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The Social Web is the New Wild West for Entrepreneurs

wild-westDon’t fence me in. It’s the anthem for entrepreneurs the world over.

When you hear the song, do you think of the Wild West?

Stars lighting up the sky that goes on forever.

Land stretching on as far as the eye can see.

Freedom from societal expectations.

Opportunity to start a new and better life.

The social web is the new Wild West. The Wild Web is tearing down fences.

Within companies, fences are coming down.

It’s hard to explore new territory in an organization full of people protecting their own turf. So bureaucracies can’t move quickly enough to avoid the many dangers in the Wild Web.

Unless they don’t fence their people in.

Between companies, fences are coming down.

Forget about protecting your borders in the Wild Web. You can’t. Instead, shore up your strengths and work with others who have complementary strengths.

What’s your strength? Let’s talk about it. Send us an e-mail at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com or leave a voice message at 877.988.BIGG(2444).

Entrepreneurs don’t ever want to be fenced in.

So the Wild Web is perfectly suited for them.

Sure, they see the mountains.

Yes, they know they may not survive in this harsh environment.

But they don’t care about the dangers of the Wild Web. They’ll find a way to move forward or they’ll die trying.

Because they know that there’s a new land grab going on. They sense a new opportunity. Web properties are being settled. And they want their piece of virtual land.

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Your Company and Your Boss are Wrong About You

wrong!You feel it – deep down inside yourself. You know you’re better than this. You know you could do so much more. You know you could contribute.

You have the talent. You have the intelligence. You have the desire to grow. You have the work ethic. You have everything you need – except the opportunity.

You’re frustrated.
Your boss doesn’t see it. Neither does your boss’ boss. Nobody in the company sees it – at least not anybody who has the authority to put you in a place where you could shine.

Well … you know what?

Your boss is wrong about you.

Your boss’ boss is wrong about you.

Your company is wrong about you.

But they will never see it.
You’ll never convince them. You could save the company from complete disaster and they wouldn’t notice.

Because they’re human. Because they’re too busy to notice. Because they don’t care. Because they’ve picked their favorites. Because they have their own prejudices. Because they have their head up their … well you know.

So what can you do?
Just accept it? A lot of people do.

But not you.

You can’t accept it any longer. It makes you sick to your stomach.

The flame inside you is burning too hot. You can’t stand it anymore.

You won’t let anyone or anything hold you back. You will go for it. You will live life on your own terms. You will be a BIGG success!

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Step 1-Find Abundance in a World of Scarcity

abundanceOil supplies are running out fast.

Our water supply is going down the drain.

Money is tight. Credit has dried up. Don’t try to get a loan now.

Job losses are permanent. Many of them will never come back.

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These are a sampling of some headlines we found while researching this post. Scarcity is in the news. It smacks us in the face every time we turn around.

Here’s our take on it: opportunity is everywhere. There's never been a better time to find yours.

Do you doubt it?

Then it won't happen for you. When you don't believe you can change your position in the world, you can't.

When you do believe it, you're one step closer to making it happen.

Yes, we're blasted daily with stories about financial trouble. But we have to overcome stinkin' thinkin’ because we're fortunate to live in a time when there is so much opportunity.

Yes, you heard that correctly. Right now, there is so much opportunity!

And here's the best news of all … the opportunities of today and tomorrow don't require a lot of money to create a lot more money.

They do require you to think abundantly. So we thought we’d do our part by doing a series of posts – five in all – on finding abundance. Here’s the first step:

Start creating a fortune by feeling fortunate.

  • We tend to focus on what we don't have.
  • We beat ourselves up because we haven't accomplished everything we planned to.
  • We experience regret, anger and depression because of our lot in life.
  • We compare ourselves to others and get upset because they seem to be living better than we are. We think they’re the fortunate ones.

We’re wrong.

We are the fortunate ones. So we must be different. We must feel fortunate.

  • Start every day by focusing on what you do have.
  • Be thankful for the wonderful people in your life.
  • Congratulate yourself for how far you've already come.
  • Feel excited about the opportunities, and yes, even the challenges, that you have before you.

You'll find that after a couple weeks of this daily session you'll feel fortunate – the beginning of living abundantly.

When you feel fortunate, you’ll find your fortune, however you define it. That’s bigg success!

For what do you feel fortunate?
Share that with us by leaving a comment, sending an e-mail to bigginfo@biggsuccess.com or leaving a voice message at 877.988.BIGG(2444).

We’re abundantly thankful that you read our post today! 

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Please join us next time when we’ll take the second step to living abundantly. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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3 Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail

targetMany people are surprised at how hard it is to get a new idea off the ground. It takes planning, persistence and patience along with constant action.

There are a number of reasons why entrepreneurs miss the mark. We’ll talk about three of them today.

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RAS – Ready Aim Syndrome

A lot of people spend a lot of time looking for that perfect idea. As soon as they find it, fortune will be theirs.

But the perfect idea never comes. So they find themselves aiming and aiming and aiming.

We have an acquaintance who is always telling us about his latest greatest idea. The problem is he never pulls the trigger. He never does anything because no idea will stand the test of time. By the time he is finally ready for his bigg idea, the opportunity has passed.

RFS – Ready Fire Syndrome

These people have an affliction that is opposite our first group. They don’t have the patience to test their idea slowly and inexpensively.

They think that every idea is a bullseye. All they have to do is get started.

Most ideas are garbage. They won’t stand up to the scrutiny that should be done before launching.

Walking the tight rope
So the challenge in launching a new endeavor is walking that tight rope between analysis paralysis and banning planning. You have to find the balance.

Most successful entrepreneurs probably fire quicker than most people would be comfortable doing. However, the ones who reach bigg success understand that there is tremendous value in the planning process as well.

FTS – Fixed Target Syndrome

Once you launch, you have to understand the need to be fluid. The situation on the ground will change. You will learn things you didn’t know before.

Here’s a very important point – the only way you learn these things is by launching. Those who are still on the sidelines will never catch up. You’re trying to hit a moving target, not a fixed one.

Our miss

Unfortunately, this subject is close to us. We launched a new business late last year. We help financial institutions communicate better with small business owners.

Now you know what’s been going on with financial institutions in the last twelve months. We saw the free fall happen right before our eyes.

But we had been working on this thing for a while. We had surveyed a number of potential customers. Our product was a good fit. So we launched.

But when the economy took a tumble, so did our customers’ budgets.

We kept listening. We responded. We tweaked our product offerings. We certainly can’t report that we’re a bigg success yet with this venture, but it seems to be gaining traction.

Along the way, we’ve learned a lot about our customers and about business. We certainly can look back and see things we would do differently. But that will always be the case.

The important thing is to get an idea, test it to see if it’s a good opportunity and then get started and adapt. That leads to bigg success. At least we hope so!

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Thanks so much for checking in with us today. Please join us next time when we’ll talk about when to shut up. Guess that’s our cue. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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4 Secrets for Learning New Tricks

dog_daysToday’s post is the second in a five part series on Dog Days. There’s an old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If that’s true, then one secret to learning new tricks is …

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Don’t be an old dog!

Of course, we can’t control that in a physical sense. But that’s of less importance than keeping ourselves young in mind and spirit.

We must rediscover that sense of wonder we had when we were young.

Before we were afraid to try new things.
Before we were scared of taking risks.
Before we worried about being embarrassed.

When we were fascinated by new things.
We were captivated with new experiences.
We were curious about the world around us.
We made new discoveries day by day.

Then we grew up and became old dogs.

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I told George to speak for himself on that one!

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george Boy, I inadvertently insulted myself on two fronts … in a single sentence I managed to call myself “old” and a “dog”. My point is that sometimes we learn the wrong lessons.

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Picture this: A dog goes for a walk and steps on a bee. It hurts. But instead of watching out for bees when he goes for walks in the future, he refuses to walk at all.

Let’s bring it back to human terms. Maybe you stuck your neck out on an opportunity that didn’t work out the way you planned. So now, when a new opportunity presents itself, you roll over and play dead!

It’s time for some new tricks. Experience is a great teacher, but it’s curiosity that leads to innovation.

The dog trainer

Trainers can work wonders with dogs. The same is true for us humans.

Look for a coach or mentor who has done what you’re trying to do. Someone who has walked the path you want to go down.

Your coach can teach you the tricks you need to get where you want to be. From his or her experience, combined with your own, you can discover how to reach bigg success faster.

A doggy treat

Dogs get a treat when they learn new tricks. Likewise, give yourself a reward every time you learn a new trick or reach a new plateau.

Bigger tricks deserve bigger treats. Sounds kind of like Halloween, doesn’t it? Only here it’s trick for treat.

When you really move that proverbial needle, when you stretch yourself and accomplish something significant for your bigg success, give yourself a treat that has particular meaning for you.

The dog and pony show

Don’t get stuck doing that same old dog and pony show. Stretch your mind by exploring new things. Study things outside your area of expertise.

You’ll find that you bring new perspectives back to your main area of expertise by exploring outside of it. You’ll discover new solutions to old problems.

So we think you can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, an old dog has to learn new tricks to reach bigg success!

If you’d like to learn more new tricks, subscribe to our FREE newsletter, The Bigg Success Weekly. It’s free!

Thanks for sharing your time with us today. Please join us next time when we’ll discuss relationships in a dog eat dog world. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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