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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Did you file it under ‘Common Sense’?

When you know something and know it so well, you can’t quite believe other people don’t know it. Sometimes this is ‘learned’ knowledge–a new topic you just took a course in, or a book you just read. And sometimes it’s something you ‘filed away from years ago’. Other times, it’s just something you figured out was ‘common sense’. The problem with common sense, though, is everyone’s file contains different entries.

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It’s like a muscle

Your Thing is like a muscle–when you use it often and ‘build it up’ it becomes more and more easy to use/do. And stronger–it definitely gets stronger.

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Simply simple (saves stress!)

Ahhh, simplicity—the nirvana that I seek for my business and life :)

And I’ll be honest… I can be super-good at making things and my Thing waaaaaaay more complicated than I need it to be if I don’t keep them in check. Maybe you do this too?

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Busted… and then what?

You know what? I’m not perfect.

I’ve launched products that don’t sell. But then I’ve launched others that sell lots. I’ve done marketing that’s worked like a dream and other times it’s bombed!

But what I don’t do is worry about being ‘busted’—instead, I adapt.

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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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