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The Power of Imagination

J.K. Rowling, best known as the author of the Harry Potter series, recently delivered an exceptional speech for the Commencement Ceremony at Harvard University.

It’s an amazing discussion of the power of failure and imagination. It’s definitely worth your time to read the full text, or watch the video. She said,

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we
need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

Each of us has the power within us to change the world. Do you doubt it?

Steve Jobs didn’t doubt it.
He imagined a world where every person could have the same computing power that only large organizations had at that point. He dreamed of a world where computers were so user-friendly everybody could use them.

John F. Kennedy didn’t doubt it.
He had the vision that man could walk on the moon. He set forth his vision with the power of words to direct an entire country’s resources toward that mission. A short time later, Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Martin Luther King didn’t doubt it.

He had a dream that people would be judged solely by the contributions they made to society, not by the color of their skin. His dream led to a movement to bring equal opportunity to all.

You may say that you don’t have …

… the imagination of JK Rowling. To create a world that can inspire millions of young people to read again at a time when everyone thought that only video games could attract them.

 … the creativity of Steve Jobs. To see the possibilities for individuals to have access to technology at their fingertips.

… the vision of John F. Kennedy. To see the impossible as possible and to inspire an entire nation to get behind the effort.

… the oratory skills of Martin Luther King. To put the need for change front and center on the agenda of his country and to move people to effect that change.

The unique power within you.
You do have the power to imagine a better world and make a difference in your own life and the life of others. Your imagination flows from your unique genetic make-up and your personal experiences.

No one else – who has ever walked on this earth, is here now, or ever will be – can duplicate what you have and who you are. You are one of a kind!

It’s up to you to live up to the potential that is within you … just imagine! How will you leave the world a better place? What are you doing now to make a difference in the lives of others?

 

 

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25 Ways to Lead Your Organization Through Good Times and Bad

By Bigg Success Staff
05-14-08

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Leadership is challenging under any condition. In this article, we’ll offer some tips to survive the bad times and to let the good times keep rolling! We discuss five great tips from each of five great articles along with the links to the original articles themselves.

5 Tips to Keep Your Organization’s Knowledge in Your Organization

#1 – Don’t let your best people leave.

#2 – Establish a mentoring program for new employees.

#3 – Share best practices.

#4 – Share lessons learned.

#5 – Document, document, document.

This is a fantastic article on The Providers Edge site. Check out the entire article to learn how to reduce knowledge loss in your organization. *Note that this link will open a PDF file.


5 Key to Overcoming a Crisis

#1 – Keep in mind that business without risk is business without growth.

#2 – Work with the facts. Listen to the market, not your ego.

#3 – Act quickly and decisively. Delay makes things worse, not better.

#4 – Be a proactive leader and clearly communicate your decisions.

#5 – Be resilient and continue to innovate. Success is not forever, nor is failure.

These great tips come from Atsutoshi Nishida, CEO of Toshiba. He was discussing his company’s decision to pull the plug on HD DVD with Yukari Iwatani Kane of The Wall Street Journal. Check out the full interview for detail on overcoming a crisis in your organization.

 

5 Tips to Get the Best Results from Your Employee Training Programs

#1 – Remember that training is an investment.

#2 – Make sure the training is targeted and really needed.

#3 – Establish measurable returns.

#4 – Work with vendors that truly understand your needs.

#5 – Make sure the training is flexible and customized.

Chris Young wrote this excellent post on his Maximizing Possibility blog. You owe it to yourself to check out his complete explanation of his five tips for improving employee training and development during a recession or economic downturn.

… but we’re not done with training yet …


5 Pointers to Train Your People to Up sell / Cross sell

#1 – Tell your people what’s in it for them.

#2 – Give them clear objectives.

#3 – Create a non-threatening environment for role playing.

#4 – Assign them structured skill improvement activities.

#5 – Schedule a follow-up workshop about a month after the initial session.

This is an oldie, but a goody written by Brian J. Geery for BNET. He specifies it as sales training, but these tips are helpful for training for any human interaction. Read details of his five tips to ensure successful up selling / cross selling training.


5 Tips to Keep the Momentum Going

#1 – Reset greater challenges.

#2 – Review individual efforts.

#3 – Re-energize.

#4 – Rewind.

#5 – Recognize and reward.

Understanding these concepts is so important because momentum is such a precious thing. Check out the details on CareerBuilder’s top five tips for maintaining momentum.  

 

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Top 10 Ways to De-Motivate Yourself

Nobody else can de-motivate you – you have to do it yourself. Be careful, though, because along the way, you could be inspired by others.

You have to keep focusing on staying de-motivated.  It’s not as easy as you might think!


#10 – Don’t work at something you enjoy. If you love what you do, you just might find yourself motivated to do it. Do something you hate and you’re bound to stay de-motivated.

#9 – Don’t get enough sleep.
When you sleep, your body refreshes. You may risk moments of motivation if this happens. So stay up late watching mindless television, stay out late with your friends, and get hammered. It’s a great way to stay de-motivated.

#8 – Be negative about everything.
Wake up and say things like …
“I hate my job and the people I work with.”
“People suck.”
“Nobody will buy from me today.”
“My boss is a jerk.”

Keep telling yourself how bad everything else is. Oh, and don’t forget to share your misery with as many people as you can. If you do this, you’ll be sure to stay de-motivated.

#7 – Work all the time.
Don’t ever make any time for fun. If all you ever do is work, you’ll soon come to resent your work. Never make time for anything else, especially things that might lift your spirits and give you a needed break. All work and no play is a sure-fire way to stay de-motivated.

#6 – Eat terrible food and avoid exercise so you don’t have much energy.
If you have energy, you might feel like doing something. You can’t have that! A diet full of junk food combined with no exercise is the recipe for staying de-motivated.

#5 – Tell yourself how much of a failure you are.
Use affirmations such as “I’m a loser.” Get out your permanent marker and write a huge “L” on your forehead. Always remind yourself how bad you are, of the goals you haven’t reached, of anything you’re unhappy with about yourself. Fill your mind with negative thoughts about yourself so you can have a positively de-motivating day!

#4 – Hang out with people who complain all the time.
We’ll warn you … positive people can rub off on you. So spend your time with people who aren’t going anywhere and are full of excuses why they’re staying put. They’ll help you stay de-motivated.

#3 – Stay away from success stories.
Reading or hearing these may just make you think you can do it, too. Don’t look to successful people for a model on how to succeed. Just dismiss their success as luck and be jealous. That will keep you de-motivated.

#2 – Don’t ever do anything to change your circumstances.
You don’t have any control over them anyway, so why try? Sure, you could spend your time trying to make a better life for yourself, but you might just succeed at it and then get motivated. You can’t have that – accept that there are no opportunities for you. You’re just living out your fate. That will keep you de-motivated.

#1 – Listen to the news.
It’s sure to keep your spirits low. Bad news is good news when it comes to keeping yourself de-motivated. 

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Our bigg quote today comes from the book You are Worthless:

“Tomorrow is going to be even worse than today.”

So begin today de-motivating yourself for tomorrow and you’ll stay permanently de-motivated.

Next time, we’ll discuss the question you must answer to increase your sales. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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P.T. Barnum: The Greatest Showman

By Bigg Success Staff
03-04-08

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Starting up, did you know …

… P.T. Barnum owned four businesses at once – a general store, a book auction company, a real estate firm, and a lottery network – when he was still in his early twenties?

… he became active in politics to preserve his most lucrative business – the lottery network?

… he started a newspaper to fight church elders, his main foe in preserving the lottery business?

… he wound up in jail for two months because of his libelous editorials?

… that more restrictive gambling laws put him out of business when he was 24?


Starting over, did you know …

… he started as a showman by paying $1,000 for Joice Heth, a blind and almost completely paralyzed slave woman, who he promoted as the oldest woman in the world?

… he claimed she was 161-years old and had been George Washington’s nurse?

…. he made $1,500 per week traveling with her until she passed away the next year, when it was learned she was not more than eighty?

… the 26-year old Barnum struggled for the next three years, as the country went through a depression?


Starting over again, did you know …

… he bought the Scudder American Museum in New York City, renaming it Barnum’s American Museum?

… he placed flags all along the building to attract attention by day and a huge lighthouse lamp to light the sky at night – forms of promotion still used today?

… he introduced his first major hoax, the “Feejee mermaid”, a year later when he was 32-years old?

… a year later, he introduced Tom Thumb, to the public?

… he met Queen Victoria, along with Tom Thumb?


Changing culture, did you know …

… he introduced Jenny Lind, “The Swedish Nightingale”, to the American public?

… he risked his entire fortune to do this, using his museum and his mansion as collateral for the loan, even though he had never heard her sing, but he knew Queen Victoria loved her?

… he recouped his investment four times over on her first of 95 performances?

… he is widely credited with turning theaters from destinations of ill repute to places for respectable, family entertainment?

.. he introduced the concept of the afternoon matinee?

Losing it all again, did you know …

… when he was in his forties, he invested in a real estate business that went belly-up?

… his staunchest critics, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, hailed it as divine providence and said his magic would never return?

… his closest friends, including Tom Thumb offered him the help that he desperately needed?

… it took him four years to recover from this devastating blow?

… in the end, he was able to buy back the museum, build a new mansion to live in, and achieve greater success than ever?


The Greatest Show on Earth, did you know …

… he was 60 years old before getting started in the business for which he is most famous?

… he is believed to be the first circus owner to use a train for transport?

… merged with James Bailey’s circus when he was 71-years old?

… they split when he was 75-years old and then got back together when he was 78, creating the famous circus we know today?

… he learned much of what he knew about the circus business from men young enough to be his sons?

Making an impact, did you know …
 
… he wrote his autobiography at the age of 44, sixteen years before entering the circus business?

… that at the end of the nineteenth century, the only book with more copies in print than his book was The New Testament?

… that he is the source of many words and phrases commonly used today – “jumbo”, “Siamese twins”, “rain or shine”, “throw your hat in the ring”, “let’s get the show on the road”?

… that he never actually said the phrase for which he is most famous, “there’s a sucker born every minute”?

… LIFE named him one of the 100 most important people of the second millennium?

Finishing strong, did you know …

… while he felt it was okay to exaggerate the truth when promoting as long as the customer received a good value, he loudly fought against outright rip-offs?

… he became a legislator and fervently campaigned against slavery?

… he adamantly spoke out in favor of temperance and against prostitution, coming down on the side of the same clergy he had vehemently fought against earlier?

… several weeks BEFORE he died, The New York Sun published his obituary, because he had chided them for not saying anything good about anyone who was still alive?

… with his last spoken words, he purportedly asked Bailey about the prior night’s receipts


Sources

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey web site

The Life Of P.T. Barnum, Written By Himself

Wikipedia

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The One Ingredient That Guarantees Your Success

Successful people are a diverse group. Some are outgoing while others are extroverts. You have creative types and analytical people. They do however share a few commonalities.

One of those was displayed by Thomas Edison. The great inventor obtained over 1,000 patents in his lifetime. But did you know that it took Edison about 10,000 tries to finally invent the light bulb? If at first you don’t succeed, try 10,000 times again!

The one must-have ingredient to succeed is persistence!

History is ripe with example of people whose greatest success came after their biggest failure. So today we’ll discuss three persistence principles – things you can do to keep on keeping on.

#1 – Believe in yourself and your idea.
You need to almost be stubborn about it. Have faith – not a blind faith, but a “calculated faith”. We often think of “calculated risk” – this is similar. You have insight that others may not.

You’ve done your research. You may have a unique perspective based on your education and experiences. You have confidence in your plan. Trust your instincts and push on!

#2 – Keep your spirit up.
There are a number of ways to do this; find those that work for you. You may read success stories. Or keep your batteries charged by hanging out with positive people. Get a good night’s sleep … or take a nap. Get some exercise. Whatever it is, plan some time daily to keep your flame burning so you can keep pushing, no matter what obstacles come your way!

#3 – Welcome failure.
Imagine if Edison had quit after two tries, or 5,000 … or just one time short of his great invention? Learn to recognize failure for what it is – progress toward success.

Take the example of great sales people. The numbers are different for different industries, but think of this example – a sales person knows that he has to make ten calls to get two appointments. He has to have two appointments to make a sale. He fails ninety percent of the time. But here’s what he knows …

The sooner he gets through those nine failures, the sooner he succeeds!

Here’s a story that illustrates the importance of persistence. It comes from Think and Grow Rich, the great book by Napoleon Hill.

During the days of the gold rush, a young man went west to find his fortune. He staked a claim and went to work. A few weeks later, after much work with no reward, he discovered gold!

He quickly raised the money to buy the equipment he needed to mine the gold. He started drilling, but then the vein disappeared. He kept drilling, but to no avail. In desperation, he quit and went home a poor man.

Some time later, it was discovered that he had stopped just three short feet of one of the richest deposits of gold in the United States.

Don’t stop three feet from success – be persistent!

What do you do to keep going? We’d love to hear from you!
Leave us a comment below…

Our Bigg Quote today is by the great author and speaker Brian Tracy:

“Remember you only have to succeed the last time.”

Here are two things to add to your list of things that are certain –
(1) you will face obstacles on the way to success, and
(2) you will succeed bigg if you persist.

Next time, with all this talk of persisting, we thought we’d throw a curve ball your way – we’re going to talk about when to quit. What are the signs that it’s time to move on?

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!