Karl Craig-West – Website Builder, Public Speaker and Writer Sharing helpful stuff; one page at a time


If you want to earn more you have to learn more

In today’s fast moving work environment there can be no standing still with your skills and knowledge. But if you really want to get ahead then you need to be willing to go beyond what most people will do, which is normally just enough to stay where they are. Even those in the professions (lawyers […]


Was the Olympics worth the expense?

Was the  London 2012 Olympics worth the expense? Have a think about this: In the last 16 days I’ve: cried tears of joy cried tears of sadness welled up with overwhelming inspiration rooted for random competitors cheered boo’ed shouted thrown my hands in the air been dumbstruck with amazement been proud to be British been […]


Taking risks rarely kills anyone but can lead to good things

I tried to warn them, really I did. Was at a party on Saturday night and asked the entertainer if he could sing Cole Porter’s Night and Day. He said he’d be happy to but when he got up there to sing it he invited me to join him. The problem was that I’d not […]


For life to get better YOU have to get better

Far too many people sit and wait for life to get better but unless something radical happens the chances of improving life are slim. This means that something has to change and normally that something is you. Usually, it means that YOU have to get better at your life in some way. How many times […]


A classic case of shifting priorities

Forgive me father for I have sinned, it’s been a month since I last wrote on my blog. Normally when I talk with people about blogging I usually recommend writing roughly once a week but lately my own blogging effort has been a little lax. In all honesty I have little excuse, I’ve had the […]


Happy New Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year. This is the year of the Dragon. Not sure of what it means for you, or if you believe in horoscopes, but I had to smile when I was sent this (since I was born in the Year of the Monkey): The Monkey is the sign of the inventor, the improviser […]


Like it or not we all believe

Had a chat with my good friend Garry the other day and our discussion turned to belief. He’s writing a book about adjusting belief systems to improve lives and ultimately make the world a better place. Quite a worthy aim, in my view. But the point of the faith discussion is that we all, ultimately, […]


You’ll need this to stand a chance of keeping your New Year resolutions

The turn of the year is when many people decide to make some changes in their lives. But most folks overlook one important element that will make or break your decision(s) to change. The ‘New Year Resolutions’ have become something of a cliche with many people (including me) having become a little cynical when folks […]


I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon but no need to panic

At the beginning of November I made a decision to write at least one blog post each week. All went well for the first five weeks and then things seemed to get a little hectic and I’ve missed a few. The thing about it is that I’d got into the habit of doing it on […]


Keep your word and be seen as honest and trustworthy

On Sunday I made a promise, it went like this: On my honour I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and to the queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law. Yes, I became a Scout. Well, a Scout leader, to be more precise. However, […]


Business Collaboration is worth the risk

The more I think about what I’m doing to develop my fledgling business, the more I begin to realise that collaborative projects are increasingly worth pursuing. I’ve written about business collaboration before at http://craig-west.co.uk/2009/05/how-to-partner-up-for-increased-chances-of-success-and-profit/ but I wanted to share a couple of very recent projects. This morning I went to a networking group with several things […]


Despite my cynicism I now think business coaching can help

Today I went to see a business coach. I’ve never had a coach before (outside of sport that is) and I have to admit that it was a very useful experience, despite my initial scepticism. You see, I’m very good at being organised, I work well when I know what I have to get done. […]