11 + 11 + 11 Ways to Be a Success

11-11-11 for BIGG SuccessIt’s 11.11.11. So we thought we’d share 11 + 11 + 11 = 33 ways to be a BIGG success.

11 terms

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Here are 11 terms that help you take control to build the life that fits you perfectly.

1) Believe:
Belief is hope internalized. Believe you will reach BIGG success. Then let your mind go to work to help you get there.

2) Design: Your purpose is the place where your passions, proficiencies, and preferences all intersect with opportunity. Find your reason for being.

3) Live: Always remember that your career is part of your life, not the other way around. Your career is what you do, not who you are. Work to live!

4) Love: Relationships are critical to a fulfilling life. Love is a verb. So actively show the people around you how much you care about them.

5) Innovate: Innovation is imagination in action. Don’t accept the status quo. Discover ways to make your corner of the world a better place.

6) Act: You won’t fulfill your purpose just by thinking. Action turns intangible thoughts into tangible results.

7) Learn: Action creates advantage. But only if you learn from the situation at hand. The future belongs to the learning, not the learned.

8) Adapt: The whole point of learning is to know when to adapt. In uncertain times, flexibility is critical to your BIGG success.

9) Endure: Most people fail because they give up too soon. Remember that the journey is part of the reward. Press on!

10) Experience: Try new things. Go to new places. Experiences make you more interesting to others and ramp up your creativity.

11) Give: Giving implies abundance. So tell your brain you have more than enough by sharing some of what you have.


We love inspirational quotes. So here are eleven that resonated with us as we prepared this post.

1) “The greatest strength is gentleness.” ~ Iroquois Proverb

2) “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” ~ Dennis Wholey

3) “Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” ~ Sun Tzu

4) “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ~ John Lennon

5) “Do or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda

6) Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible. ~ M.C. Escher

7) “I have not failed; I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~ Thomas Edison

8) “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde

9) “Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.” ~ Brendan Gill

10) “You laugh at me because I am different, but I laugh at you because you are all the same.” ~ Author Unknown

11) “A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.” ~ Shirley MacLaine

11 funny thoughts

We often try to be a little lighter with our posts on Friday. So below you’ll find the final third of our 11.11.11 installment. Hopefully, they’ll provide a chuckle or two.

1) Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

2) Warning: Dates in calendar are closer than they appear.

3) After all is said and done, more is said than done.

4) The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.

5) If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything.

6) The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole.

7) Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

8) Never, under any conditions, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

9) Even when you feel poor, you can still pay attention.

10) A smart man covers his ass. A wise man leaves his pants on.

11) Don’t sweat the petty things. And whatever you do, don’t pet the sweaty things.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

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The Boy Who Found the Recipe for Success

watermelon | BIGG SuccessBill Rosenberg was nine-years old. He often tagged along to work with his dad, who owned a grocery store in Boston.

One hot summer day, Bill’s dad made the boy responsible for selling watermelons. If the nine-year old didn’t sell them, they would go bad.

Bill set up a stand in front of the store.

And he stood there. And stood there. And stood there.

People weren’t buying!

The young man wasn’t about to give up. His dad was counting on him.

But he realized that he needed to get creative. He thought about it. He looked around. He got an idea. Maybe this would work.

He repositioned his watermelon stand right by the streetcar stop. He barked out, “Bring a watermelon home! Surprise your family!”

More people saw his stand. They were impressed with the boy’s enthusiasm. Before long, all the watermelons were gone. Bill was a BIGG success!

What happened to Bill Rosenberg?

He went on to start Dunkin’ Donuts, a chain that sells over $5 billion of food and coffee through its nearly 9,000 stores.

Creativity is a critical skill in the new economy. Persistence has always been crucial. Put the two ingredients together and you have the recipe for BIGG success.

We all know the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.”

The first solution often seems obvious. However, what do you do when it doesn’t work?

You have to come up with a second solution. That’s harder to do.

You have to get more creative. And you can’t give up.

Source: Time to Make the Donuts by William Rosenberg

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3 Tips to Find an Idea for Your Business

finding ideas for work while at play | BIGG SuccessGeorge De Mestral needed a break. So he went on a two-week hunting trip in the Swiss Alps.

When he returned, he picked out several cockleburs off of his clothes. Then he proceeded to pull several more out of his dog’s fur.

An engineer by trade, he was curious: What made these tiny objects stick so tightly?

So he put one under a microscope and noticed little hooks that would catch anything with a loop like clothing and fur. He went on to develop a product which simulated nature.

The product became a household name – Velcro.

How can you find your BIGG idea?

Here are three keys we can all learn from the discovery of Velcro:

  • Observe

    A lot of people think they will get their BIGG idea by brainstorming. However, many of the best ideas are discovered through observation.

    It’s so easy these days to jump from task to task – or more likely from multi-task to multi-task – and completely miss what’s going on around you.

    You can get so busy that you fly right by your BIGG discovery!

  • Ask

    But observation isn’t enough. Anybody would have noticed the cockleburs.

    George De Mestral was curious. He asked a simple question: Why?

    “Why” and “Why Not” are two of the best questions you can ask about anything you observe.

    Kids do it all the time. It’s one of the secrets to their creativity.

  • Play

    Many people assume their BIGG discovery will happen while they’re diligently at work.

    In reality, the best ideas often come while you’re playing. It’s the secret of Nobel Prize winners. It’s when many entrepreneurs get their BIGG ideas.

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Creativity is Overrated

creativity is overrated | BIGG SuccessCreativity. Innovation, the new buzz word. The spark of genius. Vision.

Creativity is a necessary talent if you want to be a BIGG success today.

Creativity is adored. We celebrate our most creative people.

But creativity is overrated.

What is creativity?

Creativity solves problems. As Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them”.

Creativity is the ability to see things that aren’t there.

Creativity is dispassionate. It is a tool. It can be used for evil or for good.

Creativity is fun. But creativity by itself is useless.

Moving beyond creativity

We talk with a lot of will-be entrepreneurs day-to-day about starting a business. They have a great idea.

But in many cases, that’s as far as it goes. The idea is a small part of a successful small business.

You have to take action. You have to develop a plan. You have to execute.

Otherwise, creativity is wasted.

The problem with acting on your creativity

We adore creativity. But we are often scared to act upon it.

It may require change. Many people are afraid of change.

It may mean doing something new. Most people prefer the old.

It may mean taking a risk. A lot of people try to avoid all risk.

When you share your idea with someone, they may not get it.

They may not share your enthusiasm.

They may even make fun of you.

If you execute upon your idea, you may fail.

People may laugh at you.

They may say, “Told you so.”

So we do nothing. We don’t act.

We just create. It’s creativity without the activity.

Creativity occurs when activity is added to the creation. The intangible become tangible. It leads to BIGG success!

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Do Distractions Lead to Success?

We saw an article about distractions and success by The Wall Street Journal. A new study shows that students with attention-deficit disorder achieve more.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Memphis and the University of Michigan. Students with ADD were more likely to have won a prize at an art show or a science fair.

They were higher achievers across the board.

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Could it be that lack of focus is a competitive advantage?

Yes, according to another study by researchers at the University of Toronto and Harvard University. They gave students a short test and measured their ability to filter out background noise – like a nearby conversation or an air conditioning running.

The students who struggled to ignore the noise were more likely to be “eminent creative achievers” based on their previous performances.

Daydreamers are more creative

The article also cites research that shows a link between daydreaming and creativity. So instead of getting your head out of the clouds, maybe you should get your head into them!

Entrepreneurs ride an emotional roller coaster. And the highs are higher and the lows are lower. It’s part of the game. Daydreaming may help.


George KruegerWhen I’m feeling low or I’m feeling a great deal of stress – which often come in one crushing package – I take time to daydream. Sometimes I do it at my computer, but most of the time I rely on the basic tools of pen and paper. As I do a mind dump, I can feel the energy coming back to me. I get that spark of creativity. I begin seeing solutions. It really helps.


Embrace distractions


Mary-Lynn FosterI don’t know if it’s my background as a radio DJ – talk about a business with a lot of things going on all at once – I can’t work without background noise. Quiet is a distraction to me!


BIGG success is life on your own terms. If distractions help you, by all means, get distracted!

Other people are always telling us to focus. Our parents did it. Our teachers did too. Bosses expect it as well.

But sometimes, less structure may lead to better results. Do what works for you.

When you’re trying to think creatively, bring out the distractions! It leads to BIGG success!

Do you work better with distractions?

Thanks so much for spending some time with us today. Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

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