“I want to know what makes people tick!”
That was my passion aged 16, and it’s been my passion every since. As a teenager, I was already fascinated by how people thought, why they thought what they did, and the resulting behaviour (not to mention my own!). Click here to read about my teenage spiritual awakening. Later, with a psychology degree and Diploma in HR Management under my belt, I’d become head of the HR department in a leading department store in London. But I still wasn’t satisfied, not in terms of my personal life, nor what I was learning about others. In the early 80’s, ripe for a change, I ended up in what I would now call a cult, where I certainly started learning and my personal development journey accelerated enormously.
Eventually I moved on, by choosing a redundancy option from the cult, (one of the best things I ever did in my life was joining that organisation, and one of the others was escaping from it!) and in 1988, I traveled to the Greek island of Skyros, where I worked for a holistic holiday company as part of the management team for three years. During this time I was a personal student of Louise L. Hay of “You Can Heal Your Life” fame in California, and returned to England to begin leading study groups based on her book. Now I was really beginning to understand about ‘what made people tick!’
“Jane Duncan has written a brilliant book that will help you turn your life around.”
Under my maiden name of Jane Duncan, I led groups around the UK and Europe for ten years, mostly based on Louise Hay’s work, and I also built up a private practice as a counselor and psychotherapist, publishing two books and several audio tapes. Choose Your Thoughts Change Your Life was well received and this was the comment that Louise Hay made of this book.
At the same time, with my husband Philip, I wrote Sixty Ways to Lose/Keep Your Lover, a book about improving your relationship through the use of positive affirmations. It was in these years that I became more and more attracted to stillness and quiet, and eventually joined the Quakers, whose silent meetings for worship were very appealing. Their methods of business practice also made complete sense to me.
Our complementary health clinic
In 1997, we started a related business that grew into the largest complementary health clinic in the UK outside of London, with over 50 practitioners and ten rooms. Here I had the opportunity to learn and put into practice many different business skills.
Illness and money
In 2003 Philip became very ill with ME. We were forced to re-look at our attitudes to finance and money, as he couldn’t work and clearly wasn’t going to be able to for the foreseeable future. We changed our lives dramatically by selling the Clinic in 2004; I stopped running courses/seeing clients, and we were compelled to re-evaluate where we were going and why, especially about how we made our living. As I started to think differently about money, wealth, riches and business, I began to develop much more mental wealth, alongside business strategies and financial knowledge. After a long holiday in New Zealand, some time spent in Ireland with a new land development business, RichThinkers was born when we moved to Scotland, where we live now.
In the credit crunch, we ended up owing a considerable amount of money to banks; which has provided the biggest opportunity of all to think rich! Not always easy, as you probably know.
Started 5 businesses
I realised recently that over the years I have been involved in starting up 5 small businesses. Two were sold on, one of them was wound up (yes, that credit crunch!) one evolved into the psychotherapy practice, and the other has become RichThinkers.
My husband’s death
In 2010 my husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer, from which he died in December 2011. Philip wrote a blog throughout this year which affected and inspired many hundreds of people, and I continued this for him when he was unable to write any more. Needless to say, business took a bit of a back seat at that time, and it is more recently (spring 2013) that I have emerged into the light again with new offerings, notably the Business Support and Development Groups, and the Hidden Money MOT.
I am a Certified Prosperity Guide with the Prosperity Partnership Programme; and a member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners.