Often the key indicators of someone being ahead of their time is that years later other people are doing what they did with less pushback and other people are gaining more success.
Another indicator is if the person were to do what they did 5 years ago today, how would it be received.
A few years ago I started listening to a podcast that began a few years prior so I had hundreds of episodes to catch up on.
From the very first episode I listened to, I was hooked. I went back to the very beginning and worked my way through.
The podcast ended around a year after I started listening and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve gone back to the beginning and re-listened.
When I think about that podcast I honestly believe it was ahead of it’s time.
I’ve come across other people that are doing similar podcasts and I’ve come across people who started later and have had more ‘success’. Lastly, if the podcast I enjoyed started 5 years later than it did or even if it started today I’m certain I’d have liked it just as much if not more.
And so, I think it’s fair to say that the podcast was ahead of it’s time.
It’s easy to fall into thinking that having access to and analysing the numbers will improve your work.
But sometimes it just makes you miserable.
When you sacrifice what you want to do with what will make the numbers go up you’re less likely to be satisfied with the work you produce.
If you focus on producing work that will make the numbers go up but instead they go down, you’ll be even less satisfied.
Sometimes the numbers are helpful when they give you information about what is or isn’t working.
But other times, they’re not worth checking at all.
Good news is worth celebrating.
When you set yourself big goals and have high aspirations it can sometimes feel like the little wins aren’t worth celebrating.
But when you get a some good news, why not celebrate.
You don’t have to go all out and do something grand. Perhaps you just eat your favourite desert or put on your favoriye music and have a solo dance party.
The purpose of celebrating is to acknowledge the good bits instead of letting them pass you buy. So often we’re just focused on the end goal that we ignore what it took to get there.
I used to be the kind of person that would internalise everything.
For example, if I didn’t get the job I applied for it was because I wasn’t good enough and not that they had 7 excellent candidates and only one role to fill so not everyone could be a winner.
I could give countless other examples but me internalising those experiences all came from the same place, this feeling of not being good enough. It’s a strange realisation when you start to understand that the way you see yourself contributes to the way you experience life.
Once I started working on how I saw myself, my entire outlook on life changed.
I recently had this experience where someone was intentionally inconsiderate. In the past I’d have kept quiet, felt bad, got upset and allowed that one moment to ruin the rest of my day.
Instead, I responded by simply asking why this person chose to be inconsiderate.
I understand why some people might up being that way but it doesn’t mean they can’t change, if they want to.
I was recently asked about whether I write for myself or for readers.
It’s something I think about every now and then but it was interesting to be asked.
On one hand I write for myself because I love it but on the other hand I write for my readers too.
I’m thoughtful about what I share and my intention is to always add value in some way.
I don’t expect anyone to read every single post I write but for the posts you do read I’d like it to feel like time well spent.
Whether it’s 100 words on friendship, career development or overcoming fear, I do my best to add some kind of takeaway.
Anyone can make a living selling things if they’re good enough at driving sales.
It’s not about being an ‘influencer’, having the most followers or being the loudest.
Sometimes it’s about having something that people want and presenting it to them in a way where they value it enough to buy it.
Yet we somehow find a way to over complicate things. Perhaps by convincing ourselves that we’re not ready.
But if you have something you believe is worth selling, you don’t need to wait for a big audience to do it.
Start small, work your way up and focus on being good at what you do instead of on being popular.
For many people, how they value or see themselves comes from other people.
This might be great when people are treating you well and constantly telling you how great you are but when not so much when you’re treated and being spoken of poorly. You go from feeling good about yourself to not feeling good enough.
Then you end up feeling stuck because you were always so reliant on other people to determine your self-worth that you don’t know how to stop.
And so, you feel down and worthless whilst also blaming other people for how you feel. I think that stage of blaming others continues until you’re able to realise that nobody else should be in control of how you feel about yourself. That’s not a solid foundation.
Some of the businesses that have suffered the most are the ones built on bringing people together and having person to person interactions.
On the other hand for the people that have created online businesses they can run from anywhere, it’s pretty much business as usual. They may even be seeing an increase in customers/clients as people look for something to turn to in these uncertain times.
And so now these people that used to run businesses based on people being together are having to re-think their plans.
Asking themselves questions like ‘How can I transform the in person experience to an online experience without a loss of value?’. That could be as a plan to totally move their business to the online world or to be a supplement to their usual income.
An example could be in person one on one coaching, moving to online one on one coaching or group coaching sessions.
A group cooking class moving a to live online cooking class that can also be purchased afterwards.
A baked goods store moving to click and collect or home delivery.
I think the current situation has made a lot of people realise that their are different (and in some cases better) ways of doing things.
I recently wrote a post called Does the customer determine value?
Here are some more thoughts related to value, price and the customer.
Think about an auction, the seller will often have a reserve price (the minimum amount they’re willing to sell the item for). Yet items often get sold for significantly higher because buyers are prepared to keep bidding if they want the item badly enough.
Even if an item could fetch around 20k, the seller can never start with that price, they have to allow the buyers to build up to it. Instead, the seller can only hope that people will pay that amount or at least above their minimum price.
I think it could be said that, although the seller sets the price it is in fact the customer that determines the value of the item.
I recently saw some things for sale and my first thought was that I wouldn’t buy them. In my opinion the items weren’t worth the price they were being sold for.
But people were buying the items.
Turns out that that even though I didn’t value the items at the price they were being sold for other people did, which got me thinking.
Who determines value?
If you’re selling something for £50 and nobody buys it, is it actually worth £50.
Or does value come from what the customer is willing to pay for it.
In my opinion it is the customer that determines the value because they’re the ones willing to pay for it. However, it is worth noting that just because you’re unable to sell to one group of people, doesn’t mean you’re prices are too high.
It might just mean that those people don’t see the value in what you’re selling.
But maybe another group will.