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Do What You Love…Or Else

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Do what you love. It’s what we all want to do. But what if you aren’t doing what you love? What can you do then?

Last time, we exposed Hollywood’s dirty little secret. In order to do what you love, you may have to do something (or somethings) you don’t love.

It was inspired by a news story about Geoffrey Owens, the Cosby Show actor who played Elvin – the husband of the family’s oldest daughter. He was spotted bagging groceries at Trader Joe’s. The good news: He got a gig on Tyler Perry’s TV show, getting to do what he loves.

We continued that conversation on The BIGG Success Show today. We discussed what to do if you aren’t doing what you love. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

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The Dirty Little Secret About Entrepreneuring

the dirty little secret about entrepreneurship | BIGG SuccessWe’ve been hit squarely in the face with a dirty little secret. Two of our entrepreneurial friends recently shared it with us on separate occasions.

It’s something we don’t talk about much. Many entrepreneurs never talk about it at all.

We don’t want to admit it. We’re ashamed. We think talking about it makes us look weaker. We believe we’re the only one who feels it.

But we’re not going to keep the secret. We want to talk about it today to shine light on it.

Whether you’re a start-up entrepreneur or an existing entrepreneur, we’re talking about it today so you realize that you can gain strength by talking about it when it happens to you.

If you’re a will-be entrepreneur, we’re bringing it up today so you know you should expect it to happen to you and you can prepare for it.

We’re talking about it today so you know that you’re not alone. And that’s the dirty little secret…

Entrepreneuring is the loneliest occupation of all.

So low entrepreneurs

It can be especially lonely in the early stages. It’s hard sometimes when it’s just you. Solo entrepreneurs are often so low.

It truly is lonely at the top. And the bottom. It’s hard when you’re the CXO and the janitor.

But don’t think it only happens when it’s just you. We’re a couple in business. We feel it too.

Perhaps most surprisingly…

You can have people all around you and still feel lonely.

You may have a great group of employees, but still feel isolated.

You might have a supportive spouse and family. But the burdens are not theirs to bear.

Sometimes you have to go it alone.

And usually those times are reserved for when you need help the most:

When you’re struggling.

When you’re up against a milestone.

When you don’t have the answer.

When you’re down in the dumps.

When you’re stressed beyond a level mere mortals could never understand.

These are the times when you have to dig deep and find that reservoir of strength.

These are the times when you discover you can handle more stress than you ever imagined.

These are the times that make you stronger.

These are the times that prepare you for BIGG success.

So as tough as it may be, you can be thankful for these times.

You can be glad you are you. You are a winner. And you will find a way.

You can do it on your own, but you don’t have to.

Our main reason for posting this here today is to help you realize this. You’re not alone.

It doesn’t make you look weak. There’s no reason to be embarrassed about it.

It’s okay to talk about it. As long as you’re in the right audience.

And that’s why we’re sharing it with you. If you’ve read this far, you get it. We get it. Because we’re fellow entrepreneurs.

And that’s the only group that can get it. So reach out to other entrepreneurs.

Reach out to us when you’re feeling isolated. Maybe you’ll allow us to reach out to you when we’re in the same boat.

As fellow entrepreneurs, we need to be here for each other. It will help us all reach BIGG success!

Have you experienced the loneliness of being an entrepreneur?

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3 Influencers of Career Success

influencers of success | BIGG SuccessHere’s something to always keep in mind throughout your career:

Growth creates opportunity.

It’s not profound. It’s completely logical. Yet many people never stop to think about it.

So when you’re setting your career goals, think about where the growth is. There are three influencers of career success: your occupation, your industry and your company.

Hear this post. Click a player to listen to George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.


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BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life. Whether you ever plan to be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word, you are in charge of your life. You own it lock, stock and barrel.

So how does life on your own terms fit with the three influencers of career success?

You want to match your own passions and proficiencies with an opportunity.

Since growth creates opportunity, as you evaluate your occupation, your industry and your company, you want to look for growth.

Let’s run through two scenarios today; the two extremes.

Scenario 1: Growth in all three

Under this scenario, you’ll likely stay put. Opportunity should come your way. Keep building your network. Do all that you can to establish yourself as an expert in your field.

Always be on the lookout for projects that play to your strengths. And set your own timetable – when you want to get promoted – and go for it.

Scenario 2: No growth (or worse) in all three

You can wait. But as a BIGG goal-getter, unless you’re near the end of your career, it’s time to get proactive. Clearly, it’s time for a career change.

In this case, you want to start with you. What are your passions? What are your strengths?

You want to really do some thinking before you start considering possible careers. Otherwise, you’ll become overwhelmed with choices.

By starting internally, you can quickly eliminate the external options that don’t fit you. Then you can focus on finding the best opportunities for you.

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Mary-Lynn FosterThis is the scenario I found myself in before we started BIGG Success. I was a radio DJ. I loved it. I have a passion for radio broadcasting. But I didn’t see any opportunity for growth.

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George KruegerI remember, Mary-Lynn, we looked at the financials for your employer. They were facing declining sales. We went and looked at the industry. It had falling sales as well.

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Mary-Lynn FosterRight, and this was even before the recession. So the outlook wasn’t positive. I knew I needed to look at options. We arrived at BIGG Success.

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George KruegerAnd it’s ironic – now you’re back in radio.

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Mary-Lynn FosterYeah, I host my own talk show on 93.5/95.3 Connect FM. It’s broadcast online at MyConnectFM.com. But it’s on my own terms. I get to do something I love part-time while I work to make my business grow full-time.

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It’s like having your cake and eating it too. Three rights don’t make a wrong. In fact, find a growing occupation in a growth company that’s in a growth industry and you’ll be well on your way to BIGG success!

Considering a career change? Need help finding your opportunity? Maybe we can help.

Here’s something that never changes. We’re so grateful that you spent some of your time with us today.

Next time, we’ll talk about how to break the boundaries that keep you from reaching BIGG success. Until then, here’s to your BIGG success!

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