Un-learning is the best learning

I have been doing a lot of un-learning recently. Or, to put it another way, learning to do things NOT the way I had been doing them (for a long time!). Which is the best learning I think. Although hard…very hard!

What I wanted to write about today is un-learning. The picking apart of what you do now and making it better. And I wanted to talk about how uncomfortable that is!

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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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The Business of Helping

Most businesses are in the business of ‘helping’–helping other businesses, helping people, helping society, helping the world, some kind of ‘helping’ is usually the result of what they do. Whether that’s helping with a product, system or service… it’s usually there to ‘solve a problem’.

So why is this important to understand? In Marketing terms, it’s important that you absolutely know and can demonstrate the ‘problem’ that you solve and how you ‘help’.

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It looks exactly like the photo!

There’s nothing wrong with the odd bad review—it’s just a reminder to be clearer in your marketing and message about EXACTLY what you do and for who. The clearer you are about this then the less bad reviews you’ll get. As there is nothing wrong with what you do (I am assuming this much!), it’s just you might not be the right person for that particular client. Maybe you’re too expensive for some people, maybe you’re not at the right ‘level’ they are looking for, maybe you’re too fast/slow/cheeky/boring/content rich/content poor/accessible/reclusive/outspoken/quiet/tall/short/loud/quiet, etc. You are you and you’re not right for everyone.

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I Get You

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I know where you are right now. You know you’re here to do something brilliant and even if you don’t know what that is yet you know you have to do it. You know you’re not doing your Thing, as it’s not easy doing what you’re doing.

You know that you have a talent for something and you ‘get’ that you’re allowed to make this your job, your work, your business. But it’s just not happening.

I get you.

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Routines vs. flow

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I have routines and at other times those are gone. And it made me think about when I’m more in flow–do the routines help or do they hinder?

My routines are day-of-the-week and times-of-the-day based. When my children are in school, the structure of my day is dictated by their schedule because I like to take them to school, so ‘work’ only starts after that…

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