Who’s At Coach: David Braithwaite

My name is:  David Braithwaite I’m an entrepreneur with a specialty in: Financial Planning My company is: Citrus Financial Management Ltd. What we do is: We advise on pensions, investments, and mortgages and motivate clients to take positive action with their...

Who’s At Coach: Dina Dwyer-Owens

My name is: Dina Dwyer-Owens I’m an entrepreneur with a specialty in: Franchising and values-based leadership, i.e. Living R.I.C.H. (Respect, Integrity, Customer focus, & Having fun in the process). My company is: The Dwyer Group, Inc. We are in the business of:...

Success — There’s No Alternative!

There’s no point in being an entrepreneur and doing it half-heartedly. If you don’t go at it full-bore, you get caught between two worlds with none of the advantages of either.

Back in 1978, just four years after I’d started being an entrepreneur, I went bankrupt because I just hadn’t learned enough yet to be successful. I went to see my bank manager, who was a very nice man, but he’d been a banker for 30 years, and it was the only world he knew. In our meeting, he said to me, “Why don’t you stop this nonsense? You’re a writer, you’re an artist. Why don’t you go back and get a job?”

Your Factory-Installed Multiplier

I like having a big company. Many fun and exciting possibilities open up at this level. The only challenge is that I don’t like the feeling of big companies. I don’t like bureaucracy.

So how do you run a growing company yet keep the feeling of a small company?