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The negative trait entrepreneurs need

This Negative Trait Helps Entrepreneurs Succeed

The negative trait entrepreneurs need

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What’s the secret to BIGG success as an entrepreneur? The answer may surprise you.

It’s an essential trait that helps entrepreneurs succeed – stubbornness!

As humans, we don’t like stubbornness. It reminds us of a quote by the late great John Wooden:

“Stubbornness we deprecate, firmness we condone.
The former is our neighbor’s trait, the latter is our own”.

The phrase “stubborn as a mule” comes to mind for me. And we all know what another name for a mule is!

Yet stubbornness is one of the key characteristics which helps entrepreneurs succeed. Here are three reasons it’s so important:

Everybody has an opinion
When you start a business, everyone has an opinion about who it should serve and how it should serve them.

Of course, you should listen attentively. You never know – you may get a good idea.

But most of the time, people will suggest a different direction – way away from what you’re thinking about.

Usually what they suggest won’t work:

  • The market may not be right for you
  • There may not be a market at all
  • It may not fit you
  • It may not play to your strengths

They don’t know what you know. So you need to be stubborn about doing what’s right for you.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. You’re in charge. So you make the call!

Fate will conspire against you
We want to be clear here – we believe that there’s no question about it…

You have a destiny to fulfill.

Fate wants you to succeed. But first…
It needs to know if YOU want to succeed!

So:

  • Fate will put obstacles in your way
  • Fate will throw challenges at you
  • Fate will do all kinds of thing to try to get you to quit, to give up

It’s all a test – will you remain stubborn in the pursuit of BIGG success?

If so, Fate will become your partner in BIGG success!

Stubbornness is your only hope
(And we’re speaking from experience here!)

There will be times along the way when you feel like quitting. You’ll be down. You’ll be out. You’ll feel horribly discouraged. You may have a sense of despair.

It’s at those times that you have to reach down and grab hold of the one thing you can count on – your stubbornness.

  • Stubbornness will keep you from giving up
  • Stubbornness will lead you out of the abyss
  • Stubbornness will help you find a way
  • Stubbornness will pull you up so you try one more time
  • Stubbornness is your only hope
  • Stubbornness leads to BIGG success!

Do you think stubbornness is a positive trait of successful entrepreneurs?

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The Swinging Bridge to Success

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

You are where you are. You want to be where you want to be.

That’s the easy part. The hard part is getting there.

Because there’s a BIGG canyon between the two.

Picture it – you’re standing on a cliff.

You want to get to the other side. But how?

You have to build the bridge. No one will build it for you. You have to do it.

Only you don’t have the right materials to build a sturdy bridge. Nope – this bridge from where you are to where you want to be will be a swinging one.

So you go about building the bridge. And then you start to walk across.

Only, even then, even after all the work you did to build the bridge, the journey won’t be easy.

Winds

The winds will be strong. Occasionally, they’ll be at your back. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Sometimes, the winds will be in your face. You’ll have to summon even more energy to keep pushing ahead.

Then there are the crosswinds. They make the bridge swing from side to side. You have to hold on tight to keep from falling.

People

At times, there will be other people on your bridge. As they put one foot in front of the other, the bridge will sway.

They’re making it harder on you to make progress. They don’t mean to; they’re just trying to get across the chasm.

Others, well…they are intentional. They actively make the bridge swing; they want to throw you off.

They don’t want you to succeed. Beware of these people.

Energy

You expended a tremendous amount of energy to build your bridge. Now you just have to get across.

But you’re tired. It’s only natural.

You have to make sure you have enough provisions to keep your strength up. And occasionally you just need to stop and rest.

But then you’ll get back to your journey. Because you’re a winner!

You will keep going.
You will make it to the other side.
You will get from where you are to where you want to be.
You will reach BIGG success!

What obstacles have you faced on your swinging bridge to BIGG success?

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Focus 3 Ways and Be a Success Today

focus | BIGG SuccessHere’s a powerful saying we often say out loud to enforce the need for change:

If I continue to do what I have always done, then the best I can expect is what I already have.

One of the biggest challenges in reaching BIGG success is changing how you think.

Because your results follow your focus.

The direction of your focus

You can focus on what you don’t have. And your mind will go to work to keep you right where you are.

You can focus on past failures. Your mind will help you get more of the same.

You can focus on what you want to have. Your mind will go to work to help you get it.

You can focus up or focus down. Your results will follow.

The object of your focus

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Once you have your vision of the life that fits you perfectly, you focus must shift to a new object – your next milestone.

But that may be too much for your mind to wrap itself around. So focus on the activities you must do today move you toward your next milestone.

The milestone after that doesn’t matter at this point. Your end goal only matters to the extent it keeps you motivated.

Put all of your focus and energy solely on reaching your next milestone. The results you want will follow.

The timing of your focus

We just alluded to this, but it deserves special attention. Your focus shouldn’t be too far into the future.

The world is much too uncertain. You know where you want to go. You just can’t tell how you will get there.

So focus on the short run. Focus on today.

What actions must you undertake today to reach your next milestone? Focus on getting them done. The results you want will follow.

When you get your focus right, you can be a BIGG success every day!

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An Inevitable Part of Your Journey to Success

the long road to achieving a goal | BIGG SuccessYou’re probably familiar with the term “false start.” According to Merriam-Webster, it means an unsuccessful attempt to start something.

As bad as false starts are, false ends are worse. We consulted with Merriam-Webster for a definition of false end. There was nothing there.

But unfortunately, we know they’re real!

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We started thinking about this after watching an episode of Discovery’s Two Weeks in Hell. In case you’re not familiar, it’s about the intensive two-week training cadets go through to try to qualify for the Green Berets, the U.S. Army’s most elite group of soldiers.

On the show we watched, the cadets thought they were done. They had completed their two weeks of training.

But then they were required to perform one more grueling task.

It’s a technique the officers use to see which cadets have the mental stamina required to be an elite fighter. BIGG success uses the same trick.

False ends are brutal

Picture this – your BIGG goal is within reach. So you summon your last ounce of energy to do one more daunting task.

You just know that this is what it will take to achieve your BIGG goal.

You push yourself – more than you ever have before. You complete the task.

But you’re still short of your goal. It was a false end.

What a letdown!

Exhaustion overtakes you.

Discouragement overwhelms you.

You feel like crying, or withdrawing, or escaping. But you know what you do?

Press on!

Persevere.

Keep going.

Don’t give up.

Quitters never win and winners never quit.

So you do.

Somehow you find strength that you didn’t know you had. You give it another shot.

And…you come up short again.

Now you’re beyond discouragement.

You don’t want to cry; you’re ready to bawl your eyes out.

Escape? You want to RUN away.

But you don’t.

You try again. You know you have to do it. You have to stay motivated.

So how do you do that?

The key to getting past a false end

Get a buddy, a mentor, and/or a coach (maybe we could help).

Team up with someone who is trying to accomplish the same thing you are. Invest time supporting each other.

Or find someone who has already done what you’re trying to do. It may be a close friend who is willing to mentor you. Or you may pay a coach.

You may want to have all three. The more the merrier!

But the key is to always have someone you can turn to when you need encouragement.

False ends are an inevitable part of your journey to life on your own terms. Look for those few very important people who can help you persevere to reach BIGG success!

How do you deal with a false end?

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We Need You to Be a Success

be a bigg success | BIGG SuccessIf you’re a regular here, you know that we love quotes. And today we want to share two quotes by two men with two points-of-view.

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Start with your life

“When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”

~ Joseph Campbell

It’s an interesting perspective. It’s life on your own terms. It’s about your life. It puts the focus on what we can control. It encourages each one of us to take responsibility for our own life.

However, there’s a negativity to it. A sort of deterministic attitude about the major problems of the world.

See beyond the horizon

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”

~ John Kennedy

It’s optimistic and expansive. It encourages us to go beyond the limitations we often place on ourselves. To look just past the horizon. To dream BIGG dreams. To accomplish BIGG things.

We need you to be an entrepreneur

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. We need entrepreneurs in all walks of life – entrepreneurs in the corporate world, in politics, in academia, in the non-profit world and, of course, in the traditional sense.

We need you to be an entrepreneur. No matter what your station in life.

We need you to tackle your own challenges. We need you to grow.

Then you’ll be ready for an even bigger test. So you can help create a better world for other people.

We need you to see things as they really are.

No “perception is reality” hogwash. You see the objective reality. An honest assessment of yourself and the world around you.

We need you to see things as they really are before you can evolve to the next phase.

We need you to see things as they could be

Starting with yourself, of course. What could you be? How can you get from your current reality to this future reality? How can you become all that you know you were meant to be?

And then, because you’re a BIGG goal-getter, you won’t stop there.

You’ll see the world around you. You’ll see people who need your help.

You’ll find a solution to their problem. You’ll add value to their life. When you do this, you’ll create value in your own life.

Yes, entrepreneurs are the answer to the world’s problems. We need you to be an entrepreneur. We need you to knock down the obstacles and create a world that only you can create. We need you to be a BIGG success!

Will you join us? What problem would you like to see eliminated? What cause are you passionate about?

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