Moving Parade

A few times a week I spend some time at the terrace of a local restaurant here in town, to do some work and warm myself in the sun. As any restaurant that wants people in for lunch and dinner, they have signs with menu items – but this owner, he only puts them out […]

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If They’re Going to Buy… Shouldn’t It Be From You, Instead of From the Scoundrels and the Greedy?

It’s easy to cast blame for all the ways that commerce and capitalism do damage. Society and the environment sure don’t get better from the way Facebook treats users, or the way  some companies pollute our world. But if you’re in business and you’re here to make a difference, it doesn’t make sense to cast […]

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Foundations of a Healthy Business: Two Questions You MUST Ask Yourself

It’s the most fundamental question in any business, and yet: it’s one of the questions easiest to skip over (scary how often people have no answer to it!): Why should people do business with you? In other words, why you? What’s unique about you? Why are you the best choice for specific people, or differently: […]

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“If There’s No CTA, All You’ve Done Is Make Art”

Heard that on a podcast this morning, not sure who first said it. But it’s true, in business. Now before any artists reading this get upset: I’m not slating anything about art or artists. In fact, art is an important and valuable part of history and society and culture – and thank you all for […]

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Free Solo Business Climbing

Saw a rock climber on youtube the other day. Nicely strapped in to his harness, helmet on, safely in his ropes. And then he noticed a guy coming up the wall below him – a free solo climber. No gear, no ropes – just shoes, shorts, and a bag of magnesium on his hip. As […]

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Good Eggs Sell More & Sleep Better

“We didn’t like that estate agent”, she says. He kept showing us properties that were above our budget – and like, 200K over budget. It was weird”. Friendly dinner conversation, at Burn’s night with friends this weekend. (Yes, there was haggis, and no: it’s not as bad as people say). “It bit him in the […]

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Something You Might Find Useful – Because All Mind and No ‘Make’ Makes Martin a Dull Boy

Used to be, I’d be making things all day long. Suits when I was still a tailor, walls and plumbing and carpentry in the monastery, copywriting in my copywriter days, the 16-page LEAP marketing premium newsletter, when I still sold that… And at some point, I started coaching. Which is a beautiful thing to do, […]

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When You ‘Can’t Find the Energy’, Ask Yourself These Questions

“I just don’t know where to find the energy”, she says. “Used to be, I’d get home from work and spend the evening working on my own business. But these days I just don’t have it in me”. But is it about finding the energy? Or is it about eliminating that what takes the energy […]

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Choosing Which Problems to Solve

At any given time, there’s a million things you could try to fix, change, or improve in your business – a million different problems you could solve. But which one are most in need of solving? Those that are easy to solve often don’t make that much of a difference, whereas the hairy ones are […]

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Three Pillars Required for Business Success

When trying to create clarity and fun and growth in your business, there’s three core areas to pay attention to – fundamental pillars, in my opinion: Mindset, method, and skillset. Mindset is about how to think, how to look at the playing field, the decisions to make, the things to say no or yes to. […]

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