Saving it for Best

A phrase that I utter on a regular basis is “There’s no point sitting at home on your own being amazing”, and I mean it. When you find your Thing, the worst thing you can do is keep it to yourself. The reason being that your Thing is there to help other people—hence it needs to be shared to be helpful! I know it sounds obvious but it’s not always as easy to do as it sounds. But you need to get over yourself and do it!

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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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Where is your destination?

Sometimes we are so involved with the journey and activity of our business we forget where we are heading.

When you love what you do (as is always the case when you are doing your Thing) it’s easy to do it a lot and get busy. But busy-ness without direction can mean taking your eye off your goals.

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Try, try and try again

The other day, Gary Vaynerchuk posted a great thing on Facebook which was along the lines of: “If this is your life’s work, don’t give up after 4 months”. And I’m sure you’ve read before about the ‘overnight’ success of people who have, in fact, been working away for years.

But that’s the point. If it was easy (like THAT easy) everyone would be doing it…

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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The other people

You will always get asked about ‘the other people’ unless you’ve made it clear in your marketing and your message that there are no other people like you. If you’ve made it clear that no-one else does exactly what you do there will be no comparisons to make.

What’s ideal is if you can make a mini-monopoly of just you.

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