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Little Adults, Bigg Kids: What We’re All Missing Out On

playground We recently read a great post by Dr. Robyn Silvermen about treating kids like little adults. She offers a lot of great links to research and other articles about this increasing trend.

 

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The calendars of kids today are as busy as ours. Between school and all their extracurricular activities, they’re too busy to really play.

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georgeI saw an interview with a little girl awhile back. She was brilliant, doing well in school and excelling at everything she did. Her one wish was that she could just have some time to play.

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Isn’t that sad?

Play pays

Don’t get us wrong – extracurricular activities are great, but it’s good to also have time to engage in activities that don’t have a goal with performance stress attached.

It’s good for kids to just play. It’s good for them physically, socially, and mentally. Play helps them develop their imagination and creativity as well as socially – all important skills in the years ahead.

Turning back the clock

Dr. Robyn cites a growing trend of kids having fitness club memberships. How many of us just love going to the gym? Do you remember playing … just good old fashioned play?  It was fun. Something you couldn’t wait to do. You got some great exercise, but you didn’t watch the clock like you do when you’re working out at the club. 

Speaking of clocks, the sad part is that we seem to be turning back the clock. Dr. Robyn’s article includes a quote that says kids are about two years behind in their development compared to sixty years ago. It seems we’re not evolving; we’re going backwards.

We need to do a 180

So let’s let the kids be kids. In fact, let’s take it a step further. Let’s do a 180 degree turn – instead of trying to turn kids into little adults, let’s become bigg kids.

Not in an immature way … just for fun and all the benefits that come with it.

We need to be more child-like. Do you remember being fascinated by bugs? Of course, we’re not talking about bugs inside the house. But isn’t it fascinating to just watch a praying mantis? How relaxing is it to see butterflies fluttering around?

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marylynnThat’s one of the reasons I love going for walks. I just love seeing all the cool plants. There’s a lake close to our house so I can watch the fish. It sure beats going to the fitness center and watching TV!

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We get so busy working that we don’t have a second to spare. Sometimes we even block people out so we can get all of our work done. That’s when play time is especially important. Play time is social time. You can relax and talk with people.

And you learn … things that you might not learn any other way. Because other people have different interests. By playing – socializing – you expand our interests. That helps you look at old problems in new ways. You find solutions that you may not find if you don’t get out of your routine.

Play expands our imaginations. Our imagination leads us to be more creative, more innovative. Which is how we find those bigg ideas that lead to bigg success!

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Next time, we’ll take on Washington and Wall Street. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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The Killer Combo – Child-like Imagination and Experiential Wisdom

By Bigg Success Staff

10-01-08

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People who succeed bigg dream bigg. They aren’t constrained by the same forces we are.

That’s bull caca!

They absolutely are constrained in exactly the same ways all of us are. But there’s a bigg difference …

They don’t allow themselves to be constrained! They don’t see themselves as constrained. How do they do it?

Why you can and how you will

They don’t spend a lot of time telling themselves all the reasons why they can’t do something. They focus on why they can and how they will.

By changing the focus from “can’t” to “can”, they open their minds to all sorts of possibilities. Because your mind will go where you lead it. Get it thinking about why something can’t be done, it will come up with all kinds of reasons to justify your opinion.

To succeed bigg, you have to get your mind to think of how it can be done. In like form, it will start producing a number of ways to overcome all the obstacles that hold others back.

Sure, some of their ideas may not work. It doesn’t matter. What does matter – they are paths to the possibility of achieving the impossible. One of them will work.

Little minds, bigg dreams

But if we never get out of the gate … if we just assume we can’t win the race … we won’t. We must dream again – we must dream the kind of dreams we dreamed when we were young.

Maybe not the exact same dreams, but dreams that are as bigg as those conceived in our little minds!

  • When the world was our oyster.
  • When there was nothing we couldn’t do.
  • When we could imagine all of the things that we would accomplish.
  • When we couldn’t wait to grow up so we could get to all these wonderful ideas.

We’re better equipped to achieve our bigg dreams now

Because if we combine the dreams of our youth with the wisdom gained from our experience, we can achieve things that other people only fantasize about – if they allow themselves to think about them at all.

You see … that’s the difference now. We have an asset we didn’t have when we were young. We have our experience and all that we’ve learned from it. So the possibility of achieving the impossible is more probable! It’s a killer combination for achieving bigg success!

But we don’t think about that – we just stopped dreaming bigg dreams. We accepted being average and ordinary, when deep in our souls we know we’re excellent and extraordinary.

All it takes is one person finding one way

We have to believe again! Believe that we can achieve what we conceive! Then find a way to do it. It only takes one person discovering one way to do anything that’s never been done before. Then the world marvels at the accomplishment.

You are that one person! 

You were born to dream bigg dreams. You know it because you’ve done it. You were born to be excellent and extraordinary. But first you must remove the limits that keep you from dreaming bigg.

Tap into your imagination. Dream about what can be. Then start thinking of ways to do it. Believe – really believe, deep down … to your inner soul – that you will win. You can achieve this one thing. You will achieve this one thing. Now, take action and achieve bigg success!

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Want to Succeed Bigg? Stop Working!

work Fred Gratzon, author of The Lazy Way to Success, had a great post recently called the Definition of Success. He says that you’re a success if you can “give from your abundance”.

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georgeHe’s not just talking about money, but it reminded me of one of the guest speakers for my class. He said that his goal is to give away a million dollars in his lifetime. One of my students asked him why he set a goal for giving instead of a goal for how much he would keep. He said that he felt that, if he could afford to give away a million dollars, he knew he would be doing just fine!

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Fred also said that a lot of people think you have to work hard to be a success. He disagrees. In fact, he thinks you have to avoid work to be successful.

The definition of work

This is what we found most interesting – how he defines “work”. He says you are working “if you’d rather be doing something else.”

So if you love what you do, it’s not work! You can spend countless hours at it, because you find joy in it.

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marylynn We love what we do here at Bigg Success. Sure, we work hard by most people’s standards … it’s definitely not 9 to 5. But we found a way to work together doing what we love for a fantastic community of people. It’s not always easy, but it is fun … it doesn’t feel like work, at least not most of the time!

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Blaze your own trail

A great example of this is a young man we talked with recently – Sean Aiken. His last year of college, Sean’s dad told him to find a career that he was passionate about. Like a lot of young people, Sean didn’t know what that was. So he decided to find out by working 52 jobs in 52 weeks!

Now he’s working on a documentary about the project and he’s writing a book. He found his passion by blazing a new trail.

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georgeMy students are usually a pretty money-motivated group. They often go for the jobs that pay the most. The problem is it’s cyclical – the highest paying job now may not be the highest paying job in five years. So I encourage them to think about what they really enjoy doing and find a way to make a career of it. Now they’re set to rise to the top of their profession because it won’t feel like work.

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marylynn Don’t accept the terms that the world sets for you. Don’t define yourself by other people’s terms. Use your imagination to create your own world.

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As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “When you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” So make a decision to do what you love! 

 

 

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These Five Great Quotes Weave the Story of Our Lives

By Bigg Success Staff
07-29-08

Life Changes

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“Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.”
Charles Caleb Cotton

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”
William H. Johnson

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau

“When you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.”
John Greenleaf Whittier

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Warren Buffet's Single Piece of Wisdom

A bigg salute to Josh Whitford, who writes the Unconventional Marketing blog, for inspiring today’s post.

Josh read the The 4-Hour Workweek, written by Tim Ferriss, and decided to accept the challenge to contact a famous person. Josh chose Warren Buffett.


He wrote a letter to Buffett asking him for “his single piece of wisdom” and sent it along with a self-addressed, stamped postcard. To Josh’s surprise, the Oracle of Omaha responded a couple of weeks later. Buffett simply said,

“Read, read, read.”

A typical Buffett answer – short and to the point!

It’s interesting advice because a poll by the Associated Press – Ipsos showed that one in four Americans hasn’t read a single book in the last year. At least, that’s how the news reported it – we look at that and see that three out of four Americans did read a book last year!

In fact, the last Gallup poll that we saw on this subject showed that over half of all Americans have read more than 5 books in the last year!

Read, read, read … for the sake of your career (and finances)

We hear about the “haves” and the “have nots”. A study by the National Endowment for the Arts [pdf] showed the impact of reading on a person’s well-being – reading less leads to lower reading proficiency which leads to fewer (and lower quality) career opportunities.

For example, according to the study, “Proficient Readers” are 2.5 times more likely than “Basic Readers” to earn at least $850 each week. This study also showed that 44% of Basic Readers lack a full- or part-time job, two times the percentage of Proficient Readers.

So, Warren Buffett said it well … read, read, read.

Read, read, read … to expand your imagination

"When I was young … okay I’d like to think I’m still young … so when I was younger, I used to just read non-fiction, and specifically books on business and investing. Then I took a literature class with a phenomenal professor – a short-story class. It made me use my imagination in a way I didn’t do when I just read books that I thought were more practical."

And as Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than intelligence.”

What’s nice about reading, rather than watching, is that you are the director. You create a vision of the story – the characters, the setting. 

 

"Just think about how many times you’ve read a book that gets turned into a movie. So you get all excited and go see the movie … and it’s not as good as the book! For me, a great example is Stephen King’s book, It. I scared myself more reading that book than watching the movie!"

It’s much more interactive mentally and the skills carry over to your professional life. 

A simple commitment to reading that’s worked better than a college degree
We have a friend who worked his way up in a small business. In fact, he ended up buying the business from the owner. After he bought it, he wished he would have gotten a college degree. But he didn’t have the time – he had a business to run!

So he made a commitment to himself – to read one business book every week. He reads the best sellers and he talks to friends for recommendations. He has that done for years now. He knows more about business than just about anybody we know.

Do-it-yourself knowledge … that’s what Warren Buffett is talking about.

What are you reading? 

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