THE WAKE UP CALL
I share my story to help people to understand that nothing in life is guaranteed, and that millions of lives are changed by the unexpected every day.
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 16 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.
I 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 existing, fitting 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
From The Conversation with presenter Sarah Ann Lucas // Channel Radio, Kent
Tuesday 11 January 2017,