Conversations are key

I am a legend at starting up conversations. It’s another part of my Thing. I’d forgotten how good I am at this until I helped a client out recently on their exhibition stand.

My advice is to have conversations even when you don’t know where they’ll end up. Worse case: you’ll have a pleasant chat, best case: you might have a new customer.

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Taking the chances

I’d like to be able to tell you that everything that happens in business is all very organised and proper and happens as part of a process. And it does—most of the time. But sometimes you have to take chances and see opportunities for what they really are. And sometimes they won’t make perfect sense but you just know they are what you have to do.

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I have a plan and I’m sticking to it

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Anyone who is consistently successful at anything has focus. They have a plan. And they stick to it. And guess what? Your plan might be different to my plan, and in turn someone else’s shiny plan won’t help you in the slightest. Because it’s not YOUR plan.

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You have all the time you need

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Time is usually up there with cash when you ask your average business owner what they’d most like more of. Another hour in the day or another day in the week would be many busy business owners ideal gift. But in reality you have all the time you need.

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Not everyone is an entrepreneur

If you’re happy to just do your Thing—get paid for it—all is well, but you’re probably not an entrepreneur—just a self-employed, or employed even, Thinger. It’s when you take risks—either the risk of standing out, of doing something differently, of calling yourself a ‘name’, of standing by a process or philosophy that’s yours—then you’re an entrepreneur.

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Growing in business

We’re all growing all the time – in our business, in our reach, in our skills, in ourselves. But how much of this are you consciously making happen. Where’s the stretch?

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