Thoughts of a Wednesday, and a Monday


“You owe it to us all to get on with what you’re good at.” WH Auden (1907-1973)

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Self-confidence and enthusiasm are my greatest assets.

Self-confidence and enthusiasm are my biggest enemy.


For weeks I’ll think I can – and will – do something.

Then, suddenly, I hit a brick wall.

Back to the pieces of paper. Back to the lists … And the recognition of the fact that, not for the first time, I got caught up in excessive self-confidence, and too much enthusiasm.

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First you ask:

What can I do to make money?

After learning a thing or two about making money, you ask …

What need, problem or interest do people have where I can deliver a product or a solution?

There is, of course, a third question:

Once you’ve come up with a product for which there is a market, how do you bring it to the attention of enough of the right people?

If you cannot answer this third question, it won’t help you much if you had a hungry market ready to buy every little thing you can produce. If they don’t know your product exists, you won’t make a red cent.