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One Man’s Quest for Success in the New Economy – Part 1

Greg Hartle | BIGG SuccessWe were so thrilled today to chat with Greg Hartle on The BIGG Success Show. He’s hard to find in the real world but he can be found online anytime at Ten Dollars and a Laptop.

With this project, Greg plans to reconstruct his life from scratch while visiting all 50 states in the U.S. and interviewing 500 entrepreneurs about how to succeed in the new economy.

Listen to hear Greg’s fascinating story on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click the player to listen.


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Here’s what you’ll hear in the first of our three-part series:

  • how Greg became a millionaire on paper by 22
  • the life changing event that cost Greg almost everything when he was 25
  • why his professional life never recovered
  • the lesson he learned from almost losing his life
  • the motivation for launching his project, Ten Dollars and a Laptop

Next time, we’ll talk with Greg about what he’s learned from the entrepreneurs to whom he’s been talking.

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The People You Want to Lead

helpA while back, Jon Swanson had an excellent post about Philip the apostle. It helped us realize something we don’t talk about much here.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. We talk a lot about BIGG goal-getters. However, some people don’t have such lofty goals.

We could say they should do more. We could say they’re not living up to their potential. We could say they’re wrong.

But we would be wrong.

You, and only you, get to define life on your own terms. It’s inherent in the definition! As long as you don’t sell yourself short, nobody but you should have anything to say about it.

Furthermore, BIGG goal-getters need people who don’t think so BIGG. We’ll call them BIGG go-getters.

We need them because they don’t expect so much. They get the job done without a lot of hoopla.

BIGG go-getters will follow if you lead right. You don’t need to pump them up; they are motivated for their own reasons.

However, now and then, they may need to understand why you’re doing something. They may need you to prove yourself from time to time. It’s okay – they’ll be diligently back to work just as soon as they’re satisfied.

So when you run into these mild-mannered, unassuming, practical people, be thankful. They will help you reach BIGG success.

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Feeling Stress at Work? You are Not Alone

stressed out at workAre you often stressed out at work? You’re not alone.

A recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 36% of American workers report that they regularly feel your pain.

What’s the source of their stress?

  • 49% said their pay was creating it
  • 43% cited a lack of opportunities for growth and advancement
  • 43% mentioned their heavy workload
  • 40% thought their employer expected too much
  • 39% referred to the long hours they’re required to work

Employee morale is suffering:

  • Only 43% say they get enough non-monetary rewards and recognition
  • 57% are happy with their employer’s work-life balance efforts
  • Only 52% feel valued
  • Only two-thirds report the motivation to do their best at work
  • 32% plan to look for another job within the next twelve months

You have to ask:

Will it be better somewhere else or will it just be a change of scenery?

So if you’re stressed out at work, you’re not alone.

If you feel overworked and underpaid, you’re not alone.

If you know you could do so much more, you’re not alone.

If you’re thinking about your alternatives, you’re not alone.

If you want to take control of your life, you’re not alone.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life – taking control to design and build the life that fits you perfectly.

Will you choose freedom or security? If you’re looking for freedom, maybe we can help. Check out our coaching packages.

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Setting Goals Like a Black Belt

jimbouchardToday on The Bigg Success Show, we continued chatting with Jim Bouchard. Jim is a speaker, coach, author and Martial Arts Hall of Famer who helps people Think Like a Black Belt! Last time we talked about branding like a black belt. Now let’s get to the conversation …

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jimThe first word that comes to mind is that people talk about the black belt as a symbol of excellence. We’ve talked about this before. We can couch “excellence” in the term “perfection”. Perfection isn’t a destination; it’s a never ending process. Excellence isn’t something where you get to some level of attainment and then that’s it. Excellence is an ongoing process. It’s harder to keep a black belt than it is to earn one. It’s harder to keep success in business than it is to get there. They always say your first million is the hardest. And then your second million is the hardest, right?

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george
The next million is the hardest.

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jimIt’s a constant process – making sure you’re staying current, making sure you’re staying relevant and making sure you’re still servicing the people that you want to service. That’s really at the heart of it. The idea of excellence. Excellence implies action; it’s a constant process of self-perfection. The way you get there is through discipline and focus. As far as I’m concerned, discipline is the key to all of this. Discipline means doing whatever it takes to get where you want to go. You want bigg success, right? It’s a series of small steps done on a daily basis when things are going well or when they’re not. That’s discipline. Motivation is an easy one. Everyone who starts a new business, everyone you guys coach, aren’t they really motivated? They’re happy and passionate.

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marylynn
Yeah, it’s exciting. It’s a new adventure.

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jimThen about three or four years later, when they’re taking a second on the house to keep the business going, the motivation starts to crumble a little bit.

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marylynnWe were talking with a gentleman who works with a lot of small business owners. He said that he notices they start to wear down about sixteen months in.

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jim
Yeah, that makes sense because, all of a sudden, the reality is staring them in the face.

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marylynnYou’re working so hard. You’re always working. You know this as a business owner, Jim. Sometimes it just seems that there isn’t time for yourself. You do start wearing down.

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jimExactly. That’s where the discipline part has to kick in. And focus. Let’s talk about focus. If focus is unchecked, it becomes an obsession. We have to take care of our entire life. Three key areas of life to me are emotional, material and spiritual. We may let the emotional and spiritual sides deteriorate because we’re focusing on the material. Sometimes that happens – you need to focus a little more on one area than the other. Let’s say there’s an illness or one of your loved ones needs attention. Then you’re going to focus a little more on the emotional side. That’s okay. You just have to remember that in the greater scheme of things, there has to be a relative balance. If you find yourself hyper-focused in one area, you have to catch yourself and make sure you’re planning to correct it. People ask about exercises to develop discipline and focus. The first thing I say is this, “It ain’t that hard. Make a decision and then go forward.” You have to decide you’re going to be a disciplined person. Then you just take something that you want or need to do, create a series of steps and go for it. Now, we can create exercises around that. That’s fun sometimes. But really that’s what it boils down to. Sometimes, like we talked about with the branding, we make it too complicated.

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georgeYeah, I was going to create an exercise to make myself be more disciplined, Jim. I just couldn’t get around to it!

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jim
I’d be glad to help you, George. We’ve got to get you into martial arts class!

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marylynnAh, George is always goofing around! It seems to me, as I’m listening to you talk, Jim, that when you are studying for a black belt, it’s a lot of physical discipline – you’re learning this move or that move, when to use it or when
not to – but is mental discipline harder than physical discipline?

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jimThey go together. So, all joking aside, when people ask me how to have more discipline, I tell them to pick a thing that has a logical goal – or logical conclusion – to it. Not to say that the black belt or anything is the end, but some measurable achievement.

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marylynn
Let’s say I want to keep my desk more organized. Something simple like that.

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jimGood, that’s a great goal. To systemize this a little bit, I might walk you through belt ranks. Let’s say we’re going to get to black belt in desk organization! We’re going to turn you into a Master Desk Organizer!

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marylynn
Hye-yah!

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jimThat’s good! Take ten levels – white, yellow, orange, purple. For the sake of time, I won’t go through the whole thing. You get the idea. You go up through brown and then black belt. At each level, just outline a couple of steps. What’s the simplest thing you can do to start the process of getting your desk organized? It might be just taking an inventory. What’s on my desk? There’s your white belt step. The yellow belt step might be deciding what to do with some of the stuff you don’t want. Or I’m going to choose what I want and what I don’t want on my desk. So on and so forth. You just create a set of levels. It’s very simple.

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marylynn
I like that!

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jimSometimes people do tasking without mindfully being aware of that end goal. We can task ourselves into busy work. That’s not very effective. That’s why the idea of a goal – a black belt level in some sense – is really important to us.

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Thanks so much for reading our post today.

Learn more about Jim, his book, speaking and coaching. Next time, Jim will share how the Black Belt Mindset can help us avoid plateaus as we reach for our bigg goals. Please join us. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file:
http://media.libsyn.com/media/biggsuccess/00459-081309.mp3

 

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5 Reasons for Lack of Progress

dog_daysHere we are in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer. So today we start a five-part Dog Days series.

Of course, the term “Dog Days” refers to this time of year when it is hot and humid in much of the developed world. It goes back to a time before we had air conditioning, when it was just plain hard to get motivated to get much done.

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But the term has also come to mean times when there isn’t much progress. That’s what we’ll focus on today – identifying five common reasons behind slowed progress. It’s a problem we all face from time to time.

Dogging it

One reason we may not accomplish more is simply that we’re dogging it. It could just be laziness. However, we doubt that’s a problem in our community of bigg goal-getters.

It’s more likely a result of one of two other things:

  • You set your goals high, but didn’t reach them. Now you’re discouraged. That’s understandable. But you have to get back in the race. Give yourself some time to lament. While you’re doing that, set a very short-term goal that stretches you just a little bit. Then chase it with all you have! It will get you back on track to bigg success.
  • The flip side is that you did reach your goal. You feel good and good for you! You should. Take a little bit of time to celebrate. Then set a new goal. We grow as humans by striving for more. So push yourself by setting a new goal that gets you excited again.

Dog toys

Lack of progress can also come from too many dog toys. We play with one toy for a while; then we play with another one. But we never really make any progress because our attention is directed in too many directions.

Focus is crucial for bigg success. You only have so much time to push yourself forward. So pick a toy that will take you to bigg success and keep playing with it!

Doggy paddle

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marylynnWe may be swimming in stuff; we’re disorganized. So all we can do is doggy paddle. Research has shown that the average American loses almost an hour a day due to disorganization. What could you accomplish with an extra hour every day?

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Dog eared

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george Sometimes my students turn in a paper that is dog eared instead of stapled. They’ve just folded the top pages over together. It shows that they waited until the last minute. It makes a bad impression. Preparation leads to bigg success.

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Dog tricks

The final reason we may feel stuck on a plateau is that we lack knowledge or know-how. We need to learn some new tricks. That’s the thing about bigg success: we put everything we have into reaching our goal. Then we need to learn new things to get to the next level of success. It’s a never ending journey that makes life exciting. And it’s that excitement that propels you to bigg success!

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Thanks for checking in today. You made our day!

We talked a little bit about new tricks today. But we’ve heard that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Please join us next time when, doggone it, we’ll take on this saying.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file:
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