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Ben Parry

Co-founder of @barr.media Owner of @barrfinancial CEO of Hubinto 📩 ben@barr -fs.com Check out my latest videos:

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I’m sure you are familiar with the personal brand! It’s relatively new (but the meaning is not). - The reality is personal brands have existed before social media with TV celebs, sports and movie stars. The difference is that social media has democratised the landscape. - But for me I think it goes much further and much deeper! - If you think about it everyone makes judgements and assessments of others. How you present yourself, in public or private matters. What you do, reflects how others view you.So don’t think for one moment you don’t have a personal brand...you do. It’s called your reputation and your personality. - Now for me this is where I see an opportunity for good old fashion business...and don’t get me wrong I think employees should think about their personal brand too! If you’ve got a LinkedIn or facebook account, then you already have one and you probably don’t even realise it! - So going back to the business opportunity for business owners, trainers, consultants, solo entrepreneurs or whoever...business always was and is still based often on reputation, recommendations, personal relationships and YOU. - Of course you still need to sell something the market wants and needs. You can’t be an awesome personality with a rubbish product! You won’t last long! - I also truly believe it’s particularly relevant in the services sector, but definitely not exclusively. - So creating a ‘public’ personal brand is no different to what you are currently doing. The difference is that you can do it at scale...that’s the power of social 💪👊🏻 - - #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquotes #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
If you are trying to be a trailblazer or pioneer you’ll come up against obstacles and pushback from people who don’t get it, understand why, how, that’s not the way we used to do things etc etc! - That is the inevitable psyche of human nature when people don’t ‘get it’ or understand the benefit for them. - However if you are reading this, it’s highly probable you are the pioneer either facing or who has faced pushback with your new idea, concept or whatever! it’s important to not get upset when you get negative vibes or feedback. - Instead listen closely to the feedback, don’t try and persuade or change their minds (that’s just a waste of time), but take the lesson, apply it and actually have empathy for them not being able to ‘get it’. - This thought came to mind as I have a meeting in a few weeks with a top 30 UK accountancy firm to discuss digital marketing and planning an event for them. Although this is a great opportunity for @barr.media I do expect pushback as most businesses (and not just accountants and other professionals) just don’t get social media marketing. And genuinely i have a huge amount of empathy for them, because after all why should they! - In fact why should any business really understand? - It’s our job to help, educate and show them the way. - And remember if someone comes to you with an idea...treat them as you would want to be treated if the shoe was on the other foot 😉👍 - - - #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
The post says it all but I implore you, if you don’t ‘get’ social media or you ‘personally’ don’t do it or like it...just remember billions of people and your potential customers do!⠀ -⠀ The genie is out of the box and it isn’t going back in! Your personal views on it are irrelevant. The market has decided and you need to deal with your own head trash.⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
The way we connect, form relationships and communicate has changed massively in recent years.⠀ -⠀ Social media has created less friction and made it easier than ever to network, communicate your message and of course keep in touch with friends and family.⠀ -⠀ From a business perspective it is critical for you to make sure you remove any personal hang ups or doubts that you may have about marketing on digital platforms. ⠀ -⠀ You might not like it...but the market doesn’t care about your personal views! The facts are the facts and you need to either live in the age we live in or become irrelevant.⠀ -⠀ Businesses have an opportunity like never before and so many of you are just not doing anything! You are watching, thinking, allowing your own judgement to get in the way of you getting started or making progress!⠀ -⠀ So if you are anything like I was a few years ago who thought of social media as an irrelevant gossip platform for people to post updates that I couldn’t care less about! Realise this...social media is THE platform for your business to engage and communicate with your audience.⠀ -⠀ So I implore you to realise that the way we all connect both personally and professionally has changed with the fundamentals remaining the same. Just make this the time when you view social media as THE BIGGEST marketing opportunity you have and do something about it 🙏⠀ -⠀ #socialmediamarketing #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
There’s not much more to be said really!⠀ -⠀ When I saw this I just loved its simplicity and truth.⠀ -⠀ Be that person who everyone wants on their side and hates to be against! Be tough, be tenacious, work harder than everyone and never quite 👊🏻💪⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
Just wanted to wish you a HUGE happy Christmas 🎄 🎅🙌⠀ -⠀ I really hope you are having a great day 🙏⠀ -⠀ This was @barr.media impromptu and first Christmas lunch a few weeks ago after a business meeting @willlamerton and myself had with the forward thinking accountant firm @BishopFlemingUK ⠀ -⠀ We were missing a couple of the team (like I said it was impromptu) but it was good to do it all the same. We are a new digital agency and it will be interesting to see how things will be different at our next Christmas party...bring on 2019 🥳 🎈 🎉 🙌🔥🔥🔥⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other!⠀ -⠀ An important part of the journey is to really listen to your gut instincts and trust yourself.⠀ -⠀ Remember your gut instinct may result in success or failure! It’s impossible to not experience both....but trusting yourself to accept either outcome is part of the entrepreneurial journey and something you need to do and accept.⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Paul Lewis who i don’t think is on the gram!⠀ -⠀ Anyway some of you will know of him from a BBC radio 4 program called Money Box...I highly recommend you check it out.⠀ -⠀ Some of you will know me as the mortgage guy and others in the marketing and tech world will know my other side...In short I’m a businessman.⠀ -⠀ So with my finance and mortgage hat on we chatted about the mortgage world and in particular the shady practices of the big new house builders pressurising/forcing buyers to use their in house services (mortgage brokers & solicitors) otherwise; blah blah blah.....’use our services or else’ type style.⠀ -⠀ I’ve written about this before in an old blog and in principal i have no problem with all services being under one roof...I get it from the revenue and the control angles.⠀ -⠀ But what I take exception to is people being pressurised, forced, or fearing they will miss out somehow if they don’t! That’s just wrong and is a typical cheap sales tactic. ⠀ -⠀ In fact these sales practices do a huge disservice to all of us in sales (by the way we are all in sales whether you think you are or not...I’ve written about this too) and only goes to train the consumer not to trust sales people. It does our whole industry harm and badly represents the great sales people who offer tons of help, advice and expertise.⠀ -⠀ As a good salesperson you should be trained properly and not fall into the trap of selling fear!⠀ -⠀ So new house builders...do what you do...i think estate agents could learn a few things from you...but do it the ‘right way’!⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #money #matters #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups #mortgagebroker #ukmortgagebroker #newbuildhouse
Do you ever feel you are reacting to events more than you are in control of them?⠀ -⠀ Sometimes it feels like you are being thrown around in life’s washing machine and life is just crazy busy but without any clear direction!⠀ -⠀ Setting goals really helps to focus the mind. But being really specific when you do this makes all the difference and helps bring you clarity of what you need to do to achieve these goals.⠀ -⠀ There’s no point just saying I’m going to lose weight, stop smoking or start my own business. Specifically ‘what’ are you going to do, to achieve this?⠀ -⠀ Get focused, make goals and get get really detailed how you will achieve these.⠀ -⠀ Oh and the ‘how’ you do it might change as events evolve, but at least make that start and stop being a rudderless sailing boat being knocked around by life’s sea 🌊 💪👊🏻👊🏻⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
As some of you might know I was invited to be the guest speaker at an awards ceremony for outstanding achievement at @petrocofficial which has recently been ranked No.1 for further education. This event followed soon after with speed dating for business students type thing! - Basically asking local business people to do a one on one Q&A with the students. - It was actually something I did for the first time last year and it was great to give something back to my community. I for one wish this was more readily available for when I was in their shoes! In fact it should be more readily available for school leavers not just those at college! - It’s super exciting times for them and their opportunities are soo much more than have ever existed before...literally they can go and create a multi million pound business just from their phone! That has never been possible before. If you don’t believe me, just google Gym Shark...there are loads of other examples of this. All at the same time big brands are closing down. - Just think about that for one second! A startup can outperform and overtake a big brand which has way more resources and marketing budget! - The democratisation of business opportunity with the internet has created an opportunity for everyone, no matter your background, no matter your wealth. If you’ve got an idea you can now do it. The market will decide whether these students are a success not the school they went to or the college they go to! Now stop procrastinating and go and smash it. It’s there, you’ve just got to go and grab it 👊🏻👊🏻 - - - #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
Remembering and appreciating those special moments is so important as life just passes by so quickly, particularly if you are constantly pushing and working hard. It’s important to take stock and enjoy life too👍 - At the moment I’m just hanging out with one of my boys watching the football...boys bonding 🙌 would love to know what has brought you joy today 🙏🙏🙌🙌 - - - #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
It’s funny I was driving back from a meeting today and I heard the usual rubbish on the radio about Brexit, some for, some against and being in business you might expect me to be concerned. But I’m not! - No one can look into a crystal ball and predict the future...the whole argument (one way or another) is completely nonsensical. But if you listen to every single debate it’s all based on ‘their’ prediction of the future which is presented as some fact. Just think for a moment how ridiculous that is! You might as well speak to Mystic Meg (for some of you older peeps, you’ll know who that is! 🤣) - The danger for you and lots of people is that it can affect your ability to take action. - I’m not saying you shouldn’t plan if you need to. But the point is about mindset... - I don’t bother wasting my energy on worrying about the ‘what if’ and you shouldn’t either. - Again it’s not about not planning or being cavalier. Every business should have plans. - But I truly don’t worry about things I can’t control. I don’t know what the future holds and nor do you...so don’t waste your time on it. - But what I can do, and what you can do, is to focus on the ‘now’ and the job in hand. Don’t hold back or let outside forces effect your mindset. - Business will always have ups and downs. So instead of worrying or fearing the unknown, focus on the things you can control and have a positive, can do attitude. Life is too short...live it and don’t fear it 👊🏻🙌 - - #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
Just hit 7k on Instagram and wanted to say a huge thank you. - I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far and the truth is I’m only getting started! So I hope you continue to follow my business journey (in the finance, marketing and tech worlds) and I hope to continue to share some of those moments and lessons I’ve learnt along the way. - If I can help you in any way (like you’ve helped me by supporting, liking, sharing etc) just reach out to me and I’ll do my best...obviously can’t promise anything but if I can I will 😉👍🙌 - - - #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
I had the great opportunity to give a talk to the students @petrocofficial last week. Amazingly this week they invited me back to be a dragon! I obviously didn’t offend too many people which was a relief 🤣 - I hate the term dragon as it’s such bullshit...yeah we’ve played the game and got some experience but it doesn’t mean we are all good or that we don’t make mistakes. I think too many people look up to icons or influencers far too much and put them on an undeserved pedestal. - Anyway back on point...it was awesome just meeting and chatting to them. - So to you students who I met...I wanted to let you know that you are awesome. Really well done and keep smashing it. You’ve got so much time on your hands just keep trying and tasting different things until you find your passion...I wish you all the luck in the world and if you ever want to bounce ideas just reach out to me 😉👍🙌🙌 - - - #northdevon #petroc #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
I was honored to give a talk to the top performing students (and meet the awesome team behind them) at @PetrocOfficial ⠀ -⠀ I was stunned to learn that my old college was recently ranked No. 1 further education college. Well done to all the staff and students...you’ve done an awesome job 🙌🙌⠀ -⠀ This was a celebration of success for the students and a super exciting time for many who are just starting out. They are dreaming big and rightly so.⠀ -⠀ I wanted to share that success comes in many forms. What they think they might do in the future will almost definitely change as they progress through the journey of life. ⠀ -⠀ They are succeeding now, but they must be prepared to fail, pivot and keep learning. That is the journey they are about to go on. Even the CEO at Petroc a lovely lady Diane Dimond started her life in accounting before training to be a Maths teacher.⠀ -⠀ My journey started wanting to join the forces and then progressed to wanting to play professional rugby. Both didn’t happen...I failed.⠀ -⠀ Of course I did well to play at a high standard and turned down a commission with the RAF...all successes in their own right. But in the end I didn’t achieve what I set out to....but that’s okay.⠀ -⠀ I pivoted, kept learning, tried lots of different things and I continue to do so.⠀ -⠀ Who would have thought a mortgage broker would start their own digital marketing agency @barr.media and be interested in tech! Looking back there’s no way I saw that coming!⠀ -⠀ So wherever you are in life...you never stop learning, innovating, failing and pivoting. Just keep moving forward.⠀ -⠀ And if you are just starting out...try lots of things until you find your passion. You’ve got so much time...use it⠀ -⠀ #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #startups
It’s so funny when you look at people performing in sport, entertainment, public speaking or whatever. From the outside you might see a calm. - But I can guarantee 99% will be feeling just how you would feel, if it were you! - The point is quite simple, those people who stand up and are prepared to put themselves out there, to do those uncomfortable things, to push their own boundaries. They are the ones who achieve. - So don’t let your own demons stop you. That’s not to say you won’t have them...just believe in yourself, fight them and win. - It’s funny i was just invited to speak to 80+ people from my old college...Yes i do my thing on my YouTube channels but I haven’t publicly spoken in years! And yes I had my demons. A funny thought went through my mind wondering if I would start talking in another language 🤣🤣 - So thank you @petrocofficial for having me...it was a huge pleasure and a real inspiration to meet a few of the amazing winners. - - - - #millionairemind #makemoneynow #bebettereveryday #choosetobehappy #maketime #behappyandsmile #successtip #entrepreneurquotes #pushforward #buildyourempire #growthmindset #entrepreneurmind #betteryourself #reachyourgoals #mindsetiseverything #ownyourlife #successquote #businesslife #youngentrepreneur #successmindset #businessquotes #mindsetshift #chaseyourdreams #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurial #hustlemode #keytosuccess #millionairementor #startupfounder #ukentrepreneur
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