Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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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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Dedication. It’s what you need.

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We all need to set ourselves some world records to break from time to time. Or at least some ‘personal bests’.

I have been feeling a bit under the weather the past couple of days, so my dedication of course has also waned. Then I see this article and video about Eddie Kidd still running the London Marathon (that started almost 5 weeks ago – and for most people finished the same day). He is covering a few hundred metres a day most days. Which is incredible for a severely disabled man.

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Calm Down!

You can’t do everything. You can’t help everyone. Your Thing doesn’t solve every problem there is. You don’t need to do every kind of marketing going. You can’t be everywhere at once.

You need to calm down.

AND FOCUS…

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Where can be as important as what

Where I do my Thing is hugely important to me. And it might be for you to.

The way you know it’s important is how you feel when you’re doing your Thing in different places. If some places don’t feel right, or you don’t feel you can fully ‘do’ your Thing there, then you’re probably a ‘where’ person too.

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Business is always business

When you’re running a business, you need to think like a business owner. Yes, here I am stating the obvious again. But it’s easy to start thinking too personally, or take things to heart, or get over-excited when your business is experiencing a peak or trough. Business is always business.

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