The joy of spreadsheets (and other things)

Now, I am almost spluttering out my own cup of tea as I just wrote the title to this blog. Because I’ll be honest–being organised is not my Thing and it has been known for me to roll my eyes (a lot) at the mere suggestion of a spreadsheet. But when it’s something that’s important to me, I can be more organised than a clipboard-wielding matron with a ward full of patients.

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Taking the chances

I’d like to be able to tell you that everything that happens in business is all very organised and proper and happens as part of a process. And it does—most of the time. But sometimes you have to take chances and see opportunities for what they really are. And sometimes they won’t make perfect sense but you just know they are what you have to do.

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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Be willing

I was talking the other day with a client about ideal clients (as I always do!) and was asked in return what my ideal client is. And my answer surprised me as it was so simple – I said my ideal client has to be willing.

Knowing that you want to do more, or grow, or change direction is enough – the only other thing you need is willingness. Fear is bound to come up as new and different things can be scary (I am scared all the time) BUT the way to overcome fear is tackle it head on – so you need to be willing to do this!

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I nearly cheated

You know when you procrastinate, or ‘put off’ doing your Thing? Perhaps you don’t say “Yes” to something because it might be hard or hard work, or you’re nervous. What are the opportunities you’ve missed because you cheated on yourself and took the easy way out? Or just said “No”?

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Going first

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Sometimes it is up to you to go first.

There might not be an example you can follow. Your idea might be just that—YOUR idea. So you have to do it.

Often when you work out what your Thing is you look around for examples of other people doing it so you can see how it’s done, or see how you want to do it differently, to make sure you stand out.

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