The other 80%

I am a huge fan of the Pareto Principle–and if you’ve worked with me for more than 5 minutes, you’ll know I’ll crowbar it into almost any situation!

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What to do when it’s not working…

First of all, we need to define ‘it’.

If ‘it’ is your Thing, then we need to make sure you’re super-clear on what you do that’s brilliant that ADDS VALUE or GETS A RESULT for people. It might be that you’ve stayed too ‘big’ with it and that’s overwhelming you. It might be that you’ve gone too ‘narrow’ with it and there’s not enough there to keep you busy/entertained. Take a look and see where you are with the size and scope of your Thing and if it’s enough to create that value and results for others.

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Are you preaching to the converted?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have already decided I want to work with someone—or buy something, or visit somewhere—and so I’m already sold. But then I get sold to even more, even when I’m already ‘in’. And sometimes it puts me off and I don’t buy.

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It’s not always going to make sense, but start anyway

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It doesn’t make sense for me to take a holiday to Australia–for a start, it’s a bloody long way away (swearing necessary to convey distance!) and that flight is a bugger (again, swearing required!).

BUT it always makes sense to me when I get here as I love the energy, the scenery is amazing, and it’s just where I love to be. And this is the same for where you want to be in your business.

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Follow the herd, or not, or don’t even leave the house

It’s funny, there’s so much ‘FOMO’ that goes on in business. (FOMO is Fear of Missing Out by the way). Sometimes we FOMO that everyone else is going to be at an event, or is making an offer this Black Friday, or is getting their newsletter done every week, or spending 100 hours on Facebook, or networking non-stop. There’s no end to FOMO if you let it take over.

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If it won’t sell in ‘real life’, it won’t sell online

Online isn’t a magic pill of marketing–it can’t make a bad product into a good one just because it’s available online.

What you want to know BEFORE you do sell anything online is know that it’s in demand ‘in real life’.

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