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Facing fears, tackling to-dos and cautionary tales

My yoga practice is a great reminder of the value of being uncomfortable; the more time spent twisting and bending, the better I sleep.

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This week’s must read

Jayne Tancred’s column about the fear of marketing your business prompts us to get in touch with the uncomfortable aspects of soloism, by facing the things that scare us.

As Jayne writes: “Everyone’s demons are different, and resistance is a master at disguising itself, so you’re likely to need to dig deep to work out exactly what’s going on for you.”

Soloist life

Forumite ‘secret agent’ is struggling to keep his long-term business goals in sight: “Two months in, I can honestly say I hate it. The return is poor, and I constantly worry about the reliability of the sub-contractors that I use… Sometimes you just have to admit you’ve made a mistake.” What would you advise him at this crucial point? Share your insights here.

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"Got a scattergun reaction to an out of control to-do list? Caroline Leppers calls it "fire fighting"."

From the forums

“I learnt some very hard, but very good lessons on this adventure.” was member Greg M’s response to my callout for experiences of redundancy. “The two biggest ones were, the true value of money and delayed gratification…and that for me “jobs” are a dangerous trap in the industry I worked in and apart from washing pots as a casual a couple of years ago or beer money, I’ve never had another one.”

Productivity tip

Got a scattergun reaction to your out of control to-do list? Caroline Lepper’s calls it “fire fighting”. Her secret weapon for working smarter? The sand, rock and pebble technique that focuses on completing our most important tasks early in the day.

Listen

The secret to success is far from linear, according to psychologist of 20 years, Lindsay Spencer-Matthews. He told Robert via the Flying Solo podcast; it’s the individuals with an appetite for curiosity and confusion that get the most out of life.

Tech tip

Member Naomi Stockman spent over $100,000 developing an app for her virtual receptionist business. Her #1 tip for avoiding the same mistake? “Create a scope document: every single function, in every single screen, in every conceivable way… It should take almost as long for you to prepare as the actual app takes to develop.”

Inspiration

My mantra for the coming week comes from author Caroline Lepper’s profile:

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way.” – Jason Fried

Got a favourite quote of your own to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Lucy Kippist

is an experienced Australian editor with experience in writing, podcasting radio and television, with previous senior editorial roles at News Corp news.com.au, Kidspot and Kinderling Kids Radio. In her current role as editor of Flying Solo, Australia's #1 website for solo business owners she is pursuing her passion for women in the small business space. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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