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Do You Dream of Success?

dreaming of success | BIGG SuccessT.E. Lawrence, the man whose life was turned into the movie Lawrence of Arabia, said:

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” ~ T.E. Lawrence

Do you dream by night or by day?

Everyone dreams by night. Some don’t remember it.

Some people dream by day. Those who reach BIGG success never forget it.

They are among those few people who understand the source of all great accomplishments:

An idea. A thought.

One of two three things will happen with this idea:

  • Nothing
  • It will become a fantasy
  • It will turn into a dream

BIGG success is life on your own terms. The difference between a fantasy and a dream can be summed up in one term:

Action

The idea turns into a clear picture of a destination. You know what you want to accomplish it.

You live it in your mind.

But that’s where it ends for most people. It’s just a fantasy.

You, because you’re a BIGG goal-getter, won’t stop there. You understand the importance of living it in your mind…first.

You won’t settle for just living it there. You’ll take action.

But not just any action. Action that will move you toward your dream.

And you will stop doing any action that won’t take you there. They are a waste of your time.

And time – one of the five elements of BIGG success – is your most precious resource.

When you take the right actions, you change your reality. Sure, you’ll face obstacles. You’ll need to be persistent.

As you overcome the challenges, your dream will turn into reality. You’ll live it the second time; this time in the real world you dreamed of creating.

That’s BIGG success!

Image in this post from Billy Frank Alexander

The Coming Age of Small Business-Part 2

small-businessMalcolm Gladwell wrote a great article for The New Yorker a while ago. He talks about how David beats Goliath. It’s a great read full of stories about underdogs.

The main story is about a girl’s basketball team that made the national championships when they shouldn’t have won a game. The other stories – from David to Lawrence of Arabia – all support why these girls were able to achieve what they did.

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He cites a study that showed that small armies beat superior opponents a little over one-fourth of the time (28.5%). However, when these underdogs ignored the conventions of war and fought on their own terms, they won nearly two-thirds of the time (63.6%)!

So you’re two times more likely to win if you set the rules of the game!

Set your terms to get your terms

Bigg success is life on your own terms. So it turns out that it’s a circle. You set the terms (your strategy) so you get the terms you desire (your mission).

You are the entrepreneur of your life. You’re in charge. Set the terms for the battles you engage in so you’re more likely to win those battles.

Small businesses, the Davids of the business world, can trump the Goliaths. Not by trying to compete head on. Not by following the conventions.

By crafting strategies that may fly in the face of wisdom and engaging the Goliaths in unfamiliar ways, Davids can be victorious.

The price for bigg success

If you plan to go head-to-head with the Goliaths, there’s a price you must be willing to pay.

It takes effort. You have to be willing to work longer. You have to work harder. As Gladwell says, effort trumps ability.

He cites the girls’ basketball team. Their secret? A full court press. Not just when the game was in its final minutes like a lot of teams do. These girls used a full court press for the entire game.

It rattled their opponents who hadn’t practiced for a full court press. Their standard plays started at half court. By engaging their opponents on the whole court, these girls put them on unfamiliar turf.

There are many ways today for small businesses – even solopreneurs – to trump large competitors. In many cases, they don’t involve money. They involve time. But that’s okay because you know that effort trumps ability if you focus that effort on unconventional tactics.

That’s how to make your small business a bigg success!

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Thank you so much for checking in with us today. Next time, we’ll chat about why women shouldn’t compete with men. Or is it the other way around? Please join us next time to find out. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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