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4 Tips from The Pursuit of Happyness

Image of group of smiling people with title of blog post: 4 Tips from The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness is one of our all-time favorite movies. We share four tips from the life of a homeless-father who made millions.

On The BIGG Success Show, we talk about a homeless father who built a multi-million-dollar fortune. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

We talked recently on this show about a new way of looking at money. Ken Honda has written a fantastic book called, Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money*. Is your money happy with you?

It made us think of one of our favorite movies, The Pursuit of Happyness. It’s the true story of a once-homeless single father, Christopher Gardner (played by Will Smith) and his son, Chris Jr. (fittingly played by Will’s son, Jaden).

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Leap Ahead to Be a Success

taking a leap for BIGG SuccessIt only happens every four years – Leap Year. So we’re thinking about leaping.

Let’s talk about four ways to leap ahead:

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Leap past the past

You are where you are. Be grateful for it.
You may have been wronged. Forgive the person.
You may have failed. Forget about it.

Of course, there are lessons when we don’t succeed. See this for what it is – an opportunity to learn.

Once you’ve done that, move forward. No more energy needs to be directed at what didn’t happen.

You may have regrets. If they can be corrected, do so.
If they involve another person, ask for grace.
If you can’t reach them, do something special for someone else.

Leap to the future

What does life on your own terms mean to you?
Picture it in your mind using all your senses.
Then see yourself living the dream right now.

All great accomplishments are first lived out in the mind.

The more clearly you can envision it, the more it becomes part of you. Feel this dream being absorbed by your mind, your heart, and your soul.

Leap ahead today

This is where the real action takes place. In fact, it’s where all success is achieved – in the present, today, right now.

You’ll never leap ahead by focusing on the past. As we said earlier, be grateful today for all that you are and all that you have.

Likewise, you’ll never leap ahead by focusing on the future. Form your vision of the future. Live it out in your mind today.

But then it’s time to get to the serious work. Your vision shows you the destination. Now it’s time to drive toward it.

What is the most important thing you can do today to move you closer to your dream? Do it.

No matter what else comes up, get it done. You’ll never get where you want to be unless you put your focus in action.

You may have other obligations. Things may come up.

Be realistic about what you can accomplish. But the more attention you pay today to your most important things, the sooner you’ll leap ahead.

Leap ahead little by little, over and over

No matter how much you may accomplish, BIGG success doesn’t happen in one day. It’s cumulative.

You have to focus on accomplishing your most important things day after day.

And you don’t leap from the ground floor to the top of a giant skyscraper. There are no elevators or escalators.

You have to climb the stairway to BIGG success. Step by step, floor by floor, you reach ever greater heights little by little.

What you do today matters little. Yet what you do today makes all the difference in the world. Focus on getting to the next floor. Take the next step. It leads to BIGG success!

Not sure what your next step should be? Maybe we can help.

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The One Thing You Must Do Today to Be a Success

Like the Great River BIGG success starts smallHave you ever been to the source of a great river, like the mighty Mississippi?

What did you see? Something so tiny and insignificant?

Did you find it hard to believe this was the origin of one of the greatest rivers in the world?

Water runs into ditches.
Ditches dump into creeks.
Creeks combine to form rivers.
These rivers flow into the Great River.

Only then – miles downstream – does its magnitude become apparent.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Like the Great River, BIGG success starts small too!

A single, seemingly insignificant activity today combined with another one tomorrow and the day after that leads to the life on your dreams.


The “seemingly insignificant” part needs a little further explanation. Let’s start with “insignificant.”

The action you take probably is insignificant. Your world isn’t going to change.

You won’t immediately be thinner or better looking.
You won’t suddenly be rich and famous. And that’s good.

In fact, nothing will change. Or so it seems…


That’s where the “seemingly” part comes in. One thing will change instantly – you!

You will have taken action.
You will have done something to enact change.
You will have taken a step toward BIGG success.
So you can instantly feel better about yourself – you’re a winner!

And you will win if…

You follow up with a second action, and a third…

Don’t worry about the results in the early stage. Focus on the activities. That’s what you can control.

You’ll see the results soon enough. You’ll see that these activities aren’t insignificant.

In the meantime, it’s all about desire, devotion, and discipline. They lead to BIGG success!

What seemingly insignificant action will you take today?

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The Power of Momentum

momentum.jpgBigg success is life on your own terms. As we’ve discussed before, the “terms” in our definition of bigg success means several things. One of the ways we can look at “terms” is in time frames.

Sometimes when we think about life on our own terms, it’s hard to see how to achieve something that bigg. Want to know how we respond to that?

We say, “Don’t try!”

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Don’t try for the bigg goal all at once. Break it up into little actions. Give yourself a due date for completing each action. Suddenly that bigg goal isn’t so bigg at all. You advance toward it action by action. Those little actions are milestones. You can think of the period of time between due dates for your milestones as terms.

Vision to Victory

We introduced this subject last time when we talked about how to ramp up your savings, but we left out something really important. You must have a clear vision of bigg success in your mind. What exactly does life on your own terms look like?

Then, as you map out the actions required to get there, it’s crucial that each action build upon the previous action. “Success breeds success,” as the saying goes.

So when you succeed with one action, you’re more likely to succeed with the next. It’s all about momentum.

Momentum is a precious thing

Once you get momentum, you want to do everything you can to keep it because it works both ways. We think of an interview with an excited football player whose team had just won a bigg game. He described their victory by saying:

“We had the momodum, but then we lost the momodum. Fortunately, we were able to get the momodum back!”

He may have been too excited to get the word “momentum” right, but he certainly understood what it was all about. It’s something we see all the time in sports.

It doesn’t just happen on the playing field. We think it’s particularly important to understand this right now. Things haven’t been going the way a lot of people would like lately. We just have to work all the harder to get the momentum (or should we say “momodum”) back.

Life may throw you something unexpected. That’s part of the price of bigg success. That’s okay. You know you can do it. You know you will win. In those moments when things don’t go your way, don’t get discouraged. Overcome your fear. And charge back.

Get momentum working for you again because success does breed success. Build a cumulative advantage to turn success into bigg success.

Build success into bigg success

You do that by staying hungry. We’ve said before that bigg goal-getters are usually happy, but never content. That’s one of the secrets to building on your success.

Another secret is to understand the fine line between confidence and cockiness. Stay humble, but be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

Perhaps most important, stay focused to gain a cumulative advantage. Make sure your milestones work together so you get where you want to be as fast as you can get there. Then focus exclusively on reaching your next milestone.

If you’ve done everything you can today to get to that next milestone, then you are living your life on your own terms right now. You may not have reached your destination, but you’re well on your way to bigg success!

How do you stay focused on what you need to accomplish today?

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Until then, here’s to your bigg success!


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Making Change Work

change2 Entrepreneurs see a problem and immediately start trying to find a solution. That’s why entrepreneurship has been defined as the science of change. And there’s a new concept starting to take hold – that we are all entrepreneurs. We must all be innovative in finding solutions for the problems that we each face.



There is real value in seeing ourselves as entrepreneurs and in looking at change as an opportunity rather than something to be resisted. We should welcome change!

That’s a bigg step for a lot of people. But if we don’t change, it means we’re standing still. There’s an old saying that a rut is nothing more than a grave with both ends knocked out. We have to get out of our ruts; we have to change – either as a response to the change we see coming or by creating the change that we see needs to be made.

We’ve been talking about change in our last couple of shows. We started by talking about the lost art of making change. Last time, we talked about how saving our change can lead to bigg changes in our lives.  It occurred to us that we can think about change in our lives by thinking about change – pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

A penny for your thoughts

The change process begins with a penny for your thoughts. It’s important to generate ideas about where you want to go. Then check the validity of your idea to see if it plays to your strengths. If it passes that test, look at the customers (or employer) you plan to serve as well as the competition already serving them to see if this is a good opportunity.

If I had a nickel for every time …

But the idea itself isn’t worth much. It’s the actions that follow the idea that make it valuable. So think about the saying, “If I had a nickel for every time I (fill in the blank).” We’re usually making a joke or lamenting something we’ve done too many times to count when we say this.

But there’s some bigg wisdom in this little saying. It’s the key to moving the idea from inside your head to something tangible. It’s about inputs. You can’t control the outcome, but you can control your actions.

So if you think about the actions necessary to bring your idea to fruition and then mentally think that you’re getting a nickel every time you act, you begin to see that your inputs create the output you want. The more you perform, the more you eventually get back.

A dime a dozen

As you come up with your ideas and begin to implement them, stand out. You don’t want to be a dime a dozen. You need to be unique. If you don’t find a way to differentiate yourself from the crowd, you can’t expect to be seen as outstanding. Find your niche. Entrepreneurs do it. So must we.

Two bits

One bit isn’t good enough. Have a back-up plan. If your tactics don’t work, what will you do next? This is the advantage of action. You learn. Notice that we didn’t say you fail. But you may not succeed bigg at first. You must adapt. Think about how you will need to adapt before you have to.

So there it is … the change process. Making change work leads to bigg success. 


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