You don’t need ALL the answers RIGHT NOW

When you’re an ambitious growing business it’s natural to want everything to happen RIGHT NOW, but sometimes it’s better to have only the answers you need NEXT to make sure you’re not missing a step.

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Really? Are you sure…?

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Sometimes (and if you’re doing this entrepreneurial thing properly—most of the time!) you will have a ‘crazy idea’ and someone will respond with “Really? Are you sure?”

Of course you’re not sure?! But are you certain?—yes!

You can be unsure that something is going to work, unsure that it’s going to be easy, unsure it’s exactly what people will want it, but you can be absolutely certain that you’re going to do it anyway!

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Look out the window…

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Looking out the window gives you time to think and ponder. I use it productively to come up with ideas and solutions. For me sometimes thinking too hard about something doesn’t give the best solution. A watched pot never boils and all that :)

If you spend a lot of your time being busy you will miss your best ideas. You will be too busy looking ahead that you may miss what is right in front of you.

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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Buying Time

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Buying Time is a concept that works really well if you’re half Thinging and half doing what you’re good at right now. Buying Time also works really well if you’re not doing your Thing yet (even if you don’t know what it is) and instead you’re stuck getting paid for something you’re just good at. Buying Time is also something I do so I can take time off from my Thing and do something else (holiday, anyone?).

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It’s not you, it’s me…

Sometimes you just don’t want to work with someone.

And that is OK.

But do you follow your own rules, intuition, boundaries or whatever it is that sets out your ideal and non-ideal clients and stick to it?

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