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How Social Media Stole Christmas

How Social Media Stole Christmas

How Social Media Stole Christmas

Did social media steal Christmas? We did something special on The BIGG Success Show today to answer that question. It’s a twist on an old familiar fable. We hope you enjoy! Click the player below to listen. Here’s the transcription…

Every Who is on social media these days,
They share every moment in many ways.
While Santa calls out…on Dasher and Dancer,
Whos post…on Facebook, on Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Two Rules for Living This Season Year Round

the most wonderful time of the year | BIGG SuccessOnce upon a time – long, long ago – an alien elder sent her protégé to Planet Earth with her protégé. His mission – to observe the most advanced creatures on this strange planet.

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He arrived toward the end of the winter. It was cold. The land seemed barren. And he was struck by this white substance that fell from the sky to create a blanket on the land.

Winter soon gave way to spring and the protégé basked in the warmth of the sun. He was struck by how the ground turned from brown to green. And suddenly, all the plants seemed to be encompassed by this strange green foliage.

As was his mission, he continued watching the humans, as he had come to learn they were called. He dictated detailed notes each day back to his home planet.

Spring gave way to summer and the heat. Oh, he almost couldn’t bare it.

And then fall came. He was awestruck at the changing colors and the leaves falling from the trees.

Then came winter. The white stuff fell. It was cold.

But soon, he felt the warmth of the humans’ hearts. It was the most wonderful time of the year, he heard them say.

And they were right – there was something special about this season.

His stay ended about a month later. He was beamed back to his home planet.

The alien elder asked, “What did you learn, my protégé?”

“I learned that these humans are strange creatures indeed. They really behave differently one time a year. They are friendlier. They are more compassionate. It’s how we always treat each other.”

“Why do you think that we are able to carry this spirit through the whole year and they are not?”

“Are we smarter?” the protégé asked.

“No, they are just as smart as we are.”

“Do we have bigger hearts?”

“No, we both have the same capacity to care.”

“Then I do not know, wise elder.”

“Our planet only has two rules. You know them. What is the first?”

“Love the Supreme Being with all your heart.”

“You are correct, young lad. This is important because it helps us realize there is something or someone greater than ourselves. We are reminded of our place in the universe. And the second rule?”

“Love everyone, including yourself.”

“Right again. Before you can truly love anyone, you must love yourself. The greater your capacity to love yourself, the greater your capacity to love others.

“It seems so simple. Shouldn’t there be more rules?”

“Ah, it is simple but it is not easy. You see, the earthlings are governed by the same two rules. But they like to make it complicated.”

Two rules. That’s all it takes to be a BIGG success!

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12 Days of Christmas Success for Entrepreneurs

12 Days of Christmas Success | BIGG SuccessOn the first day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,

A BIGG increase in my fee.

On the second day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Two new clients
,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the third day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Three paid jobs
,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Four prospect calls
,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Five golden pings
,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Six tweets relaying
,
Five golden pings,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Seven keys to winning
,
Six tweets relaying,
Five golden pings,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Eight hours sleeping
,
Seven keys to winning,
Six tweets relaying,
Five golden pings,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Nine prospects prancing
,
Eight hours sleeping,
Seven keys to winning,
Six tweets relaying,
Five golden pings,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Ten new subscribers
,
Nine prospects prancing,
Eight hours sleeping,
Seven keys to winning,
Six tweets relaying,
Five golden pings,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Eleven brand new contacts
,
Ten new subscribers,
Nine prospects prancing,
Eight hours sleeping,
Seven keys to winning,
Six tweets relaying,
Five golden pings,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
Santa sent to me,
Twelve staff a-humming
,
Eleven brand new contacts,
Ten new subscribers,
Nine prospects prancing,
Eight hours sleeping,
Seven keys to winning,
Six tweets relaying,
Five golden pings,
Four prospect calls,
Three paid jobs,
Two new clients,
And a BIGG increase in my fee.

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Unwrapping Special Gifts

gifts The other night we saw an episode of According to Jim. Jim (played by Jim Belushi) was stressing because he had not had a good year – money was tight and it was Christmas time. He was afraid he wouldn’t be able to buy his kids the gifts they wanted.

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His wife, Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith) pointed out to him that the kids had barely looked at the presents they got the year before. In fact, one was still in its original package – it had been unwrapped but never opened and played with!

Maybe that kid was just a collector at heart!

But this show made us think … sometimes we get caught up on getting something new and not reflecting on the gifts we already have. So today we want to unwrap some of our most special gifts.

If you want to listen to us open these gifts, just click the “play” button above. Otherwise, picture each package being opened …

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george
Why don’t you kick it off, Mary-Lynn?

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marylynnThis one is a real, real special one. It’s the gift of my Dad. He had a bit of a health scare going into the holidays. He’s fine – clean bill of health. So thank you, God. I love my gift this year! Alright George, it’s your turn.

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georgeMy gift is memories of Mom and Dad. Mom’s been gone a couple of years now so it’s still somewhat fresh, I guess. I think about the things I learned from them, the things that helped make me who I am, for better or worse – I can blame them! I had a very special Mom and Dad and I’m very thankful for that. Now, you’re up Mary-Lynn.

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marylynnOh, yes … we’ve had a cold winter here in Illinois. There have been nights when you just hear that wind outside howling and I am inside and toasty warm! So the gift of a nice warm house is something I’m very, very grateful for this year.

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georgeWe often don’t stop to think about the basics and how many people there are who don’t even have something as simple as that.

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marylynn
Exactly. Alright, George, tear into the next one.

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georgeOne of the features of our car is remote unlock. Man, as we’ve been out shopping in the cold, it’s really nice to be able to find your car quickly because it winks at us. And of course, to be able to get right in once you’re to it.

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marylynnThat’s a good one. Okay, I’ll open the next one. Ah, the gifts of our kitty cats – Fifi and Fraidy. We have original cat names, don’t we? Boy, they just give us gifts all year long … loving and purring.

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george
Yeah, and sometimes they leave us a little something on the floor!

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marylynn
We don’t like those gifts at all!

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georgeOkay, let’s open the next one. It’s for both of us, Mary-Lynn. Let’s see what it is … ah, it’s our families. You have a great family, Mary-Lynn. Love your dad and your sister.

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marylynnYou have a great family, too. Your sisters are all so fun – listening to all of the siblings laughing together. It’s just so nice!

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georgeYes, and the in-laws aren’t so bad either. A cool group of nephews and now, one little niece. And Mary-Lynn, while we’re on family, I have to say that I’m also very thankful for you.

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marylynn
Ah, that’s so sweet. I’m thankful for you too. You’re a special man!

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georgeIt brings up the point, though. I think sometimes those closest to us are the people we most take for granted. We often don’t show them the appreciation we should.

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marylynn
Yeah, I forget about you all the time, George.

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george
I know you do!

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marylynn
George, I’ve got to tell you … I think we scored this Christmas.

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georgeI’m with you on that – but Mary-Lynn, I just noticed something … over there in the corner, it looks like there’s another bigg present for us.

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marylynn
Alright, let’s open it up … ah yes, of course. This is something we’re really grateful for.

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georgeWe’re grateful for you! The fact that you spend time with us like you do – you share your insights, you listen to our show, you read our blog posts. However you spend time with us, we’re just so thankful.

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marylynnYou are the reason that we get to do what we love to do! That is such an amazing gift and we thank you so much.

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So to you we say, whatever your chosen holiday at this time of year, we wish you and yours the very best. For us, it’s Christmas … so Merry Christmas!

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The Best Present of All, No Matter How It’s Wrapped

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A Visit with Santa

santa-claus We had a very special guest on The Bigg Success Show today. Straight from the reindeer farm at the North Pole, we welcomed Santa Claus! Here’s a summary of the conversation:

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marylynn
Welcome to The Bigg Success Show, Santa.

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santa_tiny
Oh, thank you Mary-Lynn. It’s always a pleasure visiting with you.

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george
We’re so happy that you make time for us. We’re amazed at that actually.

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santa_tiny
Well I try to make time for all my favorite fans.

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marylynn
Are you on schedule? Is everything going according to plan?

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santa_tiny
We are right on schedule. We will be ready on the 24th.

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george
Alright, that’s what we wanted to hear. All the boys and girls will be very happy.

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marylynn
How do you stay awake all night?

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santa_tinyWell, Mrs. Claus would tell you it’s all the coffee. However, there are a few chocolates that kind of keep me buzzed up too … especially dark chocolate!

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georgeSo chocolate is the key! We have that straight from Santa’s mouth. Now, Santa … do you ever confuse the reindeer droppings for chocolate?

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santa_tiny
Not yet … it hasn’t happened in hundreds of years. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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marylynn
And Santa, how do you avoid getting a cold at this time of year?

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santa_tiny
Lots of Vitamin C – a glass of juice every morning.

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marylynn
Yeah, because you can’t be drowsy from Sudafed when you’re out delivering toys!

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santa_tinyNo, I have one elf who is responsible for squeezing all my fruit drinks – lemonade and orange juice – every morning.

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marylynn
That sounds like maid service.

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santa_tiny
Well you don’t need to tell him that. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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george
So that elf really can make lemonade out of lemons!

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santa_tiny
Oh absolutely, and there have been plenty of those this year.

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georgeLast year, you taught us how to be jolly and I have to tell you it really has come in handy in 2008.

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santa_tinyOh, I’m glad to hear that. Finding ways to stay jolly is an excellent thing to do in these times.

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marylynnWell, what is your message to people this year – who are going through tough times, who are finding it hard to stay jolly?

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santa_tinyThat’s a difficult thing. There are financial problems; the entire world is suffering really. But if you keep in mind the simple things, the things that matter the most – your family and friends – that will help get you through.

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marylynn
I can’t think of any better advice than that.

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georgeNow Santa, we always hear about Rudolph’s red nose, but I notice that your nose is often red too.

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santa_tiny
Oh yes … it’s frequently very cold outside.

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george
So that’s the reason?

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santa_tiny
Of course, are you insinuating something?

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george
Santa, I would insinuate nothing with you! That wouldn’t be nice!

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santa_tiny
Ho! Ho! Ho!

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marylynnOf course, if you need a little jolt on Christmas Eve, you can stop by the Bigg Success Studio. We’ll leave something special out for you!

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santa_tiny
I will certainly make an effort to stop by there!

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marylynnSanta, thank you so much for joining us on The Bigg Success Show. We know how busy you are and how crazy things are this time of year. But boy, it makes us jolly just to be able to talk with you!

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santa_tiny
It’s always a pleasure, Mary-Lynn and George … always a pleasure.

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george
Well, we’ll look forward to seeing you on Christmas Eve!

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santa_tiny
I will see you even if you don’t see me!

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marylynn
We’ll be tracking you on the Santa radar!

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santa_tiny
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

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