Even the best hairdresser can’t cut the back of their own head

Sometimes we think that because we can do a good job on others we can do it for ourselves. But that’s when we forget 2 things:

1. It’s on the end of our nose which, of course, we look straight past so don’t actually SEE it
2. Cobbler’s children: we’re SO busy doing our Thing for other people that we completely forget or neglect to do it for ourselves…

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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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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Fortune favours the brave

If you want to take this quote in a literal sense—to me, it says that you’ll get paid if you ask for the sale.

And here you were thinking it was about riding into battle on your trusty steed :)

It’s an important point though. You need to sell your Thing. And that can mean being bold or brave.

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Really? Are you sure…?

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Sometimes (and if you’re doing this entrepreneurial thing properly—most of the time!) you will have a ‘crazy idea’ and someone will respond with “Really? Are you sure?”

Of course you’re not sure?! But are you certain?—yes!

You can be unsure that something is going to work, unsure that it’s going to be easy, unsure it’s exactly what people will want it, but you can be absolutely certain that you’re going to do it anyway!

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We don’t all suit the same vehicle

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I enjoy walking, I also like to drive, I love taking the train and if it means I’m going on holiday somewhere amazing I can tolerate a long-haul flight. These are all different vehicles that suit me at different times for different reasons.

You will also like to travel in certain ways.

Just like you’ll like to market and stand out like a business celebrity in YOUR way too.

Your marketing vehicle MUST be one you want to drive or ride in.

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