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Do What You Love…Or Else

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Do what you love. It’s what we all want to do. But what if you aren’t doing what you love? What can you do then?

Last time, we exposed Hollywood’s dirty little secret. In order to do what you love, you may have to do something (or somethings) you don’t love.

It was inspired by a news story about Geoffrey Owens, the Cosby Show actor who played Elvin – the husband of the family’s oldest daughter. He was spotted bagging groceries at Trader Joe’s. The good news: He got a gig on Tyler Perry’s TV show, getting to do what he loves.

We continued that conversation on The BIGG Success Show today. We discussed what to do if you aren’t doing what you love. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

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7 Steps to Complain Effectively (and Gain 10 Hours a Month)

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Complain effectively and issues get resolved. Plus, research shows it will free up 10 hours a month of your time.

We discussed complaining on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by an article on Harvard Business Review by Peter Bregman. He does an excellent job showcasing the reasons for and results of complaining.

The two of us fight the same urge to complain as everyone else. So we designed this episode as a reminder to us. We hope it helps you as well.

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Use Social Media for Career Growth

Social Media for Career Growth: Do’s and Don’ts

Use Social Media for Career Growth

Hear George & Mary-Lynn share the list of do’s and don’ts for social media and your career on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Click PLAY.

Social media is a powerful tool for helping you with career growth if you don’t get in the way. A recent survey by Jobvite found 93 percent of recruiters check out social media profiles of prospects before making an offer. There are some do’s and don’ts to follow to ensure you’ll get that job opportunity.

Social Media for Career Growth Don’ts

We’ve seen some things in our Facebook news streams lately from some of our connections that are major no-no’s.

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Career Advancement: The Simplest Way to Fast-Track Your Career

Career Advancement - Launch into BIGG Success

Career advancement can be simple! You only have to do two things. Click play to hear George & Mary-Lynn share what they are on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.

Career advancement can prove difficult. Some conclude it’s just a matter of luck. Others think it’s about sucking up. Still others believe you have to sell out.

They’re all mistaken. However, there’s a hard way and a simple way to advance in your career. A while back, we shared the simple secret to a successful career:

Do your best doing what you do best.

Doing your best is part of our favorite definition of success. It comes from the late great John Wooden. But it’s hard to push yourself to give your all if you’re not good at it. It’s much easier if you know your strengths. Then it’s just a matter of matching your strengths to a career opportunity.

The power of this simple saying (Do your best doing what you do best) is that it puts career advancement into your own control. You only have to do two things.

#1) Rocket ships launch career advancement
There’s just one problem with our simple secret to career success. It ignores the marketplace.

In a speech at Harvard, Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg recalled meeting with Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt. It was early in her career and she had a job offer from Google.

She had serious reservations; Google wasn’t Google yet. They were still really young. Few people saw much potential. She expressed her concerns to Schmidt.

He said, “Don’t be an idiot. Get on a rocket ship.”

In slow growing companies, careers stagnate. But in a fast-growing company, your career will take care of itself.

He concluded: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”

You see, you can do your best and run right into a brick wall. You can play to your strengths and find it doesn’t pay. You get laid off. Opportunities for career advancement dry up.

Unless you’re on a rocket ship.

#2) Career advancement depends on the company you keep
You may be familiar with the old saying, “You’re only as good as the company you keep.” If you’re like us, you’ve probably always thought it was talking about human relationships.

Of course, that was its original intention. However, there’s a lot of wisdom to applying it to career advancement.

We’ve talked before about the three influencers of career success: your occupation, your industry and your company.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about taking control to design and build the life of your dreams.

Sometimes, the best way to take control is to accept what you can’t control. Stop bucking the trends and hop aboard a rocket ship, whether you’re an employee or an entrepreneur.

Where there’s growth, there’s opportunity. It leads to BIGG success!

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Reinvent yourself for BIGG Success

How To Reinvent Yourself in Today’s Fast Changing World

Reinvent yourself for BIGG Success

Listen to this post! Click play to hear George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show (Duration 6:22)

We recently attended a party for a colleague who celebrated 35 years working for the same company. And during the event, even he said most people don’t experience work anniversaries like this anymore. And how many of us believe the work trends will take us back to that? Not many.

It used to be that you could settle on a career path, find a company you like, and work until retirement. But today, between the economy and disruptive technology, job security is a thing of the past. We have to be nimble, pay attention to industry trends, and be ready to shift.
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