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Entreprenurturing™ for the Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster Ride

BIGG Success Entreprenurturing

We searched “find your passion” and got 317 million results.

But we didn’t stop there – we searched “entrepreneur emotion” and only got 3 million results. Almost all the ones that were truly relevant were about the motivation behind starting a business.

We’ve just described the force that’s driving the two of us as we continue to grow BIGG Success.

There’s a lot of conversation about the emotional side of finding the right business. But there’s very little help when you really need it – once you’re neck deep in starting and running it.

[Mary-Lynn] BIGG Success is my first entrepreneurial endeavor. We’re a little over five years old now. And I have to tell you – I’ve ridden the entrepreneurial roller coaster.

[George] I’d been in business for years before I ever got up the nerve to talk about this. I asked my sister – who had also been a long-time business owner – about this emotional roller coaster ride. I said, “It seems like the highs are higher, the lows are lower, and there never seems to be any middle ground.” She said, “You know, I’ve never thought about it before but you’re right.”

“I feel so isolated”

So we’ve spent the last few years talking to business owners and entrepreneurs about this phenomenon. Most of them had their own stories to tell about dealing with the emotional side of business. Sometimes we didn’t initiate the conversation.

For example, one startup entrepreneur was so down. You could see it instantly in his body language. He was slouched over. He moved slowly. Frankly, he looked terrible.

He had missed his self-imposed milestones. He was working daylight to dark and beyond. He was exhausted – physically, mentally and emotionally.

As you might imagine, he was ready to quit.

“I just feel so isolated,” he said.

We listened to him. We assured him that we knew how he felt because we’d lived though it ourselves.

Then with a combination of encouragement and business advice, we helped him feel better and get more focused.

We helped him find his next step instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the steps he had to take. We helped him see that he could take that next step.

Now his business is up and running. He has a spring in his step. He’s a new man.

To this day, he still thanks us for that conversation.

Announcing BIGG Success Entreprenurturing™

Here at BIGG Success, we serve the whole entrepreneur – both the logical and emotional sides, the mind and the spirit.

They both go hand-in-hand – whether you’re an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, you want to become one or you’re entrepreneurial in your career.

Entrepreneuring with the power of nurturing

We’re here to get you past the fears and frustrations that are an inevitable part of a BIGG goal-getter’s life.

There aren’t a lot of people who you can talk with honestly about these things. They can’t relate. They don’t know what it’s like to run your own business or strive for BIGG goals.

In short, they don’t understand you. You want to live life on your own terms and now you have a place to turn.

You can talk with people who are going through the same experiences now or who have experienced the same things in the past.

That’s entreprenurturing™. It’s entrepreneuring with the power of nurturing.

It’s about sharing, growing and prospering together. So you make better decisions. You feel more confident. You have more clarity. You don’t give up. You take the next step.

So take the next step and join us. Get weekly entreprenurturing™ by joining our free newsletter today!

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I Lost My Job Because of Organizational Downsizing! Now What?

Bigg Challenge:
We received an e-mail from Christina who was one of a number of people let go in a corporate downsizing. She’s feeling a mix of emotions right now. She gave 100 percent to her employer and was identified in the community by her job. She’s having a hard time and wondered if we might be able to offer some tips to get through this. 

Bigg Advice:
We’re so sorry to hear about your situation, Christina. It’s natural to feel a roller-coaster of emotions immediately after a dismissal. So how do you deal with it?

Find a way to mentally escape for a bit.
One way to do this is to turn to music. On the show, Mary-Lynn shared some favorites:

  • Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)
  • Freefallin’ (Tom Petty)
  • Cool Change (The Little River Band)
  • Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel)
  • Roll With the Changes (REO Speedwagon)

It’s a grieving process
You’re going through a grieving process, Christina. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But that’s what it is – you’re grieving the “death” of your job.

In her book, On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified the five stages of grief: 

  • denial
  • anger
  • bargaining
  • depression
  • acceptance

We’re sure you can relate to some, or all, of these. It’s only natural. Allow yourself to be human and give yourself permission to ride this emotional roller-coaster.

You may go through the stages sequentially, but it’s more likely that you’ll jump around. Let yourself go through it. Grieving is a process. You won’t be over this loss overnight so don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself.

Talk to people who care about you. And seek professional help if you think it will help.

Moving on
The good news is … you can replace your job! It may not be easy. It may not come quickly. But you can do it!

So when you’re ready, start planning to move on. Picture yourself in your new job. Maybe you envision a career change. Or a business of your own. Develop a plan to get what you want.

Perhaps you’ll need some more education. You may need to get some experience first. Your plan can factor in all of these things.

You may still be grieving, but you’ll likely reach the acceptance stage faster if you focus on your future, instead of the past. Then do something about it. Try to do something every day that moves you toward your new life.

Sometimes what seemed like a bad thing turns out to be a blessing. Many people have found their passion when they were forced to do so. Maybe you’ll be the next one!

Our thoughts are with you, Christina. E-mail us anytime to let us know how you’re doing.

If you have a suggestion for Christina, leave a Comment!

Our bigg quote today comes from Kenji Miyazawa:

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

And as Journey would say … Don’t Stop Believin’

Next time, we’ll talk give out 100 tips to succeed bigg. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!


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