick-and-mortar businesses, launch tech startups, or bring a new product or service into the marketplace.

So what motivates entrepreneurs to venture forth when so many others would run in the other direction? Though each person’s motivation is nuanced and unique, most entrepreneurs are spurred on by one or more of the following motivators:

Autonomy – Entrepreneurs want to be their own bosses, set their own goals, control their own progress and run their businesses how they see fit. They recognize that their business’s success or failure rests with them, yet they don’t view this responsibility as a burden but, instead, as a marker of their freedom.

Purpose – Many entrepreneurs have a clear vision of what they want to accomplish and feel compelled to work tirelessly to make that happen. They genuinely believe they have a product or service that fills a void and are compelled by a single-minded commitment to that goal to keep pushing ahead. They abhor stagnation and would rather fail while moving forward than languish in inactivity.

Flexibility – Not everyone fits into the rigidity of a traditional corporate culture. Entrepreneurs are often looking to free themselves from these constraints, find a better work-life balance, or work at times and in ways that may be unconventional. This doesn’t mean they are working fewer hours – oftentimes, especially in the early stages of growing a business, they are working longer and harder – but, rather, that they’re working in a way that is natural and instinctual to them.

Financial success – Most entrepreneurs realize they aren’t going to be overnight billionaires, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t at least a little bit seduced by the potential of making a ton of money. Some may want to establish a financial safety net for themselves and their families, while others are looking to make a huge profit by creating the next big thing.

Legacy – Entrepreneurs are often guided by a desire to create something that outlasts them. A segment of this group is led by ego and a craving for notoriety. Others want to create a brand that has longevity and becomes an institution. Another group wants to pass on a source of income and security to their heirs. There are also those entrepreneurs who hope to make a lasting impression on the world and leave behind an innovation that improves people’s lives in some tangible way.

One of those motivating factors will be the ultimate answer to what being an entrepreneur means to you, but it is true to say that every entrepreneur has a need to blaze their own trail, seek out the road less travelled and strive for whatever may be just over the horizon.

Age No Barrier To Success.

It’s hard to believe that since CJ & Dani have opened Epiphany Promotions, and Jamie & Lizzie have opened LoCo-Motive International that the senior guy on our Business Development Programme now is 20 year old Ronnie Wood. We’ve decided to take a look at Ronnie’s situation and development and find out how age is proving no barrier to success for a motivated guy with a mature business head on young shoulders.

Ronnie started at Pure as an 18 year old and immediately found he had a gift for engaging with people, building relationships and selling. Encouraged by this start to his working life, Ronnie quickly became one of Pure’s top Brand Ambassadors. Despite being encouraged to do more Ronnie was, by his own admission, selfishly focused on his own sales and rewards. Often achieving the best results in the office, Ronnie looks back with great maturity at how he was more than content to cruise along “making the best part of £2000.00 a month consistently, why would I want responsibility as well”? However, there seems to have been a distinct turning point in Ronnie’s journey; “I had been full time for the better part of a year, I was coaching and up-skilling members of sales teams, I was getting good at it. I got good at balancing my own performance and the performance of other people and I thought, ‘I should be doing this for myself, I could be growing a future for myself instead of just making money and spending money, rinse and repeat”.

Since throwing himself into the Company’s Business Development Programme, Ronnie’s performance and success has continued. “The main thing I have changed is I’m completely honest with myself. We’ve all done it, we’ve all taken the easy choice or maybe slacked off when we think no one is looking but you’re only cheating yourself. These day’s that would never happen. I’ll always be honest with myself and do what’s right and choose what’s best for my business and the guys in my team that my business will be built on”.

Sheffield purely a business decision for Ronnie.

When asking Ronnie where he see’s that business taking place and how he see’s it taking shape, you could be forgiven for expecting an outgoing guy who’s not yet 21 to be looking forward to making a success of himself in a metropolitan party-town with his closest pals;

“Not at all. I’ve got my sights set on Sheffield but not because it’s a big Student city, but because when you look at Sheffield from a business point of view, there’s not really anyone there doing what we do. It’s far enough away to cut down on competition and close enough to maintain my network and contacts at Pure and within this industry as a whole”.

It was an absolute pleasure talking to Ronnie about himself and his business goals both short terms and for the future beyond Pure Events. It’s abundantly clear that age is absolutely no barrier to success when you have a mindset like Ronnie and he’s got the team and the awards to prove it.

Since February Ronnie has won a host of industry awards including; Gold Award for Sales, Platinum Award for Sales, Gold Award for Leadership and a Platinum Award for Leadership.

Find out more about Ronnie Wood and his team on our Facebook page.