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The Swinging Bridge to Success

the swinging bridge to BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about taking control to build the life of your dreams.

You are where you are. You want to be where you want to be.

That’s the easy part. The hard part is getting there.

Because there’s a BIGG canyon between the two.

Picture it – you’re standing on a cliff.

You want to get to the other side. But how?

You have to build the bridge. No one will build it for you. You have to do it.

Only you don’t have the right materials to build a sturdy bridge. Nope – this bridge from where you are to where you want to be will be a swinging one.

So you go about building the bridge. And then you start to walk across.

Only, even then, even after all the work you did to build the bridge, the journey won’t be easy.

Winds

The winds will be strong. Occasionally, they’ll be at your back. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Sometimes, the winds will be in your face. You’ll have to summon even more energy to keep pushing ahead.

Then there are the crosswinds. They make the bridge swing from side to side. You have to hold on tight to keep from falling.

People

At times, there will be other people on your bridge. As they put one foot in front of the other, the bridge will sway.

They’re making it harder on you to make progress. They don’t mean to; they’re just trying to get across the chasm.

Others, well…they are intentional. They actively make the bridge swing; they want to throw you off.

They don’t want you to succeed. Beware of these people.

Energy

You expended a tremendous amount of energy to build your bridge. Now you just have to get across.

But you’re tired. It’s only natural.

You have to make sure you have enough provisions to keep your strength up. And occasionally you just need to stop and rest.

But then you’ll get back to your journey. Because you’re a winner!

You will keep going.
You will make it to the other side.
You will get from where you are to where you want to be.
You will reach BIGG success!

What obstacles have you faced on your swinging bridge to BIGG success?

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How to Deal with Rejection

rejection | BIGG SuccessRejection can be brutal. Some people take it better than others.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. But even if you’re living the BIGG life, things won’t always go your way.

You won’t reach the BIGG success you crave if you let rejection get you down.

So here are 4 tips to help you deal with rejection:

Stay confident

When you’re comfortable in your own skin, you won’t take rejection personally. You’ll accept it as part of your journey to BIGG success.

You’ll keep trying – one more thing, then one more. That’s what you have to do to succeed BIGG!

And don’t forget to take a confidence booster.

It’s a numbers game

What if you knew that every time you got a “No”, you were one step closer to “Yes”?

The most celebrated authors know this. So do actors and other entertainers.

It’s also true of job seekers. And sales people. And entrepreneurs.

See “No” as a positive – it means you’re one step closer to success!

Don’t take the rejection personally

It’s them. It’s not you.

That’s our fun way of saying it’s highly unlikely that they’re rejecting YOU.

We know this isn’t easy sometimes. It’s easy to listen to that little voice that tells you that it’s all about you.

Tell it to shut up! It’s really important to do so if you’re going to benefit from the rejection.

Yeah, that’s right…you can benefit from the rejection.

Try to find out why

If you take it personally, you won’t look for the reason underlying the rejection. Then you’ll get caught in a vicious circle.

You’ll be more likely to get rejected again because you’re not learning anything from each rejection.

You want to understand why it occurred so you can answer this question:

Is the reason for the rejection something you can control?

Maybe it’s the offer.

Or the presentation.

The design.

The wording.

Their circumstances.

Or any number of other things.

If you can’t find out why, or it’s something you can’t control, keep pushing.

If you do find out and it’s something you can control, celebrate the rejection!

You can make the necessary changes and try again. It’s how you find BIGG success!

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4 Rewards of Finding Your Purpose

your purpose in the maze of life | BIGG SuccessWe love Julia Cameron. We’re especially BIGG fans of her book, The Artist’s Way. And we love this quote by her:

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

We’ll share a few thoughts on this quote in the context of BIGG success.

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.”

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about taking control to design and build the life that fits you perfectly.

Before you can design and build it, you must discover “what you really want to do” which is “what you are really meant to do.”

You must find your purpose. Your purpose is found at the intersection of your passions, your proficiencies, and your preferences.

Deep down in your soul, you know you’re here for a reason. What is it?

“When we do what we are meant to do…”

We love that Julia Cameron said “when” and not “if”. However, you have to look at the context to understand this important term.

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. You may never be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word.

But you are the entrepreneur of an incredible important enterprise – your life. You own your life.

Ownership starts with a decision – a decision to take full responsibility for your journey. A decision to stop accepting the status quo. A decision to live out your destiny.

“When” you do that, rewards follow. That’s the reason she said “when”. There’s an implicit assumption that you will do it.

But the decision is just the starting point. You must act.

The best decision in the world is worthless without subsequent movement. Take a step toward your dreams.

It can, and probably should, be a small step. But small steps lead to BIGG success.

The rewards

Before we get into the specific rewards, it’s important to understand that many of them may not be immediate.

However, here’s something to really understand about your journey to BIGG success:

The journey is the reward.

Almost all of the most successful people all grew immensely to reach BIGG success. Growth is one of the five elements of BIGG success along with money, time, work, and play.

Money and time are your two resources; work and play your two opportunities. Growth begins as an opportunity; if you capitalize on it, it becomes your most valuable resource.

The author of the quote lists four rewards to living your calling:

  • “Money comes”

    In the dance of life, money follows your lead. You win by picking the right dance contest.

  • “Doors open”

    You must position yourself in the right room to be by the door when opportunity knocks.

  • You “feel useful”

    At its essence, BIGG success is a sense of fulfillment given your opportunity cost. When you live your purpose, you maximize your fulfillment while minimizing your opportunity cost.

  • Work “feels like play”

    The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is synergy. When work feels like play, you know you’re in the right place. Every day, all day, is a play day.

If you aren’t sure how to find your purpose or you’ve tried unsuccessfully, maybe we can help.

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One Man’s Quest for Success in the New Economy – Part 3

Greg Hartle on The BIGG Success ShowWe wrapped up our discussion with Greg Hartle today on The BIGG Success Show. Greg started Ten Dollars and a Laptop to see what it takes to build a life from scratch in the new economy.

Before he wraps it up, he will visit all 50 states and interview 500 entrepreneurs. Last time, we talked about what Greg has learned so far.

Hear Greg on The BIGG Success Show podcast! Click the player.


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In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why Greg doesn’t worry about the next stage right now
  • his BIGG goal for his project
  • why entrepreneurs should build companies, not a job for yourself

We are so happy we met Greg at SOBCon. We plan to check in with him from time to time. In the meantime, you can follow his journey at Ten Dollars and a Laptop.

Rain Makes Life Greener for Entrepreneurs

emerald IsleIreland is often called the Emerald Isle. It’s so lush and beautiful and green. We can learn a lot about our lives from nature. One of those is that the greenest places on earth get the most frequent rain.

Rain gives life. It brings critical nourishment. It’s about replenishment. It’s part of the cycle of growth.

So we can all take heart when we see the storm clouds rolling in. While we never wish for a bad day, a bad week, a bad month or even a bad year, they prepare us for the bright, sunny times.

The dark days keep the drought away
It takes rain and sun – bad times and good – to be strong and grow. But what if it never rained?

In nature, we call that a drought. When entrepreneurs talk about drought, they are usually referring to a period of slow sales. Is it possible that the occasional dark days keep us out of a drought?

If you don’t experience a dark day now and then, you would find it much more difficult to grow. When the sun is shining bright, when times are good, you don’t notice the problems in your business.

For example, you may experience a problem with a customer. But there’s another customer waiting in line to take their place. You don’t realize it wasn’t about that customer. You have a customer service problem. If you’re willing to get into the rain, you’ll see it and solve it. Without the rain, you may experience a drought.

The combination makes the journey interesting
And without the rain, we wouldn’t appreciate the sunshine. Life would be boring. It would all be the same. It’s the combination of rain and sun, bad times and good, that makes the journey to BIGG success interesting.

Obstacle Illusions
Speaking of BIGG success, our friend Stephen Hopson has a new book out. It’s called Obstacle Illusions.

Long-time listeners may remember our interview with Stephen. Among his many other accomplishments, he was the first deaf pilot to fly in bad weather, using only the plane’s instruments.

Stephen knows a lot about obstacles and his book is about the secret he discovered – obstacles are just illusions. Get this book – it’s sure to change your view of the world.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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