There just isn’t.
It’s that simple.
This world was not created by following a pattern, a system.
Yes, there are patterns and systems, but they were never planned. They are only there looking back… retrospect, it’s a wonderful thing.
At no point in time were the first people to do anything ever sat thinking “Hey, if I do x, y, z, then this will happen” (Well, probably not)
It was a bunch of random accidents of what happens if I do this thing, then this thing, and the answer was either “oh, well that didn’t work” or “Hey! Would ya look at that!”
Gravity was discovered by an apple falling from a tree… do you think that could have ever been planned? Nah… don’t think so
Greatness doesn’t come from following a plan. Or at least I don’t believe it.
How have I got to where I am?
By doing this, then that, with a few other bits in between.
How have I learned what I do?
By doing this, then that and playing around a bit.
I did well in school, but I’ve no idea how. I rarely followed the Teachers plan.
I did some reading, scribbled some half-assed notes, then moved on.
If there was a “structure” I did it the opposite way…
Remember being taught how to draw a face?
Draw an oval, draw a line down the centre, across the centre for the eyes, halfway below that for the mouth, halfway between the two for the nose…
Do you know how many times I drew a face that way?
Never. I always start with an eye… then I draw outwards from that. Usually ending up with only half a face, but it’s MY way. And y’know what? I end up with a face (or at least half)
Same with the design process (and why I struggled with Uni so much probably)
There’s a system, a process they like you to follow…
Research the brief, find precedent studies, look at the area, develop a bunch of ideas, develop a few, then a few less, then work on a final piece.
Never worked for me.
I could feel into a brief, a project, a company (I studied commercial interior design) and I could build what I wanted from that.
By the time I’d done my client research and learned about them, I started seeing how things fit together… how they stood out from the crowd, or how they could if they weren’t already.
From there I could see how the space fit, how it looked, more importantly how it FELT
I could see a design in my mind, and talk you through the entire thing before I ever put pencil to paper.
Why? I have no fucking clue, I just could.
I got a sense, a feeling.
Goosebumps, when I knew I was on the right track and I followed it.
I got excited, lit up. A fire burning from within
Did it help get high grades? No… I never showed enough work.
Did I care? No. I knew what I was going for and how it would turn out.
Did it hold me back? A little… but only because I tried to follow their goddamn path and structure. Bleugh!!
Did I bend and twist the rules to work my way?
Yes. Always, in every way I could.
Now people ask me what I do, what I specialise in… for a while now, that has been growing businesses on Pinterest, but it has always been more than that.
I build my life on Pinterest
Develop my interests
Explore my hobbies
Learn about anything I fancy
I find what I’m looking for.
I grow my mind, play with my dreams
I grow businesses.
Heck, I literally changed the course structure of my degree using Pinterest
Growing businesses is such a tiny part of what I do with Pinterest.
I’ve done workshops and guest spots with and for business buddies of mine covering personal style, health and fitness, parenting, wedding planning… all of them aimed at people who don’t even run a business. But they’re supporting people who are growing their businesses using Pinterest.
They’re all related.
Consumers need business… businesses need consumers.
You can’t have one without the other.
Someone asked where I learned such a skill… I didn’t, I played around until I figured it out.
I can’t teach a single strategy. There’s no path to follow in my world.
There’s no one road ahead, just spaghetti junction with a few roundabouts and slides thrown in for the hell of it. If you’re lucky we might jump into a ball pit midway through just for a laugh.
A vague idea, that when I look back could be a strategy I suppose, it’s not something I’ve ever pieced together step by step.
It’s a series of ideas that get tweaked for each person who uses it, regardless of experience, industry or audience.
I don’t have anything set in stone… I have a lucky dip of shit that works.
It’s my toybox.
I look at what is, I see what could be, and I find the pieces to bring the two together based on who you are, what you do, and how you want to work and who you want to reach.
At times this makes me feel like I don’t fit into this world; like I don’t belong here.
“I can’t” (shouldn’t?) claim my place amongst the business owners/Entrepreneurs of the world
Everyone wants a proven path, a proven strategy, something they can see works from the get-go, not a random idea that you feel your way through and see what happens!
And those that have these things have no problem shouting it from the rooftops with flashing lights and streamers.
You’re entitled to that if that’s your thing.
But you won’t find it from me.
I don’t work that way, I can’t.
Believe me, I’ve tried
For too fucking long, I’ve tried.
I’ve driven myself mad, made myself sick.
I’ve walked away, then come back, each time trying so hard to put together a system, a strategy, a “my way or the highway” kinda tale behind what I do, what you should do, but there isn’t one.
Each to their own, baby!
But now I’m done trying to fit in, I enjoy playing and seeing what happens.
What happens is magic, there are no predetermined results… but there are results.
There’s no one-size fits all, paved path.
Just throw shit at the wall and see what sticks.
It might look like chaos, but the world marvels at that kind of art… the mystery of how it came to be such a way.
Especially when they can’t make sense of it because A isn’t followed by B…
I don’t have a set plan I want to share with you.
That’s why I can’t, I’ve tried, I’ve failed.
There’s no wisdom to impart, just an idea to explore… a seed to plant, to tend, but I can’t tell you what will grow.
It could be a blade of grass or an oak tree that could last a thousand years.
Are you willing to brave that route with me?
Are you ready to take a step into the undefined and find out what’s at the other side?
Ready to play, to explore, to have some actual FUN in this gigantic online world and find ways that other people don’t touch because they haven’t been highlighted for them?
It’s OK… I promise we can adjust if it leads to a dead end.
There’s always more to explore.
Let’s explore it together.
I’m bringing strategy sessions back, and they cover a whole lot more than just what you’ve got going on on Pinterest… that’s just one small drop in the ocean. It’s a piece of a much larger puzzle.
Pinterest is just one little gateway into the world that is your business.
Let’s open it up and see what’s behind it.
Now, the “strategy” part of my brain says I should write up a sales page and send you there… which will send you to a booking link for a call, or a payment page, or some other “funnel” type thingy.
But that feels like jumping through hoops for the hell of it, so how about, if you’re interested, or have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know that you want in.
Or, you can just click this link and head straight to the payment page, and I’ll hit you up with an email to book in a convenient time within the next 48 hours? Sound good? Good.
I’ll speak to you soon,
I get it. We’ve all been there, so let’s sort this shit out
It sucks, right?
That shitty low feeling where you just feel down, deflated, pissed off with the world for no reason, and you’ve just had enough.
You’re not particularly angry, or sad, or maybe you are, maybe you’re just feeling “ugh!” (yes, that’s a real feeling) that kinda nothingness where you know something’s up, but you’re not quite sure what.
Well, how about we get right in there and sort that shit out?
This is my personal 5-Step Reset that I go through to get me from Feelin’ Like Shit to Rockin’ It!
I’m not saying it’ll be fun n easy, there’s no magic cure, but this works, every time.
I come back to this all the time, and I’ve shared it with my closest friends when they’re having a shitty day (or a week, or month, or however long) and it works for them too…
So how about it, are you done feelin’ like shit? Are you ready? Let’s go
Drop your details into the form, and I’m gonna send you over a quick audio that talks you through the 5 steps I take, that are going to help you go from
Feelin’ Like Shit to Rockin’ It!