Over the last few years, we’ve become BIGG fans of The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. In case you’re not familiar with the show, it’s about a group of crab fishermen on the Bering Sea outside Alaska.
If you’re also a fan, you know that they just paid tribute to one of the Captains – Phil Harris – who passed away in February.
Finding his BIGG opportunity
He came by his love of fishing naturally – his dad was a salmon fisherman. Phil knew that crab fishermen made BIGG money. So, at the age of 19, he volunteered to work on a crab fishing boat for a whole year for free.
It wasn’t easy. He got seasick. The Captain of the ship told him he’d never make it. That just made Phil more determined.
A few months into the season, one of the crew members got injured. This was Phil’s BIGG opportunity.
Hitting it BIGG
He made $130,000 in his first month! But Phil wasn’t through yet. He soon set his eyes on being Captain because that’s where the real money is made.
People said he was the hardest worker they ever saw. And it paid off – when he was just 25, Phil became Captain. He said:
“Everybody wants the BIGG time. They just don’t want to work for it.”
The price of BIGG success
BIGG success is life on your own terms. There’s a basic principle in negotiating a deal: you get to set the price or the terms but not both.
So if you want to set the terms for your life, BIGG success will set the price. And you must be willing to pay it or you’ll never reach BIGG success.
That price is often hard work.
Catching a break
We’re in the midst of a start-up – a spin-off from BIGG Success actually. It means long days … long weeks.
There never seems to be an end to the work. At the end of the day, I always wonder two things: Where did it go? Can I really afford to stop now?
You can catch a break, though, if you understand the 5 elements of BIGG success – money, time, growth, work and play.
Two BIGG resources
Money and time are the two resources. If you don’t have enough time, you have to invest money.
With the money you invest, you can hire people to help you do what you need to do.
Entrepreneurs who reach BIGG success understand resource constraints. They become masters at making the most of the resources they have.
How to be a Champion
We’ll close with a poem called “How to be a Champion” by the legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice.
“You wonder how they do it and you look to see the knack,
You watch the foot in action, or the shoulder, or the back,
But when you spot the answer where the higher glamours lurk,
You’ll find that moving up the laurel covered spire,
That the most of it is practice and the rest of it is work.”
That’s right – work! It’s not popular to say it. But work – hard work – leads to BIGG success!
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