What to do if you don’t want to be the boss

Now, your Thing might well lend itself perfectly to you being the boss of a business. Or, it might not. It might be that the best use of your Thing is as part of someone else’s business–or in partnership with someone else (and their Thing) that adds up to a better result that you on your own. Or you can just hire a ‘boss’ to take care of business while you do your Thing.

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Keep checking the end of your own nose…

Now, I know that you already know that your Thing is on the end of your nose. So yes, it’s as plain as day to everyone else, but often you look straight past it… and yet it’s the very thing that you do brilliantly and don’t always notice. And don’t think that you don’t have to keep checking the end of your nose either…

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How to be a famous introvert (or extrovert)

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Extrovert or introvert—doing your Thing your way is always the way to go. When I talk about finding your ‘media thing’ it’s about finding the ways you love to communicate that are you sharing your message and Thing at your best. If you’re best in front of an audience go for it, but if you’re best on your own in your ‘creation cave’ go with that instead.

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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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Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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Conversations are key

I am a legend at starting up conversations. It’s another part of my Thing. I’d forgotten how good I am at this until I helped a client out recently on their exhibition stand.

My advice is to have conversations even when you don’t know where they’ll end up. Worse case: you’ll have a pleasant chat, best case: you might have a new customer.

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