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A Brilliant Gamble
Say No to the 9 - 5
Category: Management & Marketing
Location: WIltshire
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As the CEO of That People Thing, I've spent more than 10,000 hours in board meetings and I've learnt what works and what doesn'...


by Blaire Palmer
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May 14, 2018 11:17 AM PDT

I'm hearing a lot about "pivoting" at the moment.

In a business context it means shifting the focus or emphasis of the company.

In life it means taking a left or right turn away from the direction you'd set off in and adjusting course based on what you've learnt so far.

Well, we're pivoting our adventure!

In today's episode I explain what we're letting go of and what we're embracing as we learn more about what we need.

This year is about really living, really enjoying the moment and reconfiguring our lives in ways that, we hope, will change us forever.

And our first lesson - You Won't Know Until You Go - is a biggie!

I hope you enjoy the show.

Follow us on instagram and twitter (@brilliantgamble) and visit www.abrilliantgamble.com to sign up for the FREE 3-part Gamble Guide so you can start leaping in to your own Brilliant Gambles and really living life NOW!

May 08, 2018 03:59 AM PDT

This last week has been tough for us.

While we love our little Yorkshire AirBnB, we have no wifi or phone signal there and have had to rent an office (no windows, no natural light, smells a bit) a few hours a day so I can continue to serve my clients.

However, this took a little time to arrange and last week I had to cancel a session and struggled through a couple of phone calls, being cut off every few minutes and losing portions of what people were saying to me.

When I reflected on why this affected me so much I realised that serving clients is the number one priority in any business and that my lifestlye choice had meant that, on this occasion, I was unable to deliver on that number one priority. It didn't feel good.

In today's show I share my thoughts about business purpose, serving clients and my own struggles to find the right balance between the lifestyle I've chosen and the business I love.

Please stay in touch on instagram and twitter (@brilliantgamble) and visit www.abrilliantgamble.com to sign up to my free 3-part Gamble Guide!

April 23, 2018 12:28 PM PDT

Just because you sell your house, put your worldly belongings in a storage container and travel around Europe in a campervan for a year doesn't mean you feel any different than you did when you lived in a normal house in a normal town.

Last week I realised that despite disrupting our lives in a BIG WAY I still felt kinda the same.

In order to feel different you have to BE different. You have to include in your life practices and habits that weren't in your life before. You have to choose a different state of being. You have to change from within. Changing the external elements is not enough.

Today I talk about this realisation and share some concepts that can help you feel different about yourself and your life, whether or not you're going to shake things up on the outside.

Please sign up to our newsletter at www.abrilliantgamble.com, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@brilliantgamble) and rate and share this show on iTunes!

Thanks for all your support!

April 16, 2018 08:21 AM PDT

I've been revisting one of the set texts from my degree (I read it nearly 30 years ago!) - Max Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - recently. I do this for you, by the way!

I'm becoming increasingly aware of the deeply hardwired beliefs we have about work - work is what makes us valuable human beings, work is Godly, hard, mundane work has the greatest virtue. If skill comes too easily or if you enjoy your work too much it must not have as much value as work which is painful and hard fought for.

In this week's podcast I explore the routes of these beliefs and question whether they have as much relevance today as they did in the Industrial Age.

I'd love to know what you think too!

Stay in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter (@brilliantgamble) and check out the new website www.abrilliantgamble.com!

April 10, 2018 06:20 AM PDT

Stress! A gift that never stops giving...even when you've disrupted your life with the specific intent of leaving it behind.

Today's show is about the 4 triggers or potential triggers for stress and how I'm handling each one. I really want to return from this year long adventure having got a grip on my stress, something which gives me sleepless nights and distracts me from enjoying the moment. Frankly, it's a waste of energy and time...but I seem to be an addict.

I hope you find today's episode useful as you navigate the stresses in your own life. And please share your stress-busting strategies on our social media!

Instagram @brilliantgamble
Twitter @brilliantgamble
Or visit our website and sign up for yuor free Gramble Guide at www.abrilliantgamble.com

Thank you!

Blaire

April 02, 2018 01:35 PM PDT

In today's podcast I reflect on the lessons I learnt from letting my hair go grey!

I didn't realise it at the time but this attempt to become more authentic opened the door to other, bolder decisions and maybe even our big trip!

When you're at a crossroads in your life taking really big decisions about what to do next might be a step too far.

But a small decision in the right direction emboldens you for a bigger adventure and opens up new opportunities you weren't aware of.

I hope you enjoy today's show. Please stay in touch.

We are @brilliantgamble on Twitter and Instagram. And you can sign up to the newsletter at www.abrilliantgamble.com and receive my 3-part Gamble Guide!

Thank you!

March 26, 2018 02:57 PM PDT

We are now a week and a half in to our trip and it's already been, um, eventful!

Snow, a broken awning and a breakdown in Snowdonia National Park have taught me one lesson already - things are not going to go exactly as planned.

This week's show is about this first lesson and the muscle I'm going to be developing as a result this year.

We build so many safety nets around ourselves that we often forget how good we are at getting out of scrapes. And because we forget how good we are at getting out of scrapes we don't have the confidence to put ourselves in to situations that might require us using that muscle...and having an adventure along the way.

I hope you enjoy the show this week.

Remember you can get in touch on instagram, twitter, via the website (www.abrilliantgamble.com) and on the A Brilliant Gamble facebook page!

And please leave a review and star rating on iTunes as we really want people to be able to find the show and get the confidence to re-think their work, escape the 9-5 and take Brilliant Gambles of their own!

March 19, 2018 03:06 PM PDT

Four nights in a campervan in the snow has taught me a lesson already.

When you embark on an adventure don't be too attached to how you expected things to be...be ready to roll with what the universe has in store for you!

On this week's show I'm talking to award winning Women's Advocate and Empowerment Coach, Ali Soleil, about embarking on adventures in your 40s and 50s.

Ali is the host of the F Years Podcast and helps women in mid-life to go from fed up to fabulous.

In this conversation we talk about living out of your car, finding the adventure that's waiting for you and letting go.

If you're ready to run towards joy, you'll love Ali and her infectious enthusiasm for life.

Check out The F Years Podcast for yourself on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-f-years-podcast/id1320450539?mt=2

And to stay in touch with us visit www.abrilliantgamble.com, follow us on Instagram and twitter @brilliantgamble and on our A Brilliant Gamble Facebook page!

You can see where we are, what we've been up to on our big trip and read my latest blogs.

Feel free to share this podcast and leave a rating and review as it helps people find us and start taking a Brilliant Gamble of their own!

March 12, 2018 02:00 PM PDT

Welcome to A Brilliant Gamble!

This is the 65th episode of this show but the first with our new name.

A Brilliant Gamble is all about betting on the the world of work changing and taking the risk of saying No to the 9-5. Work isn't working as it is, that's for sure. And more and more people, myself included, are asking whether it has to be this way? Can we configure a life where work integrates seamlessly rather than requiring us to make sacrifices to succeed?

It was with this in mind that I wanted to speak to today's guests.

Will and Jessica travel the world with their children, and hamster called Sunshine, in an RV and have been living in other countries like locals for more than 3 years.

They left their jobs in Boston to take this adventure and now they help others who want to do the same thing through their business, Worldtowning.

Their story is fascinating, honest, funny and inspiring. It's partly because of them that I am taking my daughter and dogs on our big trip, starting later this week (!).

I'm sure you'll enjoy listening to them.

If you want to know more about Worldtowning you can find them at www.worldtowning.com and on YouTube and Instagram.

To stay in touch with US here at A Brilliant Gamble, check out the new website www.abrilliantgamble.com and our instagram and twitter feeds (@brilliantgamble).

Looking forward to your feedback, to your star ratings on iTunes and to hearing about your Brilliant Gambles!

Blaire x

February 26, 2018 10:37 AM PST

Well, yes and no!

In two week's time this podcast will be back with a new name to reflect its new focus. And in today's show I explain more about what that's going to be and why it's going to be fabulous!

Today I'm also talking about down-days and what to do when you're not feeling so aligned...like when you're packing boxes before leaving all your worldly goods in a storage container and going off for a year and it all hits home.

I hope you'll find the new focus of the show inspiring, relevant, practical and motivating. No show next week while we finish the new website and get everything ready for the relaunch.

See you on the other side!

Please continue to stay in touch on instagram (@punksinsuits), email (blaire@thatpeoplething.com) and on our Punks in Suits Facebook page!

Blaire

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