THE WAKE UP CALL

From WOW Talks // WeWork Moorgate, London
Tuesday 2 February 2016,
www.wowtalks.tv

The Wake Up Call...

I share my story to help people to understand that nothing in life is guaranteed, and that millions of lives are changed by the unexpected every day.

Some people are born knowing what it is that they want to do and they go after it, while others like me need a wake up call.

Since the age of 16 I knew that I wanted to run my own business. I pictured myself with a Louis Vuitton briefcase, a Chanel suit, and Christian Louboutin shoes. There was only one problemI had no idea what the business would do and even less of an idea about how to start one.

So I copied what everyone else around me was doing and after university I went and got a job in financial marketing.

And for the next 10 years I steadily climbed the greasy pole, trying to ignore the empty feeling that followed me around.

I filled it with Prada and parties, and Mulberry and Moet, and when that didn't work I went shopping.

Does any of this resonate with you?

Do you find yourself trapped in a job that you hate, a business that is overwhelming you, or suffering from stagnated growth and diminishing turnover?

On Saturday 25 February 2012 at the age 32 I had a stroke.

It happened while I was on a business trip to the United States.

One minute I was planning a day of Starbucks and shopping with my friend (I’d flown in early for the weekend and so had she), and the next I was hooked up to drips, surrounded by medical technicians frantically trying to figure out what had happened to me.

In the moments when I thought I was going to die, I remember thinking that I hadn’t actually lived my life at all.

That I had spent 32 years existing, fitting in, and procrastinating about starting things because I didn’t know how to do them.

Sound familiar?

Do you find yourself not valuing the time that you have?

Do you forget to enjoy the moment because you are too busy chasing tomorrow, your fortune, and your future success?

My wake-up call prompted me to face my procrastinations head on, to start the business I had always wanted to, and to write my first book Time Management for Entrepreneurs, and to start teaching people what I have learned  on my journey and know for sure.

"Winners always find a way" - Abigail Barnes

From The Conversation with presenter Sarah Ann Lucas // Channel Radio, Kent
Tuesday 11 January 2017,
www.channelradio.co.uk

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A great book for any aspiring entrepreneurs. Found it to contain some invaluable tips on ho to maximise your time and turn it into profit. Perhaps the most beneficial section for me was how to use outsourcers. Would recommend for any new business start-ups and also established.

Andrew Styles, London, UK

Thanks Abigail... I've read your book and found it very helpful. The tips are spot. I make a list daily and weekly and love the liberating concept of highlighting priorities, laters and Someday-or-outsource completely - I also request and change my timelines when I need to without feeling bad - I've found there are no unreasonable goals. Only unreasonable timelines.

Udo Maryanne Okonjo, London, UK