Put your blinkers on

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Blinkers give a single focus—they don’t pretend nothing else is happening, they just allow you to block it out to make it easy to look ahead only at where you’re going.

I need Blinkers sometimes (OK—all the time) as I am one of those creative types who has a million ideas a minute and would try and do all of them given half the chance. But you know what they say about Jack of all trades and that’s the same as being pulled in every direction you can think of, as you never actually get anywhere…

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Keep checking the end of your own nose…

Now, I know that you already know that your Thing is on the end of your nose. So yes, it’s as plain as day to everyone else, but often you look straight past it… and yet it’s the very thing that you do brilliantly and don’t always notice. And don’t think that you don’t have to keep checking the end of your nose either…

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There’s nothing wrong with change (just not all at once)

Your Thing evolves. You evolve. You grow, you adapt, you stretch, you get even clearer on what your Thing is. So yes—you change.

Now this sort of change is NOT the same as constantly changing your mind. That’s just confusion…

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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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It looks exactly like the photo!

There’s nothing wrong with the odd bad review—it’s just a reminder to be clearer in your marketing and message about EXACTLY what you do and for who. The clearer you are about this then the less bad reviews you’ll get. As there is nothing wrong with what you do (I am assuming this much!), it’s just you might not be the right person for that particular client. Maybe you’re too expensive for some people, maybe you’re not at the right ‘level’ they are looking for, maybe you’re too fast/slow/cheeky/boring/content rich/content poor/accessible/reclusive/outspoken/quiet/tall/short/loud/quiet, etc. You are you and you’re not right for everyone.

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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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