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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Procrastination, let me count the ways…

There are SO many things you can do that aren’t doing your Thing. And I’ve seen (and in many cases done) them all…

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The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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I can’t be bothered.

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I can’t be bothered being anyone other than me.

Talk about hard work.

But I still catch myself changing my tone, or coming over all ‘marketing’ sometimes. And I think WHOA what is that all about? Why am I being someone else when I do my marketing, or start talking about my Thing.

Waaaaay too much like hard work keeping that up.

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Listen very carefully (your market is speaking)

Most of the answers you need for your business are all around you–it’s often simply a case of listening more carefully.

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Pace yourself (and get good at the 1 thing that makes all the difference)

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When you work out your Thing, it’s very tempting to then run at 100 miles an hour and try and get everything done at once. You want the website, the Facebook followers, the big list, the speaking gigs, the PR, the online programme–the lot. But what you might spot missing from that list is clients (and therefore cash).

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