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How to Know Who You Are

who am I | BIGG SuccessIt’s the question mankind has asked since we moved past foraging for food every day. It’s the root question of all philosophical studies.

The question is…

Who am I?

We humans have an instinctual desire to find our true selves. And while the subject seems very complex, there’s a very simple way to discover who you really are.

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You are what you do. You do what you are.

Say it however you want, there’s one sure way to get to know a man or woman – watch their actions.

Your actions are evidence. They demonstrate who you really are, deep down inside yourself.

It’s manifestation. The invisible becomes visible.

You show the world your true self through your actions.

Where opportunity lies

If you see a person who habitually lashes out in anger, you’ve seen an individual who is angry with themselves.

If you see someone who regularly acts out of kindness, you’ve seen a person with a kind heart.

If you see a man or woman who is apathetic about their work, you’ve seen a person who doesn’t care about anything.

If you see a person who is meticulous in their work, you’ve seen a meticulous person.

Every project, every task, every interaction is an opportunity. An opportunity to discover who you really are.

If you’re happy with the discovery, great. If not, what will you do about it?

Who are they?

One thing you can do about it is think about who you spend time with. You’ve asked yourself, “Who am I?” Now ask yourself, “Who are they?”

How do you know? By what they do!

Are they up-and-comers or down-and-outers?

You won’t win in the physical world until you win in the mental arena.

And neither will they! By hanging out with them, you’ll only pull yourself down.

Your mind’s eye view

You can’t change anyone else but you can change you. So another thing to do is think about what you think about.

In your mind’s eye, do you see a future that is bigger, better and brighter or do you see things mostly the same?

Do you see yourself in control of your future? Or do you see yourself just letting fate have its way with you?

You and you alone determine how your life will turn out. You can choose to fulfill your destiny. Or you can just let the winds blow you where they may.

What’s around you?

Also consider your environment. What is it like? Is it a largely positive influence? Does it help you live up to your potential? Or do your surroundings hold you back?

What do you feed yourself?

And what do you feed yourself? We’re not talking food here. We’re talking about your mental diet. Remember, garbage in, garbage out.

Your character is manifested by your behaviors. They show who you truly are. You have to change on the inside first. The good news is that it leads to BIGG success.

Is there a change you’re having trouble making? Maybe we can help.

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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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An Inevitable Part of Your Journey to Success

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You’re probably familiar with the term “false start.” According to Merriam-Webster, it means an unsuccessful attempt to start something.

As bad as false starts are, false ends are worse. We consulted with Merriam-Webster for a definition of false end. There was nothing there.

But unfortunately, we know they’re real!

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We started thinking about this after watching an episode of Discovery’s Two Weeks in Hell. In case you’re not familiar, it’s about the intensive two-week training cadets go through to try to qualify for the Green Berets, the U.S. Army’s most elite group of soldiers.

On the show we watched, the cadets thought they were done. They had completed their two weeks of training.

But then they were required to perform one more grueling task.

It’s a technique the officers use to see which cadets have the mental stamina required to be an elite fighter. BIGG success uses the same trick.

False ends are brutal

Picture this – your BIGG goal is within reach. So you summon your last ounce of energy to do one more daunting task.

You just know that this is what it will take to achieve your BIGG goal.

You push yourself – more than you ever have before. You complete the task.

But you’re still short of your goal. It was a false end.

What a letdown!

Exhaustion overtakes you.

Discouragement overwhelms you.

You feel like crying, or withdrawing, or escaping. But you know what you do?

Press on!


Keep going.

Don’t give up.

Quitters never win and winners never quit.

So you do.

Somehow you find strength that you didn’t know you had. You give it another shot.

And…you come up short again.

Now you’re beyond discouragement.

You don’t want to cry; you’re ready to bawl your eyes out.

Escape? You want to RUN away.

But you don’t.

You try again. You know you have to do it. You have to stay motivated.

So how do you do that?

The key to getting past a false end

Get a buddy, a mentor, and/or a coach (maybe we could help).

Team up with someone who is trying to accomplish the same thing you are. Invest time supporting each other.

Or find someone who has already done what you’re trying to do. It may be a close friend who is willing to mentor you. Or you may pay a coach.

You may want to have all three. The more the merrier!

But the key is to always have someone you can turn to when you need encouragement.

False ends are an inevitable part of your journey to life on your own terms. Look for those few very important people who can help you persevere to reach BIGG success!

How do you deal with a false end?

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Entrepreneuring Life on Your Own Terms

500We’re excited to share some news with you today. This is our 500th show.

And behind the scenes, we had all kinds of ideas about what to talk about today. Finally, after much debate, we settled on our topic. But before we get into that, we just wanted to say a couple of things.



First, thank you so much for being part of our community. It means so much to us. We love to hear from you. We love your comments, the tweets and retweets.

A trap that discourages you

Second, as we were settling on our topic, we talked about tracking progress. You know, how would we know it was our 500th show if we didn’t track them?

It’s easy to get discouraged. For example, you may set a goal and not reach it. But sometimes we get discouraged because we don’t realize how far we’ve come.

When we started Bigg Success, we didn’t really think about doing 500 shows. We just started doing them – one at a time – and here we are.

But if you don’t track your progress, at any given moment in time, you may feel like you haven’t made any progress.

It’s a trap. Don’t let yourself fall into it.

How to stay out of it

When you start feeling discouraged, think back to a year or two ago. Think about what you’ve done since then. Think about things you know now that you didn’t know then. Think about the people you’ve met in the last year. Think about people you’re closer to now than you were before.

You’ve come a long way, baby! Celebrate!

Our bigg discovery: The word that isn’t a word

We’ve learned a lot over the last 499 shows … which span almost two years.

Going back about 7 months and 144 shows ago, we told you about a bigg discovery. That after 355 shows and a whole lot of research and thought, we had finally arrived at our definition of bigg success:

Bigg success is life on your own terms.

Implicit in that definition is that you own your life – you are the entrepreneur in charge.


georgeTerms are important. So a couple of months ago, I typed the word “entrepreneuring” into Microsoft Word. It underscored it. When I spell checked it, it basically told me it wasn’t a word. That intrigued us.



marylynnIt did, because it is a word in our mind. Of course, so is “blog”. But it was underscored for a long time after it was commonly used. So we consulted the trusty dictionary. And we struck out again!


Well, we disagree. We think entrepreneuring is a word. It turns out that a lot of scholars today agree with us. Entrepreneuring is a process that is the focus of much leading-edge research across many disciplines.

Entrepreneuring is about leading the process of change in your life and work; managing the inherent risks to create the life you dream of living.

Entrepreneuring life on your own terms … that’s bigg success!

Do you agree with us that entrepreneuring is a word? If so, what does it mean to you? If not, why not?

Share that with us by leaving a comment, e-mailing us at or leaving a voice mail at 877.988.BIGG(2444).

Thanks so much for reading our post today.


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Please join us next time when we’ll discuss a small step that you can take that leads to a giant leap for mankind. Until then, here’s to your bigg success.



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A Sure-Fire Way to Stop Innovation

island We read the transcript of a great speech, entitled How to Get Rich, given by Jared Diamond at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. It offers some great lessons in history, economics, and innovation.



He asks the question, “What is the best way to organize human groups and human organizations and businesses so as to maximize productivity, creativity, innovation, and wealth?”

Now wouldn’t we all like to know the answer to that question?

He says that in the thirteen thousand years of human history, we have thousands upon thousands of “natural” experiments. To answer his question, he looked at extreme examples of societies in isolation.

The isolation begins

About ten thousand years ago, the places we know as Australia, Tasmania, and Flinders Island were connected – people could freely travel back and forth between them. Then the glaciers melted.

Even though they were only about 200 miles apart, the water-going craft of that era couldn’t traverse the rough seas between these three islands. So the 4,000 people of Tasmania and 200 people on Flinders Island became completely isolated from the rest of the world.

The isolation ends
In the seventeenth century, these two islands were “discovered” by the Europeans. The first to be rediscovered was Tasmania. It was noted that, at the time, the society was the least technologically advanced and most primitive group of people in the world.

They had no fire. They didn’t have any tools. They didn’t even know how to fish. In fact, archeologists have shown that they had less technology than they had ten thousand years before.

So, you ask, what about the 200 people on Flinders Island? When it was discovered around the same time, there were no people there. They became extinct.

Our islands

So we learn that small isolated groups don’t innovate. They may even regress. This historical example got us thinking about islands that we create, often without even realizing that we’re placing ourselves in isolation.


Discoveries aren’t isolated to a single field. If you only talk to people within your field, if you only consume content in your space, you’re missing out on a whole world of ideas that may be fruitful for your field.

Many people only consume media with which they agree. Seek out the opposing point-of-view. When you do that, you’ll either reinforce your beliefs or you’ll start to discover other alternatives.

Universities often don’t hire graduates of their own programs as professors. They fear it will lead to nepotistic thinking. Let’s learn a lesson from their policy. Get outside your circles of friends and business associates. If you work in the for-profit world, get to know some people in the non-profit world. If you work in government, make sure some of your influencers are in the private sector.


georgeI’m a pretty social person. But looking back on my former businesses, I’ve come to realize that I wasn’t feeling fulfilled because I didn’t spend enough time seeking out ideas and alternatives outside my sphere.


It’s so easy to get so busy running your business, working your career, or managing your life that you fail to invest important time in connecting yourself to people, places and things that expand your mind.

Islands are a great place to visit. Just make sure you don’t get stuck there.

What islands have you seen people create?


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