Archive for the ‘Players’ Category

How to text a billion people about your idea PLUS... an inspiring book

Ever had a good idea you wanted the world to know about, John? What would it be like to be able to send a text message to a billion people across the planet to tell them about it? Well that's exactly what author and activist Chris Ward managed to do this year. Chris is former

How two Screw Work readers invented the world's first healthy ice cream and made it a hit

Brothers Harry and Charlie Thuillier read Screw Work Let's Play back in 2011 and it inspired them on a series of adventures that culminated in creating the world's first healthy ice cream, Oppo. Oppo has now won several awards, is sold in leading supermarkets, and is in the short list to win business help from Richard

How to run a multi-million dollar company with (almost) no rules

Recently I watched a video that blew my mind. The speaker Ricardo Semler runs a Brazilian company that makes hundreds of millions of dollars and yet has almost no rules at all - no set hours, location, holiday time, management structure, or business plan. Want to go to the beach or to see a film on a

How Claire Hughes started her business in 30 days

2 years ago Claire Hughes wanted to start something of her own but she didn't even have a business idea. So she joined the Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge. Now she has a thriving business of her own – Handmade Horizons – and today she moved into her very own office. I took the chance to

Big dreams, small projects: What do you dream of doing?

It's easy to imagine that big dreams – like creating a wildly successful businesses – are the result of a grand vision that is planned out and then executed step by step. Nonsense! More often than not, a brilliant success starts with a humble project, done just for the fun of it. And it is

What to do when someone copies you

Radiohead's early albums The Bends and OK Computer positioned them as one of the most influential bands in the world – and inspired a new wave of sound-alike Britpop bands including Coldplay, Stereophonics, Muse and Travis. The next Radiohead album didn't come so easily. Band members all had different visions for Radiohead’s future, and Thom

Stop faking it

A few days ago I watched a youtube video of someone playing a song on the piano. She was one of the 200 participants in the 30 Day Challenge and she had responded to one of our exercises by taking the risk to record a video of her playing and show it to the other

Losing a hero is tough...

Today, I am still reeling from the news of Steve Jobs' death. Losing a hero is tough and Steve has been a hero of mine for many years – from my time as a software geek to my life now, writing and running my own business. Yesterday when I should have been writing my new

If you don't do it, no one else will

The interesting thing about any significant creative project you undertake – whether it's a book, blog, or business – is that while you might have a title (and even a strap line), you don't really know what it's about until you dive into making it. Sometimes you think you know at the start, but it always

Postcard from Bali

This is a copy of my email newsletter sent at the end of a month living and working in Bali. The wonderful thing about creating your own business today is that you can design it to be portable. All you need is a laptop computer, a mobile phone, and a WiFi connection, and you can