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7 Frightful Things That Block Your Success

image of scary hand reaching out from the grave with the post title: 7 frightful things that block your success

What’s keeping you from the success you dream of? You might be surprised to hear who the monster is behind these seven frightful things.

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We discussed ways we put obstacles into our own paths on The BIGG Success Show. Be sure to listen to hear some frightful things! Here’s a summary of that discussion.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Hannah More

Amongst the monsters and ghouls and ghosts, the vampires and werewolves and zombies, is a monster who stands between you and the life you really want.

We all know this monster. It’s appealing. Likable. Full of potential to do good.

But this monster can also hold us back. It can block our success. Put up obstacles needlessly. Stop us – dead in our tracks.

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4 Tips from The Pursuit of Happyness

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The Pursuit of Happyness is one of our all-time favorite movies. We share four tips from the life of a homeless-father who made millions.

On The BIGG Success Show, we talk about a homeless father who built a multi-million-dollar fortune. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

We talked recently on this show about a new way of looking at money. Ken Honda has written a fantastic book called, Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money*. Is your money happy with you?

It made us think of one of our favorite movies, The Pursuit of Happyness. It’s the true story of a once-homeless single father, Christopher Gardner (played by Will Smith) and his son, Chris Jr. (fittingly played by Will’s son, Jaden).

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The Single Biggest Reason People Fail to Reach Success

what road construction has to do with BIGG SuccessWe were traveling down a busy road in our area recently. It’s a two-way road with two lanes going in each direction.

A sign indicated there was “Road Work Ahead” – one lane on each side was shut down for about a mile. There was a worker with a “Slow” sign at the point where the lanes merged. There was another worker at the other end with the same sign, directing traffic in the opposite direction.

So here we were – driving through the construction zone. Suddenly the person in front of us stopped.

But why? We didn’t understand. However, we quickly discovered the reason.

He was looking at the worker holding the sign for traffic going the other way. On the back of the “Slow” sign was the word “Stop”.

So he stopped – even though the sign was not meant for him. The worker in frustration quickly waved him on.

Don’t hurry to stop

Unfortunately, most people don’t get waved on so quickly and readily in life. So they just stop and they stay stopped.

It’s the single biggest reason people do not reach success – they are in a hurry to stop.

They stop when they’re not supposed to. They haven’t reached their destination, but they still stop.

They stop because they see a sign – even when the sign isn’t meant for them.

They listen to other people who tell them to stop. They just don’t realize the advice isn’t for them or that the people they’re listening to don’t know what they’re talking about.

They stop because they think they’re being safe. In reality, they’re putting themselves and others at risk.

They stop because they run into obstacles. The problem is many of these blocks are self-created.

They hurry to stop.

Hurry to go!

BIGG goal-getters do the opposite. They hurry to go.

Things didn’t go as planned? Learn, adapt and go!

Someone said something discouraging or disparaging? Use it as fuel and go!

Go! To understand your environment better.

Go! To push past the obstacles.

Go! To prove people wrong.

Go! To reach BIGG success!

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The Swinging Bridge to Success

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

You are where you are. You want to be where you want to be.

That’s the easy part. The hard part is getting there.

Because there’s a BIGG canyon between the two.

Picture it – you’re standing on a cliff.

You want to get to the other side. But how?

You have to build the bridge. No one will build it for you. You have to do it.

Only you don’t have the right materials to build a sturdy bridge. Nope – this bridge from where you are to where you want to be will be a swinging one.

So you go about building the bridge. And then you start to walk across.

Only, even then, even after all the work you did to build the bridge, the journey won’t be easy.


The winds will be strong. Occasionally, they’ll be at your back. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Sometimes, the winds will be in your face. You’ll have to summon even more energy to keep pushing ahead.

Then there are the crosswinds. They make the bridge swing from side to side. You have to hold on tight to keep from falling.


At times, there will be other people on your bridge. As they put one foot in front of the other, the bridge will sway.

They’re making it harder on you to make progress. They don’t mean to; they’re just trying to get across the chasm.

Others, well…they are intentional. They actively make the bridge swing; they want to throw you off.

They don’t want you to succeed. Beware of these people.


You expended a tremendous amount of energy to build your bridge. Now you just have to get across.

But you’re tired. It’s only natural.

You have to make sure you have enough provisions to keep your strength up. And occasionally you just need to stop and rest.

But then you’ll get back to your journey. Because you’re a winner!

You will keep going.
You will make it to the other side.
You will get from where you are to where you want to be.
You will reach BIGG success!

What obstacles have you faced on your swinging bridge to BIGG success?

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A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 3

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverWe wrap up our three-part series with BIGG Success, Howard Griffith.

Howard is a two-time Super Bowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line. He is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs of all time. His book Laying it on the Line charts his football and life journey from Chicago’s south side to the Super Bowl.

Last time, Howard told us how hard work was key for keeping his NLF career going, and how you can apply “The Drill” philosophy in your career and business to ensure you are prepared for the opportunities that come along.

Hear Howard talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show podcast! Click the player to listen.

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During our interview in this podcast segement:

  • Howard talks about how you can get past obstacles to get from where you are now, to where you want to be.
  • Why Howard says why preparation is so important to achieving your goals, and how he prepared to achieve his.
  • Howard talks about how he got past doubts in his career, and shares a true life story of when he was cut from the Buffalo Bills, what his dad said to keep him from giving up on his bigg dream.
  • Why Howard says you can’t share your dreams with everyone.

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Laying it on the Line.

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