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How to Save Money on a Midlife Crisis

How to Save Money on a Midlife Crisis blog image

A midlife crisis can be costly. Fortunately, a new discovery offers us a new way to save ourselves and our money.

We talked about midlife crises and happiness on The BIGG Success Show today. This episode (#947) was inspired by the book The Happiness Curve* by Jonathan Rauch. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

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How to Keep Grinches From Stealing Your Christmas

Grinches come out in droves during this joyous season. We’ll tell you how tell them: “Chillax, Grinches!”

For the best experience, we highly recommend you watch the video for this post. In this case, you miss a lot by not watching. We hope you enjoy the combination of learning and laughing!

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Bob Proctor The ABCs of Success - on BIGG Success

Bob Proctor on The ABCs of Success

Bob Proctor The ABCs of Success - on BIGG Success

Listen to Bob Proctor talk with George & Mary-Lynn about his new book – a culmination of the things he’s studied and learned over the past 55 years that have helped him succeed BIGG, and can help you do the same. Click PLAY.

You’ve seen him in The Secret. You watched him on Larry King Live, Ellen DeGeneres, ABC Nightline and more. We were honored to chat with Bob Proctor on The BIGG Success Show today.

Bob’s one of the pioneers of personal development, a leading authority on the Law of Attraction, and America’s Prosperity Teacher.

He joined us to talk about his wonderful new book, The ABCs of Success, where he goes from A to Z in talking about 67 success factors. Here’s what we talked about:

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The Ironic Starting Point of BIGG Success

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The starting point of BIGG Success is part gratitude, part discontent. Find out why in this BIGG Success Show Podcast.

The starting point of all BIGG success is a paradox. We’ve become convinced of this, based on studying the research but also from personal experience. We’d like to share what we learned with you today.

BIGG success starts at the intersection of gratitude and discontent.

These two attitudes, seemingly in conflict, work together to create the success you crave. Let’s look at them one at a time before we talk about how they partner up for your BIGG success.

The starting point of BIGG success is part gratitude

Robert Emmons is considered the world’s leading scientific authority on gratitude. He has found all kinds of amazing benefits of gratefulness. But we want to zero in on gratitude’s effect on achieving your goals.

His research shows that participants who habitually kept a gratitude journal made 20% more progress toward their goals than participants who didn’t. At the end of each week, the first group simply listed five things they were grateful for.

Yet this simple act – which can be done in less than five minutes – led to significant returns on the investment of time. Gratitude is the input. Progress is the outcome.

The starting point of BIGG success is also part discontent

Now let’s move to discontent. Research shows that the happiest people make 15% more per year than the unhappiest people.

Now, we hear you – you’re thinking, “I’d be happy too if I made 15% more a year!” But the study looked at people about 19 years after they reported a general feeling of happiness or unhappiness. First, they asked college students to rate their general state of happiness on a 10-point scale. Then – nearly two decades later – they compared incomes, based on level of happiness. The happiest were making 15% more than the unhappiest.

It just goes to show…happiness buys money!

Pretty amazing, huh? But the real surprise is what the researchers found next. They looked at people who were happy but not the happiest – i.e. they were above average on the happiness scale but not at the top. They made 6% more than the happiest! So it pays not to be too happy!

Let’s summarize what we’ve learned so far. First, habitually grateful people make 20% more progress toward their goals. Second, the happiest people make 15% more than the unhappiest people. But third, people who are happy but not content make yet 6% more!

The starting point of BIGG success is where these two attitudes meet

It begs the question: How can you be grateful and discontent at the same time? Surprisingly, it’s easier than you might think. Gratefulness forces you to break destructive thought patterns. You stop comparing yourself to others.

You recognize the help others have given you, so you realize you’re not alone in your journey.

You acknowledge the gifts you have been given, realizing the presence of a Higher Power at work in your life.

You focus on what you have, instead of what you don’t have.

As we mentioned earlier, the research on gratitude showed a number of benefits. Not surprisingly, one of them was increased optimism. Another was higher energy levels.

Which leads to a healthy discontent. You’re grateful for all you have. But you know you can accomplish more. You can help more people.

You can’t wait. You must get started now. It leads to BIGG success!

Have you experienced the combination of gratitude and discontent?

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Career Advancement - Launch into BIGG Success

Career Advancement: The Simplest Way to Fast-Track Your Career

Career Advancement - Launch into BIGG Success

Career advancement can be simple! You only have to do two things. Click play to hear George & Mary-Lynn share what they are on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.

Career advancement can prove difficult. Some conclude it’s just a matter of luck. Others think it’s about sucking up. Still others believe you have to sell out.

They’re all mistaken. However, there’s a hard way and a simple way to advance in your career. A while back, we shared the simple secret to a successful career:

Do your best doing what you do best.

Doing your best is part of our favorite definition of success. It comes from the late great John Wooden. But it’s hard to push yourself to give your all if you’re not good at it. It’s much easier if you know your strengths. Then it’s just a matter of matching your strengths to a career opportunity.

The power of this simple saying (Do your best doing what you do best) is that it puts career advancement into your own control. You only have to do two things.

#1) Rocket ships launch career advancement
There’s just one problem with our simple secret to career success. It ignores the marketplace.

In a speech at Harvard, Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg recalled meeting with Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt. It was early in her career and she had a job offer from Google.

She had serious reservations; Google wasn’t Google yet. They were still really young. Few people saw much potential. She expressed her concerns to Schmidt.

He said, “Don’t be an idiot. Get on a rocket ship.”

In slow growing companies, careers stagnate. But in a fast-growing company, your career will take care of itself.

He concluded: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”

You see, you can do your best and run right into a brick wall. You can play to your strengths and find it doesn’t pay. You get laid off. Opportunities for career advancement dry up.

Unless you’re on a rocket ship.

#2) Career advancement depends on the company you keep
You may be familiar with the old saying, “You’re only as good as the company you keep.” If you’re like us, you’ve probably always thought it was talking about human relationships.

Of course, that was its original intention. However, there’s a lot of wisdom to applying it to career advancement.

We’ve talked before about the three influencers of career success: your occupation, your industry and your company.

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

Sometimes, the best way to take control is to accept what you can’t control. Stop bucking the trends and hop aboard a rocket ship, whether you’re an employee or an entrepreneur.

Where there’s growth, there’s opportunity. It leads to BIGG success!

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