What makes you tick

Posted: Fri 3rd November 2017 09:10 AM

What makes you tick?

We all face hurdles in life. Obstacles appear and it's our job to burst through them, even when it feels like you can't. So just what can we do to stay motivated?

In a bid to find out, we approached all kinds of inspiring people who take motivation to a whole new level - pushing their boundaries to the highest limits, whatever the situation.

We picked their brains, finding what makes them tick, their biggest achievements, and how they've met their goals when things haven't gone as planned. The responses we received were inspirational, to say the least...

Select a profile to read more...



Gary Pellicci - award winning stylist and salon owner
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"Managing a team didn't come naturally to me but I overcame this with training and perseverance"


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Gary Pellicci is an award-winning hair stylist and owner of Gary Pellicci hairdressing in Essex. Currently in the process of opening a London salon, he has also partnered with Gold Class Hair and recently won bronze at the Goldwell Colour Zoom UK Final. Gary's work has featured in various national publications and his celebrity client list includes Rod Stewart.

"I quickly realised that being a great hairdresser isn't enough to run your own successful salon. Managing a team didn't come naturally to me but I overcame that with training and perseverance.

"I'm a strong believer in building a really solid business plan, the only way to run a successful salon is to step away from the chair and manage the business. Communication is key to getting everyone on board and making it a successful business.

"I am always striving to improve on our clients' journeys and the service that we offer them. I love the fact you can change the way someone feels about themselves so quickly and they leave the salon so happy."

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Hayley Smith - Owner of Boxed Out PR

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"Regular exercise always makes me feel better and more positive. And it's always a great way to break away from work and technology - it gives me goals to work towards."


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After battling with redundancy and mental health issues, Hayley Smith decided to overcome her demons by using her time out to focus and heal. As a result, Boxed Out PR was born. One of Hayley's proudest moments is hosting a TED Talk on FlowAid, a campaign she created to help homeless women access sanitary products. Her biggest claim to fame is elbowing Noel Gallagher in the back!

"I've always preferred counselling sessions and talking, and I've learnt to deal with my mental health by being proactive and responding to my feelings.

"Regular exercise always makes me feel better and more positive. It's a great way to break away from work and technology. It also gives me goals to work towards. Even a light run on the treadmill or meditation is great if I'm not really feeling it.

"Take everything in your stride and don't let people dictate how you feel. You know what works for you, but don't let it linger. You are the only person who can fix you. Communicate, and most importantly, be honest, otherwise no amount of counselling will work and you'll just end up feeling worse."

OUR PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS...

"Go for a run, sweat it out, get down the gym, go for a walk. Exercise reduces the body's stress hormones and triggers the release of endorphins (your body's own natural anti-depressant)."


Catherine Asta Labbett - psychologist

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Hayley Southwood - Serial entrepreneur
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"I totally lost any fear that I was not able or capable. I want to show other women that anything is possible when you lose the fear."


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Hayley Southwood is a serial entrepreneur. Having started off owning her own ice cream van called Mrs Scoops and her Vintage Ice Cream, she now owns homeware and clothing brand Southwood Stores. She also runs Southwood Social Hub through her premises, an inspirational support network for women in business. This sees her host a series of empowering workshops and one-to-one social media lessons.

"After losing my mum to cancer when she was only 53, I decided to never live another day doing a job I didn't feel fulfilled in. I totally lost any fear that I was not able or capable. I want to show other women that anything is possible when you lose the fear. I decided to create a work life I loved and that is exactly what I have achieved.

"I think being an entrepreneur is all about knowing when to let go of an idea that's not working. I also think asking for help is a huge lesson I was slow to learn and still struggle with. I would recommend finding good mentors and hiring a business coach!

"Struggling with patience has always been a tricky one for me, but I have embraced every single aspect of being in business. I embrace change, so I think this has really helped me stay on track."

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Laura Bartlett - Founder of House of Coco Magazine
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"One thing that made me try again was my fear of working for somebody else."


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Laura Bartlett is founder of luxury travel and style magazine House of Coco, the third most sold travel magazine on newsstand.co.uk. She takes pleasure in jet-setting around the world for free and lives by the motto, ‘You can't make a comeback if you haven't been anywhere.'

"My first job at the age of 19 was at a radio station where I fell in love with the world of media. I was then headhunted by a local magazine where I realised publishing excited me. From here I went on to launch my own magazine. "Personally, the achievement I'm most proud of has to be the fact that I proved the Dragons' Den panel wrong when they told me I should give up on my dreams. This was back in 2013, when I appeared on the show.

"My biggest setback was when I had to put my first company in to liquidation due to a few naive decisions. One thing that made me try again was my fear of working for somebody else. I think I'd be unemployable now; I'm far too used to doing my own thing!"

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Louise Lederman - Author of children's book Jungle Jam
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"You have to believe in people and in doing so, help them to believe in themselves."


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A lack of music-related learning resources for young children led author Louise Lederman on a mission to address the gap. With the help of her husband, she created Jungle Jam, a children's book series which incorporates music to aid early learning development. Louise's biggest claim to fame is the fact David Bowie saved her life in a ‘white out' on the slopes of Val d'Isère!

"My husband and I had an idea for a children's book series when our first child was born. We dreamt of writing a series which combined our passion for music and education. We both strongly believe music can hugely assist early development and found this was an area that was not widely available to us and our children.

"Things went crazy after the release of our first book in August 2016 - we were working at full capacity. Then, in January, the business slowed down and it took a few months for us to get ourselves back up again. We reminded ourselves that this is the commercial world - there are always peaks and troughs and we have learnt to roll with punches and just crack on and follow our plan.

"I adore going into schools and nurseries and reading our books to the kids. I get such joy from seeing their little faces light up. I always get such a wonderful response from the kids. That's what it is all about!

"I truly believe that if you are passionate and focused then the world is your oyster. Here's my advice: do what you love and it will be a success!"

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Lucy Arnold  Personal trainer and owner of Locket Loves fitness wear
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"Watching others on their own weight loss journey is an incredible feeling."


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Lucy Arnold is a personal trainer and owner of Locket Loves, a fun fitness brand born out of a desire to make working out more comfortable. After recognising that many clients were unhappy with the way their work-out gear fitted, Lucy decided to fill the void and create a range that's colourful, flexible, and allows the body to breathe.

"My personal training career started from my own health and fitness journey. When I started to lose weight and blog about it, I soon realised inspiring others was what I wanted more for a career than my business at the time, which was a paint your own pottery studio. I decided to sell my business and risk it all by changing careers, but it has been the best thing I've ever done.

"My biggest setback was when I had a back injury this year. My whole life was different, I couldn't train, I struggled to sleep, it was hard to train clients. Life was hard and I was in pain. I overcame it by resting, listening to doctors, and looking after myself. Physically, I lost so much strength and mentally it was so frustrating, but it's got better and it's helped me relax and realise I can't be everything all the time.

"Watching others on their own weight loss journey is an incredible feeling. Seeing them overcome obstacles and inspire each other is, and always will be, the most satisfying feeling I have ever had in any job."

OUR PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS...

"If you're having a bad day, take some time out and start again the next day. Sometimes you just need to give your brain a rest in order to ‘get back in the zone'."


Catherine Asta Labbett - psychologist

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Naomi Timperley - Chair of a digital powerhouse
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"Watching others on their own weight loss journey is an incredible feeling."


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Multi-talented business woman Naomi Timperley has many strings to her bow. As well as chairing Capital Pilot, an investment platform for tech and digital businesses, she is the co-founder of Tech North Advocates and is also a board member of Future Everything, and an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School.

"I fell into my line of work purely by accident. Before I had kids, I worked in travel and recruitment and in 2007, brought an American events company over to the UK. After taking part in Dragons' Den in 2008, where I was offered investment but turned it down, I got involved with youth entrepreneurship and start-ups, then tech and digital.

"My biggest setback was working with the wrong people. I overcame it by removing myself from a few businesses. I have also put a strain on my mental health through the enormous pressure I have self-fuelled. It's something now that I try and keep tabs on.

"I would advise anyone in the same situation as myself to get a mentor. I have mentored other people for eight years and have a few mentors myself."

OUR PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS...

"Connect. Collaborate. Interact. Lean in and surround yourself with people who inspire and motivate you."


Catherine Asta Labbett - psychologist

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Sadie Sharp - Director of C Squared consultancy
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"Watching others on their own weight loss journey is an incredible feeling."


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Owner of a management consultancy firm, Sadie Sharp has learnt to focus her business opportunities on things she can connect with. After piling on too much pressure, she decided to scale back and start again from scratch.

"My biggest achievement was starting my own management consultancy company at 24 with just two years' work experience. Projecting confidence and glossing over my insecurities seemed to convince people that I knew what I was doing and the rest is history.

"The one thing I've always been very conscious of is not letting my fears hold me back, because, OK, you might fail, but what if you succeed? So, if something scares me, I usually make myself do it!

"In the lead up to turning 30, I had a ‘Nike' year where I decided to do all of the things that I had put off and ‘just do it'. I signed up for stand-up comedy, I mentored disadvantaged teenagers, and I was training to go up Everest, all while running my busy consultancy firm. Just after I turned 31, I was diagnosed with a breakdown caused by prolonged acute stress. Over that 12-month period, I had lost sight of what a normal level of pressure was, and I broke. I had grown an empire that had ended up running me.

"Although it was a hard decision to make, I released all my staff and reduced my client list significantly, going back to just what I really enjoyed doing. 18 months of counselling, coaching, and medication put me back on the right path, and I am now so much more fulfilled in my life choices.

"My advice to anyone suffering with mental health issues would be, it's OK to not be OK. Give yourself a break. Recognise those moments of weakness and be kind to yourself."

OUR PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS...

"Make your life work for you. Design a life you want and make it happen."


Catherine Asta Labbett - psychologist

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Sue Moore - President and managing director of Bright & Beautiful
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"You have to believe in people and in doing so, help them to believe in themselves."


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Sue Moore is president and managing director of Bright & Beautiful (@BBHousekeeping), an award-winning domestic housekeeping service delivered by over 500 housekeepers. She believes setting goals and timeframes is key to achieving success.

"I found franchising - or rather it found me - back in the 1990s. This was a great time to join, especially for women in this industry as we were in short supply in leadership positions.

"When I was six months pregnant with my last child, I was in a significant car accident. The car was a write off and I was in the middle of a six-car pile-up. It took a couple of years to regain confidence in driving, something that was essential to my career. It didn't stop me, but it slowed me down as I was heading for a directorship and had to pause it for a little while.

"You have to believe in people and, in doing so, help them to believe in themselves. That's the best thing about our business and what I do.

"I really value time and believe it's a commodity that's so much more valuable than diamonds or gold, yet I watch some people fritter it away or waste it. Every day when I wake up I am determined to make the most of it."

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Ali Hemsley - Health and lifestyle blogger
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"The best thing about blogging is the responses I get. I feel so touched that people take time out of their days to read my posts and message me about them."


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A health and lifestyle blogger proud to have battled chronic illness, Ali Hemsley is passionate about all things food, tattoos, fitness, and fashion. Despite dancing the tango with 70s' rock legend Alice Cooper on Halloween, Ali lists winning ‘Top Inspirational Blog' in the The Activity People's 2017 Blogging Awards as one of her proudest achievements.

"I started blogging a year ago as an outlet for my feelings, but it wasn't until February that I decided to take it seriously. I wanted to provide hope for those with chronic illness and show that it's possible to manage the symptoms while living life to the full.

"My biggest setback has been my health. It's been really hard to stay motivated while my health fluctuates. The main thing that helps me overcome any difficulties is to set myself achievable goals.

"Without a doubt, the best thing about blogging is the responses I get. I feel so touched that people take time out of their days to read my posts and message me about them. It's lovely to know that I am inspiring others!

"I have an amazing group of fellow bloggers who inspire me on a daily basis. I love seeing the variety of content that's created - whether it's fitness related or fashion, lifestyle or food. I think there's no shame in being inspired by what others do!"

OUR PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS...

"Take small steps. Break things down into achievable bitesize chunks."


Catherine Asta Labbett - psychologist
Catherine Asta Labbett

Catherine Asta Labbett is a Psychotherapist and Success Coach www.bringingsparkleback.co.uk supporting women on their journet to DISCO BALL Sparkle and is also the Director and Founder of Girl Tribe Gang.


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