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3 Ways to Buck Up Your Bounce-Back-Ability

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Bounce-back-ability is your ability to come back at a higher level than where you started. We share three ways to buck it up.

We discuss how to bounce back from tough times on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of our conversation.

Tough times call for tough people. And boy, are we having some tough times.

How can you get through them?

You need entrepreneurial brain food. It’s like comfort food for the mind, and we are serving some of that up with this topic!

As the two of us discussed how to return to normal, a word popped into our conversation:

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How to Pivot Your Life Direction

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Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Hansen say asking questions will pivot your life direction in amazing ways. Listen as they share how it worked for them.

Our guests today are the power couple of power couples.

Mark Victor Hansen is best known as the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul*, one of the best-selling book franchises of all time.

Crystal Dwyer Hansen is an entrepreneur, coach, and author of Skinny Life: The Secret to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Fitness*.

Together, they’ve written a new book, Ask! The Bridge From Your Dreams To Your Destiny*.

Here’s a summary of our discussion.

The Key to Finding Your Life Direction

Crystal says the difference between those who are really getting what they want in terms of success and happiness, and those who aren’t, is their willingness to ability to ask.

In looking back at their own journey’s, Mark and Crystal discovered there are 3 channels through which you can ask:

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Why This Entrepreneur is a Hero in More Ways Than One

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Hear George & Mary-Lynn tell this amazing hero story on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click PLAY (Duration 4:20)

It’s a story that went viral: Batman and Captain America saved a kitten from a burning home. We’ll tell you more about that, plus how this superhero story has some great inspiration for entrepreneurs.

The Superhero

John Buckland, dressed as Batman, and Troy Marcum, dressed as Captain America, were the entertainment at a children’s event in Milton, West Virginia when they noticed smoke coming from a house nearby.

They went into true superhero mode as they rushed to the house to make sure no one was inside. Then Buckland, a former fireman, broke out a window so some smoke could escape. As he looked down, he saw something small and furry on the floor…a kitten! He pulled it out of the burning home. The kitten survived!

An Entrepreneurial Hero

How did this former firefighter turned Batman come to be at the right place at the right time to help this cat and its 9, make that 8 lives? John Buckland was a career firefighter for many years before he got the call to serve in Iraq, which he did for two years. When his tour of duty was over, he couldn’t find work in the profession he loved.

He put his entrepreneurial cap on. When he worked for the Fire Service, one of his favorite things about it was teaching classes to children about safety. Children inspired him, and he felt passionate about doing all he could to help them.

An idea was born: Why not have heroes deliver positive messages that show kids how to take on the challenges they’ll face while growing up? Why not provide them with the tools they’ll need to make good choices so they can be heroes in their community? That’s exactly what Heroes 4 Higher does, for parties, school events, and more.

A Branding Hero

Thank goodness John Buckland had a great name for his business and a website because from countless newswires, newscasts, blogs, and social shares, this story was everywhere! In just a few days, the name of his small business was known around the world!

While most of us will never run to a burning house and save a kitten, you just never know when unexpected publicity will come your way. Is your business ready for that? Will people be able to find you and learn more about your story?

We sure are glad we were able to learn more about John. Not only did he save a kitten, but this entrepreneur’s passion is making our world a better place. What a hero!

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The People Who Hate the Janitor

The BIGG Success story of Gac FilipajToday we want to talk about an incredibly inspiring success story. More importantly, we want to talk about the people who hate the janitor.

Graduation season is always full of high hopes and BIGG dreams. We always enjoy hearing or reading about all the great convocation speeches.

But this year’s biggest inspiration didn’t come from any of the high-powered speakers. It came from a janitor.

You may have heard about Gac Filipaj. He’s the 52-year old graduate from Columbia University.

What a success story – he fled to America to escape civil war and ethnic cleansing in his homeland. Like so many first-generation immigrants, he sought opportunity.

And opportunity – just like the success it leads to – comes with a price. He thought nothing of this; he was willing to pay it.

He discovered that Columbia offered its employees 14 credit hours of classes every year for free. He wanted an education. So he took a job as a “heavy cleaner” at Columbia – mopping floors, cleaning toilets, and taking out the garbage.

After learning to speak English, it took twelve more years to get his degree in the classics. He attended classes in the morning followed by a full day of work from mid-afternoon to 11 PM. Then he would crack open the books to study, occasionally pulling an all-nighter to study for an exam or write a paper.

Now he plans to continue on to get his PhD. He wants to teach. And he hopes to get promoted to supervisor.

It’s the American Dream alive and well!

But what really struck us is the attitude of the haters. And there are plenty of them, visible in the comments on the various stories we read.

You know these people. They are so miserable that they can’t feel good about themselves unless they feel like they made others feel bad.

They don’t see any value in this amazing man’s accomplishment. They assert that a janitor’s job is menial. They decry his degree as useless. They say it was a waste of time.

We couldn’t disagree more.

We believe there is dignity in every job. Every job is an opportunity to learn about yourself and become a better person.

We don’t profess to knowing anymore than they do. But from what we know, we think he made a great decision. He’s living his life on his own terms. Who cares what they think?

In the meantime, what are they doing? Commenting on his life and mocking his choices.

We ask you – who’s wasting time?

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The Kind of People Who Find Success

find a way to win | BIGG SuccessThere are two kinds of people in the world.

The first group finds the will to win.
The second will, when it’s not so too hard.

The first type finds a strategy.
The second drifts. Focus is too difficult.

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The second complains. They don’t have enough.

The first kind finds the time.
The second is too busy wasting it.

The first group finds a way to face their fears.
The second are too fearful about saving face.

The first type finds a launching point.
The second runs out of fuel before they get started.

The first kind finds a way to put their plan in motion.
The second gets paralyzed.

The first group finds solutions.
The second can only see problems.

The first set finds the lesson in every failure.
The second fails to try again.

The first kind finds people who lift them up.
The second hangs with people who hold them down.

The first group finds inspiration in the success of others.
The second just feels jealous.

The first type finds a way to lend a hand.
The second looks for a hand out.

The first kind finds a way to get the job done.
The second finds excuses.

The first group finds themselves.
The second define themselves through the opinion of others.

The first type finds BIGG success.
The second remains stuck where they’re at.

Which kind of person are you? You may not be all one or all the other.

But you can migrate to any of the characteristics you want to obtain. Don’t try to change everything at once.

Focus on one trait at a time. Keep working on it for four to six weeks. Once you have it done, move on to another.

Before you know it, you’ll be a BIGG success!

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