A Simple Way to Face Adversity and Disappointment

Think NIL for BIGG SuccessWe’re BIGG fans of The Celebrity Apprentice.
On the most recent episode, The Donald fired Debbie Gibson. In her exit interview, she said:

“Did my ego like that I was fired? No. But Mr. Trump can’t fire me from being Debbie Gibson.
So nothing is lost.”

We immediately looked at each other. What a great quote! What a great attitude!

We define BIGG success as life on your own terms. It’s a process of discovery which begins with your self and expands out from there.

Once you know who you are, you can deal with adversity and disappointment much more easily. You naturally retain your sense of self-worth and confidence.

No one can take that you away from you. You’re really cool. You know it. C’mon, admit it.

But our definition of BIGG success is more than a process of discovery. It’s also a tool which helps you define your world.

The terms you use can limit you or embolden you. They can tear you down or buck you up.

That’s why we like her parting sentence – nothing is lost. You can quickly take the sentiment and turn it into an acronym – NIL.

NIL means something that means nothing. It is something of no importance, no significance.

When things don’t go your way, invoke the term NIL to empower you.

Call up the term NIL to brace you when things aren’t going your way.

You can use the term NIL to remind yourself to stick your next out.

Get over the hurt when someone disappoints you by saying the term NIL out loud.

Things won’t always go the way you want. You may face adversity or disappointment. You can’t control it all. But you can control how you respond.

So use the term NIL to help you get past it. You’ll instantly recall that nothing is lost. You will remind yourself that you’re still here. You’re still you. You’re still fighting for the life of your dreams. That’s BIGG success!

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Success Does NOT Breed Success

golden egg | BIGG SuccessMia Hamm, the amazing soccer player, said, “Success breeds success.”

With all due respect, we disagree.

Success does not breed success.

At least not directly.

And in some cases, success actually breeds failure.

Success breeds success, but only indirectly

Success breeds affirmation. You’re on the right track. You’re doing the right things.

Success breeds confidence. You did well. You’re going to reach BIGG success.

Success breeds enthusiasm. Achieving a goal is fun. It’s easy to get excited about reaching for even bigger goals.

Success breeds energy. You can’t wait to get started on your next goal. You’re all pumped up, ready to go!

Success breeds all of these factors. You bring them all to your next BIGG thing.

How can you help but win? But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way…

Success breeds failure

Sometimes, success leads to failure. This happens indirectly as well.

We’ve seen it happen many times. We help small business owners start a second business.

We share with them the 15 most common mistakes that people make when starting a second business.

Seven of them are related to this attitude of success breeding success. Specifically, they get too confident.

They make poor decisions or execute poorly because of this over-confidence. It leads to failure.

It’s tougher to fail after an initial success than before. Generally, there’s more at risk financially.

And it’s especially difficult emotionally. You start to question whether the first time was just luck.

So success can breed success indirectly. But be on the alert for over-confidence so your success breeds BIGG success!

Thanks so much for checking in with us today. Until next time, we wish you BIGG success!

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You Can Be a BIGG Success Today

giving your all to achieve bigg success | BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. You’re the entrepreneur of your life.

You may or may not be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word. But you do own your life.

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Destination BIGG success

BIGG success is a destination. You create a vision of the life you want. Then you start driving to it.

Hour by hour…

Day by day…

Week by week…

Month by month…

Quarter by quarter…

Year by year…

…you strive for BIGG success. More specifically, you push to get to the next milestone.

The ups and downs of BIGG success

But it can be challenging to get from where you are to where you want to be.









They’re all part of the journey.

The ups are easy. You can do no wrong. You are invincible. The world is your oyster.

The down times? Well, the only easy thing is quitting.

The high cost of quitting

Yet quitting isn’t easy. Because you have to live with it for the rest of your life.

You will always wonder what might have been. You can’t bear the thought.

It’s the reason you are an entrepreneur. Failure was acceptable. Not trying – well, just the thought of not going for it caused that feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Yes, it was scary. Yes, people said you wouldn’t make it.

But you didn’t care. You had to go. You had to try. You could feel in the depths of your soul that you were put on this earth to do something special. And by gosh, you were going to do it.

So you did.

But today sucked. Again.

You feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. You’re exhausted. You’re discouraged.

And it would be so easy to give up.

But you know you won’t. Because you’re a BIGG goal-getter. So you have to see this thing through. Because it’s what you were meant to do.

The victory is in the challlenge

And then you realize something important…you already are a BIGG success.

You can’t control the result. You can only control the activity.

And today – just like yesterday and every day before – you gave it everything you had. So you’re a BIGG success.

Because, as George Moriarty said, “Who can ask more a man than giving all within his span? Giving all, it seems to me, is not so far from victory.”

Then it hits you – the victory is in the challenge!

BIGG success is a journey

Sure, BIGG success is a destination. But it’s also a journey.

And every single day, you’re learning new things and developing new skills. It’s growth – one of the five elements of BIGG success along with money, time, work and play.

Money and time are your two resources; work and play your two opportunities. Growth bridges the chasm.

Growth starts as an opportunity. You’re capitalizing on it. You’re growing.

By growing – by gaining new knowledge and insight, by adding skills and experience – you’re developing the skills to get past ANY problem you face.

Growth is becoming a resource. By discovering how to overcome any problem, you’re also learning how to triumph over EVERY problem you will ever face.

Yes, you WERE a BIGG success today. And Destination BIGG success is just around the corner!

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If You Want to be a BIGG Success …

Act like a BIGG Success

Act like a BIGG success.

We’ll grant you, it’s a short-term solution. In the long-term, you have to do more. You have to do those things which lead you to your destiny.

But today – make that right now – act like a
BIGG success.

It’s easy to let our feelings dictate our activities. As a BIGG goal-getter, you can’t afford to do that. Act like a BIGG success to snap yourself out of whatever feelings are holding you back.

So if you’re sitting right now, sit up and smile.
When you get up, stick out your chest and walk with confidence.
Give a hearty “Hello” to the next person you see.
Reach out to that person you really want to know.
Tackle that BIGG project with fervor.

Act! Now!

Just one caveat:
If riches are part of your definition of BIGG success, don’t spend now like you’ve already made it. Living rich, before you are rich, is one sure way to never be rich.

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Bigg Success and the 4 Wicked Witches

witch-and-moonOnce upon a time, in a land of plenty, there lived a young person named Jordan. Every night, Jordan dreamed of growing up and making a bigg difference in the world. This young person dreamed of bigg success.

Then one night, Jordan had a haunting dream. In the dream, there were four witches. One by one, these witches cast a spell on Jordan that kept the young person from reaching bigg success.



The Wicked Witch of the North

First, Jordan dreamed of promotions, money, fame and glory. Jordan seemed to naturally attract all of them. Life was going as planned. One success piled on top of another. Bigg success was surely on its way.

Then, right before Jordan’s eyes, the Wicked Witch of the North appeared. With black hat bent, the witch spelled out her curse:

“You have lived a very charmed life.
But now you will face a lot of strife.
On this day, I will work my magic.
The outcome for you will be quite tragic.
The road ahead will be quite rocky.
I’ll take your confidence and make you cocky.”

In Jordan’s dream, the tide quickly turned. Project after project failed. Jordan hadn’t done the same level of research before embarking on these projects. People had tried to tell the young person that these projects wouldn’t work. Jordan didn’t listen because things had always worked out. 

Jordan’s cockiness quickly turned to fear – fear of losing it all. The young person was afraid to be found out as a phony – someone who was just a fleeting star. But try as Jordan might, the spiral just kept going down.

The Wicked Witch of the South

In the dream, suddenly there was a pause. Jordan was back in bed. It was as if nothing had happened.

That’s when the Wicked Witch of the South flew in on a broom. With a loud laugh, she released her curse:

“You will try and you will fail.
You won’t stick with it, you will bail.
You won’t think about trying again.
My magic I’ll work, you’ll think you can’t win.”

Sure enough, Jordan could see his future. The young person put a tremendous effort into making a business work. Things started off just great. Jordan was having fun deciding on the name for the business, selecting a logo, buying furniture and computers and setting up a web site.

It was time to take the product to market. But customers didn’t jump on board like Jordan thought they would. It was hard work. Money was tight.

Jordan decided to give up. The young person decided being an entrepreneur wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Jordan vowed to never take that kind of risk again.

The Wicked Witch of the East

Jordan was whisked far away. It was morning and the sun was squarely in the young person’s eyes. There appeared to be a figure on the path ahead. As Jordan approached, the figure seemed to grow larger and larger.

It was the Wicked Witch of the East. Jordan had never seen such a large person. The old witch leaned over the young person and the sun disappeared.

The voice sounded like a roar as it barked out this command:

“Give up, give up, my little one.
Before I’m through, I’ll have my fun.
I’ll mix up my infamous brew;
a little taste I’ll give to you.
With one taste, on others you’ll depend.
You won’t take charge; it will be your end.”

Jordan could see the future appearing on the horizon. Bad thing after bad thing happened to the young person. But it was always someone else’s fault. Jordan never took responsibility. So the young person never learned from the experience. As time went by, Jordan became more and more dependent on the goodness of others for survival.

Jordan screamed out:

“This is not me, you wicked witch.
Depart from here without a glitch.”

The Wicked Witch of the West

In the dream, this witch was gone. Jordan relaxed, prepared to move on. When suddenly, there was a shimmer of light. The Wicked Witch of the West was in sight.

At first glance, this witch was rather attractive. A second look, however, revealed the witch’s crinkled nose and the large wart on the end of it.

The witch screamed out:

“Hello, hello, my little friend.
I’m glad we met, best wishes I send.
Stick with me and you’ll find gold.
I’ll share the secret and make you bold.
Just give to me some of your money.
You will be rich, my little honey.”

There was a piggy bank on the dresser in Jordan’s bedroom. The young person cracked it open. The witch held forth an open hand as Jordan placed the money in it.

Then the witch cried out:

“I waved my wand with my wrist.
Now you think you will get rich.
You silly fool, do you not know?
I will gain; you’ve lost your dough.”

Jordan woke up in a sweat and realized it was all just a nightmare. It was still dark outside. The clock struck midnight … the witching hour.

Jordan didn’t care. This young person wasn’t scared of wicked witches. It was time to go back to sleep; time to dream of the bigg success to come. And Jordan lived happily ever after.


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