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Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs | BIGG SuccessYesterday, “life’s change agent” called Steve Jobs to a meeting.

That’s how he described death in his commencement address to Stanford graduates in 2005.

His point, in his own words:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

We didn’t know Steve Jobs personally. Yet he personally affected us. Such is the nature of real entrepreneurs.

They impact the lives of hundreds, or thousands, or even millions of people. Not as an individual, but through their business.

Steve Jobs was the epitome of an entrepreneur. Not just in business, but in his attitude about life.

You see that in one of our favorite quotes by the man we’ll never forget:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do….”

Here’s to you Steve Jobs! You will be missed!

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Can You Afford to Follow Your Passion?

unlock your passionYou know what you want to do. But you’re scared to do it.

You think about it a lot. But you don’t take the next step.

You’re tired of going through the motions. But you won’t make a move.

You talk yourself out of it every time. You can come up with all kinds of reasons not to do it.

But your heart isn’t where you’re at now. Your heart is telling you to …

… do something different
… do something more
… realize your full potential
… live your life on your own terms

But you just aren’t sure if you can afford it. Well, here’s the thing:

If you wait until you can afford to get married, you’ll never get married.
If you wait until you can afford to have kids, you’ll never have kids.
If you wait until you can afford to start a business, you’ll never start a business.

If you wait until you can afford to follow your passion, you’ll waste your life away. You’ll feel more stress. You’ll be sick more often. You won’t live while you’re alive. And you’ll die earlier than you should.

You can’t afford to wait. You can’t afford to suppress your passion. You have to go for it. You have to reach for BIGG success!

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Unwrapping Special Gifts

gifts The other night we saw an episode of According to Jim. Jim (played by Jim Belushi) was stressing because he had not had a good year – money was tight and it was Christmas time. He was afraid he wouldn’t be able to buy his kids the gifts they wanted.

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His wife, Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith) pointed out to him that the kids had barely looked at the presents they got the year before. In fact, one was still in its original package – it had been unwrapped but never opened and played with!

Maybe that kid was just a collector at heart!

But this show made us think … sometimes we get caught up on getting something new and not reflecting on the gifts we already have. So today we want to unwrap some of our most special gifts.

If you want to listen to us open these gifts, just click the “play” button above. Otherwise, picture each package being opened …

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george
Why don’t you kick it off, Mary-Lynn?

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marylynnThis one is a real, real special one. It’s the gift of my Dad. He had a bit of a health scare going into the holidays. He’s fine – clean bill of health. So thank you, God. I love my gift this year! Alright George, it’s your turn.

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georgeMy gift is memories of Mom and Dad. Mom’s been gone a couple of years now so it’s still somewhat fresh, I guess. I think about the things I learned from them, the things that helped make me who I am, for better or worse – I can blame them! I had a very special Mom and Dad and I’m very thankful for that. Now, you’re up Mary-Lynn.

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marylynnOh, yes … we’ve had a cold winter here in Illinois. There have been nights when you just hear that wind outside howling and I am inside and toasty warm! So the gift of a nice warm house is something I’m very, very grateful for this year.

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georgeWe often don’t stop to think about the basics and how many people there are who don’t even have something as simple as that.

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marylynn
Exactly. Alright, George, tear into the next one.

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georgeOne of the features of our car is remote unlock. Man, as we’ve been out shopping in the cold, it’s really nice to be able to find your car quickly because it winks at us. And of course, to be able to get right in once you’re to it.

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marylynnThat’s a good one. Okay, I’ll open the next one. Ah, the gifts of our kitty cats – Fifi and Fraidy. We have original cat names, don’t we? Boy, they just give us gifts all year long … loving and purring.

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george
Yeah, and sometimes they leave us a little something on the floor!

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marylynn
We don’t like those gifts at all!

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georgeOkay, let’s open the next one. It’s for both of us, Mary-Lynn. Let’s see what it is … ah, it’s our families. You have a great family, Mary-Lynn. Love your dad and your sister.

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marylynnYou have a great family, too. Your sisters are all so fun – listening to all of the siblings laughing together. It’s just so nice!

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georgeYes, and the in-laws aren’t so bad either. A cool group of nephews and now, one little niece. And Mary-Lynn, while we’re on family, I have to say that I’m also very thankful for you.

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marylynn
Ah, that’s so sweet. I’m thankful for you too. You’re a special man!

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georgeIt brings up the point, though. I think sometimes those closest to us are the people we most take for granted. We often don’t show them the appreciation we should.

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marylynn
Yeah, I forget about you all the time, George.

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george
I know you do!

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marylynn
George, I’ve got to tell you … I think we scored this Christmas.

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georgeI’m with you on that – but Mary-Lynn, I just noticed something … over there in the corner, it looks like there’s another bigg present for us.

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marylynn
Alright, let’s open it up … ah yes, of course. This is something we’re really grateful for.

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georgeWe’re grateful for you! The fact that you spend time with us like you do – you share your insights, you listen to our show, you read our blog posts. However you spend time with us, we’re just so thankful.

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marylynnYou are the reason that we get to do what we love to do! That is such an amazing gift and we thank you so much.

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So to you we say, whatever your chosen holiday at this time of year, we wish you and yours the very best. For us, it’s Christmas … so Merry Christmas!

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A Love Story with a Lesson

We’ve written this wonderful story in its full text here, but we highly recommend that you listen along to get its full flavor.

John was a bright young man who went off to a small college. One day, a pretty young woman named Lisa caught his eye. John fell in love. From that point on, he always kept his eyes open for her.

Now Lisa was very popular. Everyone liked Lisa because she was outgoing and very charismatic. Almost every guy in this small school wanted to go out with Lisa.

Before we go on with the story, we should fill you in on one more important detail about John – he had a severe speech impediment. From the time he started talking, John had never talked the way his friends did.

One day, as Lisa was walking across the campus, and John was hanging out with his friends on the lawn, he said to his friends, with his heavy speech disorder …

“I’m going to marry that girl.”

His friends laughed out loud. Please understand that they weren’t trying to be mean-spirited. They were just so shocked that John had the gumption to think that the most popular girl on campus would be interested in him at all, let alone marry him.

They thought he was aiming too high and they didn’t want him to get hurt. So they discouraged him, telling him what they thought he needed to hear. They said …

“John, she can have any guy she wants. There’s no way she’ll go out with you.”

John didn’t care what they thought. He only cared about what was in his heart. He wanted to marry Lisa. He also knew that he needed to start by getting a date with her … that was the first step.

But he wasn’t ready to ask her for a date because he wanted to impress her when he did ask her out.  So here’s what he did …

He began spending hours in front of his mirror every day. Rehearsing one single question over and over again …

May I please have a date with you?
May I please have a date with you?
May I please have a date with you?

Over and over. The hours turned into days … the days into weeks … and John kept practicing that one single question that cut to the essence of what he wanted Lisa to respond to …

May I please have a date with you?
May I please have a date with you?
May I please have a date with you?

The weeks turned into months … and John still kept practicing over and over again in front of his mirror so he could deliver that single question just the way he wanted.

The day finally arrived when he felt he was ready. He saw Lisa sitting and studying outdoors at the campus coffee shop. He was nervous, but he had worked too hard. He had to go through with this. He had to know her answer to his question. So he stepped up to Lisa’s table and delivered his line …

“May I please have a date with you?”

Only this time, John didn’t sound like he had a speech impediment at all. Lisa was stunned. She knew John because she’d had classes with him. She knew about his speech impediment.

She had never heard him speak clearly before. Now he was asking her on a date … and he could say the words so perfectly. She knew how hard he must have worked to be able to utter that single question … just to ask her out … and that made such an impression on her … that she said …

“Yes!”

So John turned his adversity into his advantage. He got a date with the most popular girl on campus. And in case you’re wondering … Lisa also said “yes” to another question that John asked later … they got married!
 

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Our bigg quote today is by none other than the great Norman Vincent Peale:

“Life’s blows cannot break a person whose
spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.”

And remember that it only takes a spark to get a fire going.

Next time, we’ll share some characteristics of the charismatic. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Cupid’s 4 Steps To Follow Your Heart

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! Cupid sent an arrow through the window of The Bigg Success Show studio today. Here’s what he said in the note he attached to it.

Dear George and Mary-Lynn,

I love The Bigg Success Show! I wanted to write and ask you to share a message with your audience.

It’s great that people today are getting more and more education. But I’m distressed because so much emphasis is placed on thinking logically. I’m afraid that we’re losing our ability to listen to our hearts.

So I’m hoping you’ll share my 4 steps to heading in the heart direction.

Love and kisses,

Cupid

Cupid’s 4 steps to heading in the heart direction

#1 – Figure out what your heart desires.
You know deep in your heart what you really want. If you were living your heart’s desire, what would you do every day?

Would you be in a different career? Spend less time at work? Own your own business? Spend more time with your family and friends? Volunteer for your favorite cause?

Only you know your heart’s desire … what is it?

#2 – Use your head to plan how to get your heart’s desires. 
You know where you’re at and you know your heart’s desires. How do you connect the dots?

Do some research. Test some ideas. Try to find ways to get where you want to be. Not all your ideas will work. No worry. Keep coming up with solutions to get what your heart desires.

#3 – Believe with all your heart that you can do it.
Believe until it becomes a burning desire. You just can’t be happy until you achieve what you set out to do. Your heart will never be full.

You have to believe SO much that you just KNOW you can do it. Even more that that – you WILL do it because you remember the old quote, “If you believe it, you can achieve it!”

#4 – Put your whole heart into pursuing your heart’s desires.
The first three points have prepared you for this one. Now you’re ready to play the game. Go for it! Give it everything you have!

Along the way you will face adversity. Never give up. Your head will tell you to quit – listen to your heart and keep going!


Cupid’s advice for the heart-broken

You may have tried following your heart and fallen flat on your face. No worry – that will happen.

It’s better “to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” It’s better to pursue your passion than just let life pass you buy. The biggest regrets most people have are for things they did NOT do. Don’t look back on your life and wonder what might have been.

Thanks for sharing these heart-felt tips with us, Cupid!

Our bigg quote today is by Jacque Benigne Bossuel.

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.”

Sometimes thinking outside the box is a matter of getting inside your heart.
   
Next time, we’ll ask you to solve a riddle – Where are you are if you ain’t where you are?

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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