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Make It a Double

By 440 Dana Mancuso]
Bigg Success Contributor
03-19-08 

Timeless Principles

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Remember the movie, "Pay It Forward", where the characters were asked to do something nice for the next person down the line, rather than repaying the one who did something nice for them?

Recently, I was privileged to be in a local coffee shop when I saw one of these little acts of kindness. The man in front of me in line was pleasantly surprised that his latte had been paid for by the last customer. She wasn't even in the store any longer at this point, but it sure made that man's day. Maybe you have seen this or even done this yourself?

What I think is so great about the pay it forward idea is that you make it a double. You not only make someone's day with a little surprise, you make your own day, because, let's face it, we feel great about ourselves when we help others. And in the case of the coffee shop, that woman made it a triple—and beyond, because my spirits were lifted, and now I'm even sharing that good news with you.

So, take a minute next time you think of it and pay the next car's toll, or just get someone's coffee. It's a pick-me- and pick-YOU-up! And what better way to feel successful than to create little moments of success for yourself and others. 

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Who’s Kicking Your Cat?

By Bigg Success Staff
03-11-08

Timeless Principles

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The master motivator, author, and speaker Zig Ziglar came up with this wonderful analogy years ago. Here is our paraphrased version of his great work.

Mr. B was the top dog in a very large company. Every morning, he met some of his cronies for breakfast. On this particular morning, he lost track of time. He looked at his watch and realized he was going to be late for work.

He left the restaurant and jumped in his car. He barely had the engine started when he threw it in reverse to back out. He burned rubber leaving the parking lot. As he got on the freeway he put the gas to the fiberglass.

As he sped down the highway, he looked in his rear view mirror. His heart skipped a beat when he saw the flashing lights. He pulled over and rolled down his window.

“Where are you going in such a hurry,” the officer asked.

“I’m needed at work,” he replied abruptly, “I’m a very important man!”

“Well, you’re not above the law.”

“I didn’t say I was … but shouldn’t you be chasing real criminals and leave me alone?”

“I’ll leave you alone in a few minutes. Let me see your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.”

Mr. B handed him the requested information. Then he sat there and stewed. As the minutes passed by, he got more and more angry.

The officer came back and handed him a ticket, along with the rest of his documents. He grabbed them out of the officer’s hand, rolled up his window, and took off down the road.

He finally arrived at work. He was really late now. When he got to work, the first person he saw was his sales manager.

“Good morning, Mr. B” said the sales manager with a smile.

“There’s nothing good about it,” barked Mr. B, “I want to see you in my office NOW!”

The sales manager followed him into his office.

As Mr. B threw his coat down on the couch, he yelled at the sales manager, “You fell short of your goal last week for the second week in a row. I want to know what you’re going to do to get back on track and I want to know now.”

“Mr. B,” the sales manager objected, “We just talked about this yesterday. We have four big deals. Any one of them will put us over the top and I’m sure we’ll get at least one of them.”

“I’ll believe it when I see it,” Mr. B blurted out while looking at some papers on his desk. “You’re dismissed.”

The bewildered sales manager walked back to his office. When he got there, the first person he saw was his assistant. He screamed at her. She screamed at someone who screamed at someone else.

And so it went for the rest of the day.

Eventually the receptionist got yelled at. When she got home, the first person she saw was her twelve-year old boy. She yelled at him and sent him to his room.

On the way to his room, the family cat walked in front of him. He kicked the cat!

So here’s the question –
Wouldn’t it have been much better, for everyone involved, if Mr. B had just gone directly to the receptionist’s house and kicked her cat himself?

And here’s an even more important question –

Whose cat are you kicking?

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Confessions Of A Serial Entrepreneur

By Bigg Success Staff
02-26-08

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If you can’t say anything else about Stuart Skorman, you’d have to say he’s led an interesting life. But there’s so much more to say!

Now, this hippie-turned-entrepreneur has written a book with help from Catherine Guthrie called Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur: Why I Can’t Stop Starting Over.

Like the man it chronicles, the book covers a variety of topics in an informative and entertaining way. This book could be called a memoir, but could also easily be considered a primer on entrepreneurship.

It’s a fantastic read, whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or general adventurer.

Living matters
Throughout the book, Skorman recounts the lessons he’s learned in business and in life. Lessons learned in an unconventional way by an avant-garde man. For example, you’ll see why he thinks managing a rock-and-roll band was better for him than business school.

You’ll ride along side him on his cross-country bicycle tour, where he discovered his calling – to be an entrepreneur. You’ll sit at the table as he plays poker professionally for two years.

Business adventures
You’ll also learn about his business adventures and misadventures. And he has a lot of them!

He tried to rescue his father’s chain of discount stores, but wasn’t able to.

He took a small video store and built Empire Video, a regional chain.

He rode the wave of the dot-com boom, creating Reel.com in 1997 and selling it three years later for $100 million.

With his newfound money, his entrepreneurial fervor really kicked in. He started an organic supermarket called Bread & Circuses and sold it to Whole Foods.

He lost $10 million on Hungryminds.com, an online learning site.

Perhaps his biggest misadventure was Elephant Pharmacy. He envisioned a drugstore that sold botanical cosmetics, organic food, as well as medicine – both the traditional and alternative. He got in over his head and lost much of his fortune.

Hang on for the ride
That’s why we love this book. Most people only want to talk about their successes. Skorman puts it all out there – and there are often better lessons in the failures.

From the book, you get a complete picture of the roller coaster ride entrepreneurs enjoy. You’ll gain insight into both the joys and the challenges of starting a business. He freely admits he is more artist than businessman. You see the world through the eyes of an extreme marketer.

We highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what being an entrepreneur is all about.

 

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