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Celebrating the Success of Others

graduationToday we want to look at how pausing to celebrate another person’s accomplishment can help you achieve bigger success in your life.

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marylynnMy best friend, Jodi, is a smart cookie. She teaches high school students and is the mother of two boys. With all that going, she went back to school to get her Master’s in Education. We recently attended her graduation party.

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georgeI admire her for being able to juggle so many things at once! I’ll bet she needs to catch up on some sleep!

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marylynnI'm so proud of her. She definitely sacrificed to achieve a new level of success in her career with all she had on her plate. That's why I call her "Wonder Woman"!

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george
I noticed her flying around in the sky … now I get it. She was in her invisible plane, huh?

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marylynnJodi's mom, Linda, wanted to do something special for Jodi. So Linda planned a family party with a few surprises. I was one of those! But Linda didn’t have my phone number and she didn’t want to raise Jodi’s suspicions.

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george So Linda enlisted the help of Jodi's oldest son, Collin. He's only eight-years old, but was smart enough to look up the phone numbers on Jodi's cell phone when she was taking a shower!

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marylynn
Ah, kids these days! Would you be able to figure that out, George?

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george I’d like to think that I could! So last weekend, when we walked in, Jodi was talking with a family member. She looked over and saw us but didn’t really respond. She looked away and then looked back again! She was so surprised – shocked, even – to see you, Mary-Lynn.

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marylynnWell, we shed some tears because it had been awhile since we had seen each other. Then we spent the day with her – getting to know her family and friends.

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We relay this story because there’s something really cool about celebrating the success of others. It can inspire you to bigger success in your own life. This works in four ways:

By celebrating, we acknowledge
When we celebrate the accomplishments of others, we remember to acknowledge our own achievements. It’s easy to forget to do this but it’s necessary to keep achieving every loftier goals.

Celebration sparks innovation
As the saying goes, “Success breeds success.” We are often inspired and encouraged to go for what we want when we see other people getting what they want.

Appreciate to be appreciated
When you appreciate the hard work and efforts of others, you're more likely to appreciate the hard work and efforts you put into your success.

Commemorate to remember
We remember achievements that are marked with special occasions. From mini-celebrations to full-blown parties, it is important to celebrate the accomplishments we make along our journey to bigg success!

So let's celebrate an accomplishment of yours! Will you share something that you’ve accomplished recently? Leave a comment below, call us at 888.455.BIGG (2444) or e-mail us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.

Thanks so much for reading our post today. Please join us next time when we’ll talk about behaviors that cost money. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Party in the Parking Lot!

questionsWe love this time of year! We feel lucky to live in a college town because we love going to football games!

But it’s not just the games … it’s tailgating before or after. Grilling. Chilling. Playing games. The fans sporting their team colors. The friendly rivalry between the fans.

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It’s a great way to catch up with people. We see people every fall that we just don’t see much otherwise. It’s a great way to build upon relationships and meet new people.

As we’ve said before, some people look at it as networking. We see it as netplaying. Because hanging out with cool people is bigg fun!

How one man became the world’s only professional tailgater

Joe Cahn has a passion for tailgating. He sold his businesses and his house. He bought a motor home and hit the road!

He has become the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating. Now in his eleventh year, he has tailgated with hundreds of thousands of people at all 31 NFL stadiums, over 123 college stadiums, and 9 NASCAR tracks.

We saw an interview with him where he was asked if he goes to the games. He said he rarely goes inside the stadium. After all, he’s the Commissioner of Tailgating. He doesn’t want to step on the toes of the National Football League Commissioner!

Joe Cahn found his passion. Then he found a way to live it.

If you’re into tailgating, we highly recommend that you check out his site, Tailgating.com. He has some great recipes, party tips, trivia, and even information on parking lots!

On top of all of this, with the Presidential election upon us, he’s started a third political party – the Tailgating Party! One of the planks on this party’s platform …

Forget the left wing and the right wing. Just give me the chicken wing!

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Mingle Bells: Tips For Networking At Your Holiday Party

Yesterday, we discussed a recent study on monkeys and what you can learn from them about rationalizing.

Today, you’ll learn four tips to network your way through your holiday parties.

Mingle bell #1:  Break the ice.
Ideally, someone introduces you. In fact, look for people you know talking to people you don’t know. That’s the easiest way to get introduced to someone new.

If that option is not available, just think of an interesting opener. You might comment on something they’re wearing. Or discuss the food, the drink, or the place that you’re at. If all else fails, talk about the weather! 

Mingle bell #2:  Find something in common.
Find out how they know the host. Obvious, isn’t it? But with that information, you may get a clue to other people, places or things that you have in common with the person you just met.

When all else fails, fall back on our humanity. Check up on current events before the party, particularly lifestyle news. You can always make fun of the celebrity du jour!

Mingle bell #3:  Take a genuine interest in them.
Some people network solely to do more business. They’re looking for money with every contact. In our opinion, this is a mistake for two reasons. First, you don’t get to know some of the best people you’ll ever meet. Second, people see through it quickly.

Listen intently. Remember two ears, one mouth? You’ll learn more than you ever imagined, simply by letting others talk about themselves.

Mingle bell #4:  Make a lasting impact.
We live in a society hell-bent on moving fast. Speed dating came first. Now we have speed interviewing and speed networking. An article recently suggested that if you spend more than two minutes talking to someone you just met, you’re wasting your time. We think this is bull caca. Yeah, we checked the spelling … according to Webster, we got it right!

You shouldn’t force it. If there’s a lull in the conversation, find a graceful way to exit. But keep your goal in mind – to find new people with whom you connect. You’ll be more effective thinking quality, rather than quantity.

Use these four tips to take a sleigh-ride to successful networking!

Our quote today is by an unknown author.   

“How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way.”

So mingle your way through the holiday. You’ll make spirits bright!

Next time, we’ll get aggressively passive when we talk about how to build a passive income that sets you free.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Week of: 12-07-07

Joke of the week

The Twins A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist. Just to see what would happen, on the twins' birthday their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure. That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly. "Why are you crying?" the father asked. "Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken." answered the pessimist twin. Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. "What are you so happy about?" he asked. To which his optimist twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"

Sign of the week

And now … the #1 sign you enjoyed your office party too much …
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