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Why You Do NOT Deserve Success

earning the victory of BIGG SuccessYou do NOT deserve BIGG success. You know it instinctively. Of course, you may not admit it to yourself.

Well, it’s time to admit it. Tell yourself. Go ahead – say it.

Not so silently. Out loud. Yell it at the top of your lungs.

Now do it again.

Let it sink in.

You don’t deserve a promotion.
Nor do you deserve a pay raise.
You don’t deserve that contract you’ve been negotiating.
And you certainly don’t deserve a good grade in that class you’re taking.

We could go on and on.

You don’t deserve it. You earn it.

You earn a promotion.
You earn a raise.
You earn a new contract.
You earn a good grade.

We could go on and on.

You don’t deserve anything. You earn it.

With three exceptions, noted by the Founding Fathers of the United States. They delineated three things you deserve, as granted to you by your Creator – “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Notice that you don’t deserve happiness. You earn it by pursuing it.

Sometimes you earn success and it still doesn’t come. Then you have a choice to make.

You can do nothing.
You can whine about it, which is even worse than doing nothing.

Or you can do something about it.

You can work even harder.
You can change jobs or careers.
You can start a business.

And success is one thing. BIGG success is another.
Success isn’t free. BIGG success has an even higher price tag.

That’s why it’s so precious. You will know you earned it when you reach BIGG success.

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Town Outlaws Success

crazytown | BIGG SuccessCrazytown, June 10, 2011. In a special session held last night at City Hall, Crazytown council members outlawed breathing.

The move was a response to a complaint from a Crazytown resident. This resident got a cold after his wife breathed on him.

He contacted his councilperson demanding the city of Crazytown take action. After much heated debate, the Council voted 5 – 4 to make it illegal to breathe.

No residents of Crazytown could be reached today for comment.

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Imagine checking the news one day and seeing this story. Far fetched? Of course. But haven’t you ever found yourself trying to understand the logic behind some new law?

BIGG success is life on your own terms. As a citizen, you must zealously guard your right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Entrepreneurs, small business owners and other BIGG goal-getters must add political engagement to their to-do list. Make time to share your views with your elected officials.

Otherwise, you may wake up one morning to find out your town outlawed success. Unfortunately, we’ve experienced this firsthand. Not in our town, but from our state.

We’re based in Illinois. Our state just became the fourth state to tax internet sales. It instantly shut down a portion of our business.

For example, we are not affiliates of Amazon any longer. When we discuss books or other products, we will still link you to Amazon for your convenience.

That’s the main reason we did it anyway. The few pennies on the dollar we received were a nice tip.

We understand the arguments on the other side. However, most of the people who voted on the bill don’t understand affiliate sales. We will continue trying to help them grasp the concept.

You must do the same for your business, your career and your life. It’s simply not an option anymore.

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It’s the journey, not the destination

By Dana Mancuso
Bigg Success Contributor
01-06-09

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The United States Declaration of Independence could not have been a better predictor of America even generations later.

"…Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," it says.

Americans desire happiness. We've developed technologies, gadgets, appliances, and luxury items with the goal of having an easier, better, more exciting, "happier" life.

As the year-end holidays come and go, I can't help but think of what one might call Christmas Let Down. There is so much anticipation, activity and doing to get ready for whatever holidays you celebrate in December and early January. Then the holiday comes…and goes. And there is the inevitable let down. We sent the cards, got the gifts (returned/exchanged the gifts), ate the food– and yet it does not satisfy. No magic happiness showed up on our doorstep at the end of the rush as our prize for working hard to get it.

We have determined that we the hunters will pursue happiness until we catch it. Then we'll have it, put it on display. Like the 10-point buck forever mounted for us and everyone else to admire.

"Wow, Bob, that's the biggest happiness I've ever seen! Took you a long time to catch that, didn't it?"

We've gotten it wrong. The pursuit of happiness is the happiness we're pursuing. If we can't find glee in the anticipation, exhilaration in the activity, and delight in the doing, we don't really deserve the Christmas Day. 

It's sort of like a making a snowman. People actually go out and make a snowman and enjoy the process of making one. They are building it with friends or loved ones. They take pleasure in rolling the snowball or selecting the right nose. But with the holidays, the build up might be a chore, something to get through in order to actually eat the big dinner or have those guests over. Were we waiting for happiness to land in our laps in one fell swoop instead of building it as we go, bit by bit? Isn't it true that although we're sad to see the snowman melt, we remember how fun it was to create it, not so much what color mittens it had?

Thomas Jefferson worded it right. As we wrap up another holiday season remember this: continually pursue the pursuit—therein lies true happiness.

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