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The entrepreneur hero

Why This Entrepreneur is a Hero in More Ways Than One

The entrepreneur hero

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.

The first group finds the resources. |
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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We Need You to Be a Success

be a bigg success | BIGG SuccessIf you’re a regular here, you know that we love quotes. And today we want to share two quotes by two men with two points-of-view.

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Start with your life

“When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”

~ Joseph Campbell

It’s an interesting perspective. It’s life on your own terms. It’s about your life. It puts the focus on what we can control. It encourages each one of us to take responsibility for our own life.

However, there’s a negativity to it. A sort of deterministic attitude about the major problems of the world.

See beyond the horizon

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”

~ John Kennedy

It’s optimistic and expansive. It encourages us to go beyond the limitations we often place on ourselves. To look just past the horizon. To dream BIGG dreams. To accomplish BIGG things.

We need you to be an entrepreneur

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. We need entrepreneurs in all walks of life – entrepreneurs in the corporate world, in politics, in academia, in the non-profit world and, of course, in the traditional sense.

We need you to be an entrepreneur. No matter what your station in life.

We need you to tackle your own challenges. We need you to grow.

Then you’ll be ready for an even bigger test. So you can help create a better world for other people.

We need you to see things as they really are.

No “perception is reality” hogwash. You see the objective reality. An honest assessment of yourself and the world around you.

We need you to see things as they really are before you can evolve to the next phase.

We need you to see things as they could be

Starting with yourself, of course. What could you be? How can you get from your current reality to this future reality? How can you become all that you know you were meant to be?

And then, because you’re a BIGG goal-getter, you won’t stop there.

You’ll see the world around you. You’ll see people who need your help.

You’ll find a solution to their problem. You’ll add value to their life. When you do this, you’ll create value in your own life.

Yes, entrepreneurs are the answer to the world’s problems. We need you to be an entrepreneur. We need you to knock down the obstacles and create a world that only you can create. We need you to be a BIGG success!

Will you join us? What problem would you like to see eliminated? What cause are you passionate about?

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Is Jealousy the Secret of Success?

secret to success | BIGG SuccessHow do you feel when someone you know suddenly achieves BIGG success?

As humans, it’s not unnatural to compare your progress to others.

It’s a trap…and a tool

Of course, judging yourself by the success of others can be a trap. BIGG success is life on your own terms, after all.

It’s most important to compare yourself to yourself:

How far have you come in the last year?

How different does your future look now compared to then?

If you’ve made meaningful progress, give yourself a pat on the back.

Of course, comparing yourself to others can also be a useful tool. But you must first dispel one term in the question we asked at the beginning – “suddenly”.

Almost no one “suddenly” achieves BIGG success. It takes years of work – hard work, smart work, focused work, etc. – to reach the heights you want.

Okay, you know that. But at times, you may still feel a little twinge of jealousy.

The bad side of jealousy

Most people think jealousy is a bad thing. And it can be…

It is a very bad thing if it causes you to resent the person who succeeded. They may be the very person to help you reach BIGG success. After all, they know how they did it!

It can also serve as a de-motivator. You may find yourself in a downward spiral when you compare yourself to others. You know the drill:

You tell yourself you’re not good enough, you don’t deserve it. You wonder why it was so easy for them. You tell yourself that other people get all the breaks.

STOP!

You are good enough. You do deserve it. It’s highly likely it was NOT easy for them. They probably MADE their break.

They may have had resources you don’t have. That’s okay. It may take a little longer but your story will be even better. Your BIGG success will be that much sweeter.

The good side of jealousy

The other side of jealousy is inspiration. Some people get inspired without experiencing any jealousy. They feel happy for people who succeed wildly. Good for them.

It’s okay if you feel a little jealous. But it’s not okay to JUST feel a little jealous. It has to light a fire within you! It has to motivate you.

So get off your you-know-what and do something about it! Get inspired! They’ve shown you what YOU can do. So go! Do it!

If you know you haven’t given it everything, then give your all.

If what you’re doing now isn’t getting where you want to go, then do something else.

Keep pushing and before you know it, other people will be jealous of you! Oops, we meant to say inspired.

Let us know if we can help you. We’ve designed a very affordable a la carte coaching package for people who just need a little one-time guidance. To check it out (and our other coaching programs) click here.

Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

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