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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!

2 steps to guide you to BIGG Success

2 Steps to Success

2 steps to guide you to BIGG Success

He was considered one of the leading statistics professors in the entire world. Respected by his fellow scholars, his work was always on the leading edge.

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He advised governments and large corporations. His students became disciples.

He preached the importance of statistical significance. If it wasn’t statistically significant, it didn’t matter. It was an outlier. Don’t worry about it.

The professor had a great life. He was living the American Dream – born to a poor family, he excelled in the classroom and was rewarded with scholarships to the top schools in the world.

He had it all – a beautiful wife, two wonderful kids (a boy and a girl), a dog and a cat, an incredible home, vacations, you name it – life couldn’t get any better.

Then one day, as he left his office and walked to his car, he was struck by a meteor. His colleagues rushed to his aid. They called 9-1-1. The ambulance was there in minutes and rushed him to the hospital.

He was declared dead on arrival. “Accident” – that’s what the death certificate said. It was a bitter irony – the highly unlikely event which killed this statistics professor was incredibly statistically insignificant!

Obviously, this fictional story was inspired by the recent meteor that exploded over Russia.

From this story about the professor, we just want to highlight a significant principle of BIGG success – YOUR results are all that matter.

Statistics may tell you the odds are against you.

It doesn’t matter if you defy the statistics.

For example, statistics say most businesses fail. Yet that didn’t stop [insert the name of your favorite entrepreneur] from giving it a whirl.

Don’t pay attention to naysayers. If it works for you, it works.

Work to make a decision and then make your decision work. That’s the two steps to BIGG success!

It may have never worked for anyone before.

It doesn’t matter if it works for you this one time, when you need it to.

We can’t think of a better example of this than Fred DeLuca, the founder of Subway.

He had just graduated from high school. He needed a way to pay for college and he knew a minimum wage job wasn’t going to cut it.

So he got a BIGG idea – he would open a restaurant!

He got a family friend to provide the financing and he opened his first shop. But his enthusiasm soon turned anxiety – he was losing money.

So he started a second store. Now he had two restaurants losing money.

Did he give up? No!

He had made his decision. Now he was going to make his decision work.

He opened a third restaurant. In just a short time, all three stores were making money.

The reason? They were close enough together, so he could advertise for all of them together. It lowered his advertising cost per store enough to put him in the black.

We would never even consider doing what he did.

We would never suggest it to a coaching client.

We don’t know of any professional advisor who would.

But it worked for Fred Deluca.

Now it may not work for us. It may not work for you. It may not work for him if he tried it again.

But it doesn’t matter – it worked when he needed it to. That’s all you need.

So make a decision and then make your decision work. It leads to BIGG success!

We’re going to make a BIGG announcement this coming Tuesday. So check in with us so you’re one the first people to hear all about it!

Thanks so much for spending some time with us today. Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

When to ask for a raise for BIGG Success

The Best Time to Make a Pay Raise Request or Ask for a Promotion

When to ask for a raise for BIGG SuccessWhen’s the best time to ask for a pay raise?

We were completely surprised by the answer. That’s the topic of this BIGG Success Show podcast episode. Click the player to listen, or read our summary below.

New research shows that, if the head of your company is a man, you’re likely to get a raise when his first daughter is born.

And female workers benefit more than the males! Women’s pay rose over one percent, almost twice the rate as men’s.

But if the baby’s a boy, you can actually expect to make less, no matter what sex you are.

So here’s the BIGG spin on this research: If your boss has a girl, jump with Joy (or whatever the new girl’s name is). If it’s a boy, run and hide!

Now is the time

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for a birth. But you better hurry!

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Chubby Checker and a twist on Entrepreneurship | BIGG Success

3 Secrets for Entrepreneurial Success With a Twist

Chubby Checker and a twist on Entrepreneurship | BIGG Success

What can entrepreneurs learn about success from The Twist?

So here’s our BIGG twist on The Twist – three secrets for entrepreneurial success from this great song:

Make it simple

Chubby Checker knows the source of the magic behind the song:

“You didn’t have to be a great dancer to do the Twist. All you needed to do was a few steps, a little imagination, and you were home.”

All anyone had to do was see somebody doing the Twist. They knew they could do it! Young or old, rich or poor – everybody could twist.

How can you get your BIGG idea to go viral? Make it simple!

Make it so simple that people can run with it because they…

  • understand it intuitively
  • realize how simple it is
  • can start with few if any instructions

When you hit these criteria, people get behind your idea which gets more people behind your idea which…well, you see where we’re going – BIGG success as an entrepreneur!

Marketing makes all the difference

We didn’t know this – The Twist was not a Chubby Checker original. He covered it. It was originally sung by Hank Ballard. So why did Chubby Checker become famous with the song? One word: marketing. He showcased the song on The Clay Cole Show and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. This publicity rocketed him to the top of the charts!

If you have a great product, don’t keep it a secret.

That’s the BIGG lesson for us entrepreneurs here: Stop shutting up!

  • Don’t let shyness keep you from reaching out to people.
  • Don’t let humility stop you from proudly helping more people.
  • Don’t let your comfort zone box you in.

It pays to have critics

Okay, this one is kind of an aside. But it still caught our attention. And we liked having three secrets for entrepreneurial success instead of two! It pays to have critics – maybe even powerful ones, like the President of the United States. Dwight Eisenhower commented that he thought The Twist changed “our concepts of beauty and decency and morality.”

The right critics will help you reach BIGG success faster.

Critics are valuable:

  • They keep you on your toes
  • They provide fuel for your fire
  • They may give you credibility
  • They ignite your followers

So think about who your critics are or might be. And don’t worry if one – even a powerful one shows up. They may just insure your BIGG success! What do you think it takes to start a craze?

The First and Foremost Task of Entrepreneurial Leadership

Your resaon is the glue for BIGG SuccessWe saw an interesting article over at the Forbes site on why companies need a Chief Reason Officer. We disagree.

But we may be wrong.

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We’re wrong if you run your business like an Undercover Boss.

  • If you can’t see past the ivory tower
  • If you don’t know what’s going on in your employee’s lives
  • If they don’t even recognize you

Then you need a Chief Reason Officer.

We’re wrong if your primary focus is your next quarterly report.

  • If you, knowingly or unknowingly, sacrifice the long-term for the short run
  • If you place cost-cutting ahead of innovation
  • If you put profit over people

Then you need a Chief Reason Officer.

We’re wrong if you can’t see people.

  • If you only see markets, niches, customers, accounts or contacts
  • If you can’t see people in pain, people who want a better life, people who need help

Then you need a Chief Reason Officer.

  • If you only see employees, staff, personnel, associates, team members, human resources, human capital or human assets
  • If you can’t see people with families and friends, people with a life outside of work, people with cares, concerns and stress that may or may not be related to their work, people trying to make the most of their lives, people with emotions, people just like you

Then you need a Chief Reason Officer.

We’re wrong if you’ve buried your head in the sand.

  • If you’re too old to pay attention
  • If you’re too close to retirement to take any risk
  • If you choose to ignore the rapid changes taking place today and refuse to adapt accordingly

Then you need a Chief Reason Officer.

Your first and foremost task as an entrepreneurial leader

“Your Reason” is the first and foremost task of entrepreneurial leadership.

“Your Reason” is the glue that holds everything together.

Crafting the Reason for your firm’s existence, sharing it with your people, keeping it constantly in front of everybody inside and outside your organization, and making it the foundation for all of your business decisions is the primary focus of successful entrepreneurial leaders.

  • Your company’s culture flows out of that Reason.

    It attracts people to your firm and keeps them there, all because your Reason clearly tells them the difference you will make together.

  • Your best people – the people you want – sign on to a Reason and the culture that stems from it.

    That’s it! They must understand your Reason so they can do their best work, make the best judgments, and so you can accomplish what you set out to do.

So whose job is it to keep the Reason front and center?

YOURS! As an entrepreneurial leader who wants to be a BIGG success, you know this is far too important to delegate to someone else.

And yet, if you do it right – every single one of your people will see themselves as Reason Officers.

Customer Service shouldn’t only happen at the desk beneath the sign. Keeping your Reason at the forefront is too BIGG a job for just one person.

Make it everybody’s job for your BIGG success!

What do you think? Should companies have a Chief Reason Officer?

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