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The Best Way to Think Outside the Box

inside_the_boxThere’s a cliché of which we’ve grown quite tired. “Think outside the box.” When we heard it said yet again the other day, we had an epiphany.

It’s a way to make sure that you never have to worry about not thinking outside the box. Here it is:

If you always want to think outside the box, don’t get in the box in the first place!

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Refuse to accept things at face value. Stand firm against group think. Resist the urge to just go along.

The way you do that is to … expose yourself!

It’s the naked truth!

Allow us to clarify what we mean here. We’re saying to make sure you have plenty of diversity in your life.

The more ways you can look at an issue, the more likely you are to come up with the solution you seek. You can look at an issue from more directions when you expose yourself. 

Let’s get to the bare facts. Here are five things to which you can expose yourself to think innovatively. 

Expose yourself to new people.
This one sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it? We don’t mean this in a weird way. Just make sure you don’t just meet people just like you.

Reach out to people in different fields. Get to know people in different areas of the world – it’s easier than ever to do that these days with social networking.

Expose yourself to new opinions.
You will accomplish this, in part, by making friends with a diverse group of people. You can also do it by watching, listening or reading that you don’t usually tune into.

Expose yourself to new places.
This can be as simple as trying a different restaurant instead of the old stand-by. If you usually go downtown, go out to the country or vice versa. Go somewhere else on vacation this year.

Expose yourself to new activities.
Try something you’ve never tried before. Take a class in something you have an interest in but you’ve never really explored. It could even be as simple as taking a different route to work.

Expose yourself to new tools.
If you usually use a fork, try chopsticks. If you have never texted a message, give it a whirl.

You get the idea. Try something different with someone different somewhere different.

When it comes to our finances, we invest in a diversified portfolio of assets to maximize our returns and minimize our risk. Well, it’s safe to assume you’ll think outside the box if you make sure you have variety in your life. It’s the spice that leads to bigg success!

How do you make sure you think innovatively?
Share that with us by leaving a comment below, sending us an e-mail at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com or leaving a voice mail at 888.455.BIGG (2444).

We thank you so much for checking in with us today!

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How Smart is Smart Enough

BackIt’s Back-to-School time so we’ve been talking about lifelong learning. This is the eighth show in our ten-post series. We wondered:

How smart do you have to be to reach BIGG success?

Latent intelligence is useless by definition.

Theoretical intelligence may help you frame an issue, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Applied intelligence drives results.

You have to be smart enough to apply your intelligence.
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Reading

Back-to-School on chalkboardIt’s Back to School season. Summer is about over. For the kids, it’s time to crack the books again. But they shouldn’t have all the fun!

So we’re going to focus on lifelong learning this week and next. Over the next three days, we’ll discuss the basics – the 3 R’s we learned in school. Today we’ll look at reading.

Do you suppose that we read more today than we’ve ever read before? It sure seems like it as much as many of us read online.
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Three Levels of Freedom – Part 1

freedomIf our math is correct, we’re getting ready to celebrate the 233rd birthday of the Declaration of Independence here in the U.S. So we’ve been thinking about freedom.

Today we’ll start a five-part series on freedom. In the first three posts, we’ll explore three levels of freedom. They are: freedom of, freedom from, and freedom to.

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Freedom of

With this level, we think freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and those sorts of things. If you’re like us, you probably think of these things as rights.

That is if you’re lucky enough to live in a society that guarantees those rights. If you’re reading this post, the odd are that you do live in such a society. We take away two points from this:

If you live in such a country, stop and be grateful.
You may see flaws in the system. You may see the misdoings of public officials. You may adamantly disagree with their decisions.

But, now and then, stop and be thankful that you live in a place where you can express your disagreement, if you choose to do so, without fear for your life. What a wonderful gift it is!

For the most part, societies that guarantee these freedoms do better than societies that don’t.
Isolation doesn’t work. It slows progress. In fact, isolation can actually cause societies to go backwards. We wonder, though, which comes first:

Does this infrastructure need to be in place so these countries develop, or …

Does this infrastructure result from the development?

We suspect the former – development is more likely to occur when this infrastructure is in place. When people feel that basic freedoms exist, they are free to develop things that aren’t likely to be developed in a closed society.

There is a lesson for leaders in this. Don’t just allow your people to express themselves; encourage it. That’s where creativity comes through.

Bigg success often starts with a bad idea. Ideas may seem bad at first hearing, but can evolve into something revolutionary. Such was the case about 233 years ago when a group of people declared their independence. We know the rest of that story!

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Thank you so much for reading our post today. Please join us next time when we’ll discuss the second level of freedom – freedom from. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Is Work Death

questionsWe have some questions about work – life balance. It sounds so nice at first. But when you really think about it, what exactly does it mean?

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Let’s start with the phrase itself. Work – life balance. It implies that work isn’t a part of life, doesn’t it?

So is work death?

And how do you figure out this whole balance thing. It seems like you would have to tightly define work and life.

So what is work?

For example, does work mean the time you spend making money? If so, a stay-at-home mom or dad doesn’t work! Yet we all know how hard their job can be.

What about other unpaid work? Are the chores you do at home part of work or part of life?

Here’s another scenario: Imagine you want to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. So you take a temporary part-time job to pay for that trip. Is that work or is it part of life since you’re really only taking on the part-time endeavor to pay for something fun?

What if you turn your hobby into a part-time business? You think it’s great; instead of having to pay to do something you enjoy, you get paid to do it. Is that work or life?

Would it make any difference if that part-time business turned into a full-time opportunity? Would you be working at all or would your whole life just be … well, life.

And what is life?

Assuming you work in an office, do you consider the time you spend commuting work or life? Let’s assume that you consider it work. What if you choose to live some distance away from work? That’s definitely a life choice. So is the extra time counted as life or is it still work?

Does sleep count as life? It’s essential for life, but how productive are you at work after a sleepless night?

Even if you don’t get the sleep that’s recommended, it’s still a significant chunk of your day. So when you think about balance, do you just exclude sleep altogether?

What is balance?

Doesn’t balance imply an equal split between work and life? Is that what work – life balance really means? Are you supposed to spend half your time living and half dying (if work is death)?

If it’s not a 50 / 50 split, how can we call it balance? How many people ever achieve an even share of each? Is that even desirable?

Okay, we hear it … you want to know our point. Well, we have three of them:

No lines in the sand

The first one is that work – life balance is not only an outdated concept, we’re not sure it was a great concept in the first place!

Bigg goal-getters don’t draw a line in the sand. Work and life are integrated. They always have been. They always should be.

Work is a part of life. Life is a part of work. It’s best to accept that reality and find ways to make them work (or live) seamlessly together.

It’s a custom blend

Bigg success is life on your own terms. You decide the right mix of personal and professional. It’s your custom blend.

If you’re perfectly happy spending eighty percent of your time on personal activities, have at it. If you love your work and want to spend eighty percent of your time doing it, more power to you.

We’ll just share one caveat about working too much. Research has shown that experts can get too close to their subject and lose some of their creativity. You may not be well-rounded, but at least be a little rounded!

We’re preaching to ourselves in that last paragraph … we needed the reminder!

Look for synergy

Finally, don’t think zero-sum. Don’t accept that there has to be tradeoffs. Work doesn’t have to end so life can begin and vice versa.

If you think there has to tradeoffs, then you’re right. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, if you think it’s possible (better yet, probable) that you can find a solution that doesn’t require a trade-off, you’ll be more likely to try one.

That’s the bigg idea behind bigg success. There is synergy in the world. Strive to find ways to get your personal and professional lives working for each other instead of against each other. That’s bigg success!

What works for you?

We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, call us at 888.455.BIGG (2444) or e-mail us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.

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Thanks so much for reading our little rant today.

Please join us next time when we begin a series of five posts on freedom. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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