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Your Arena of Service

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Your arena of service is the place where you can make the greatest positive impact in the life of others, and, in so doing, in your life as well.

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We discussed calling and your arena of service on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by our last show, where we shared 5 easy steps to personal leadership. We had so much material left when we were done, we felt it warranted another show. We hope you agree.

According to the dictionary, “success” is the accomplishment of something you set out to do. But what if that accomplishment harms others? Is that success?

We think not. That’s why we talk about “BIGG success”, rather than just “success”.

BIGG success is inner peace which flows from three sources:

1) finding and fulfilling your calling
2) striving daily to reach your full potential
3) staying true to your vision and values

We want to talk about the first one today. BIGG success starts by finding and fulfilling your calling.

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Personal Leadership in 5 Easy Steps

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Personal leadership is a long journey into your own soul. Discover five steps which will lead you to a more rewarding life.

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We discuss personal leadership on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

Your True North

We’re thinking about Christmas this time of year. One of the things we think about with that is the Star of Bethlehem. In the story of the birth of a newborn king, the wise men were guided by a bright star in the sky.

This Star of Bethlehem brought to mind the North Star, and that reminded us of Discover Your True North*, the wonderful book by Bill George.

In the book, true north is your destination, your BIGG goal. If your destination is BIGG success – Believing, Implementing, Goal-getting, Giving back success – you must be guided by a constant light. The light comes from your star.

Keep your eyes firmly fixed on it, even though it seems distant. When things get difficult, the sight of the star will help you keep pressing on the path set forward for you. It will keep you going true north.

Personal leadership

This is personal leadership. Even if you never plan to lead others, even if you don’t want to be a leader in an organization, or you aren’t, or even if you are, in all cases – you have to lead yourself. If you don’t, you’re like a teeny, tiny, little boat way out in the middle of the ocean. A boat that’s lost its motor. You can’t control where you go. You just drift. And hope a large wave doesn’t capsize you.

Now if you’re a regular here (and even if you’re not, you’ll soon get used to hearing us say this), we bring entrepreneurship to life. We call it personal entrepreneurship, and personal leadership is a part of that.

Personal leadership vs. Personal entrepreneurship

The difference is – personal leadership, as most people discuss it, looks at you as if you are the leader of a department in an organization. We don’t think so! You aren’t a leader of an enterprise. You own the enterprise! Your life is your enterprise and you own it lock, stock, and barrel. It’s 100% yours.

But, of course, organizations rise and fall on the strengths, or weaknesses, of their leaders. Similarly, we as individuals, rise or fall on our personal leadership abilities.

Personal leaders are made, not born

As personal entrepreneurs wanting to improve our personal leadership skills, we can learn from the executives profiled in the book we referenced earlier, Discover Your True North. It’s clear that authentic leaders lead with their heads and their hearts. This helps them keep on course, in spite of pressures and temptations before them.

According to the author, leaders are made from life experiences where they discover their passion, which provides the motivation they need to effectively lead.

So keep this in mind…when you combine your passion with your strengths, you find that sweet spot that makes you much more likely to succeed.

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5 Easy Steps to Holistic Personal Leadership

Personal leadership is a journey into your own soul. How can you be a holistic personal leader? Just take these five easy steps.

1) Know yourself

This is the starting point. Discover your strengths and weaknesses. Seek objective feedback from others. Find your passion and your purpose.

2) Practice your values and principles

How do you want to be treated? Treat others just like that. The golden rule is really just leading by example. You reap what you sow. People are attracted to authenticity, to real people – people who live the values and principles that they preach. Every day.

3) Discover what motivates you

Personal leaders want to make a difference. They enjoy pushing themselves to their limits. They want an occupation they are passionate about. Getting rich is a by-product of their success, not the driver of it.

4) Build a support team

The world is too complex to go it alone. You have to develop a team. People who complement your strengths, but who share your passion and core values. For a personal leader, this obviously includes your spouse (if you have one). It may also be your family. More and more people today also see value in hiring a coach. As your wealth grows, your support team may grow as well – an insurance broker, a tax expert, an attorney, and a financial advisor, to name a few.

5) Create a balanced life

Balance is important, even for busy personal leaders. You must schedule time with family and friends. Make time for yourself – for exercise, a hobby, or whatever catches your fancy. Give back to your community. Balance gives you fresh perspectives that you can bring into your workplace to solve problems.

Follow these five steps to lead yourself on the path to more meaning and fulfillment. It leads to BIGG success!

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Here’s to your BIGG success!

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Find Your Why

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Find your why to feel fulfilled in life. Passion may get your attention, but it’s your purpose that sustains you in fulfilling your calling.

We discuss how to find your why on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion. This show was inspired by a commencement speech by Madison Industries CEO Larry Gies, given at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

It’s graduation season. We love this time of year. So many young people passing into adulthood. The excitement of new beginnings. Hope for the future.

We love commencement speeches. We are often inspired and challenged by the messages delivered from the brightest minds in the world. We’ve covered commencement speeches before on The BIGG Success Show. For example:

Coke CEO Byron Dyson and the lesson of the five balls, Georgia Tech, 1991

Tom Hanks on fear and faith and success, Yale, 2011

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on the power of imagination, Harvard, 2008

Steve Jobs on being crazy enough to change the world, Stanford, 2005

Larry Gies and George KruegerToday, we’re going to talk about the best commencement address at the best school – Larry Gies, CEO of Madison Industries, speaking to the Class of 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – on how to find your why.

We’ve known Larry for about 25 years. He’s a true entrepreneur, building his $5 billion business one acquisition at a time. He treats his people like people, not drones. And he and his wife, Beth, have given away millions of dollars, including a $150 million donation to the University of Illinois – the largest in its history.

So here are our takeaways from Larry’s commencement speech, 3 lessons on how to find your why.

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How to Fund Your Passion

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It’s never too early to start thinking about how to fund your passion. We are going to share three ways to do it!

Last time, we continued our conversation about Hollywood’s dirty little secret. We discussed what to do if you can’t do what you love.

Today, on The BIGG Success Show, we continued the conversation even further. We talked about how to fund your passion. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

This series of shows was inspired by the story of Geoffrey Owens, best known as the son-in-law on The Cosby Show. He was seen bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s.

It seems a lot of people these days feel better about themselves by mocking others. But, he argued, working at Trader Joe’s helped him pay the bills while he continued to do what he loves to do: acting and teaching.

The good news is…good prevailed – he got an acting gig. So now he can follow his passion full-time. But his story inspired us to think about how to fund your passion.

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The Downside of Finding Your Passion

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We discussed finding your passion on The BIGG Success Show today. Click the player to listen, or keep reading for a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by a study on finding your passion to be published in Psychological Science.

The research shows people are led astray by the advice to “find your passion”. It makes it harder to discover one’s passion. So you get stuck. In fact, that’s a conclusion we came to years ago here on BIGG Success.

Fortunately, there is a better way…

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