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Work-from-Home Mom Turns $3,000 into a $740 Million Business

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This work-from-home mom wanted to contribute to her family’s finances. She did more than that – she turned a $3,000 investment into a $740 million business.

On The BIGG Success Show, we discuss the story of Doris Christopher, Founder of The Pampered Chef. With $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy, she created a business with sales of $740 million a year, at the time she sold The Pampered Chef to Warren Buffett. Here’s a summary of our discussion on the podcast.

This show is a continuation our last two shows. First, we talked about 5 easy steps to personal leadership. Then, last time, we discussed your arena of service – which is about who you serve and where you serve them. Today, we want to talk about the BIGG Success Power Triangle. We’ll use Doris Christopher’s story as an example.

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[George] One semester, my students and I, at the University of Illinois, participated in a guest lecture given by Doris, who is an alum. The information here comes from my notes of her presentation.

She also documented her story in her book, The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America’s Most Beloved Companies*.

Doris is the quintessential successful work-from-home mom. This former home economics teacher started The Pampered Chef in 1980 with $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy. At the time, she was a 34-year old wife and mother of two. She had no business experience.

Like 69% of entrepreneurs, Doris started her business from home. Her basement was the initial distribution center and headquarters for The Pampered Chef.

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Your Arena of Service

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Your arena of service is the place where you can make the greatest positive impact in the life of others, and, in so doing, in your life as well.

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We discussed calling and your arena of service on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by our last show, where we shared 5 easy steps to personal leadership. We had so much material left when we were done, we felt it warranted another show. We hope you agree.

According to the dictionary, “success” is the accomplishment of something you set out to do. But what if that accomplishment harms others? Is that success?

We think not. That’s why we talk about “BIGG success”, rather than just “success”.

BIGG success is inner peace which flows from three sources:

1) finding and fulfilling your calling
2) striving daily to reach your full potential
3) staying true to your vision and values

We want to talk about the first one today. BIGG success starts by finding and fulfilling your calling.

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Personal Leadership in 5 Easy Steps

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Personal leadership is a long journey into your own soul. Discover five steps which will lead you to a more rewarding life.

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We discuss personal leadership on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

Your True North

We’re thinking about Christmas this time of year. One of the things we think about with that is the Star of Bethlehem. In the story of the birth of a newborn king, the wise men were guided by a bright star in the sky.

This Star of Bethlehem brought to mind the North Star, and that reminded us of Discover Your True North*, the wonderful book by Bill George.

In the book, true north is your destination, your BIGG goal. If your destination is BIGG success – Believing, Implementing, Goal-getting, Giving back success – you must be guided by a constant light. The light comes from your star.

Keep your eyes firmly fixed on it, even though it seems distant. When things get difficult, the sight of the star will help you keep pressing on the path set forward for you. It will keep you going true north.

Personal leadership

This is personal leadership. Even if you never plan to lead others, even if you don’t want to be a leader in an organization, or you aren’t, or even if you are, in all cases – you have to lead yourself. If you don’t, you’re like a teeny, tiny, little boat way out in the middle of the ocean. A boat that’s lost its motor. You can’t control where you go. You just drift. And hope a large wave doesn’t capsize you.

Now if you’re a regular here (and even if you’re not, you’ll soon get used to hearing us say this), we bring entrepreneurship to life. We call it personal entrepreneurship, and personal leadership is a part of that.

Personal leadership vs. Personal entrepreneurship

The difference is – personal leadership, as most people discuss it, looks at you as if you are the leader of a department in an organization. We don’t think so! You aren’t a leader of an enterprise. You own the enterprise! Your life is your enterprise and you own it lock, stock, and barrel. It’s 100% yours.

But, of course, organizations rise and fall on the strengths, or weaknesses, of their leaders. Similarly, we as individuals, rise or fall on our personal leadership abilities.

Personal leaders are made, not born

As personal entrepreneurs wanting to improve our personal leadership skills, we can learn from the executives profiled in the book we referenced earlier, Discover Your True North. It’s clear that authentic leaders lead with their heads and their hearts. This helps them keep on course, in spite of pressures and temptations before them.

According to the author, leaders are made from life experiences where they discover their passion, which provides the motivation they need to effectively lead.

So keep this in mind…when you combine your passion with your strengths, you find that sweet spot that makes you much more likely to succeed.


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5 Easy Steps to Holistic Personal Leadership

Personal leadership is a journey into your own soul. How can you be a holistic personal leader? Just take these five easy steps.

1) Know yourself

This is the starting point. Discover your strengths and weaknesses. Seek objective feedback from others. Find your passion and your purpose.

2) Practice your values and principles

How do you want to be treated? Treat others just like that. The golden rule is really just leading by example. You reap what you sow. People are attracted to authenticity, to real people – people who live the values and principles that they preach. Every day.

3) Discover what motivates you

Personal leaders want to make a difference. They enjoy pushing themselves to their limits. They want an occupation they are passionate about. Getting rich is a by-product of their success, not the driver of it.

4) Build a support team

The world is too complex to go it alone. You have to develop a team. People who complement your strengths, but who share your passion and core values. For a personal leader, this obviously includes your spouse (if you have one). It may also be your family. More and more people today also see value in hiring a coach. As your wealth grows, your support team may grow as well – an insurance broker, a tax expert, an attorney, and a financial advisor, to name a few.

5) Create a balanced life

Balance is important, even for busy personal leaders. You must schedule time with family and friends. Make time for yourself – for exercise, a hobby, or whatever catches your fancy. Give back to your community. Balance gives you fresh perspectives that you can bring into your workplace to solve problems.

Follow these five steps to lead yourself on the path to more meaning and fulfillment. It leads to BIGG success!

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Here’s to your BIGG success!

George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
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Co-Founders, BIGG Success

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Achieve Your Goals With 4 Easy Questions

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It’s easier to achieve your goals if you break them down. But what does that really mean? We share a 4-step template you can use immediately.

We discuss how to achieve really BIGG, long-term goals on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

The “BIGG” in BIGG success is an acronym for:

Believing
Implementing
Goal-getting
Giving back

Today we’re focusing on the first “g”: goal-getting. Before you can achieve your goals, you have to set goals. Goal-setting precedes goal-getting.

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The Top Rural Small Business Challenges

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Learn about the biggest rural small business challenges along with solutions.

We discuss how to help shape a better future for your town on The BIGG Succees Show, and we are joined by the creators of the 2019 Rural Challenges Survey. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

We’re coming off Small Business Saturday – where the message is to shop small this holiday season to support small business and your local community.

Our guests today are 2 BIGG advocates for rural small business. They’ll share the results of their national survey on the unique challenges these businesses face.

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