Sometimes you just need a lot of Post-its

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I love Post-it notes. I’ve recovered from my over-affection (I used to barely be able to see my monitor for the Post-its stuck all around the outside when I worked in an office!), but I still find them super-useful for the right job (just less of them in my sight line).

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What’s your excuse?

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I’m not saying you don’t have challenges–and it’s not always easy to do your Thing–but do have a proper look at your excuses as sometimes they aren’t as solid as you might think.

Don’t even imagine that you will (do it all), but don’t let that be an excuse to do nothing.

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I don’t mind if you don’t get it

I have learnt (like every good lesson—the hard way!) to not try and ‘convince’ anyone.

In fact, these days I’ll often make it very clear that if someone is absolutely convinced that what I am saying makes no sense and will never ever ever work I’m cool about it. Of course, I let them know I think that’s not correct and suggest (politely, of course!) that they can tell that to all my clients and a whole bunch of other people who it is working for and see if they remain convinced. But I don’t mind.

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What to do when you don’t want to do your Thing any more

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So there’s doing your Thing in the BIG sense and there’s doing your Thing in the “How you do it right now” sense. When you realise these are different, you’ll see that there’s no problem if you don’t want to do your Thing any more, as you’ll most probably be meaning this in the “I don’t want to do the work I am doing right now any more” sense.

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Getting to Zero

When you do your Thing are you helping people get from a ‘negative’ place to ‘zero’—that place of neutrality where everything is ‘normal’?

Marketing to a person or business who is in negative place and telling the them you can take them to amazingly positive place can seem like a huge—and unbelievable—step. But marketing to a person who is in negative place and telling them you can get them to ‘zero’ is not.

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The business of problem-solving

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Every business solves a problem–they solve it with a product or service that does something to fix or improve a situation, a result, an outcome, a feeling, something. This is how value is created–you have a problem that needs resolving, you go and find a product or service that can do this, you’re happy to pay as you can’t do it yourself, or do it as well/quickly/cheaply/cleverly, etc.

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