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The Value of Bumps in the Road

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Value the bumps in the road on your journey to BIGG Success. Listen to George & Mary-Lynn discuss this on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click PLAY (Duration 4:25)

BIGG Success is life on your own terms. It means choosing your path, and putting up with all the bumps in the road that come along while on your journey.

If you feel like the road you’re on is getting too bumpy, take some time to listen to the other people in your life. You’ll hear them talk about their bumps too. No path is bump free.

The Bumps Others Face

[Mary-Lynn] One day I was feeling a little beat up as an entrepreneur. The work is never done, and the burden of uncertainty can be incredibly stressful. Sometimes it chips away at my confidence. Then, throughout the week, I heard other people talk about their bumps in the road. It’s not that misery loves company, it just really put things into perspective.

We heard a professional that we admire lament how she loves her job and is very good at it, but she keeps getting passed over for promotion because there seems to be a political line to the top.

A successful entrepreneur talked with us about how she’s having a very hard time getting her team motivated to take initiative.

A close friend was hired by a company to give expert advice, unfortunately he’s frustrated because they won’t implement the ideas he presented to help them grow.

Another friend has to deal with a terrible manager at work who plays head games.

The bottom line is that you set the terms, BIGG Success sets the price.

The Value of Your Bumps

The bumps in the road are part of the price. The bumps may be stress, feeling underappreciated, struggling to get others to work as hard as you, the difficulty of getting people to see it your way, or dealing with unqualified managers.

But there’s a reason why you put up with the bumps. There’s something you absolutely love about what you’re doing: the people you get to connect with, the profession, the thoughtful advice you get to offer, the pride of ownership.

When the bumps in the road are slowing you down, realize that you aren’t alone. Think about what really made you choose this path. What makes this worth it for you? What is it that you truly value about the lessons you’re learning along the way? Then tighten up your laces and continue on. It leads to BIGG Success.

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A Sign It is Time for a Career Change

A sign you need a career change for BIGG SuccessHow do you know when it is time to change careers? We found the answer thanks to a friend.

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He worked his way up in a small retail business. Now he’s a manager.

He’s an industrious person. So he started a service business on the side.

It’s been pretty demanding. But he’s made it work. Until recently…

His part-time business is doing very well. He’s attracting more clients and making more money from it.

The sign

But he’s also unconsciously demonstrating one sign that it’s time for a career change. He gets frustrated easily with his full-time job.

The hours bother him. They never did before. He doesn’t have the same patience for his co-workers. Customers irritate him more, too.

However, it goes beyond just a little frustration and irritation. He admits he has felt hurt by upset customers and employees. The things that used to roll off of him just don’t roll so fast anymore.

In those times when he’s with close friends, he expresses anger.

What it means

Subconsciously, he’s trying to rationalize his move to working his business full-time.

And he’s scared.

He’s scared because he feels like he’s setting sail and the world may be flat. It’s the great unknown.

But it really isn’t. He’s been working his business part time. It’s growing nicely. It should grow even faster when he devotes more attention to it.

And you know what? If he sees he may be a little short on cash, he can always get a temporary gig.

He could work part-time for a while if need be. And if things really don’t work out, he can always get a job.

Heck, he could probably even get his current job back.

We tend to think it’s all-or-nothing. We tend to overemphasize the risk. We tend to limit our options. We tend to think we can’t go back.

But you can probably walk back over the same bridge as long as you don’t burn it.

When you’re traveling down a road, you’ll probably see a sign if the road is closed ahead. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen that way with your career.

But there are signs. They’re usually just more subtle. It’s a feeling – or the lack thereof – that used to be there.

Ignore them to your own detriment. Pay attention to them for your BIGG success!

What signs you have you noticed when you changed careers?

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You Can Be a BIGG Success Today

giving your all to achieve bigg success | BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. You’re the entrepreneur of your life.

You may or may not be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word. But you do own your life.

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Destination BIGG success

BIGG success is a destination. You create a vision of the life you want. Then you start driving to it.

Hour by hour…

Day by day…

Week by week…

Month by month…

Quarter by quarter…

Year by year…

…you strive for BIGG success. More specifically, you push to get to the next milestone.

The ups and downs of BIGG success

But it can be challenging to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Frustration.

Stress.

Doubt.

Fear.

Joy.

Faith.

Confidence.

Success!

They’re all part of the journey.

The ups are easy. You can do no wrong. You are invincible. The world is your oyster.

The down times? Well, the only easy thing is quitting.

The high cost of quitting

Yet quitting isn’t easy. Because you have to live with it for the rest of your life.

You will always wonder what might have been. You can’t bear the thought.

It’s the reason you are an entrepreneur. Failure was acceptable. Not trying – well, just the thought of not going for it caused that feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Yes, it was scary. Yes, people said you wouldn’t make it.

But you didn’t care. You had to go. You had to try. You could feel in the depths of your soul that you were put on this earth to do something special. And by gosh, you were going to do it.

So you did.

But today sucked. Again.

You feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. You’re exhausted. You’re discouraged.

And it would be so easy to give up.

But you know you won’t. Because you’re a BIGG goal-getter. So you have to see this thing through. Because it’s what you were meant to do.

The victory is in the challlenge

And then you realize something important…you already are a BIGG success.

You can’t control the result. You can only control the activity.

And today – just like yesterday and every day before – you gave it everything you had. So you’re a BIGG success.

Because, as George Moriarty said, “Who can ask more a man than giving all within his span? Giving all, it seems to me, is not so far from victory.”

Then it hits you – the victory is in the challenge!

BIGG success is a journey

Sure, BIGG success is a destination. But it’s also a journey.

And every single day, you’re learning new things and developing new skills. It’s growth – one of the five elements of BIGG success along with money, time, work and play.

Money and time are your two resources; work and play your two opportunities. Growth bridges the chasm.

Growth starts as an opportunity. You’re capitalizing on it. You’re growing.

By growing – by gaining new knowledge and insight, by adding skills and experience – you’re developing the skills to get past ANY problem you face.

Growth is becoming a resource. By discovering how to overcome any problem, you’re also learning how to triumph over EVERY problem you will ever face.

Yes, you WERE a BIGG success today. And Destination BIGG success is just around the corner!

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Really Bad Days Spark Innovation

bad day_climbing uphillWe had dinner with a friend recently. He’s an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. We talked about what sparked the change. He said, “A bad day”.

We can relate. If it weren’t for a bad day in each of our lives, we would have never started BIGG success. We both reached a point, independently and coincidentally at about the same time, where we decided it was time to move on.

Good days lift our spirits. Bad days sap our strength. Unless they’re really bad.

When we get really beaten up, when we’ve hit our head against the wall one too many times, when we just can’t take it anymore – that’s the spark for innovation in our lives, in our businesses and for our customers.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life – taking control to build the life that’s custom designed just for you. Persistence pays in pursuing your dream. But when the right bad day comes, you know it’s time to move on.

You’ll see yourself rising from the ashes of frustration. You’ll the warmth from the flames of hope. Soon the fire in your belly will roar hot again. It’s that fire that will help you reach BIGG success.

If you’ve had a bad day, send us a note at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com. Maybe we can help you light the fire.

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Are You Ready to be an Entrepreneur

business_timingAre entrepreneurs born or made? That was the question posed in a great article we saw in The Tennessean not long ago. The author concludes that entrepreneurs are born from experiences.

We agree. Entrepreneurs are not born. They are created from life experiences.

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Here in the U.S., we’re fortunate that our culture fosters entrepreneurship – probably more today than in generations past. It used to be that entrepreneurs were considered renegades. They were the people nobody would hire so they didn’t have a choice.

Now entrepreneurship is a lifestyle option that even the most qualified people make. So what motivates people to strike out on their own?

Career events

Franchisors often see a spike in demand in an area where layoffs are happening. Sometimes we don’t come to entrepreneurship; it comes to us.

It may be career frustration. Many people start their own business because they’re bored with their current occupation. Perhaps they feel like they’ve topped out. They’ve gone as far as they can in their current career so they decide to start something of their own.

Personal motives

Art Williams, the football coach who became a billionaire by building his own insurance business, said he was just “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

W. Clement Stone, who built an insurance dynasty in the depths of The Great Depression, cites inspirational dissatisfaction as the source for many great achievements.

How do you know you’re ready to start?

Entrepreneuring is a process. Like any process, there has to be a starting point.

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georgeThe desire to be my own boss just consumed me. I had this feeling in my gut that I just couldn’t get rid of. I couldn’t stand not owning my own business. This desire just ate me up and spit me out every single day that I wasn’t in business for myself.

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marylynnFor me, it didn’t seem that the opportunities I needed in my corporate career were there any longer. I just couldn’t get where I wanted to be if I didn’t strike out on my own. It was a very, very difficult decision. It was incredibly emotional. But looking at my industry now, I’m glad I jumped into entrepreneurship when I did. r?

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The battle between two fears

We think it comes down to fear. The general population has an overwhelming fear of failure.

Entrepreneurs have a fear of not trying. They just have to know what would happen if they just tested their bigg idea.

You’re ready to be an entrepreneur when your fear of not trying overcomes your fear of failure.

You reach a point where inaction or delay is just not acceptable any longer. You have to go for it. You have to take your shot at bigg success!

How did you know you were ready to strike out on your own?

Share that with us by leaving a comment below, e-mailing us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com or calling us at 888.455.BIGG (2444).

Thank you so much for reading our post today.

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