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3 Ways to Spend Black Friday to Make Next Year a Success

Black Friday alternatives for your BIGG SuccessThe day after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday.

The official start of the holiday shopping season.

Get out of bed in the middle of the night.
Get out to the stores well before sunrise.
Wait for the doors of the store to open.
Rush in with the mass of people gathered.
Fight for the bargains.
Shop ’til you drop.
Come home exhausted.

It’s the Olympics of shopping. And the competition is stiff.

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People invest time and money. Like an entrepreneurial endeavor, the returns are both financial and psychological. You may save money. And you experience a shopper’s high from finding a great deal.

But BIGG goal-getters rise above the crowd. So instead of talking about retailers getting into the black, let’s talk about how you can get into the black, to make more money.

We’ll discuss three ways to spend Black Friday to make next year a BIGG success.

And the best part is…you won’t have to lose sleep or fight the hoards to do any of them.

Spend the day learning

Let the herd spend the day spending their money. Spend your day learning how to make more money.

People in the know tend to have.
People who know not tend not to have.

So go to the library. Do some research online. Read a book.

Browse for ways to improve a specific skill. Check out a new opportunity.

The possibilities are as long as the lines at the checkout. The lines you won’t have to stand in.

Spend the day planning

Instead of chasing deals in the stores, spend your day calculating how to reach BIGG success.

What are your goals for next year? What needs to happen before year end to set yourself up for BIGG success next year?

Start this holiday season figuring out how to make spirits bright next holiday season.

Then sample the eggnog!

Spend the day organizing

Let the crowd place orders. Spend your day creating order.

Get a jump on your year-end organizing. Get your files set up for next year. Get this year’s files ready to put away.

Don’t worry about sorting out the deals from the duds, like the masses. Sort out what you need to keep and what you don’t now. Clear out the clutter instead of creating clutter.

Warning: You may miss a good deal or two.

But you will save yourself time and money. And set yourself up to make more money.

And here’s the bonus: Black Friday only offers one time deals. Spend your day learning or planning or organizing. It will help you get in the black and stay there. Now that’s BIGG success!

How have you made Black Friday a productive day?

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2 Keys to a Much Brighter Future

2 Keys to a Brighter Future and BIGG SuccesWhat is the key to being a BIGG success in your life, your career, and your business today?

At SOBCon, we heard a presentation by Tim Sanders, author of Love is the Killer App and its wonderful prequel, Today We Are Rich. During his presentation, he revealed the first key to a much brighter future:

Key #1

He said, “The future belongs to the learning, not the learned.”

A diploma isn’t the end of your education. It’s the beginning.

Neither is certification in your industry. That’s why many professionals are required to earn continuing education credits.

Don’t rest on your laurels; keep learning.

Learn from your successes. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from others.
Learn from books. Learn from podcasts. Learn from television shows.
Learn anywhere and everywhere you can.

But learning isn’t enough. It just sets you up for BIGG success.

Key #2

So we’ll turn to another great quote for the second key. It comes from the wonderful book, Success through a Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone, two of the patriarchs of success literature. They said:

“Too often what we read and profess becomes a part of our libraries and vocabularies,
instead of becoming a part of our lives.”

We live and learn, but do we apply it?

The value of knowledge isn’t in the knowledge itself. It’s what you gain from using that knowledge that matters.

So make time for learning. But think before you learn. Ask yourself an incredibly important question:

Are you going to apply it? If not, don’t waste your time.

The power in learning comes from living it.

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

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Knowledge Does Not Lead to Success

knowledgeKnowledge is power.

Bull! Knowledge is useless in and of itself.

Go to school. Get good grades. And the world will open its door to you.

Wrong again! School is just the starting point of learning.

These myths were debunked years ago by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich. He said that general knowledge is of little importance to BIGG success.

Okay, he didn’t say BIGG success. And he didn’t spell “BIGG” the right way, like we do.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. If getting rich is part of your definition of BIGG success, you have to understand that wealth isn’t created by general knowledge.

Yet most people think it is. It’s what we’re told all our lives.

It doesn’t mean going to school and learning is a waste of time. It’s not.

It creates a foundation. But it’s not enough if you want to be a BIGG success.

To accumulate riches, knowledge must be directed, organized, and applied.

Directed knowledge

You must take what you know and learn and apply it to a destination. Where do you want to end up?

Organized knowledge

Once you have directed your knowledge, you must organize it into specific plans of action. What is your strategy for getting where you want to go?

Applied knowledge

Finally, once you know where you’re going and you know how you plan to get there, it’s time to go.

All the knowledge in the world, all the direction, and all the organization does you no good unless it’s applied. Take action for BIGG success!

Successful Entrepreneurs Push to the Point of Inexperience

push to the unknownSome people can’t get a job because they don’t have enough education. Other people have the education but they can’t get a job because they lack experience.

You don’t need an education or experience to be an entrepreneur. They both help but no amount of education or experience, outside of actually entrepreneuring, can prepare you for entrepreneurship.

The place where learning occurs

For entrepreneurs, the best education comes from experiencing inexperience.

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Here’s what we mean:

You learn when you push past what you know into the unknown. Granted, you may fall flat on your face, but entrepreneurs who reach BIGG success keep pushing.

The ongoing cycle that leads to innovation

It’s an ongoing cycle – you must constantly push yourself to the point of inexperience. You have to dig deep within yourself to find the answers to the questions you are asking for the first time. Innovation comes when you’re able to connect the dots that only you can see.

You may discover a need for a new product or service. You may find a way to upgrade an existing product or service. You may offer a product or service through a new distribution channel.

That’s what we recently did. We developed an e-learning center for Chambers of Commerce to offer their members as part of the dues they already pay.

We launched in November. We had spent months at the point of inexperience.

We still find ourselves at that point every day. We have a lot of experience behind us but we’re still learning as we push past what we already know.

Side note: Currently, we are only offering this program to Chambers in the United States. If you’re part of a Chamber that doesn’t offer it, or you know someone who works at a Chamber, we’d be so grateful if you’d let us know. E-mail us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.

Exciting and scary and chaotic

Experiencing inexperience is an ongoing cycle. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. You push yourself to the point of inexperience. It’s a little chaotic for a while. Then you learn enough and gain enough experience to get things stabilized.

Experience inexperience! You must push to the point of inexperience again and again or you won’t grow. If you – the entrepreneur – don’t grow, neither will your business. Growth brings BIGG success!

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4 Secrets for Learning New Tricks

dog_daysToday’s post is the second in a five part series on Dog Days. There’s an old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If that’s true, then one secret to learning new tricks is …

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Don’t be an old dog!

Of course, we can’t control that in a physical sense. But that’s of less importance than keeping ourselves young in mind and spirit.

We must rediscover that sense of wonder we had when we were young.

Before we were afraid to try new things.
Before we were scared of taking risks.
Before we worried about being embarrassed.

When we were fascinated by new things.
We were captivated with new experiences.
We were curious about the world around us.
We made new discoveries day by day.

Then we grew up and became old dogs.

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marylynn
I told George to speak for himself on that one!

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george Boy, I inadvertently insulted myself on two fronts … in a single sentence I managed to call myself “old” and a “dog”. My point is that sometimes we learn the wrong lessons.

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Picture this: A dog goes for a walk and steps on a bee. It hurts. But instead of watching out for bees when he goes for walks in the future, he refuses to walk at all.

Let’s bring it back to human terms. Maybe you stuck your neck out on an opportunity that didn’t work out the way you planned. So now, when a new opportunity presents itself, you roll over and play dead!

It’s time for some new tricks. Experience is a great teacher, but it’s curiosity that leads to innovation.

The dog trainer

Trainers can work wonders with dogs. The same is true for us humans.

Look for a coach or mentor who has done what you’re trying to do. Someone who has walked the path you want to go down.

Your coach can teach you the tricks you need to get where you want to be. From his or her experience, combined with your own, you can discover how to reach bigg success faster.

A doggy treat

Dogs get a treat when they learn new tricks. Likewise, give yourself a reward every time you learn a new trick or reach a new plateau.

Bigger tricks deserve bigger treats. Sounds kind of like Halloween, doesn’t it? Only here it’s trick for treat.

When you really move that proverbial needle, when you stretch yourself and accomplish something significant for your bigg success, give yourself a treat that has particular meaning for you.

The dog and pony show

Don’t get stuck doing that same old dog and pony show. Stretch your mind by exploring new things. Study things outside your area of expertise.

You’ll find that you bring new perspectives back to your main area of expertise by exploring outside of it. You’ll discover new solutions to old problems.

So we think you can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, an old dog has to learn new tricks to reach bigg success!

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Thanks for sharing your time with us today. Please join us next time when we’ll discuss relationships in a dog eat dog world. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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