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Tackle a Project with a Friend

By Bigg Success Staff
06-25-08

Work – Life Balance

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Do you remember the old-fashioned barn raisings? Well, not that you personally remember them. But you’ve seen them in the movies. They’re part of our folklore.

Back in the days when most people lived on the farm, the whole community would ban together to build a barn. Barns were essential for families because they needed a place for their animals.

They spent time together and accomplished something worthwhile!

They combined work and life!

They built friendships by building structures!

We can take a lesson from this old-fashioned sense of comradery.

Do you have a friend who needs help with a project? Lend a hand!

You’ll feel good about helping them with their to-do list and you’ll build your friendship at the same time.

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Success Building Blocks: Friendship

By Bigg Success Staff
06-15-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. His contributions to success literature, though, possibly exceed his accomplishments on the court. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve looked at his two cornerstones — 843 Industriousness] and 879 Enthusiasm]. This week, we’ll look at one of the three blocks that form the foundation between these two cornerstones.

Friendship
You must build on a solid foundation if you want a building to last. The same can be said for success in life – if you want long-term success, you have to build on the basics.

Friendship is one of the key blocks upon which to build success. It all comes down to people. What you know matters. Who you know matters just as much. However, how the people you know think of you matters more than anything.

People like to help people they like. If you like people, people will like you. We’re not talking about a superficial, “what’s in it for me” attitude. We mean a genuine care and concern for others.

If you take care of others, they’ll take care of you. When you give of yourself, when you provide genuine help to people, you’ll get far more in return than you can ever give.

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The Gift of Encouragement

By Bigg Success Staff
06-15-08

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One of the greatest gifts you can give a friend or a loved one is encouragement. Sometimes one little thing or a few simple words can make all the difference in the world. Encourage the people you care about to:

  • pursue their dream
  • press on when they’re discouraged
  • reach even higher when they’re up
  • do what they love
  • push on in spite of the obstacles

You can encourage the people you care about by:

  • taking a genuine interest in them
  • listening attentively
  • telling them when they’ve done something well
  • letting them know you believe in them
  • offer help if you can

So be a good friend and reach out to a friend today and encourage them!

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A Great Way to Track Your Goals

By Bigg Success Staff
05-30-08 

Leading-Edge Application

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There’s a great online application to track your goals simply and easily over at Joe’s Goals. They’re still in limited testing. Right now, you can test it out for FREE, although they have a suggested donation of $12.

With Joe’s Goals, you can add as many goals as you want. You can create and manage a to-do list. They also allow you to develop a scoring system for each goal so you know how you’re doing. You can get reports on your progress. You can even share your goals with other people.

Joe’s Goals is a great tool to help you visually see how you’re progressing toward your goals. Check it out!

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Anything I Can Do, You Can Do Better!

In Annie Get Your Gun, Annie Oakley and Frank Butler show their competitive sides as they sing the now well-known song Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.

With all due respect to Irving Berlin, the great writer of this song, we’re putting our own twist on it … anything I can do, you can do better!

A blooming mistake
Jim McCann was a social worker. He got a part-time job in a flower shop to make ends meet. A few years later, he started his own flower business. He made some money, but not that much. So he opened another shop. And then another.

Over ten years, he ended up with fourteen flower shops. One morning, he was listening to the radio as he got ready for work. He had a fresh idea – a nationwide flower service.

He found a bankrupt company which had stopped doing business several years earlier. Its only asset was a toll-free phone number – 1-800-FLOWERS. Now this was before the internet when ordering via telephone was huge.

He really wanted this phone number. So he agreed to buy the company and assume the debt. He figured their liabilities had to be pretty insignificant, since they hadn’t done any business for years.

After buying the company, he found out how wrong he was. It turned out they were $7 million in debt. His friends advised him to declare bankruptcy, but he pressed on. It took about five years to pay off the debt, but he did. And last year his little business sold over $750 million of flowers!

Learn from Your (and Our) Mistakes
So Jim McCann learned a valuable lesson about due diligence. But anyone who wants to buy a business can learn this lesson without having to go through a similar experience.

You can do anything better than me by learning from my mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself. Learning from your mistakes is good; learning from mine is better. You’ll succeed faster!

Shared Success
With information so prevalent today, there’s another way our title applies. In many cases, it doesn’t make sense to hoard information, you’re better off sharing it.

The final step of mastering any craft is the desire and ability to mentor others. And an interesting thing happens as you do that … the people you’re mentoring may, at some point, start doing better than you.

Then the teacher begins to learn from the student. So the teacher performs better. And the student learns and performs better.

Anything we can do, we can do better! You both help each other grow.  

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Our bigg quote today is by the great Will Rogers, who said,

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading,
and the other by association with smarter people.”

It’s the smart thing to do!

Next time, we’ll discuss how to have the discipline to invest even if you don’t have the discipline to invest. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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