Boost Your Career – Create Your Own Business Model

By Daniel Nilsson on April 25, 2013 in Growth Tools, Inspiration, Tips

daniel nilsson business model youWe have all been there, asking ourselves what we want to do with our life.What career should I choose? What do I really like to do? What am I good at? So many questions and it is difficult to find good answers. Six months ago I decided to buy the book Business Model You and I must say it is a really good tool to understand yourself better. The book contains a one–page tool to reinvent yourself and your career, and it introduces tools to brainstorm around your skills, how these skills can be used in the marketplace and the model hopes to help you find new, more satisfying, career and life possibilities.

Using the Business Model You

What I decided to do is to read the book from page 1 and forward doing all the exercises that was presented. It took me over two weeks to finish and I created a 50 page power point with all the results. Yes I know what you are thinking. That guy is crazy! Well maybe I am but I did appreciate the results so I guess it was worth it ;-).

The first thing I did was to create my own business model which helped me to understand  what values I am delivering today and that these values maybe are not the best for my customers. I had some rethinking to do. I also realised that I need to market myself better. A lot of people don’t have a clue what I actually do.

After creating my business model I used several tools to explore what I really like and my high and low points of my life. From that I was able to create 5 things that I really enjoy to do. They are:

  • Be a leader where I help people to grow and evolve
  • Initiate action that leads to growth
  • Be part of something and leave a legacy
  • Explore, learn new things and be on an adventure
  • Build structure

OK, yes I know, the last point does not sound that sexy but I do really like to build clever structures, systems, etc. that works for real.

After all the analyses I felt that I found out new things about myself. I then started to renew and change my own business model and I must say it interesting to see how the reflection exercises made me understand what I do from a new perspective. I have changed several things and I still feel that I am learning. Maybe you are never finished exploring what you really like to do.

My conclusion after reading the book and actually do what it says, is that it is worth the time. If you don’t feel 100 % passionate about what you do. Maybe it is time to explore what you really like by using the Business Model You.



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Daniel NilssonView all posts by Daniel Nilsson
Growth Strategist from Sweden. Believe growth is founded in a customer centric approach and he uses this focus when helping people and organizations grow. He creates strategies, tools and processes that once implemented, creates a shift, moving people and organizations from good to amazing. Daniel has over 18 years’ experience of growing organizations. He is the co-founder to Sweden’s leading student magazine, Metro Student. He is the creator of the world's leading tool for building partner programs. He has helped several organizations transform from good to amazing.


  1. Niklas Hallden May 10, 2013 Reply

    If you liked this blog I can recommened Alexander Osterwalders talk at Stanford

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      Daniel Nilsson May 11, 2013 Reply

      Niklas this is a really good advice. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. Mohy shams May 10, 2013 Reply

    Daniel, this is honestly great. You have always been aerosol that puts 100% effort into everything you do and you naturally & logically get great results. You describe yourself as the Duracell bunny, I would add to that “On Speed!” – keep up the great work& carry on inspiring people that need your help the most… good luck

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      Daniel Nilsson May 11, 2013 Reply

      Thank you so much Mohy. I really appreciate your kind words. And for you fans out there Mohy Shams works for Gartner as a Business Consultant in the SMB Technology Provider division. Check out his Linkedin profile at

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