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What to Do if You Don’t Know What to Do

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As we talk with startup entrepreneurs and business owners, we hear a common theme:

They’re so overwhelmed they don’t know what to do!

Not so much with workload – although that’s often the case as well – but with brain overload.

They have too many ideas. They have too many options. They don’t know where to start.

So what do you do if you don’t know what to do?

Ask the Navy!

The Navy Flight Manual tells pilots to do five things when they’re lost. Let’s look at them from an entrepreneur’s point-of-view.

The first thing you should do when you don’t know what to do is confess. Admit to yourself that you are lost.

And don’t feel bad about it. Trust us, you’re not alone. Most of us have been in a place when we didn’t know what to do.

The next thing you should do if you don’t know what to do is climb. You have to get altitude.

Don’t stay mired in the details. Rise above them so you can see the BIGG picture.

Remember what you’re trying to accomplish. Review your BIGG goals.

The third thing to do when you don’t know what to do is conserve. Sometimes you have to slow down to catch up!

Save your fuel, your energy until you can get a sense of direction. Speed without direction leads to nowhere fast!

The fourth thing you should do when you don’t know what to do is communicate. Don’t try to go it alone.

That mush in your head will remain soft and gooey until you get it out. So talk to other people.

But not just any people – people who are like you, BIGG goal-getters. Too many people make the mistake of talking with family and friends.

Yes, they love you. Yes, they want the best for you.

But they’re not you!

They can’t fully understand what you’re going through. So talk with people who’ve been there, done that.

That’s exactly why we created the BIGG Success Entreprenurturing™ Center:

  • to give you the support you need when you need it
  • to give you answers to your most pressing questions
  • to give you access to people who’ve walked a thousand miles in your shoes.

You can join for free in seconds. Just enter your name and e-mail in the sign up box near the upper right corner of this page.

The final thing you should do if you don’t know what to do is comply.

Take what you’ve learned from communicating. Compare it to your vision and your values.

Your vision sets the direction to your destination. Your values are your compass – they keep you from straying off your flight path.

Now it’s up to you to decide.

Determine where to focus to help you reach your destination fastest. That’s life on your own terms! That’s BIGG success!

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

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How to Conquer Fear Like A Black Belt

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Listen to this post! Click the player to hear George & Mary-Lynn talk with Jim Bouchard on The BIGG Success Show Podcast (Duration 3:52)

Fear can be so paralyzing: fear of financial problems, fear of uncertainty with a job, fear of failure! We asked Jim Bouchard, martial arts hall-of-fame inductee and author of Think Like A Black Belt, how he thinks we should deal with our fears.

Jim says you should face it head on. Sometimes success isn’t achieving your biggest goal, but rather taking the right steps to simply survive. “Do what you have to do today to be able to hang on for tomorrow”.

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Entreprenurturing™ for the Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster Ride

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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!

What does the American Dream mean today for your BIGG Success

Is the American Dream Un-American?

What does the American Dream mean today for your BIGG SuccessWhat is the definition of the American Dream? We went to the original source to find out.

James Truslow Adams coined this phrase in 1931 in his book, The Epic of America. Here’s how he defined it:

The American Dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.

It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it.

It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

The optimal divider

Marketers divide people into niches. Politicians divide people into voting blocks. Society divides people into classes.

Adams says the American Dream is “a difficult dream for the European upper class to interpret adequately.” We would add that the ruling class in the U.S. increasingly seems to have the same difficulty.

The American Dream is the optimal divider:

  • It gives no credence the family we were born into
  • It couldn’t care less where we went to school
  • It pays no attention to our current title or position
  • It doesn’t really care what you’ve done in the past
  • Its only concern is your potential and the actions you take to live up to it

The American Dream is about the future – your future.

You can realize the American Dream by “doing your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming,” as John Wooden said.

Nothing can stop you from living the American Dream except you!

The American Dream is and isn’t American

So now we come to the question posed in the title: Is the American Dream Un-American?

Absolutely not! Although, sadly, there seems to be an increasing tide of sentiment against:

  • climbing your way up
  • working hard to reach BIGG success
  • making the American Dream come true for you

No, the American Dream is not Un-American. It is uniquely American – for a simple reason.

America was founded on ideals. One of those principles was that government should serve the people and not the other way around.

The Founders designed a government to stay out of the way of its citizens. If you were one of them, they wanted to insure that you could live your life on your own terms.

The promise of the American Dream has brought people to the United States for centuries. It’s the diversity of those people – the melting pot – which has given America its edge. So we see that…

The American Dream isn’t the American Dream at all.

It’s the People’s Dream.

It’s the dream of every human being – no matter where they happen to call home. We all want:

  • to be judged on our own merit
  • the opportunity to create a better life for ourselves and our loved ones
  • to see if we can capitalize on that opportunity

Historically, America has been the place where BIGG goal-getters could realize those dreams. But the People’s Dream has no borders.

So the Dream is not just American. It spans the entire globe.

It’s open to any citizenry of any country that creates an environment where entrepreneurship can thrive. When that happens:

Now that’s BIGG success!

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Why Social Entrepreneurship is a Waste of Time

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Today we want to tackle a very controversial subject. More specifically, we want to take a position which may be controversial.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. So we pay a great deal of attention to terms.

The term we want to talk about today is “social entrepreneurship”.

It’s a popular term, a buzz word even. People say with pride, “I’m a social entrepreneur” or “I want to be a social entrepreneur.”

Wikipedia defines a “social entrepreneur” as “someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change.”

Let’s deconstruct just one part of that definition – the term “social” as an adjective.

Among other definitions, Merriam-Webster defines “social” as “tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others.”

The problem with social entrepreneurship

So here’s the problem – here’s why we say social entrepreneurship is a waste of time: It’s redundant.

  • ALL entrepreneurs are social entrepreneurs.
  • ALL entrepreneurs exist to serve society.
  • ALL entrepreneurs must recognize a social problem – a problem affecting the welfare of a group of human
  • ALL entrepreneurs must use entrepreneurial principles to solve that problem.
  • ALL Entrepreneurs add value in the lives of others to create value for themselves.

All entrepreneurs need money

Now, some entrepreneurs have a profit motive while others don’t. But they all have to find funding somehow.

Some entrepreneurs raise capital to get a venture going and then repay it from profits. Other entrepreneurs rely on donations of time and/or money to get a venture going. But they must find a steady flow of cash from somewhere.

But to describe one activity as social and the other as not is a mislabeling.

ALL entrepreneurs are social because ALL entrepreneurs try to help a group of people.

Profit is not a dirty word

Entrepreneurs who forget this basic tenet of entrepreneurship are the ones who fail. Novices often go into ventures only thinking about how they will make money. You have to think about the people and their problem.

Of course, you have to think about the money too – whether you’re starting up a for-profit venture or not. And don’t ever forget:

Profit is not a dirty word. Every entrepreneur – for profit or non-profit – has to find a money trail to sustain their operation.

But focus on the problem first. Then figure out your funding and your cash flows.

Once you know how to create value for yourself by adding value for others, you’re ready for BIGG success!

Do you think “social entrepreneurship” is redundant?

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