Advertise what you’ve really got

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We’ve just stayed in an AirBnB townhouse on holiday and there were a couple of features–specifically 2 very nice red deckchairs in the cute garden filled with cactus plants–that made me want to stay there. But when we arrived, the lovely deckchairs were no where to be seen…

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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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J.F.D.I.

I am going to swear in a minute so that’s the parental guidance part of this out the way. Just so you have been warned!

Now this isn’t going to be a long, complex story, with lots of fabulous insights and funny asides, it’s really quite to the point.

And that is the point.

Sometimes you have to stop thinking, planning, plotting, strategising, working out, perfecting, polishing, tidying, testing, umming, ahhing, wondering, suggesting, procrastinating and JFDI.

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Not everyone is an entrepreneur

If you’re happy to just do your Thing—get paid for it—all is well, but you’re probably not an entrepreneur—just a self-employed, or employed even, Thinger. It’s when you take risks—either the risk of standing out, of doing something differently, of calling yourself a ‘name’, of standing by a process or philosophy that’s yours—then you’re an entrepreneur.

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It’s BIGGER than you think!

Yes, I know that you are supposed to get ‘small’ and specific with what you do—you can’t be everything to everyone, after all. BUT sometimes you can think too small.

Now, when I say small what I really mean is ‘blinkered’—if you’re good at something and that’s what you ‘do’, it’s sometimes difficult to see everything that’s ‘around’ what you do—but that’s what your Thing is: everything!

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The pushmi-pullyu of marketing

It’s not just you that’s part of your marketing—there’s also the person you’re marketing to.

If you are constantly marching forwards with your marketing, and there’s no ‘thinking’ space or ‘feeling’ space where someone can make a decision that suits them and, worse still, they feel like they’re being led blind in a direction they don’t want to, that’s when your sales will suffer.

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