Don’t DIY if it’s not your Thing

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Don’t DIY if it’s not your Thing. Not only will you be too busy doing ‘stuff’ that you won’t have time to do your Thing as much, but you’ll be using up valuable headspace even thinking about it (while not even doing it!).

Get in an expert, someone who’s Thing it is, and stop doing stuff just because you can.

Your mission is to do your Thing, not get busy with DIY that’s not making a difference.

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If you’re not excited, it’s probably not your Thing…

There are some things that I don’t wake up in the morning **dying to do**: spreadsheets, for example (not my first choice in expressing myself). But when I know I’m doing my Thing, or working on a Thing that I know is a great Thing, I’ll be excited about them, and if my excitement extends as far as a spreadsheet, I know I must be onto something brilliant.

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I don’t mind if you don’t get it

I have learnt (like every good lesson—the hard way!) to not try and ‘convince’ anyone.

In fact, these days I’ll often make it very clear that if someone is absolutely convinced that what I am saying makes no sense and will never ever ever work I’m cool about it. Of course, I let them know I think that’s not correct and suggest (politely, of course!) that they can tell that to all my clients and a whole bunch of other people who it is working for and see if they remain convinced. But I don’t mind.

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Not getting paid? You choose your customers remember…

I was having a conversation with someone recently about starting up in business and as ever the usual reservations and fears came up – what if it doesn’t work, what if we don’t make enough money, where will we find customers etc, but there was one fear that was bigger than all of them – what if we don’t get paid?

Now getting paid is important in business, but what you have to remember is that YOU are in charge.

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You decide

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When it comes down to it, there is really only one person who stands between you and your Thing and that’s you.

Of course, you can get help to find your Thing—help to shape it, help to package it, and brand it, and sell it. But only YOU can decide to do it—actually go out there are do the Thing.

It’s about jumping in with both feet to do your Thing and knowing that that’s what you’re here to do. There is no “Ohh, I’ll dip a toe in”—that’s never going to convince anyone… if you’re not 100% certain, then why would anyone buy from you?

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Streamlining for Success

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Streamlining has been on my mind these past few days.

You know when someone says something, or you read something and then you SEE IT EVERYWHERE.

Yeah, that’s me this week and streamlining, de-cluttering, making things simple and more elegant.

I’m going to share why it’s so important and why you should think about (and do it!) as much as you can.

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