This is the 200th edition of Business Rocks, which I launched five years ago (following 150 editions of a previous newsletter called Friday Focus). We have a little over 1,000 subscribers (plus those who read it through social media) to Business Rocks – up from the 32 subscribers to my original e-newsletter post! – and I’m extremely grateful to all of you for doing so.

Woody Allen once said that 80% of success is showing up, and the success of Business Rocks, if we can call it that, is certainly based on that discipline. Over the years I have learnt to enjoy the process of sitting down with a blank screen every Thursday or Friday morning to write a new post that hopefully has some value to you.

As some of you will also know, I am actively involved in a charity called SportsAid, which supports the most promising young athletes in the UK across a wide variety of sports. Almost all of this country’s Olympic stars – Jess Ennis, Mo Farah, Steve Redgrave, Ellie Simmonds, Chris Hoy, Kelly Holmes – received their first piece of financial support from SportsAid.

What all the athletes that receive SportsAid support have in common is that they turn up – regularly. Each week these young people cover over 40 miles in their training efforts and travel 1,500 miles per month to train and compete. To me, they – and their parents/guardians – demonstrate an amazing combination of drive and discipline to do what they do week in, week out.

Where are you and your team ‘showing up’ each week and where can you spot an absence of regular effort that is preventing you from achieving your goals?


One more thing….

This week SportsAid is running #SportsAidWeek to raise awareness of the work they do. One of the many activities they’re leading is a Grand Prize Draw.

If you are reading this before 10pm on 30 September – and particularly if you have found some value in reading Business Rocks – please could I ask you to click on the link and buy one – or more! – ticket? There are some great prizes and it’s an even better cause.

Tickets are just £5 and you can buy them here – Grand Prize Draw 

Thank you!


Off The Record: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers


But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door