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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Thinking is not the same as Thinging

There comes a point where you have to stop thinking and start doing. You have to take the leap/plunge/chance and go and actually do your Thing.

There’s safety, of course, in keeping yourself in the ‘planning’ stages, obsessing over details that may or may not be important.

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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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How do you do?

How do you do what you do?

This is a really important question to ask yourself as it will really help you with your marketing and get you noticed.

Share the details, the thoughts behind your process, your procedures, the details, the ‘little things’ that you do to make how you do what you do different.

I am guessing that whatever it is you ‘do’ there are also lots of other people and businesses that ‘do’ it too.

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Money Matters

We’re often discouraged from talking about money as it’s not good manners, and I’m still quite the fan of not ‘banging on about’ at every opportunity. For example, I’ve never been one to market what I do in terms ‘work with me and you’ll make lots of money’. But you want to make sure that, after all your costs and expenses, there is at least enough left over to pay you–the business owner–a salary or wage AND ideally that there is extra for putting back into the business or taking as a bonus.

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When Less is More

I am a bit of a stuck record on this–do LESS types of marketing but do them MORE. Trying to do every type of Marketing you can think of is going to exhaust you (and your Marketing budget, too!). Unless you have a big team of marketers working for you trying to get every single type of marketing working, or a huge budget to spend with agencies, chances are you’ll be spreading yourself too thin and not getting the impact you want to.

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