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Jungle Love – Living With Coopetition

By Bigg Success Staff
01-31-08

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It’s a jungle out there. Survival of the fittest, as Charles Darwin said. You have to be stronger than someone else in order to win. 

If you want more, someone else will have to accept less. Your victory comes from their loss. We feel good about ourselves when we win. When we beat someone else. We’re better than they are.

There are some dangerous assumptions lurking beneath the surface of these thoughts.

Dangerous assumption #1 – Resources are scarce.

Let’s get this out of the way – obviously SOME resources ARE scarce and only getting more so. It’s also true that AT THIS POINT, you may face some resource constraints.

However, there are more resources in the world than there are great ideas by people who can bring them to fruition! If you have an idea that makes life better for others, you’ll find an abundance of resources flowing to you.

So are resources scarce? Not the ones you need to live your dream life.

Dangerous assumptions #2 – it’s a zero-sum game.
Once again, we recognize that, in select businesses, this is true. For instance, if you trade commodities, you’re in a zero-sum game. The profits and losses will equal each other, netting out to zero.

However, these are exceptions to the rule – most of time, everybody can win if they put their minds to it!

You can focus on getting a bigger piece of pie. However, you’ll find it’s usually more fruitful to find a way to make the pie bigger. You win … so do others. Is that so bad?

Dangerous assumption #3 – Comparing ourselves to others.
Ancient philosophers asserted that “comparison” went along with “pride” and “vanity”.

And we all know that old saying – “Pride goeth before a fall.”

Constantly comparing yourself to others is a recipe for constantly being unhappy. Every time your neighbor gets a new car, you have to have a better one.

You lose focus on what’s more important – striving for your personal best to get what you really want out of your life.

Dangerous assumption #4 – Not competing with yourself.
We should take a lesson from the athletes that competed in the early Olympics. They competed with themselves. They tried for a personal best every time out. They wanted to excel.

It goes along with our favorite 6 definition of success], which comes from the great basketball coach, John Wooden.

You succeed by doing everything you can to become everything you can be.

You focus on you. Beating your own best performance. It’s not always easy to strive for that next level. But it is fulfilling and meaningful!

It’s true that it the world is more competitive than ever. It’s also true that people are seeing more and more opportunity to cooperate. You need to learn to live with coopetition – that is, cooperative competition.

Some people find it easier to compete; it’s cooperation that comes difficult. For others, it’s the reverse. Today’s world requires the ability to do both, sometimes simultaneously.

That’s easier to do when you think of the marketplace as more than a jungle. Can you feel the love? It comes from the joy of being your best and helping others do the same. Win – win!

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How To Succeed The George Costanza Way

By Bigg Success Staff
01-24-08

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Do you remember the Seinfeld episode where all the characters turned into their opposites?

George was unattached, unemployed and still living with his parents. He decided that every decision he had ever made was wrong because he was 180 degrees from the life he wanted.  

Since his life was the complete opposite of what he wanted, George decided that he would do the opposite of what his instincts told him. Then he should get his dream life.

Guess what? It worked! The next thing you know, George had a girlfriend, a job with the New York Yankees, and his own place.

We can learn a timeless lesson from George Costanza. There are two ways to succeed.

  • Do what successful people do.
  • Do the opposite of what unsuccessful people do.

We’ve heard it before – successful people do what unsuccessful don’t. While this saying is easy to remember, it doesn’t explicitly state an important fundamental of success.

It’s often easy to do something once. It’s a little harder to do it twice. It’s very difficult to make it a habit. Yet successful people have different habits than unsuccessful people.

That’s the difference – the habits!

You have to consistently pursue success. Moment by moment. Day after day. Year after year. It doesn’t happen in a flash.

It’s not always exciting. It’s about the nitty-gritty. Paying attention to little things.

It’s self-discipline. To do what you need to do, not what you want to do.

It’s delayed gratification. Accepting less now so you can have more later. 

It’s persistence. You have to keep on keeping on. No matter what. Overcome obstacles and keep pushing. Never give up.

Remember this basic principle …
If you continue to do what you’ve always done, then the best you can expect is what you already have.

If you don’t want more of the same, you’ll have to change your habits. Find out what makes successful people successful and do that, or look at unsuccessful people’s habits and do the opposite.

That’s how to succeed the George Costanza way!

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Your Potential Power

Today we’ll discuss how to tap into your hidden potential – that powerful force that lies within you. Find ways to bring it to the forefront and you’ll change your life, the life of those you love, and perhaps even the world!

A lot of us tap into our potential, but the real question is this:

Are you tapping into your FULL potential?

If you’re like most of us, you’ve just scratched the surface of what you can do. You want to be all that you can be.

The secret is to expose yourself to expose your potential.

We’re not talking about doing something that will get you arrested! We mean that you should expose yourself to the following four “P’s”:

#1 – Plan
Start with where you want to be. Some time ago, we discussed how to 11 visualize the life you want]. Develop a clear vision of your dream life. A vision so clear in your mind that you FEEL yourself living it, as if it were actually happening right now.

Then look at where you’re at now. Connect the dots – figure out how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

#2 – People
Spend your time with the right people – people who have already done what you want to do or people who are TRYING to do the same thing you are. The common denominator is common experiences.

We recently attended a seminar with a speaker who talked about this very thing. She pays to get coached by mentors who can help her get to the next level. They’ve been where she is; so they can help her get where they are now.

#3 – Programs
We’re talking about media, books, and other resources that are available to you. Of course, we like to think that Bigg Success is your most important source for great information and inspiration. Pat, who is a regular listener, said this:

“I listen to The Bigg Success Show every day on my way to work.
It gets my mojo going.”

Okay, enough shameless self-promotion. The point is there are a lot of great resources out there. One of our favorites is The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. The only thing we don’t like about Donny’s show is that he spells “bigg” wrong!

#4 – Projects
Tackle a project you’ve never done before. Stretch yourself – get out of your comfort zone.

It may be a project at work. Or a volunteer project. You can always take up a hobby. Or sign up for a class. It may be completely new to you or you may do something where you learn new skills in your specialty.

Think back to your childhood. Was there an activity that used to fascinate you? Why not explore it again. You’ll find that it helps you personally and professionally. It will also help you learn more about your potential.

Our final thought is simply this – TAKE ACTION! Finding your potential is a process. Pick a “P” and go for it!

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What have you done to discover your potential? Leave us a comment!

Our Bigg Quote today is by Wilma Rudolph, the great athlete.

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence
of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion.
The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

There is power in your unfulfilled dreams and desires. Only you can find that latent potential within you and do the great things you were born to do.

Next time, we’ll discuss the one ingredient that guarantees your success. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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