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Be a Success Faster

build synergy for your BIGG SuccessBigg success is life on your own terms. There are five elements of bigg success – money, time, growth, work and play.

The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is to create synergy so we reach bigg success faster. We do that by finding ways to get the five elements working together rather than against each other.

One way we do that is by building trust. Today, we’ll discuss four ways to build this critical element for BIGG success.

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Your interests = my interests

It begins with an attitude – placing the interests of another person equal to your own. This equal consideration of interests allows the two of you to search for win/win alternatives.

You won’t accept losing so the other person will gain. At least you shouldn’t. To create synergy, you also shouldn’t accept winning at the expense of the other person either.

This attitude forms the foundation of trust in any relationship. Now we can start bringing the attitude to life.

What you see is what you get

To build trust, you must practice authenticity and transparency. Be your true self because you can’t fool most of the people most of the time.

Who wants to fool people anyway? That’s not a BIGG goal-getter mindset! Always align your actions with your attitudes.

Transparency means putting your vision and your values out there. If the other person does the same, you are more likely to reach the solution that works best for both of you in the shortest amount of time.

Anything short of this leads to disappointing results for at least one of you. When you’re operating with an equal consideration of interests, that means it doesn’t work for either of you.

Easier said than done

Say what you’ll do and then do what you say. This old saying packs some punch when it comes to building trust.

If you say it, you better do it.
Write it down.
Put it in your billfold or purse.
Stick it on your mirror.
Stamp it on your forehead!

Do whatever it takes to do what you say you will do.

Otherwise, shut up!
Don’t say it at all.

You may have good intentions, but good intentions without the actions to support them tear down trust.

Follow-through, follow-through, follow-through.
It’s easy to say, but not always easy to do. But it’s one of the secrets to building trust.

Building takes time, imploding doesn’t

Picture the construction of a skyscraper. It takes a lot of time to build floor after floor until the building is ready for occupants.

Now picture blowing up a tall building. You’ve probably seen the implosion as layer after layer falls one on top of the other.

It may take several years to build a skyscraper. It takes seconds to tear it down. If you’re not careful, it may even damage buildings around it.

That’s how trust works. You built it by doing a lot of little things right over a long period of time. It can be destroyed by a single silly act which may spread to relationships with other people.

Trust is one of the most precious assets you can have. Once you’ve built it, be sure to maintain it.

Trust leads to BIGG success faster

So what does trust have to do with synergy? You can capitalize on your strengths because you trust the person who fills in the gap created by your weaknesses.

Trust leads to accomplishing more with your work. All of these things, working together, may lead to more time and money for play.

We have a business that’s built on strategic alliances. We have a great deal of trust in, and with, our partners.

As we’ve responded to the current economic situation, we’ve been able to adapt quickly because of the trust that exists between us.

We’ve arrived at solutions that are much better than we could have found on our own. Trust creates synergy which leads to BIGG success faster!

How do you build trust?

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Will the Next Opportunity Bring Success?

jump for the next bigg thing | BIGG SuccessPeople jump at opportunities.

There’s a new industry that will take the world by storm…

Jump!

A new stock is heating up…

Jump!

Here’s a new way to market your business…

Jump!

This social network is the next Facebook…

Jump!

Some people jump…and jump…and jump.

They jump at this opportunity.

They jump at that one.

They jump from place to place.

Jump. Jump. Jump.

They hope to get in on the ground floor of the “next new thing.”

They fear being left out.

They want easy money, to get rich quick.

They wish for a better life.

And yet, in spite of all the hoping and fearing and wanting and wishing… nothing happens.

Except for a lot of jumping. There are at least 3 problems with jumping:

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The grass probably is NOT greener.

It always LOOKS greener. But then you get on the other side of the fence. And you discover that you were casting a shadow on the grass on your side of the fence.

Many people have jumped at a new opportunity only to realize it didn’t offer the same opportunity as their old opportunity.

Before you jump, make sure the grass REALLY is greener.

Even if it is, how much effort will it take to make the grass greener right where you are?

You give away your cumulative advantage.

When you jump at a new opportunity, you often start with almost no advantage. You’re just part of the crowd.

Over time, you learn some tricks. Over time, you make connections with key people. Over time, you build your reputation.

But if you give up on this opportunity, you may give away these advantages.

You may have to start all over.

Is it worth starting over in a new opportunity? Or would you be better served putting the same effort into your current one?

You lose momentum.

Momentum is precious. Momentum is powerful.

You push and push and push. And then, you push and push and push.

Eventually, you reach the tipping point.

You were behind the momentum. Now the momentum is behind you.

All of sudden, everything seems easier. This is the way it was supposed to be all along.

But you had to invest time and perhaps money – two of the five elements of BIGG success.

You had to gain cumulative advantage.

Momentum accrues. It comes little by little. At first, you don’t even notice it. But soon it overtakes you. It’s a dynamic force.

So here’s the bad news:

Your best opportunity may be where you are right now. But…

Here’s the good news:

Your best opportunity may be where you are right now. Give it your all to be a BIGG success!

Have you found success by not jumping?

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Time is Money Yet Time is Not Money

time on a beach | BIGG SuccessImagine walking on a beautiful, seemingly endless beach. As you look out on the calm turquoise sea, you kick something in the white sand.

It’s a bottle.

As you shine it, a grayish-white cloud of smoke rises from the lid. The smoke forms into a genie.

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The genie tells you that you are the recipient of an incredible gift. Every single day, for the rest of your life, $86,400 will be deposited into your bank account at the beginning of the day.

Sounds great so far, right?

So what’s the catch? The genie explains:

The money is only available in increments.

Every moment…like this one…and this one…about 1/1000th of a penny will become available.

It seems so insignificant.

Yet it adds up. Because you can spend it however you want.

Now this moment…and this one…another 1/1000th of a penny becomes available.

You can’t store them up. Either you spend it or it goes away forever.

However, you can string them together. You can use the money from this moment…and this moment… together for a single item.

However, at the end of the day, all $86,400 will be gone.

The only question will be: How did you spend it?

Would you take this bargain from the genie? Why not, right?

Time is money

As you may have figured out, we’re not really talking about money, one of the five elements of BIGG success.

We’re talking about time, another one of the five elements. Money and time have some similarities:

  • Money and time are your only two resources.
  • They both have inflows and outflows.
  • You can often substitute one for the other.
  • You can leverage both money and time.
  • You can spend or invest either one.

Time is not money

But money and time also have their differences:

  • You can have money but you don’t have time. Time is here and gone.
  • You can find money but you can’t find time.
  • You can make money. But you can’t make time.
  • While money is infinite, time is finite.

Time is a gift. But you can’t keep it.

So the only question is: do you spend time or do you invest it?

Investing time leads to BIGG success!

We know your time is precious. So we thank you so much for investing some of it with us. Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

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Entrepreneuring Your Work Week to Be a Success

work and play | BIGG SuccessOur ancestors worked six days a week. It was tough work – on the farm, in factories and mines.

As the Industrial Revolution kicked in, the growing prosperity created a desire for more leisure. Henry Ford was a leader in this endeavor.

He wanted his workers to have time to shop. So the five day work week became the norm.

But how many people actually follow this regimen today?

Do you?

We sure don’t.

Almost none of the people in our industry do.

Most professionals we know don’t either.

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Finding your ideal work week

Now we love our work. And we go full tilt. But we have learned to entrepreneur our work week.

It’s kind of like engineering it. But engineering is a science.

Entrepreneuring is a science and an art. So we think of it as entrepreneuring our work week.

Work and play are two of the five elements of BIGG success. You need to find what works best for you in the work/play dynamic.

The only way to do that is by experimenting.

If you’re an employee, of course, your boss will have a say. But even if you’re self-employed, you may need to work your schedule around your customers.

But customers can be led. Chick-fil-A has been very successful and they don’t open on Sundays, even though their competitors do.

What we do

We rotate our schedule. Most weeks, we will only work a partial day on the weekends.

So it adds up to about six days of production in most cases.

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George KruegerWe often approach this time off from two different directions. Mary-Lynn tends to start later than me. I tend to stop earlier than her.

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Mary-Lynn FosterI’m more of a night person and George is more of a morning person. Our point is – your schedule doesn’t always have to align with your partner’s.

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Of course, there are weeks when we’ll schedule a whole day off. We both love our work so we can go and go and go. But I’ve found I reach a point where my get up and go gets up and goes!

The key to making it work

The key for us is getting it on the schedule. If we don’t schedule it, we keep working.

In fact, we did this post to remind ourselves of this very fact. We hope you find it helpful, too.

As we said earlier, our tendency has been to push and push and push. The problem with that is that you eventually run out of fuel.

You need to fill your tank before that happens. And the only way to do that is to get some time away at regular intervals.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Our terms are to have less routine. You may do better with more routine. If it works for you, it works.

The only way you’ll know is to test out different work / play schedules. Finding one that fits you perfectly will help you reach BIGG success!

What works best for you?

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How to Have a Three-Day Weekend Every Week

weekend giveaway | BIGG SuccessWe really wanted to make the title to this post:

“How to Have an Extra Day Off Every Week Without Working More Hours in the Remaining Four Days and Without Sacrificing Productivity.”

But it seemed a little long!

We have a three-day weekend coming up here in the United States. It’s Labor Day.

It got us thinking:

What if you had more time for leisure?

What if you didn’t need to labor so much?

What if every weekend was a three-day weekend?

It’s not such a novel idea. Frank Bettger did it. More employers are considering a four-day work week.

What would it take for you?

You could work more hours over four days. It’s a step in the right direction if you want more time for play, one of the five elements of BIGG success.

Your leisure time is bunched up instead of being spread over the week.

But it’s still just a tradeoff. Why settle for a quid pro quo?

So ask yourself a question to get to the crux of the issue:

What if you could be more productive?

Is it possible to get ten hours worth of results in eight hours? Or twelve hours in ten hours, depending on how long you typically work.

This is the question we often ask ourselves. And we know it’s possible. Or more accurately stated, we won’t accept that it’s impossible.

So we have to figure out how.

Conduct a time audit

We’ve started by measuring our activities. So we’re doing a time audit.

It may not sound like fun. But it’s temporary. And an incredible tool to discover waste.

Every fifteen minutes, we record what we’re doing at that moment. We set an alarm to remind us that it’s time.

We’re going to do it over a two week period. We feel this will cover a typical week for us.

Sure, it’s a bit of a pain. Sure, we could be doing something else.

But when we’re done, we’ll know better if we’re wasting time. And if we are, we’ll know where.

Then we can make corrections. And move on to testing something else to be more productive. It leads to BIGG success!

How have you increased your productivity?

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