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The Greatest Self-Help Books of All Time

greatest self help books for your BIGG SuccessOg Mandino is one of our favorite success authors ever. He was the President of Success Unlimited magazine (the predecessor of Success).

He’s most noted for The Greatest Salesman in the World. Our favorite is the much under-rated The Greatest Miracle in the World.

But in another book, The Greatest Secret in the World, he shared what he thought were the twelve greatest self-help books of all time. We thought we’d share with you in case you have time to do a little extra reading in the next couple of weeks.

Og Mandino’s 12 Greatest Success Books

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin(Benjamin Franklin) 
  • Think and Grow Rich(Napoleon Hill) 
  • Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude(W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill) 
  • The Power of Faith(Louis Binstock) 
  • Your Greatest Power(J. Martin Kohe) 
  • Wake Up and Live(Dorothea Brande) 
  • I Dare You(William Danforth) 
  • Acres of Diamonds(Russell H. Conwell) 
  • The Ability to Love(Dr. Allan Fromme) 
  • How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling(Frank Bettger) 
  • As a Man Thinketh(James E. Allen) 
  • The Bible

It’s a great list but since it was published nearly forty years ago, there are some great books missing. Just one example – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

We also note that The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason didn’t make his list. It certainly makes ours.

And our favorite book by W. Clement Stone is The Success System That Never Fails although we like the one Og Mandino picked as well.

What book(s) would you add to the list?

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The Source of Riches

education | BIGG SuccessIn his great book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill tells us the root word of the term “educate”. It comes from the Latin word “educo”, which means…

…to develop from within.

School and learning

While we believe strongly in formal education, this reveals why “going to school” and “learning” aren’t the same.

You can go to school and never learn a thing about getting rich.

You don’t have to go to school to learn what you really need to know.

In fact, you won’t learn everything you need to know in school. And you won’t learn the most important things for reaching BIGG success.

Now let us reiterate – we strongly support higher learning. It’s just that you can’t delegate your own education.

You and you alone are responsible for it. Never stop learning.

So you don’t need four walls and a whiteboard. You do need an open mind and a willing spirit.

You need a thirst for knowledge. Knowledge that you can use.

The source of riches

It also shows why we often don’t learn. We don’t learn because we don’t internalize it.

Information has to be absorbed. Then you have to filter it so you understand its relevancy. You test it by taking action. You learn more.

Slowly the information turns to knowledge. In other words, learning is a process. You just can’t flip on a switch and start learning.

But Napoleon Hill promised us that we could think and grow rich. The source of those riches is knowledge that is directed, organized and applied.

How do you learn?

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Knowledge Does Not Lead to Success

knowledgeKnowledge is power.

Bull! Knowledge is useless in and of itself.

Go to school. Get good grades. And the world will open its door to you.

Wrong again! School is just the starting point of learning.

These myths were debunked years ago by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich. He said that general knowledge is of little importance to BIGG success.

Okay, he didn’t say BIGG success. And he didn’t spell “BIGG” the right way, like we do.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. If getting rich is part of your definition of BIGG success, you have to understand that wealth isn’t created by general knowledge.

Yet most people think it is. It’s what we’re told all our lives.

It doesn’t mean going to school and learning is a waste of time. It’s not.

It creates a foundation. But it’s not enough if you want to be a BIGG success.

To accumulate riches, knowledge must be directed, organized, and applied.

Directed knowledge

You must take what you know and learn and apply it to a destination. Where do you want to end up?

Organized knowledge

Once you have directed your knowledge, you must organize it into specific plans of action. What is your strategy for getting where you want to go?

Applied knowledge

Finally, once you know where you’re going and you know how you plan to get there, it’s time to go.

All the knowledge in the world, all the direction, and all the organization does you no good unless it’s applied. Take action for BIGG success!

The Most Important Intelligence Today

locational intelligence | BIGG SuccessIn Chapter 5 of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill told us about the time Henry Ford sued The Chicago Tribune. The Tribune had published several editorials claiming Ford was ignorant.

For the most part, they were right.

The attorneys for The Tribune couldn’t wait to get Henry Ford on the stand. They would get their proof, straight from the horseless carriage industrialist’s mouth!

Ford’s apparent ignorance

Ford was asked about the date of the Revolutionary War. He didn’t know the answer.

When asked who Benedict Arnold was, Ford said, “A writer.”

Ford thought “chili con carne” was a large Army.

Source for the above three questions: Detroit1701.org

Ford’s response

Finally, according to Napoleon Hill, Ford grew so irritated with the questioning, he learned forward and said:

“If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY should I clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”

Who can argue with that?

Locational intelligence

The most important intelligence today is locational intelligence. Where can you find the information you need?

It turns out it’s not so new. Henry Ford used locational intelligence to become one of the wealthiest people in the history of our country.

He understood the two sources of locational intelligence:

  • Tools

    In Ford’s case, it was the phone – a tool that had been invented about four decades before the trial in which he referenced it.

    Today, we have the vast resource of the internet, which was invented about four decades ago.

  • People

    Ford also had people in his employ who could give him the answers to important questions. Today, we also have social networks where we can meet people we would never get to know otherwise.

Henry Ford would love to build a business today. Like him, you can use the tools of the day to get the information you need from the people who have it.

It’s locational intelligence. And it leads to BIGG success!

We may not be that smart, but we’re smart enough to be thankful that you read our post today. Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

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How Opportunity Often Presents Itself

On a recent Sunday, we attended a college graduation with thousands of other people. At one point, we wanted a cup of coffee. We noticed a food court in the distance, but when we got closer we realized nothing was open. We were puzzled – why wouldn’t they be open on a day with so many potential customers?

It made us think about missed opportunities.
You can’t avoid missing opportunities. What you want to do is make sure you spot all opportunities that will make a material difference in your life. Most of us probably have less than five of these in our lifetime. They are the difference between success and bigg success.

It’s often easier to spot the other person’s missed opportunity than it is our own.
Why? Because we experience the result of the other person’s missed opportunity. We don’t experience our own so we don’t know about.

Most customers won’t tell you when you miss an opportunity. At best, they keep it to themselves. At worst, they tell others.

So one lesson is that when a customer tells you about missing an opportunity, be grateful. They’ve served you well. But most people just keep it to themselves.

2 ways to find out about your missed opportunities

#1 – Ask!

Develop a way to get customer feedback in the heat of the moment. That’s when people are more willing to let you know what you missed out on.

It’s not good enough to just ask. You need a system to track the comments so you can respond to them. More importantly, you need to work them into your system. That’s how you continue to serve your customers better.

This doesn’t just apply to people in business for themselves. Ask your boss how you can do your job better. Ask co-workers to whom you pass on work how you could make their jobs easier.

#2 – Observe!

Our bigg opportunities usually don’t come stamped with OPPORTUNITY written all over them. In fact, they’re often presented to us as a problem – a problem that no one else wants to tackle.

Napoleon Hill, in Think & Grow Rich, told the story of Edwin C. Barnes. Barnes had one goal: to become Thomas Edison’s partner in business. He got a job for Edison working as a sales person.

One day, Barnes learned that Edison had just invented the dictating machine. Edison was excited about this new device. But he had a problem – his sales people didn’t think it would sell. Barnes recognized this as his bigg opportunity. He took on the task of selling Edison’s newest invention. He did sell it … so successfully in fact that Edison made him his partner.

So Edwin Barnes spotted his bigg opportunity. To every else it was just a huge problem; Barnes turned it into bigg success.

We’re asking … what opportunities are we missing?
We’d love to know how to serve you better.
send us an e-mail bigginfo@biggsuccess.com,
or leave a comment below.

Our bigg quote today comes from the great inventor himself, Thomas Edison:

“Opportunity is missed by most people because
it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

So find your “Ah-ha” in everyone else’s “Ugh”

Next time, we’ll discuss how to find your passion. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Great Bigg Ideas are Born Bad

By Bigg Success Staff
10-01-08

Growth

newborn 

Cavas Gobhai has consulted with some of the world’s largest companies. He helps them implement bigg ideas. Over the years, he has noticed something about ideas that succeed bigg. Here’s a quote from The Wall Street Journal:

"Big ideas don't get built incrementally. You back into big good ideas from big bad ideas."

Most good ideas may look a bit odd at birth. They may sound crazy or outrageous at first. But these bigg bad ideas are the seed for break-through ideas that help you succeed bigg.

We became familiar with Gobhai’s work through the book, The Predators’ Ball, written by Connie Bruck. One of his most famous clients, Drexel Burnham, ultimately failed for reasons that aren’t relevant to our discussion. However, during the time Gobhai consulted with them, they went from being a no-name firm to become one of the most formidable investment houses on Wall Street. 

While Gobhai’s techniques are largely geared for companies, we can also use these ideas in our personal lives. Here are nine steps to find your great bigg ideas:

#1 – Schedule time

If you don’t plan time for creative thinking, the odds are that it won’t get done. Dedicate a block of time at least every quarter to creative thinking. In a short time, you’ll see what a valuable investment this is.

#2 – Create the right environment

Some people think most creatively in absolute silence. Others work best with some noise. Whatever works for you works! Just make sure you place yourself in an environment where you can be most productive as you seek bigg bad ideas.

#3 – Accept spontaneity

While it’s important to dedicate time, it’s also crucial to develop a system to record your bigg bad ideas as they occur – on your commute, in the shower. Make sure you archive your bigg bad idea, whenever or wherever it pops into your mind.

#4 – Focus on challenges and opportunities

What’s the biggest challenge you face right now? What’s the biggest opportunity you have right now? Your opportunity may come from your own challenge or somebody else’s. By concentrating your energy on your biggest issues, you’ll move ahead further and faster.

#5 – Suspend reality

When you find yourself coming up with all of the reasons why something won’t work, suspend reality for a bit. Picture yourself free from all constraints – time, money, and your own self-imposed limitations.

Think about why it could be done and how you would do it. Don’t reject any idea out of the gate; remember that your great bigg idea will come from a bigg bad idea. In fact, allow yourself to think of it the opposite way – the more outrageous the idea seems at first, the better!

#6 – Use images

This is another Gobhai technique. Use pictures, drawings, metaphors, animals or anything else you can think of to bring your ideas to life. By visualizing your idea, you come to a deeper level of understanding. You may realize that your image isn’t right; there’s a better analogy. Fantastic! You might be moving from the bigg bad idea to the great bigg one!

In The Predators’ Ball, Bruck discusses a Drexel session with Gobhai. One of the Drexel employees suggested that most of their competitors operated like a pride of lions. These companies had a definite pecking order among their employees. As the group discussed this, they realized their model should be a wolf pack, where everybody would feast together. 

#7 – Form a Master Mind Alliance

Here’s the bad news – you don’t have all of the world’s best ideas. The good news is that you can align yourself with others to discover more great bigg ideas.

Napoleon Hill, in his great book, Think & Grow Rich, defined “master mind” as:
“Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

Find people who skills and goals are complementary with yours. Play off of your different strengths to discover ways you can mutually succeed bigg.

#8 – Review all your ideas

At regular intervals, but no less than once a week, sit down and review your inventory of bigg bad ideas. Upon further reflection, you’ll be able to categorize your bigg bad ideas in three ways:

  • truly just bad ideas that won’t go anywhere. You can ditch these.
  • bigg bad ideas that don’t solve your most immediate challenges and opportunities. You’ll want to archive these ideas for future use.
  • bigg bad ideas that you can implement now. You’ll develop these further and act upon them.

#9 – Reduce your idea to buzzwords

For that last category of ideas, reduce your great bigg idea to buzzwords – a word or phrase that you can easily call upon. These words should excite you to act now. You’ve turned a bigg bad idea into a great bigg idea!

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Live and Learn and Live

By Bigg Success Staff
04-24-08

Timeless Principles

books 

“Too often what we read and profess becomes a part of our libraries and vocabularies, instead of becoming a part of our lives.”

This quote comes from the book Success through a Positive Mental Attitude, written by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone, two of the greatest success authors of all time.

We live and learn, but do we apply it?

The value of knowledge isn’t in the knowledge itself. It’s what you gain from using that knowledge that matters.

So think about it the next time you take the time to learn anything. Are you going to apply it? If not, don’t waste your time.

The power in learning comes from living it. 

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