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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It won’t always work

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Making mistakes doesn’t mean you aren’t doing your Thing, or that you don’t have a great business. It just means you tried something and it didn’t work. That is all.

Now it might be that you chose the wrong time, the wrong offer, the wrong price, the wrong message, the wrong media, the wrong delivery method, the wrong title, …who knows? It might just have been the wrong day!

It doesn’t mean what you are doing is wrong. It just means something in the variable of what you did wasn’t right (and when I say right I mean right for your market—your ideal clients).

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Give Info Sell Action

This is something that can be hard to get your head around at first, especially when you’ve just realised your Thing and you want to keep it well protected. But the best thing you can do with your Thing is give it away.

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If you call it sales, it will feel like selling

If you consider that you need to do a sales pitch or have a conversation that will end in the sell, then you might be setting yourself up to not sell much at all.

The thing with a sales pitch is you’ll go into pitch mode–you’ll start to talk differently, change your energy, perhaps feel uncomfortable (as will most likely the person you’re pitching to) and you’ll feel less like you and more like a salesperson.

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What to do if you don’t want to be the boss

Now, your Thing might well lend itself perfectly to you being the boss of a business. Or, it might not. It might be that the best use of your Thing is as part of someone else’s business–or in partnership with someone else (and their Thing) that adds up to a better result that you on your own. Or you can just hire a ‘boss’ to take care of business while you do your Thing.

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…

Quite often (mostly!) when you work out your Thing, you do that and forget everything else that came before it as if it wasn’t enough. And true—it wasn’t enough for you (hence why you kept looking ’til you found your Thing)—BUT it most certainly was enough and useful too.

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