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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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 looks exactly like the photo!

There’s nothing wrong with the odd bad review—it’s just a reminder to be clearer in your marketing and message about EXACTLY what you do and for who. The clearer you are about this then the less bad reviews you’ll get. As there is nothing wrong with what you do (I am assuming this much!), it’s just you might not be the right person for that particular client. Maybe you’re too expensive for some people, maybe you’re not at the right ‘level’ they are looking for, maybe you’re too fast/slow/cheeky/boring/content rich/content poor/accessible/reclusive/outspoken/quiet/tall/short/loud/quiet, etc. You are you and you’re not right for everyone.

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Everyone has a different Act

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You might DO the same thing as someone else—you might have the same skill or qualification—but everyone’s Thing (with a capital ‘T’) is different.

When you realise that your Act is different to everyone else’s, you have a Monopoly in your marketplace. You become the only person that does what you do the way you do it. Or, put it another way, if people want to come and see YOUR act they have to come and see YOU.

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Rehearsing and the real thing

I’m not a good rehearser. I can ‘run through’ things, but to do an ‘as perfect’ performance without an audience I find really tough. That’s not to say I don’t prepare–and I don’t recommend you don’t either–but be OK that the ‘first time’ might be the first time.

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When new business is staring you in the face… and you look the other way!

Lots of businesses are turning away customers every day… and they probably don’t even realise it.

I’ve made a few calls over the last few days to travel companies (not all my own holiday research, I have to point out!), and it was incredible the number of the companies that didn’t even take my contact details. I could have walked away from them forever.

Here’s the range of responses I got…

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