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The Only Way to Unite Us and Solve All the Problems of the World

entrepreurs-solving-problems-for-BIGG-SuccessWe face some huge problems in the world. Some of them are of our own making. Some are persistent issues that we haven’t yet conquered.

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The problems we face aren’t unprecedented. Our ancestors have taken on problems of similar scope. But we still shouldn’t underestimate the size of our current challenges.

As we look forward to the election here in the United States, we see only one solution to all of these problems. It can be described in one term.

That term doesn’t start with a D. Nor does it start with a R. The one word solution starts with an E:

Entrepreneurs are the key to solving the problems of the world.

We need entrepreneurs like never before:

We need entrepreneurs in the traditional sense of the word.

Entrepreneurs are the economic engine of any economy.

We see people living in poverty. More and more people are giving up. They have stopped looking for work.

The number of people in the labor market in the United States has hit a 30-year low. We’ve witnessed all-time highs in the number of people receiving government assistance, even affecting the most educated.

More and more good people are settling for a life of dependency.

Entrepreneurship is the answer. Yet startups are at
record lows.

And we are feeling the pain: two-thirds of all net new jobs
a
re created by small businesses. Most of those come from firms less than five years old.

And research shows that entrepreneurship begets entrepreneurs:

“…by far the most significant cause of entrepreneurial opportunities is prior entrepreneurial activity.”

Entrepreneurship creates opportunity for an expanding circle of people.

Yes, we need a growing, thriving entrepreneurial economy. We need to create an environment that nurtures it all over the world.

We need to unleash its power. It’s the prosperity solution. The only alternative is austerity.

So entrepreneurship is the single solution with the power to unite us.

We need more entrepreneurs now – to solve problems for customers, buy from suppliers, create jobs for the unemployed and underemployed, increase the tax base and build wealth for themselves and their investors.

These entrepreneurs will then fuel more entrepreneurship and wealth will continue to expand as one entrepreneurial firm spins off from another.

That’s an important note: The pie doesn’t get smaller for anyone. The pie doesn’t stay the same. The pie gets bigger.

But here’s another important note: Wealth is only created by entrepreneurs when they solve a problem or create an opportunity for their customers. Entrepreneurship makes people better off on all sides of the relationship!

We need more for-profit entrepreneurs AND non-profit entrepreneurs.

We need more entrepreneurial politicians.

Are you tired of the same old rhetoric election season after election season? We need politicians with fresh ideas, new alternatives and a BIGG vision.

We need entrepreneurial politicians who argue their own merits rather than just bashing their competition. Isn’t that one of first rules of sales?

Wouldn’t it be nice to see political contests conducted at a level of maturity at least equal to an election for Student Council President?

We need entrepreneurial politicians who under-promise and over-deliver – people who don’t make a promise in the first place if they don’t think they can make it so.

We need politicians who understand the order of value, as entrepreneurs do. First, you create value for others which then creates value for yourself.

Job security for a politician should come from serving constituents, not him- or herself. We know this goes against a politician’s nature, but it is the entrepreneur’s nature.

And what better way to serve your constituents than to create an environment for more entrepreneurship?

We need more entrepreneurial citizens.

The internet is connecting us like never before. It is flattening organizations and decentralizing operations.

As the pace of our lives increases, command-and-control is dying.

So why should we expect it to work with government?

As citizens, we need to understand that the major problems we face will only be solved through grassroots initiatives. We can’t just vote and be done. We must vote. But that’s not enough.

So the bottom line is: We need YOU!

We need you to participate. But more importantly, we need you to lead.

We need you to live up to your full potential. We need you to help others be a BIGG success. And in so doing, you too will reach BIGG success!

Do you think entrepreneurs are the key?

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Revisiting Greed is Good

Why greed is not good for BIGG SuccessGordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) is perhaps one of the most memorable villains in movie history. He is the tempter of Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), showing him a world of money and power, in the movie Wall Street.

Many people don’t view Gekko as evil. In fact, he’s a hero to some. That’s one of the reasons why one of his quotes – greed is good – got so much acclaim.

He’s at a meeting of the stockholders. They’re considering his offer to purchase all the outstanding stock of the company.

He stands up and grabs the microphone. He begins by addressing Cromwell (Richard Dysart), the CEO of the target company, Teldar Paper. You have to see the full quote to really understand the context.

“Well, I appreciate the opportunity you’re giving me Mr. Cromwell as the single largest shareholder in Teldar Paper, to speak. Well, ladies and gentlemen we’re not here to indulge in fantasy but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company! All together, these men sitting up here own less than three percent of the company. And where does Mr. Cromwell put his million-dollar salary? Not in Teldar stock; he owns less than one percent. You own the company. That’s right, you, the stockholder. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes.

Cromwell retorts, “This is an outrage! You’re out of line Gekko!”

Gekko replies, “Teldar Paper, Mr. Cromwell, Teldar Paper has 33 different vice presidents each earning over 200 thousand dollars a year. Now, I have spent the last two months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can’t figure it out. [laughter] One thing I do know is that our paper company lost 110 million dollars last year, and I’ll bet that half of that was spent in all the paperwork going back and forth between all these vice presidents. [laughter] The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated. In the last seven deals that I’ve been involved with, there were 2.5 million stockholders who have made a pretax profit of 12 billion dollars. [applause] Thank you. I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much. [applause]”

A second rate power

The movie was set in the mid-1980s. Think of America then versus America now. But don’t stop there. What about other developed countries? How strong are they now compared to then? Perhaps Gekko was prescient.

From entrepreneurial capitalism to golden parachute capitalism

In days gone by, Wall Street was the place companies went to for growth capital. Wall Street worked with Main Street to build empires.

Wall Street served an essential purpose. It reduced the risk of investing in companies by creating a market for the ownership stake in them.

But the entrepreneurs behind these companies still held significant stakes. They benefitted with the shareholders, not at the expense of them.

Today, most companies are run by agents, not principals. Sure, the top executives may own a small stake. But they don’t have the same skin in the game required of the entrepreneurial executives of the past.

These executives share in the upside, but they don’t have any significant risk other than reputational risk. If they don’t perform, they still get a golden parachute.

The entrepreneurs of old lost wealth along with the shareholders. Now executives still gain financially even in the worst case.

Perhaps Gekko was on to something.

Greed is a misnomer

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Terms are very important.

And this is the point where we can all take away an important personal lesson. Because Gekko got this wrong.

He was close. But he used the wrong word.

Greed is excessive. Greed is never satisfied. Discontent is one thing; greed is another. We’ve talked before about why you should be happy, but not content. But greed pushes it to an unhealthy extreme.

Greed is selfish. A greedy person is largely only concerned about himself or herself. They only care about others unless their concern directly helps them out.

Greed is covetous. A greedy person wants what others have. They will stop at nothing to get it.

Greed has no principles. The acquisition of things is what matters. One cannot be concerned with moral or ethical boundaries in the pursuit of these objects of desire.

Zeal provides the crucial connection

We like the term “zeal”, rather than greed. Zeal implies the same degree of intensity but it offers the benefit of being grounded.

Zeal comes with an attachment to a higher cause. By keeping your pursuits connected with your principles, you don’t step over a line which causes turmoil and leaves you feeling empty in the end.

There is value in your pursuit because you keep your values intact!

So let’s look at Gekko’s quote again, paraphrasing it somewhat and substituting the word zeal:

“Zeal is good. Zeal is right, zeal works. Zeal clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Zeal, in all of its forms; zeal for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And zeal will save that malfunctioning corporation called the USA.”

We believe our best days are still ahead of us. But we need our leaders to create an environment where entrepreneurs can succeed.

And we need you to be zealous in your pursuit of prosperity. It leads to BIGG success!

Are you zealously pursuing a better, brighter future?

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Worry Your Way to Success

Normally we advise people to stop worrying. But some people just can’t do it.

In fact, there are people who are only happy when they’re worrying.

If you fit into one of these two categories, this post is for you. We’re going to give you three things to worry about.

Worry about what you can control

You can’t control the economy. So worry about your personal economy.

You can’t control your spouse or your kids. Worry about how much love you give them.

You can’t control what happens to you. So worry about how you respond.

So stop worrying about anything and everything you can’t control. And start worrying about what you can control.

Worry only about the next level of success

If you’re unemployed, don’t worry about becoming the CEO. Worry about getting a job.

If you just started a business, don’t worry about selling out for millions. Worry about reaching break-even.

You know what it will take to get you to the next level. Worry about the things you need to do to get you there. Don’t worry about anything else.

Don’t worry about BIGG success. Worry about your next success.

You will never achieve the ultimate if you don’t focus exclusively on the next level.

Worry about not getting it done

Don’t worry about all the things that could happen. Worry about what you’re making happen.

Don’t worry if all doesn’t go as planned. Worry about how you will get back on plan.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. If worrying makes you happy, then worry away in a focused way. Even worrywarts can reach BIGG success.

At least that’s what we think. What do you think? Can you worry your way to success?

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Do You Need a Bigger Boat to be a Success?

sailing on a boatWe once heard Donald Trump asked, “What’s the difference between a net worth of $70 million and $700 million?”

He replied, “A bigger boat.”

BIGG success is life on your own terms. If a bigger boat floats your boat, then go for it.

When people sell their boat to buy a bigger boat, it helps our economy. It puts people to work. Companies make more money. Taxes are generated. It’s a win all the way around.

Or is it?

We’re going to share a thought process to determining if a bigger boat (or any other major purchase) is consistent with life on your own terms.

Hear George & Mary-Lynn discuss today’s topic on The BIGG Success show. Click a player to listen.


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There are five elements of BIGG success – money, time, growth, work and play. All five elements are involved in the decision to buy a bigger boat.

We hope to demonstrate the interconnectedness of the five elements with this discussion.

Money

Obviously, it will cost you money to buy a bigger boat. You will get the money by earning more than you spend.

The question is: Is a bigger boat worth the price? To determine that, you need to answer two more questions:

What are the returns?

What is the true cost?

A bigger boat may or may not yield financial returns. We’ll talk about this more when we hit on work.

However, you would expect a bigger boat to give you emotional benefits.

Time

In order to reap those benefits, though, you will have to spend something else – time. Time is part of the cost of a bigger boat.

Will you really have time to enjoy it? Or will you have even less time because you’re working more to pay for it?

Work

Let’s skip growth for now. We’ll come back to it shortly.

Work may pay for your bigger boat. However, if that’s the case, your true cost of the boat is higher. In your quest to live large, you’ll sacrifice living.

You’ll be spending more time at work. Is it worth it?

Of course, a bigger boat may actually help you make more money. You may be able to entertain clients, employees, funders, etc.

A bigger boat may help you build more and better relationships. Or is that just a rationalization? If that’s what it takes, are they the right relationships?

Play

On the other hand, a bigger boat may be the ticket to more free time. You may enjoy being on it so much that you just naturally schedule time away.

Of course, you could do this without a bigger boat. But maybe you know you won’t.

Growth

How does growth come into play? If we use the factor cited by Donald Trump, your net worth must increase 10 times to buy a bigger boat.

So it will take a significant amount of growth to accomplish this. How can you increase your wealth 10 times over?

This is where a bigger boat really comes into play. It makes the intangible tangible.

It’s your reward. You know you will work long, hard, and smart to be able to buy it. You will save and invest your money wisely or you won’t get it.

It represents BIGG success to you. Great!

Then get a brochure. Or find a photo of the bigger boat you want.

Keep these visual representations in front of you. Plaster a BIGG “10x” on top of it.

Put the exact net worth you need to reach on the brochure or photo. Now break this goal up into smaller steps. Devote all your energy to getting to the next one. Then keep going. Keep driving to BIGG success!

For you it may not be a bigger boat. What is it? What drives you to achieve more?

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A Bold Career Move May Save Your Life

opening a new career doorWe chat with a number of entrepreneurs day to day. We’ve noticed that a number of them are tired, stressed and even burned out.

In some cases, it’s because of the economy. More often, though, they’re just ready for a new challenge.

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We often associate career moves with employees. But even small business owners sometimes need to move on.

There’s good reason to do so: study after study have shown a link between satisfaction at work and our health. Even the person at the top experiences this occasionally.

But for small business owners, it’s not just a matter of changing jobs. It may require a bold move.

Listen to The BIGG Success Show podcast to hear:

  • George share what led to his career move
  • 7 signs that it’s time to move on
  • The surprising thing that happens when entrepreneurs talk about what’s next for them

If you’re a business owner thinking about moving on, maybe we can help. Leave us a voice message at 888.455.BIGG (2444) or e-mail us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com

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