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Lose Your Keys to Be a Success

lost keys can lead you to BIGG SuccessLost keys are always in the last place you looked, right? It’s even a commonly repeated saying.

But isn’t it a funny one? Of course, they’re in the last place you looked. Why would you keep looking once you find them?

It highlights something we want to talk about today – you need to lose your keys to find BIGG success!

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We’ll explain a little further, because like your keys, this point is too important to lose.

Why failures don’t matter

You can look here for success. You can look there for success. You can look and look and look for success.

You can fail to find it here. You can fail to find it there. You can fail to find it again and again.

But no one will care – and most importantly, you won’t care – once you find BIGG success.

Famous failures

But don’t take our word for it. Let’s look to the words of two famous failures – two people we know you would consider a BIGG success in their chosen field.

What do they have to say about the relationship between success and failure?

Here’s a great quote on success and failure by the man widely hailed as the best basketball player of all time. Michael Jordan said:

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

But it goes beyond sports. It extends into all endeavors.

J.K. Rowling is the first author to become a billionaire. In a speech to Harvard graduates, she said:

“I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”

Who remembers the losses Michael Jordan endured? We only remember the wins.

When you hear the name J.K. Rowling, who thinks about anything other than Harry Potter and the amazing success she created?

Only when you look closely do you see they reached success through failure. Success is failure turned inside out.

So lose your keys and you’ll be a BIGG success.

How have your failures helped you succeed?

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Fear and Faith and Success in Your Career

fear vs faith | BIGG SuccessEvery once in a while, a commencement address really stands out to us. We pointed out J.K. Rowling’s wonderful speech to Harvard graduates in 2008.

This year, Tom Hanks address to Yale grads caught our ear. He talked about fear and faith. The context led up to a call to action – to help our returning troops as they transition from soldier back to citizen.

But the message is ripe with timely advice for all of us. We can’t say it any better. Here is Tom Hanks in his own words:

Fear

“…fear is a powerful physiological force in 2011. We here, up in the stands and surrounding you graduating class, look to you as we do every year, hoping you will now somehow, through your labors, free us from what we have come to fear. And we have come to fear many things.”

“Fear has become the commodity that sells as certainly as sex. Fear is cheap. Fear is easy. Fear gets attention. Fear is spread as fast as gossip and is just as glamorous, juicy and profitable. Fear twists facts into fictions that become indistinguishable from ignorance. Fear is a profit-churning go-to with a whole market being your whole family.”

Fear vs. Faith

He quoted John Paul Jones, ‘If fear is cultivated, it will become stronger. If faith is cultivated, it will achieve mastery.’

He added, “…I take that fear to be fear in the large scale. Fear itself – intimidating and constant. And I take faith to be what we hold in ourselves, our American ideal of self-determination.”

Fear is whispered in our ears and shouted in our faces. Faith must be fostered by the man or woman you see every day in the mirror. The former forever snaps at our heels and our synapses and delays our course. The latter can spur our boot heels to be wandering, stimulate our creativity and drive us forward.”

“Fear or faith. Which will be our master?” he asked.

Your choice

He continued, “Your rising from bed every morning will give fear its chance to grow stronger just as it will afford faith its chance to blossom. You will make the choice to react to one or create the other.”

He concluded, “Your work begins – work that will not be always joyful to you, labor that may not always fulfill you and days that will seem like one damn thing after another.

It’s true – you will now work every day for the rest of your lives, that full time job. Your career…is to stand on the fulcrum between fear and faith. Fear at your back, faith in front of you.

Which way will you lean? Which way will you move?

Move forward. Move ever forward.”

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