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Mixing Business with Pleasure

pay-offBigg success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today we want to focus on time.

We’re told to never mix business with pleasure. Is that really the best paradigm today?

Our answer: it depends. However, we think that it is a good idea with a few exceptions.



Be careful

There are times when it’s risky to mix the two. One obvious example is getting involved romantically with a co-worker. You really have to be careful here. It can come back to bite you.

You also have to be careful if you go into business with, go to work for, or hire friends or family.


For example, it can really be tough to work with your spouse.



georgeWait a minute, Mary-Lynn. I’m not sure I like the direction this conversation is heading.



marylynnIt works just fine for us, but I can’t tell you how many people have told me they could never do what we do. We’re together almost all the time. It’s great, but it does present its challenges.



georgeYou have to be aware of that and do what works best for you. Mary-Lynn can’t get enough of me so it works out well for her!


Work is play

If your work isn’t pleasurable, then don’t do it. Work can be work or work can be play. If you love your work, it’s like not working at all.

You’ll be more productive doing work you love. You’re more likely to rise to the top of your field if you do work you find pleasurable.

Fun people

If you work with people with whom you don’t enjoy working, work with other people. Life’s too short. Build relationships with people who you like to be around.

You may retort that you can’t control who your co-workers are. We understand. However, if your company is large enough, you can choose who you spend the most time with when you’re not on-task. Hang with people who are positive, forward-thinking, and fun to be around.


We often mix business with pleasure when we travel. Even if it’s just sneaking away for some sight-seeing for part of the day, it makes the whole thing more fun.

Mixing business with pleasure creates synergy – the bigg idea behind bigg success. Keep both worlds at the top of your mind simultaneously and find synergies between work and play. It will help you reach bigg success even faster!

How do you mix business with pleasure?

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It’s been a pleasure to visit with you about business today. Thanks for checking in!


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Don’t Show Me the Money

wallet The List Universe recently published their list of ten lost rules of etiquette. The one that really got our attention was their #1 reason – talking about money and possessions.



When it comes to money, the author says that a gentleman would never:

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I Need a Day Off

puzzle CareerBuilder just released the results of their annual survey on absenteeism. They found that about one-third of all the people they surveyed had played hooky at least once in the last year.




marylynnWhen I was a DJ working mornings, I had to be to work at 4 a.m. It’s hard to call your boss that early to tell him you won’t be in, even if you are sick!


Here are the real reasons people played hooky, according to CareerBuilder:

#1 – they didn’t feel like it
#2 – to relax and recharge
#3 – to go to the doctor
#4 – to catch up on sleep
#5 – to run personal errands

Look at that list. Does that tell you how much pressure we feel in our day-to-day lives? Is the only way to remain psychologically healthy by playing hooky?

We also found it interesting that 10% of the time people play hooky is actually work-related. They don’t want to attend a meeting. They need some quality time to work on a past due project. They want to avoid a confrontation with a co-worker.

Companies today are trying to do more and more with less and less. That means you have fewer co-workers. Your day off may leave them in a bind. So try to plan for your time off. If you feel yourself feeling overwhelmed, talk with your boss. See if you could work a little extra for a few days to get a day off. Everyone will be much better off if you’re upfront.

As a boss, do everything you can to honor your employee’s request. If you know you can’t give him or her the requested day off, offer an alternative. Employees today prize flexibility. It’s one of the best things you can do to retain employees who give their best.

Excuses, excuses

CareerBuilder also compiled a list of some of the most unusual excuses employers heard in the last year. Here are three of our favorites:

“I hit a turkey while riding a bike.”
We wondered if this was really a way to save money on Thanksgiving dinner!

“I donated too much blood.”

We found it hard to believe that any blood bank would take too much blood. Maybe this person ran into a vampire!

“My wife burned all my clothes so I have nothing to wear to work.”
So, here’s a question – how is this person going to get out of the house to buy the clothes he needs? We hope he’s not our neighbor!


georgeI remember one of my managers telling me about an employee who wasn’t at work. It’s my favorite excuse ever. This guy worked hourly and had already used up all of his personal days. He said he was so stressed out by his lack of money that he just couldn’t come into work! Guess what – he got more stressed out!


What’s the worst excuse you ever heard?


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Success Building Blocks: Cooperation

By Bigg Success Staff

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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.

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!

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