THE WAKE UP CALL
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 problem: I 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.
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,
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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
"I enjoyed the book “Time Management for Entrepreneurs.” Abigail’s 5 step process for turning your time into profit helps me see how I am spending my time, and helps me ask the difficult questions about how I would like to spend my time. Abigail’s recommendation to consider outsourcing tasks that I don’t value so that I create more time to either do higher value tasks or create more personal time was very insightful. Another feature of the book that I liked was the case studies. They allowed me to see examples of how others manage their time, and I found this feature to be very helpful."Gerald Earnhardt, North Carolina, USA
"I have been co-hosting events with Abigail on numerous occasions and it is not often that I say this BUT when it comes to speaking, organising events, running workshops, being a host, organiser and facilitator - Abigail makes it look like ZERO effort. Her events are a MUST ATTEND. Her ability to speak from stage and teach her material is super unique as she brings very complex topics to life with here ability to simplify and create her own methodologies. If you are looking for a speaker that really leaves your audience inspired, Abigail is your woman!"Annik Petrou, London, UK