Are you preaching to the converted?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have already decided I want to work with someone—or buy something, or visit somewhere—and so I’m already sold. But then I get sold to even more, even when I’m already ‘in’. And sometimes it puts me off and I don’t buy.

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The business of problem-solving

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Every business solves a problem–they solve it with a product or service that does something to fix or improve a situation, a result, an outcome, a feeling, something. This is how value is created–you have a problem that needs resolving, you go and find a product or service that can do this, you’re happy to pay as you can’t do it yourself, or do it as well/quickly/cheaply/cleverly, etc.

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I have a plan and I’m sticking to it

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Anyone who is consistently successful at anything has focus. They have a plan. And they stick to it. And guess what? Your plan might be different to my plan, and in turn someone else’s shiny plan won’t help you in the slightest. Because it’s not YOUR plan.

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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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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Put your blinkers on

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Blinkers give a single focus—they don’t pretend nothing else is happening, they just allow you to block it out to make it easy to look ahead only at where you’re going.

I need Blinkers sometimes (OK—all the time) as I am one of those creative types who has a million ideas a minute and would try and do all of them given half the chance. But you know what they say about Jack of all trades and that’s the same as being pulled in every direction you can think of, as you never actually get anywhere…

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