Own Your Life

life on your own termsLast time, we talked about the definition of bigg success. We said that bigg success is life on your own terms.

You might wonder if we’re being redundant when we say “your” “own” terms. We can understand why you might think that, but we felt that it was important to convey ownership explicitly.

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We’ve heard about Brand You. It’s useful to think about the brand image we present and how we market ourselves, but we think it doesn’t go far enough. When it comes to creating your dream life, you are an enterprise level manager, not a brand manager.

A new paradigm

A new paradigm about the role we play in our own lives is gaining traction. Our definition of bigg success – life on your own terms – encompasses this new mindset.

You are the entrepreneur of your own life.

We normally think being an entrepreneur means “I own my own business.”  We’re saying that, whether you’re employed or self-employed, you are an entrepreneur.

You own your life.

You run it as you see fit.

You create the life that you want to live. Life on your own terms.

You bring together the resources necessary to build that life. You put the structure that is needed in place to achieve your bigg dream.

That’s what an entrepreneur does.

Your life is your enterprise

It’s not just about the work that you do. Your life is about more than that.

Entrepreneurs don’t just sell a product or a service. They build a business, an entire enterprise.

Your life is your enterprise and you build the life you want. This encompasses both your professional and personal lives.

As the entrepreneur of your own life, it’s crucial to find ways to make all the parts of your life work together. Even more than that, why not find a way to get all parts of your life working synergistically with one part adding to another and vice versa? Now that’s bigg success!

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CBS resisted, but Lucy insisted

Lucille Ball was the star of a popular radio show called My Favorite Husband. We’re not sure how many husbands she had, but this show was about her favorite one!

She played the wife of a bank vice president. With the advent of television, CBS wanted to move her show to the new medium. But Lucy wanted her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, to play her TV husband.

CBS resisted, but Lucy insisted.

The CBS executives eventually gave in and I Love Lucy became a bigg success.

Lucy was an entrepreneur! She lived her life on her own terms.

A unique solution for raising the kids

We know a couple who are divorced. They have young children.

Instead of fighting over custody, they have chosen to add on to their house so they can each go on with their lives and their children can be with both of them every day.

This is a unique solution that is working for them. What else matters? Some people think it’s kind of strange, but why should these two people care?

They are entrepreneurs, living their life on their own terms.

A merger that works

We decided we wanted to work together, to merge our professional lives as well as our personal lives. We created Bigg Success to allow us to do that.

We travel together. We work together. We live together. We see each other all the time.

It wouldn’t work for many couples, but it works for us. We’re living our lives on our own terms.

How about you?

What does life on your own terms mean to you? How are you taking ownership of your life?

Share your story with us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 888.455.BIGG or sending us an e-mail at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.

By typing it or saying it, you will learn even more about yourself. Everyone else in the Bigg Success community learns too. The more we share, the more we all learn. Then we can reach bigg success even faster!

Thank you for sharing your time with us today.

Join us next time when we’ll talk about the “terms” of life of your own terms.

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14 replies
  1. Brett Bumeter
    Brett Bumeter says:

    Hey Guys,

    Great little article and it definitely resonated with me this evening, or should I say morning. its about 3:15 am here on the east coast. I am more productive at night and always have been, and tonight I’m getting a lot done. I can do this because I have been running my own business for 3 years now.

    I went through a fast transition out of the corporate world (fired when I wouldn’t cook the books and blew the whistle on my former company to the IRS). ;) Since then I have worked as a business developer/web designer/blogger. For me all of those activities blend together rather in a seamless fashion.

    The cool thing is that I stopped commuting every day to a high rise saving myself 4-5 hours of driving everyday in Atlanta. I later moved with my family to a house on a lake in North Carolina and I now work on a fishing dock with a wifi connection (4-5 computers, 3 internet connections and lots and lots of tools). I get to see my kids everyday, even help with their homework and spend time with them with their extra curricular events. When they go to bed, I go to work. :)

    I’ve always been a workaholic, and still put in working hours that range from 8 – 14 hours per day, but I play a lot too and sleep as much as I need to. Plus, I get to travel as well and meet great people like George and Mary-Lynn!

    Now, here’s the thing. For me, I went through a bit of a violent upheaval. If you don’t think you could ever quit your job cold turkey, and leave a salary behind, I completely understand. I went from six figures to barely pulling in 5 figures that first year. As I start year 3, my revenues are just hitting 50% of what my salary used to be.

    But my revenue keeps going up, even during the recession. I’ve never felt as secure in any job as I do running my own business. I’ve never had to give myself a pink slip either!

    If you are not lucky enough to have money laundering, tax evading crooks running your company like I did, I’d recommend making extra time to ramp into your own business. Sounds hard, but its not. Just start building a business on the side and working weekends and a few nights.

    Let the new business grow for a year or two (through the difficult years) and then start to look at the right time to make the big switch and run your company full time.

    More and more I know many many professionals that are doing this. Some are even quitting high paying jobs to take part time jobs just to give themselves more time to run their own business with the benefit of a stable income from the part time job. Its not impossible and might just be the best thing you ever did.

    (ok, back to work!) ~ Love my job. :)

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  2. Jan Watson
    Jan Watson says:

    Since being layed off in 2007, I have lived through personal/professional reinvention! We are now experiencing the entrepeneural prediction and people and opportunities are evolving. Your phrase, “own your life”, hits home. I found the strength to take control of my future by investing in myself and own my own business. I’d rather take responsibility for my success than to leave it in the hands of incompetent management.

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    • George & Mary-Lynn
      George & Mary-Lynn says:

      Jan, you have such an inspiring story! Congrats to you on owning your life. We all own our choice to either work for someone else – or to work for ourselves. There is risk in both choices. The key is to own the choice and do everything you can to make it work in good times and in bad. We are so glad to meet you. Thanks so much for sharing here.

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