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The negative trait entrepreneurs need

This Negative Trait Helps Entrepreneurs Succeed

The negative trait entrepreneurs need

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What’s the secret to BIGG success as an entrepreneur? The answer may surprise you.

It’s an essential trait that helps entrepreneurs succeed – stubbornness!

As humans, we don’t like stubbornness. It reminds us of a quote by the late great John Wooden:

“Stubbornness we deprecate, firmness we condone.
The former is our neighbor’s trait, the latter is our own”.

The phrase “stubborn as a mule” comes to mind for me. And we all know what another name for a mule is!

Yet stubbornness is one of the key characteristics which helps entrepreneurs succeed. Here are three reasons it’s so important:

Everybody has an opinion
When you start a business, everyone has an opinion about who it should serve and how it should serve them.

Of course, you should listen attentively. You never know – you may get a good idea.

But most of the time, people will suggest a different direction – way away from what you’re thinking about.

Usually what they suggest won’t work:

  • The market may not be right for you
  • There may not be a market at all
  • It may not fit you
  • It may not play to your strengths

They don’t know what you know. So you need to be stubborn about doing what’s right for you.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. You’re in charge. So you make the call!

Fate will conspire against you
We want to be clear here – we believe that there’s no question about it…

You have a destiny to fulfill.

Fate wants you to succeed. But first…
It needs to know if YOU want to succeed!

So:

  • Fate will put obstacles in your way
  • Fate will throw challenges at you
  • Fate will do all kinds of thing to try to get you to quit, to give up

It’s all a test – will you remain stubborn in the pursuit of BIGG success?

If so, Fate will become your partner in BIGG success!

Stubbornness is your only hope
(And we’re speaking from experience here!)

There will be times along the way when you feel like quitting. You’ll be down. You’ll be out. You’ll feel horribly discouraged. You may have a sense of despair.

It’s at those times that you have to reach down and grab hold of the one thing you can count on – your stubbornness.

  • Stubbornness will keep you from giving up
  • Stubbornness will lead you out of the abyss
  • Stubbornness will help you find a way
  • Stubbornness will pull you up so you try one more time
  • Stubbornness is your only hope
  • Stubbornness leads to BIGG success!

Do you think stubbornness is a positive trait of successful entrepreneurs?

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3 Easy Ways to Fail

parking is at your own riskA lot of people are parked. In most cases, they don’t realize how much risk they are taking by remaining stationary.

Parking for fear

For some, it’s a perpetual state. They don’t move because of fear – fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of what others will say or think, and even fear of success.

They think they can avoid risk by remaining parked. In reality, they are taking the biggest risk of all. It’s sad because they are doomed to the life they now have if they don’t change.

Parking to celebrate

Others are parked because they just hit a BIGG goal. It’s healthy to take a little time to celebrate your successes. However, you’ll never reach BIGG success if you rest on your laurels. John Wooden said it best:

“Remember this your lifetime through;

Tomorrow there will be more to do.

And failure waits for all who stay

With some success made yesterday.

Tomorrow you must try once more,

And even harder than before.”

Parking to look at the map

In some cases, people are parked because they don’t know where to go next. This can lead to failure if you spend too much time off the road.

If you’re not sure how to reach the next level of success, maybe we can help you with the map. Check out our coaching packages.

Parking is at your own risk. Get on the expressway to BIGG success – even if you have to throw it in reverse first.

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Success Building Blocks: Competitive Greatness

By Bigg Success Staff
09-17-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden, arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball, developed the Pyramid of Success.  It’s a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve discussed four rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.

The fourth row, which is also the second from the top, is made up of Poise and Confidence

This week, we’ll look at the single block that sits at the top of the Pyramid.

Competitive Greatness

This success building block sits atop Poise and Confidence. Without these two, Wooden asserts you won’t achieve Competitive Greatness. But it goes beyond that – this block sits at the top because it is the result of all the rest. Putting in place all the other attributes helps you achieve this one.

The great performers bravely step forward when others are afraid. They thrive when others wither. So they want to be the point person in attacking the bigg challenge. After all, who is better suited to lead the cause? They believe it is up to them. This is their opportunity to shine … and they do! 

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Success Building Blocks: Confidence

By Bigg Success Staff
09-11-08

Timeless Principles

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We count ourselves among the many people who believe that John Wooden was the best coach in the history of college basketball. But his contributions go far beyond the court. He developed an incredible tool called the Pyramid of Success that will help you succeed in any endeavor you choose.

We’ve completed our discussion of three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.

We’ve also looked at one of the two blocks that form that fourth row – Poise. This fourth row is also the second row from the top, right below the apex of the Pyramid. This week, we’ll look at the block that makes up the other half of this row. 

Confidence

Wooden points out that, if you don’t have all three blocks in the middle row of the Pyramid – Condition, Skill and Team Spirit – in place, you’ll never have Confidence. Confidence and Poise are closely related, but Wooden felt the need to include both in his Pyramid.

When we’re confident, we respect the task at hand but we don’t fear it. We know we’re prepared. That’s why the three blocks in the middle row – Condition, Skill, and Team Spirit – are so vital. We know the fundamentals of our craft. Even beyond that, we know that we know them. That’s not a subtle difference!

There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness. Peak performers get right up to the line, but they don’t cross over it. We don’t strive to be cocky, but it can happen over time. We have to guard against it by keeping all of the other success building blocks in mind.

With that in mind, we won’t succeed bigg if we aren’t confident. We have to win mentally to win physically. We must think we can win or we won’t. We must believe we can succeed or we won’t. When we have this mindset, we’re ready to take action. We’re ready to succeed bigg! And we can’t wait to get going! 

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Success Building Blocks: Poise

By Bigg Success Staff
09-04-08

Timeless Principles

success_pyramid

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 that will help you succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose. 

So far, we’ve discussed three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition and Team Spirit.

Now we’ll move to the fourth row, which is also the second row from the top. It consists of two blocks. We’ll look at the one on the left this week.  

Poise

This success building block sits atop Condition and Skill, but Wooden points out that it also comes from Team Spirit. You’ve worked hard to master the fundamentals of your craft so you know you’re ready to execute.

You’ve practiced every situation so you will be at ease when you’re playing the game. Even when things get tough, you’ll exhibit grace under pressure. You’ll just be yourself, because you know you’re ready! This leads to a calm, cool exterior because you’re calm and cool on the inside. That intimidates rivals who aren’t as prepared as you.  

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