Curious, insightful, professional, clear, focused and personable are just some of the words clients use to describe Barry Walsh.
Owner of Power of Seven, a concept he developed himself (by accident he claims!) where he surrounds ambitious business owners and leaders with like-minded peers. So instead of having one coach you have seven, seven different perspectives on your situation/challenges. The outcome is better decisions in your professional & personal life. Because it’s now online you can meet people from all over the world.
Q 1- How does your normal day begin?
A quote I heard once was ‘the first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day’. I rise between 5.30-6 am, start with an hour of meditation practice (I’ve been at it for twenty odd years and still a rookie!), then 45 mins of exercise and ready for the day!
Q 2- What are your biggest daily challenges?
Staying focused on priorities is a constant challenge, always threatened by distractions. I’m working with a system called the Ivey Lee Method which is simple but challenging. At the end of each day write down your top three priorities for the next day, and only move to the next when you’ve finished the previous! – work in progress!
Q3- What do you love most about your job?
Seeing Po7 members making progress as a result of help from their group. I’m passionate about progress, it’s the thread in my life so far. My definition of success is ‘making progress in the right direction’.
Q 4- What do you do to relax?
Meditate. I also teach meditation which can be very relaxing (with experience). I love listening to Buddhist wisdom, the philosophy totally resonates with me and so I practice trying to live by it.
Q 5-Favourite staycation destination in Ireland and why?
I love Lahinch & Ennistymon for day staycations. Every few weeks I take myself there (only 45 mins drive from Kinvara) early in the morning for a run on the beach then a swim in the sea. Then I spend time overlooking the ocean doing some creative or strategic work on the business and/or my life – very energising.
Q 6-Favourite holiday destination worldwide?
Don’t really have one. I travelled a lot in my earlier years and one country that stood out was New Zealand. I could live there no problem. As well as the beautiful country it’s the no BS positive attitude of the people and the outdoor life that I loved most, and rugby of course!
Q 7-Favourite Business motto?
‘Get fit and improve your business’ Gerry Duffy. My experience with Po7 business owners is that this is true – there is a direct correlation. And that goes for ‘mind’ too.
Q 8. Advice for young business entrepreneurs
Keep prototyping. I have a 22-year-old in an HPSU group at the moment. He’s on his 3rd business and it won’t be his last. Another classic I heard (and it is so simple) ‘see what good business ideas are being exploited and do it better than anyone else with your own USP’.