Abigail Barnes Award-winning Entrepreneur | Author | Speaker

She is a qualified coach and creator of the renowned 888 Formula.

WOW Talks // WeWork Moorgate, London
Tuesday 2 February 2016,

Some people are born knowing what it is that they want to do and they go after it, while others like me need a wake up call...


Since the age of 7 I knew that I wanted to run my own business. I pictured myself with a Louis Vuitton briefcase, a Chanel suit, and Christian Louboutin shoes. There was only one problem: I had no idea what the business would do and even less of an idea about how to start one.

So I copied what everyone else around me was doing and after university I went and got a job in financial marketing.

And for the next 10 years I steadily climbed the greasy pole, trying to ignore the empty feeling that followed me around.

filled it with Prada and parties, and Mulberry and Moet, and when that didn't work I went shopping.

Does any of this resonate with you?

Do you find yourself trapped in a job that you hate, a business that is overwhelming you, or suffering from stagnated growth and diminishing turnover?

On Saturday 25 February 2012 at the age 32 I had a stroke.

It happened while I was on a business trip to the United States.

One minute I was planning a day of Starbucks and shopping with my friend (I’d flown in early for the weekend and so had she), and the next I was hooked up to drips, surrounded by medical technicians frantically trying to figure out what had happened to me.

In the moments when I thought I was going to die, I remember thinking that I hadn’t actually lived my life at all.

That I had spent 32 years existingfitting in, and procrastinating about starting things because I didn’t know how to do them.

My brush with death prompted me to face my procrastinations head on, to start the business I had always wanted to, Success by Design, to write my first book Time Management for Entrepreneurs, and to start showing people what I have learned on my journey and know for sure.


"Winners always find a way" - Abigail Barnes


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