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The People Who Hate the Janitor

The BIGG Success story of Gac FilipajToday we want to talk about an incredibly inspiring success story. More importantly, we want to talk about the people who hate the janitor.

Graduation season is always full of high hopes and BIGG dreams. We always enjoy hearing or reading about all the great convocation speeches.

But this year’s biggest inspiration didn’t come from any of the high-powered speakers. It came from a janitor.

You may have heard about Gac Filipaj. He’s the 52-year old graduate from Columbia University.

What a success story – he fled to America to escape civil war and ethnic cleansing in his homeland. Like so many first-generation immigrants, he sought opportunity.

And opportunity – just like the success it leads to – comes with a price. He thought nothing of this; he was willing to pay it.

He discovered that Columbia offered its employees 14 credit hours of classes every year for free. He wanted an education. So he took a job as a “heavy cleaner” at Columbia – mopping floors, cleaning toilets, and taking out the garbage.

After learning to speak English, it took twelve more years to get his degree in the classics. He attended classes in the morning followed by a full day of work from mid-afternoon to 11 PM. Then he would crack open the books to study, occasionally pulling an all-nighter to study for an exam or write a paper.

Now he plans to continue on to get his PhD. He wants to teach. And he hopes to get promoted to supervisor.

It’s the American Dream alive and well!

But what really struck us is the attitude of the haters. And there are plenty of them, visible in the comments on the various stories we read.

You know these people. They are so miserable that they can’t feel good about themselves unless they feel like they made others feel bad.

They don’t see any value in this amazing man’s accomplishment. They assert that a janitor’s job is menial. They decry his degree as useless. They say it was a waste of time.

We couldn’t disagree more.

We believe there is dignity in every job. Every job is an opportunity to learn about yourself and become a better person.

We don’t profess to knowing anymore than they do. But from what we know, we think he made a great decision. He’s living his life on his own terms. Who cares what they think?

In the meantime, what are they doing? Commenting on his life and mocking his choices.

We ask you – who’s wasting time?

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How to Live Big – Part 3

Its Your Life Think BIG book cover | BIGG SuccessWe’re wrapping up our conversation with Josh Hinds, a pioneer of personal development online, and author of the book – It’s Your Life, Live BIG.

Last time, we talked about why ability isn’t the reason many people don’t feel successful…it’s money.

In this segment, we talk about his GCS (Goal Cards System), a simple yet effective way to achieve your goals.

Click a player to hear Josh talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. (Duration 4:50)


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Find out:

  • What makes Josh’s system unique.
  • How following this system can help you get keep moving forward toward your goals.
  • The important thing BIGG goal-getters need to do, but often don’t.
  • What inspired Josh to create this system and how it helps him.

You can get a sneak peak of Josh’s book now for FREE here.

Listen to the other segements:

How to Live Big Part 1

How to Live Big Part 2

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How to Live Big – Part 2

Its Your Life Think BIG book cover | BIGG SuccessWe’re continuing our conversation with Josh Hinds, one of the pioneers of personal development online, and author of the book – It’s Your Life, Live BIG.

Last time, Josh told us  how overcoming the challenge of having Tourette’s helped to shape his philosophy of living BIG.

In the first chapter of his book, Josh says – ability isn’t the reason many people don’t feel successful…it’s money.

Click a player to hear Josh talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. (Duration 4:55)


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In this segment we discuss:

  • Why people tend to equate money with success
  • How being in the personal development space helped Josh reshape his definition of success.
  • Why it’s important to go beyond the money to measure success

Get a free sneak peak of Josh’s book here.

Next time, find out about Josh’s GCS (Goal Cards System), a simple yet effective way to achieve your goals.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00808-051012.mp3

How to Live Big – Part 1

We’re happy to welcome Josh Hinds back to The BIGG Success Show. Besides being one of the best people you could ever hope to meet, Josh is one of the pioneers of personal development online. He’s here today to talk about his new book – It’s Your Life, Live BIG.

The book will be released in June, but Josh gave us a sneak peak and we LOVE it. But we wanted you to hear about it straight from the man himself.

Josh’s book opens with a very frank revelation. He has Tourette’s. And of all things he could have chosen to do, he decided to be a public speaker! Not a combination most people would think of. Learn about Josh’s journey and how he overcame is fears.

Click a player to hear Josh talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast! (Duration 8:35)


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We also talk about:

  • Why his original idea was to simply be a conduit to share personal and professional resources as a hobby.
  • What he thought his only option was because of  his Tourette’s syndrome.
  • How the opportunities that came his way shaped his philosophy of “It’s Your Life, Live BIG“.
  • The revelations Josh learned at an early age working in the family business and how helped him become a pioneer of personal development online.

You can get a sneak peak of Josh’s book now for FREE here.

Next time find out why Josh says ability isn’t the reason many people don’t feel successful, and find out what is!

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The Number One Reason You Are Not Getting Ahead

getting ahead in life for BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. The number one reason people don’t get ahead can be stated in just one term:

Choices.

Choose something

Many people are frozen by fear. So they do nothing. They don’t see this as a choice, but it is.

It’s a choice to remain average and ordinary. It’s a choice for the status quo. It’s a choice to remain stuck.

If you want to get ahead, do what the winners do: Choose to do something – even if it’s wrong!

When you try something, you learn. You now have a competitive advantage over the person who chose to do nothing.

Choose to live now

Okay, so you got out of your comfort zone. You tried something. Things didn’t turn out the way you hoped they would.

It’s at this point that many people make another harmful choice. They choose to demean themselves for the choice that didn’t work out.

For some people, there’s a ritual revolving around experiences like this. They feel bad. They feel like they failed. They start to beat themselves up – and not just for this one choice, but for almost every choice they ever made.

It’s a death spiral. It kills the spirit.

Winners know that outcomes won’t always equal expectations. So they choose to not worry about coming up short. They choose to tweak what they’re doing or to try something else.

They choose to live now, rather than in the past. They choose to only invest additional energy on things they can control, not things they can’t.

They choose to persevere, even if that means starting from scratch. And ultimately, it leads to BIGG success!

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