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Success Building Blocks: Cooperation

By Bigg Success Staff
06-25-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden, arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball, developed the Pyramid of Success. It’s a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve looked at three blocks of his Pyramid. We started with his two cornerstones –  843 Industriousness] on the left and 879 Enthusiasm] on the right. Now we’re looking at the three stones that fill out the foundation. We began with 903 Friendship], the block that sits next to Industriousness.

Now we’ll look at the block that sits next to Enthusiasm.

Cooperation
It takes a solid foundation to make a building strong. Success must also be built on a solid base if you want it to last.

Cooperation is one of the blocks upon which to build. Cooperation begins on the inside. You must have a spirit of cooperation. Then, that attitude is displayed by your behavior.

One way that you show your willingness to cooperate is to understand the other person’s point-of-view. Try to see what the other person is seeing. Try to feel what the other person is feeling. Then you can think how the other person is thinking and you’ll accomplish more. 

Another part of this is a genuine desire to help people. Wooden talks about cooperating with your co-workers at all levels. If you develop the habit of helping people who need help, you’ll succeed. Whether it’s the CEO or the janitor, do what needs to be done to help your team win!

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Tackle a Project with a Friend

By Bigg Success Staff
06-25-08

Work – Life Balance

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Do you remember the old-fashioned barn raisings? Well, not that you personally remember them. But you’ve seen them in the movies. They’re part of our folklore.

Back in the days when most people lived on the farm, the whole community would ban together to build a barn. Barns were essential for families because they needed a place for their animals.

They spent time together and accomplished something worthwhile!

They combined work and life!

They built friendships by building structures!

We can take a lesson from this old-fashioned sense of comradery.

Do you have a friend who needs help with a project? Lend a hand!

You’ll feel good about helping them with their to-do list and you’ll build your friendship at the same time.

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Business Owners Must Be Duplicitous

By Bigg Success Staff
06-05-08

Bigg Success in Business

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You may get conflicting messages about being in business. You hear that you need to be passionate about what you do. You’re also told to approach every business decision rationally.

So which is it – love or logic?

Love
As an entrepreneur, you need to love what you do. If you don’t love it, you won’t be able to make it through the inevitable tough times. So get into a business about which you have a passion.

  • Then take pride in your accomplishments. Celebrate them like you’ve just won the Super Bowl. Be human in defeat. Learn from it and then move on. Practice the 24-hour rule – give yourself 24-hours to enjoy victory or recover from a loss. Then move on.
  • Be stubborn about what matters. There are things that are important to your success. They are your core values and purpose. Don’t ever agree to compromise on the things that are important, but be quick to concede if a better idea comes along that’s not in conflict with these core values and your purpose.
  • Finally, don’t fear the fear. As a business owner, you will face fearful times. That’s okay. Successful entrepreneurs have faced the same fears; they just overcame them. You’ll need to do the same. Press on.

Logic
Emotion clouds your judgment. You have to get beyond your emotions in order to succeed in business. You have to be calculating, weighing the pros and cons of a given strategy against your goals and the pressures of the market.

  • Separate your ego from your business. Entrepreneurs often get in trouble when they start creating monuments to themselves with the resources of their businesses. Don’t make that mistake! Every business decision should move you one step closer to your dream life.
  • Admit your mistakes. If you don’t admit them, you’ll never learn from them. Unsuccessful business owners often devote even more resources trying to turn a bad decision into a good one. It rarely works. Admit your mistake and move on.
  • Aim before you fire. This is one of the best ways to make sure you’re not acting emotionally. Get ready … aim … fire. Business owners who fail often get caught up in the moment and forget this crucial step.
  • Focus on results. Measure everything you accomplish against your goals. Have you exceeded them or fallen short? Why? Answering those questions along the way will take you a long way toward the success of which you dream.


Example

An example of love and logic at play is to remember why you got into business in the first place. You had a goal in mind. You had a plan on how to achieve it. Along the way, you gained new insight and information. You changed your plan, but the goal is still the same. You’re practicing love and logic at the same time!

The bottom line is that it pays to be emotional and unemotional at the same time about your business … be irrationally rational!

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Gearing Up for a New Workplace

By Bigg Success Staff
06-05-08

Leadership Skills

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Great leaders are vital to success for any organization. It’s especially true today as we face more challenges with a multi-generational workforce. We’re also learning more about how people respond to calls for change.

It’s incumbent on leadership today to focus the attention and activities around these three questions:

#1 – What are the most important results for us to achieve?

Your people must know what needs to be done. Not the duties, but the outcome. What is the expected result of the work you’re doing together? Identify it, proclaim it, and repeat it … and repeat it … and repeat it.

#2 – What behaviors are necessary to achieve those results?

Identify what it will take to achieve your desired result. Don’t worry about current behavior. Focus on what behavior will lead to bigg success. To accomplishing what you set out to do.

#3 – What is working well?
Along the way, highlight those things that are leading you and your team to your goal. Keep your discussions on discovering these things and then making them part of your system.

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Success Building Blocks: Industriousness

By Bigg Success Staff
06-05-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. However, in our opinion, he has made an even bigger contribution in his ideas about personal success, irrespective of whether or not you ever touch a basketball.

He developed the Pyramid of Success. In the coming weeks, we’ll look at each of the blocks of his pyramid, one at a time.

Industriousness
All buildings that stand the test of time are built on solid foundations. Just like a building, you must do the same with your life if success is to be more than fleeting. It begins with the cornerstones. One cornerstone of Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is Industriousness.

Most people who succeed don’t do it instantly. It takes a lot of work! All else equal, the person who works the hardest will get ahead.

So if you’re not willing to work hard, don’t expect to be successful! If you expect it to be easy, you’re expecting too much!

There is joy in working. In doing a job well. In accomplishing what you set out to do. Find the joy in your work by pushing yourself to your limit each and every day. That’s part of Coach Wooden’s 6 definition of success]. Doing all you can to be all you can be. 

So according to Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, you have to develop a good work ethic. It is one of the two traits upon which all the other success characteristics will be built. Next week, we’ll talk about the other cornerstone.

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