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Why Your Boss Holds You Back – Part 1

getting held back by your boss | BIGG SuccessWe want to talk today to really good employees. If you’re truly not one – if you know you slack off, if you’re one of the average and ordinary – today’s conversation isn’t for you.

For all you BIGG goal-getters, we’re going to talk about something today that you may have already faced.

If you haven’t experienced it yet, you will. It’s only a matter of time.

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You work hard. Much harder than most. You get there early. You stay late. You do your homework.

But it’s not just the time you put in.

You deliver results time after time. Your boss knows you’re his or her go-to guy or gal.

You get the hardest projects, the ones that are most critical to your organization’s success.

And you always come through.

Your boss notices. You get some credit for what you’ve done. You may even get a spiff or a small raise.

Out of the blue, an opportunity arises within your company.

You think you’re perfectly suited for it. It would mean a BIGG increase in responsibility but you’re confident that you can handle the challenge.

You also like the increased pay. But most importantly, this new position would place you on track for your ultimate goal with the company.

You’re so excited.

You can’t wait to talk to your boss. You know he or she could grease the wheels.

They could definitely get you an interview. Then it would just be up to you to demonstrate how qualified you are.

But when you tell your boss, you’re surprised at the reaction.

You’re given a laundry list of reasons why it would be a bad move.
You’re not qualified.
It’s not the right fit for you right now.
Be patient. A better opportunity will come up down the road.

You leave the office confused.
You can feel it.
This is a good move.
You are qualified.

A simple truth about your boss

You need to understand a simple truth about your boss:
Your boss wants to hold you back.

Not because you haven’t earned the opportunity to take on more.
Not because you’re not qualified.
No, none of these are the reasons your boss isn’t willing to help you out.

The secret motivation of your boss

The real reason? It’s the secret motivation of your boss:
He or she is being rewarded for keeping you where you’re at.

The rewards may be monetary. He or she is being paid handsomely and you’re the star performer lining their pockets.

They may get a lot of credit for the work you’re doing. You make your boss look good to his or her boss. Without you, the results just won’t be the same.

In other words, you’re too valuable to let go.

Seems like a good thing, right? But you may be so valuable that your boss can’t let you go anywhere.

You can’t really blame your boss. While it may be small-minded, it certainly is logical from his or her point-of-view.

What can you do about it? What are your options?

We’ll share three suggestions on our next show. Please check back tomorrow.

In the meantime, how about sharing with us? Have you ever had a boss who held you back? What did you do?

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Where to Find Opportunity

Find opportunity

Entrepreneurs look for opportunities to create value by solving a problem. A problem people have.

So entrepreneuring, at its essence, is all about people – and that’s what BIGG success is all about.

Only it’s not just an occupation. It’s a mindset.

We’re often asked where to find opportunity. Let’s look at three places where you can look:

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The Single Reason to Network All the Time

network all the time for BIGG SuccessWe hear it said all the time – network, network, network.

Most new jobs are found through a referral from the job changer’s network.

Your BIGG idea – for your life, your career, or your startup – will likely come from your network.

The capital you need for your business will likely come from someone you know or someone they know.

If you’re married, you met your spouse thanks to networking.

Networks make things happen. Who you know counts at least as much as what you know.

Your network is a huge resource. It’s one of your single, most significant assets.

It’s there, working for you. It makes your life easier.

It helps you get to places you could never get on your own. It can’t guarantee BIGG success, but it can accelerate your progress to it.

All of that is well and good. But why should you network all the time?

Because you never know.

You never know when the person you meet today will help you.
You never know when you will be able to help them.
You never know when the goodwill you build will come back to you.

You just never know.

You just never know when an opportunity will present itself.
You just never know when your life will change forever.
You just never know when you will change someone else’s life forever.

As Chuck Brodsky said:

“We are each other’s angels; we meet when it is time.”

Since we don’t know when it’s time, networking all the time leads to BIGG success!

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Will the Next Opportunity Bring Success?

jump for the next bigg thing | BIGG SuccessPeople jump at opportunities.

There’s a new industry that will take the world by storm…


A new stock is heating up…


Here’s a new way to market your business…


This social network is the next Facebook…


Some people jump…and jump…and jump.

They jump at this opportunity.

They jump at that one.

They jump from place to place.

Jump. Jump. Jump.

They hope to get in on the ground floor of the “next new thing.”

They fear being left out.

They want easy money, to get rich quick.

They wish for a better life.

And yet, in spite of all the hoping and fearing and wanting and wishing… nothing happens.

Except for a lot of jumping. There are at least 3 problems with jumping:

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The grass probably is NOT greener.

It always LOOKS greener. But then you get on the other side of the fence. And you discover that you were casting a shadow on the grass on your side of the fence.

Many people have jumped at a new opportunity only to realize it didn’t offer the same opportunity as their old opportunity.

Before you jump, make sure the grass REALLY is greener.

Even if it is, how much effort will it take to make the grass greener right where you are?

You give away your cumulative advantage.

When you jump at a new opportunity, you often start with almost no advantage. You’re just part of the crowd.

Over time, you learn some tricks. Over time, you make connections with key people. Over time, you build your reputation.

But if you give up on this opportunity, you may give away these advantages.

You may have to start all over.

Is it worth starting over in a new opportunity? Or would you be better served putting the same effort into your current one?

You lose momentum.

Momentum is precious. Momentum is powerful.

You push and push and push. And then, you push and push and push.

Eventually, you reach the tipping point.

You were behind the momentum. Now the momentum is behind you.

All of sudden, everything seems easier. This is the way it was supposed to be all along.

But you had to invest time and perhaps money – two of the five elements of BIGG success.

You had to gain cumulative advantage.

Momentum accrues. It comes little by little. At first, you don’t even notice it. But soon it overtakes you. It’s a dynamic force.

So here’s the bad news:

Your best opportunity may be where you are right now. But…

Here’s the good news:

Your best opportunity may be where you are right now. Give it your all to be a BIGG success!

Have you found success by not jumping?

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Transform Your Life Like an Entrepreneur

change risk reward chart | BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life.

You may or may not be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense or not. However, you own your life.

The entire subject of entrepreneurship can be boiled down to six key terms:


Most people hate change. Entrepreneurs thrive on it.

It’s because they understand that change creates opportunity.

Entrepreneurs look for change from technological, political or other forces. In some cases – if they can’t find change – they create it.


Ideas are cheap. Opportunities are golden.

An opportunity has passed through a filter. First, it must be a good idea for you. Second, there must be a market for the idea.

You may have spotted a bona-fide opportunity. But it doesn’t fit you. So it’s best to pass.

Or you have an idea that fits your passions, proficiencies and preferences. However, the market either doesn’t exist, can’t be reached or is already being targeted by too many competitors.


Entrepreneurs are risk lovers, according to popular lore. It’s a lie.

Successful entrepreneurs are excellent risk managers. They share it with others. They shift it away.

Entrepreneurs are also often able to see a situation through a different lens. They know the actual risk is much lower than the perceived risk.

When considering an opportunity, entrepreneurs focus on the downside until it reaches an acceptable level. Only after they’ve outsourced as much risk as possible do they consider the rewards.


Some people think entrepreneurs are only in it for the money. In reality, interviews with entrepreneurs have shown this to be incorrect.

The most successful entrepreneurs are generally driven by non-monetary factors. The money is a nice bonus.


Entrepreneurs are incredibly resourceful. However, they are not resource full.

They make the most of the resources they have at their disposal. They find ways to stretch every dollar and get the most out of every day.


Entrepreneurs know they must solve a problem for other people. These people must have both the desire and the wherewithal to buy the entrepreneur’s product or service.

But that’s not enough – the price they pay must exceed the entrepreneurs cost. That’s how value is created.

Entrepreneurs get the spoils. They have to add value in the lives of others to create value for themselves.

The entrepreneurial process

So if you want to transform your life, look for change. Then analyze the situation to determine if there is an opportunity.

If there is, think about where the risk lies. Do everything you can to minimize it to an acceptable level.

Next, compare the rewards to the remaining risk. If the relative rewards are sufficient enough, pull together the resources at your disposal.

Use these resources to create value from your opportunity. It leads to BIGG success!