What happens when it all works perfectly?

What happens when your business is working just the way you want it to? When the right clients are coming in and paying you the right money to do the right work, right when you want them to? You do the happy dance, right?

Well, you do the happy dance if you realise that’s exactly what’s happening…

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Un-learning is the best learning

I have been doing a lot of un-learning recently. Or, to put it another way, learning to do things NOT the way I had been doing them (for a long time!). Which is the best learning I think. Although hard…very hard!

What I wanted to write about today is un-learning. The picking apart of what you do now and making it better. And I wanted to talk about how uncomfortable that is!

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Doing a U-turn

Sometimes it’s going to make perfect sense to do a U-turn, or a right turn, or a sideways step, or any kind of change in direction that makes sense for you. But with such a big change can come hesitation, resistance or downright refusal to budge.

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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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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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Are you lucky?

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Don’t believe that everything you see and hear is because someone is ‘lucky’. There’s that famous saying “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” With practice and work you get luckier. I know I do. This is how you get successful at business. It’s not a magic trick.

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