I love to read – I think it is one of life’s great pleasures, although despite that I still don’t get quite as much time as I’d like to plough into my books. As such, I am always interested in refining my to-read list, to get maximum value out of my reading time. This year one of my resolutions is to read at least one book a month – and many of those will be business books.
I think it’s incredibly important to keep alert to new trends, new ways of thinking and new ideas that can help evolve your business and its market impact – not to mention your own growth as an entrepreneur and a businessperson. Especially when the nature of business is changing so quickly – and in such exciting ways.
Work-life balance – it’s a phrase that’s easy to say, but for many of us it’s significantly harder to put this elusive idea into practice. For a start you have to define what that exactly means, and I think it means different things to different people – and at different times of their lives.
In my life there was a time when I worked significantly longer hours than I do now, and the majority of my time was weighted toward work. I was younger, starting out and I felt I needed to do it at the time – and indeed when you are setting up businesses I do think you need to put inordinate amounts of time and energy in to get things off the ground.
I love new year – the symbolic idea of a blank slate to build on is very appealing to me and new years give us time to re-evaluate what has been working in our lives, what has perhaps not been working quite so well and where we can add in some new challenges and enrichment. New year’s resolutions are a great way to focus the mind. I don’t mean the clichéd, half-hearted ones that always seemed based in negativity (“start a diet to lose 40lbs” which ends up as “eat a whole cake the next day” or “take up jogging” followed by “give up jogging a few days later” etc.) – but the ones that take unique stock of where you are in life and what you want more of (not less of!).
If travel is not on your list of new year resolutions then it definitely should be! For me, there is nothing more invigorating and healthy than to travel – experiencing new cultures, new foods, new sensations and getting some valuable perspective on the world. Lorna and I have our favourite places, and we do go back to them, time and again – Val Thorens in the French Alps where we are at the moment, and beautiful Beaulieu sur Mer on the French Riviera where we keep our boat – but we also enjoy exploring places that surprise us and keep us on our toes. I am always on the look out for interesting trips to take – and as the owner of a luxury travel company I keep an eye firmly on travel trends and up-and-coming destinations. So, before you make your travel plans for 2016 take a look at my hot tips for the new year around the world …and then maybe change them!
I’m an avid traveller, and one of the things I love about globetrotting is the chance it gives you to surprise yourself with new things – whether places, experiences, food or people. Which is why I like to explore destinations I might not have even thought of going to. I’m a big reader of travel blogs – both as an interested travel blogger myself and as a travel enthusiast – and I take inspiration from them as to where to go next. Planning our next break, I’ve been inspired by some unusual ideas away from the typical seaside and sun lounger mix. Here are my five top suggestions for summer breaks with a difference, from some of the internet’s top travel blogs…where would you recommend? Tweet me your tips on @normanpeires…
I’ve been having some interesting conversations recently with a company called Red & Yellow Care, which is a new disruptive force in UK health provision. I love disruptive innovation because some markets really need to be shaken up with fresh ways of thinking – and healthcare in the UK is one. There are a lot of gaps in our healthcare system, and not just in the NHS but in the provision of healthcare overall, throughout the UK.
Watching things unfold in Greece at the moment, two questions come up for me. Firstly, why do great civilisations deteriorate? And secondly, what is it that really creates a powerful and energetic economy?
One of the ways that getting older impacts, and I have noticed this a lot, is wondering whether you are at the ‘right’ point in your life for your age. People seem to gauge how far they have progressed, whether in their career or in their personal life, through age markers. I see it in my own children as they compare where they’re at with everyone else. Continue reading →
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. It’s a common phrase I found myself considering recently. Look up its origins and you’ll find it comes from a Medieval Latin saying attributed to St. Ambrose – which literally translates as “if you should be in Rome, live in the Roman manner; if you should be elsewhere, live as they do there.” For me, this proverb carries a lot of weight and wisdom, and deserves reflection, perhaps even more so now in an age of multiculturalism.