Just make it up!

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Now, I am NOT suggesting you lie about what you can do, but I am totally OK with you inventing a new market to own. I am also OK about you making up a new way of doing Things—specifically YOUR Thing.

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Buying a course doesn’t make it happen

Now, hands up, I’ve got a very good selection of online courses in my collection of which a fair few (OK, pretty much all of them) haven’t been totally completed. Sometimes I buy them when they’re on special as I’ll ‘need them later’ (which is sometimes true), or I buy them as it’s something I think I ‘should be doing’ (and often actually I don’t do…). That is not to say I never log in to online courses and follow the content–as I do. And sometimes I’m even a really good student–watching every class, asking questions and getting the most from the content. But the point is always that the courses themselves don’t fix anything on their own–you have to do the work.

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Cheese, cheese and more cheese

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Now I love cheese. Nothing gets me more excited than a cheeseboard of stinky, oozy, mouldy cheese and some delicious crackers BUT I am so over the cheese when it comes to marketing.

WARNING: This may turn into a bit of a rant.

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Do what you like

Isn’t it interesting that sometimes we can get sidetracked into doing something we don’t like. You might not realise it at the time—it can sneak up on you and before you know it there you are with a lot of work, or clients, or ‘jobs’ you don’t actually like on your ‘to do’ list.

But there are two ways to deal with this…

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Give them what they want (but make it what they need)

You should always be listening to your market and offering products and services they want. That’s common business sense. That said, sometimes you may know that what they (your market) ‘want’ is not what they ‘need’. The trick here is a to strike a balance and meet them where they are, then gently ‘steer’ them to where you know lies a better answer.

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Who do you Rescue?

Today I had the great privilege of seeing the Air Ambulance crew do their ‘Thing’ up close, rescuing someone from an island in Poole Harbour. Now what you do may not be as ‘matter of life and death’ as this, but to the people that NEED you it’s pretty important.

So who do you rescue?

When someone is dialing a metaphorical 999 (911/000/etc.) in their life or business do they get you on the end of the line?

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