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Now I love my Thing, as I know you do too. And here’s the thing about your Thing: when it’s brilliant, it’s your responsibility to share it—over and over again.

To just do your Thing once isn’t going to help everyone who needs your Thing. And every time you deliver your Thing you need to do it brilliantly.

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Having a bad day

We all have bad days. I don’t actually believe anyone who says they don’t. How you respond to your ‘bad day’, however, can make a massive amount of difference to you and your Thing.

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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How to say “No” (nicely)

Your Thing isn’t for everyone. And not every ‘opportunity’ is right for you.

Sometimes you need to say “No” to prospects (sometimes for your own sanity!)… sometimes a prospect just isn’t the right fit–they might not be ready, or committed, or at the right stage of the ‘problem’ to truly benefit from your Thing.

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Who are you here for?

We all have our own style and attitude and approach, and I am sure you aren’t the right person for every single business or consumer who needs your Thing. You might be too loud (or too quiet), too complicated or too simple. You might be too casual or too strict, too friendly or too standoffish. What if you’re the chalk and they want the cheese? The black and they are looking for white?

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The worst thing you can do

Your job is always to do your best, not your worst. And the worst thing you can do is create muddle and indecision. Limbo is not a great place to be. So don’t take anyone there.

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