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Experience Happiness in the New Year

 

 

Experience happiness in the New Year for BIGG Success
Here we sit on the cusp of a New Year. Is it just us, or does time seem to go by faster as we get older?

We heard a theory about this that we want to share with you. We wish we could remember who told us this so we could give proper credit!

But it was some time ago and we’ve forgotten. Maybe we’re too old to remember!

But the answer seems particularly insightful. And helpful in understanding how time works.

Here’s the theory:
One year in the life of a 10-year old represents 10% of his or her life.
But it’s only 4% of a 25-year old’s days.
And once you hit 50, it represents just 2% of all your time on Planet Earth.

Ten percent is a pretty sizeable chunk. But 2% isn’t so large.

Imagine a game

To think about this in more tangible terms, assume you’re playing a game. The goal is to maximize your happiness.

The rules state that you have to work 50 hours a week, no more and no less. The rest of your time is for play, sleep, etc.

You fill the 50 hours with activities. You find equilibrium – just enough of each activity to maximize your overall happiness.

Then opportunity arises.

In the first case, the opportunity will require 10% of your time. So you have to give up 5 hours of your current activities. Otherwise, you won’t be able to capitalize on this opportunity.

That’s a lot. You may find it difficult to find 5 hours.

In the second case, the opportunity only requires 2% of your time. So you only have to give up 1 hour of current activities.

It’s a piece of cake compared to the first case, right?

It’s all downhill from here

BIGG success is life on your own terms. There are five elements of BIGG success – money, time, growth, work, and play.

You’re familiar with the saying, “It’s all downhill from here.” It can be interpreted two ways.

The first way is that things will only get worse. The second is that the worst is over.

The chart above illustrates how the game we just described is exactly how life works. It shows what we’re calling the Experience Factor over time.

The downhill curve is steep for the first decade of life. Then it starts leveling off. By the time you hit 40, there’s barely a noticeable change at all.

The good news is that you have so many experiences on your side. Ultimately, life comes down to relationships and experiences.

You have so much more to remember. So much more to cherish. So much more wisdom. So many more reasons to be happy!

So instead of lamenting another year, instead of bemoaning getting older, celebrate! Experience happiness by celebrating your experiences! Celebrate your life!

Here’s to your BIGG success next year! Happy New Year!

Does Your Career Affect Your Lifestyle or Vice Versa?

linkedHere’s a story we’ve been told our whole life:

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You choose a career.
You get a job.
It pays the bills.
Life is good.
You live happily ever after.
If you’re lucky. Because …

If you’re lucky, you love your job.
If you’re lucky, your work is stimulating.
If you’re lucky, there is room for growth in your chosen career. 
If you’re lucky, you earn enough from your job to support your desired lifestyle.
If you’re lucky, your job also affords you time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
If you’re lucky, you realize that luck is only a small part of all of these things.

As the old saying goes, “It’s better to be lucky than smart.”

Lifestyle costs affect career decisions
However, smart decisions often increase your chances of getting lucky. And who doesn’t like to get lucky?

You get a job to support your lifestyle. But how does your lifestyle affect your career?

  • If the costs of your lifestyle put too much of a demand on how much you have to make, you may have to take a job that you don’t love just to pay for your lifestyle.
  • If your lifestyle consumes every penny you make, you may have to jump at the first offer that comes along instead of being able to select the job that fits you best.
  • You may have to take a job that takes up all of your time. You have no time to do anything else including things you love to do or spending time with people you love.

Find harmony between the two
The two are completely interdependent. Your career choices affect your lifestyle. That’s certainly true. But the piece that’s missing is that your lifestyle also affects your career decisions.

In other words, how you spend your money may determine how you earn money.

Bigg success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. The bigg idea behind bigg success is that there is synergy between these five elements.

You are the entrepreneur of your life. It’s implicit in our definition of bigg success. You and you alone are in charge. Successful entrepreneurs understand that their business finances and their personal finances are linked.

Their business has to make enough money support them. But that’s only half the story. They also have to be careful that they don’t put too much of a burden on the business with their personal financial decisions.

Even if you aren’t an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, it’s helpful if you see yourself in business for yourself. You may have just one customer – your employer. Your lifestyle affects your career and your career affects your lifestyle. Find the harmony between them and you’ll find bigg success!

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Investments That Always Pay Off

pay-offBigg success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today we’ll focus on money.

You may have noticed that the market is up year-to-date. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we’re still off quite a bit from the top.

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The main market indicator, the S&P 500, hit its highest level in history on October 9, 2007. The good old day, we guess you could call that.

It hit its most recent low on March 9, 2009, off 57% (excluding dividends) from that high nearly one-and-a-half years earlier. Of course, now we’re up over 49% from that March low but we’re still off about 35% from the high if we factor out dividends.

The bottom line is that our portfolios have still taken quite a hit. It made us wonder …

Are there investments that don’t lose value?

It depends on your goal.

Your investment goal

Why do you invest? Obviously, you want more money. Why?

For some people, it’s the end. However, the end is pretty empty. For most of us, it’s a means to an end. Instead of financial returns, we really want emotional returns.

We want to be happier!

If that’s the case, research shows there may be a more direct path to happiness, assuming that basic needs — food, shelter and clothing – have been met.

Invest time in work you love

We tend to follow an indirect path to happiness. For example, many people strive to build a portfolio that allows them to retire when they want.

One direct path to happiness is to do the work you love. Bea Arthur, the late-great actress, said:

“Actors don’t retire. People who work in jobs they don’t like retire.”

Invest time to find the work you love. Invest time doing the work you love. It’s an investment with returns beyond your wildest dreams.

Invest time in relationships

Some people want more money so they can buy things. There is a more proven path to happiness.

Invest your time in relationships. Research shows this delivers higher returns on the happiness scale than having more money.

The direct path creates synergy

Bigg success is life on your own terms. The bigg idea behind bigg success is synergy. One place to search for synergy is between the five elements of bigg success.

Let’s look at two of the five elements of bigg success – money and work. You don’t need as much money to be happy if you’re doing work you love.

The funny thing, though, is that research shows that doing the work you love often leads to more money. If you put first things first, you end up better off all the way around. That’s synergy!

Now let’s look at money and play. Research shows that strong relationships lead to greater happiness than more possessions. You can save money by having friends.

It’s also interesting that, in our interconnected world, those relationships may very well lead to more money if you don’t force the issue. Put the relationship first and let the money follow.

Invest directly in happiness by investing time doing what you love with people you love. That’s bigg success!

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Thank you so much for checking in with us today. Please join us next time when we discuss mixing business with pleasure. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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6 Paths to Financial Freedom

freedomToday is the fourth installment in our freedom series. We’ll focus on financial freedom.

Financial freedom … can you imagine it? To use the lingo from our last couple of posts, it means freedom from money worries or, even better, freedom to choose how we spend and live.

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The Single Biggest Waste of Time

time.jpgBigg Success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today we’ll focus on time.

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There are a lot of ways to waste time. We want to focus on the single biggest one of all time. It might surprise you when you hear what it is.

It’s not reading this post! At least we hope you don’t think that.

It’s not watching TV.

It’s not surfing the internet.

It’s not forwarding silly e-mails to your friends.

It’s not texting.

It’s not social networking.

It’s not useless conversations.

It’s not even inane meetings. 

So what is the single biggest time waster of all time?

It’s doing the wrong thing.

The wrong thing is anything that doesn't move you closer to your dream life.

A lot of the productivity literature focuses on efficiency. That’s great if you’re doing the right thing. So here are 5-steps to moving in the right direction:

Decide on your destination. Where are you going? What’s your bigg dream?

Plot your course. How do you plan to get there? Determine how your journey is expected to progress.

Gather the necessary resources and provisions. Fuel up by getting the knowledge you need. Pick the vehicle that will take you to your destination. Get the help you need – be it a coach, a mentor, a partner, or a virtual assistant.

Go! At some point, you have to take off. You can expect to run into some detours along the way. That’s alright. Keep going. Focus on the road right in front of you.

Don’t forget to rest & replenish.
Take care of your physical self by getting needed sleep, food and exercise. Also feed your mind & soul. We hope Bigg Success is one way you do that every day.

Performing the wrong task, no matter how well you do it, is a complete waste of time. The right tasks move you closer to life on your own terms. That’s bigg success!

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Thanks so much for the gift of your time today. Please join us next time when we ask, “Are you the lead wolf or a lone wolf?” Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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