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Idea #7: What is your Winning difference ?


What is your winning Difference

If you are a creator of things, this is the question you hear all the time.

Does your idea  have a USP?. What is your core competency? How will you differentiate yourself from the crowd?

And the more I think about it- the more it seems to be the key question for all you do . I mean if you’re doing something just for the sake of hanging in there, then you’re fine. But if you want to grow up the ladder, get that promotion , make money in your business, get your idea spread .. Then you absolutely need to nail this thing – “What’s your  winning difference?”

And as elementary as the answer might be, the process of discovering it will be the most painstaking one that you’ve gone through . Because if it were that easy, everyone would have done it, right?

When you are creating something.. a new product , a website, an app , a book – the rules are pretty simple. You either differentiate or you die!..

Even in the workplace – wouldn’t it be magical if you knew how to use your eccentricities to stand out in the crowd. So – Are you the creative types, who can offer a new twist or perspective to your team, or the hard nut with numbers who can churn out any what-if analysis in a jiffy? . Realizing what you are great at, and using it to your advantage makes a lot of difference.

The next big question then – Is there an App for that?  😉 😀 .. No app yet , but a technique to give you very strong leads:

  • Focus on your audience. Give them what they want. Solve their problems. Help them achieve their goal.  Whether it is your Boss, your customers or your readers – you make their life easier and they can’t help but notice you!.
  • Experiment with your strengths.  You may find you have this tiny little winning difference. A quirk, a talent, an approach to problem solving – call it what you may. Go ahead – capture and nurture it! . Tinker and experiment with it. Add your dash of mad and crazy. You might think.. Hey this outspoken guy is not me. Or I’m not that risk taker who can take that leap of faith on a hunch. But then – “You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.” ― Paulo Coelho
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Idea #6: Pause, but don’t Stop!


Pause if you must, but don't stop

 

  • Because you will come across events beyond your control that change the course of your life . Things happen, and life suddenly spirals out of control. So knowing that you can take a pause and continue later helps you reaffirm your faith and confidence in yourself. You can focus on other things that come up in priority.

 

  • Because everything you have done before matters.  The things you have learnt, the people you met, the experiences you’ve had. All of them count towards making you who you are. And stopping after failure is equivalent to throwing it all away. So don’t give up. Count your cards.. sum up your losses and move on!

 

  • Because taking a pause is sometimes great strategy. It’s gives you time to reassess your coordinates and  plan alternate strategies for attack . And “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ― Carl Bard

 

  • Because time changes us – not in a weird mysterious way, but in a very gradual matter of fact way. And taking a pause will let you assimilate the changes in yourself and help you understand who you really are. What do you really want ?

 

OK. You might be wondering why do all my sentences begin with the grammatically awkward and inappropriate ‘Because’?..

Because, that’s how you can start again after taking a pause 🙂

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And, We’re Back!


And,we're back

It has been a year long hiatus on my blog now.  Which is sad because there was a time when the posts were cascading in a huge rush. And suddenly it all dissolved into silence…

So if you wondered where I have disappeared, it so happens that I was going through a breathtaking and  life changing event. I became a mother.  And a midst diapers and nappies and crazy sleep schedules, my life suddenly transformed into that of a doting, anxious and occasionally paranoid parent.

With this gigantic change in perspective and lifestyle, my ideas and beliefs underwent a tectonic shift too!. As it is with any huge change, it took me a while to figure out how to navigate this new territory. So I’m finally back in form and figure (?) on my blog, and ready to share the things I believe in.

 I will try to start over where I last left off. So here I am, with my take on Idea# 6, opportunely named “Pause, but don’t stop! “