Break the Rules to Be a Success

no rules | BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. You own your life.

You are the entrepreneur in charge. And sometimes you have to break the rules.

Today we’ll share four rules we are breaking in our pursuit of BIGG success. Conventional wisdom is often best ignored.

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Don’t marry your best friend

The rule is that love and friendship don’t go together.

We broke this one. We were best friends before we started dating. And we’re proud to report that it’s working out well.

It’s kind of like Harry and Sally. And there are a lot of us in spite of the rule!

Don’t go into business with your spouse

If the business sours, so will the relationship. Besides, who can stand spending that much time with their spouse?


We love being in business together. Partly for the time we get to spend together. But also because we get to see each other grow in a way we couldn’t if we weren’t in business together.

However, this is one of the comments we get most often. A lot of people just don’t think they could ever work so closely with their spouse.

It’s a BIGG bonus to us.

Don’t make your passion your business

Of course, a lot of people say that you should do this. But there’s also a choir that sings about not turning your passion into a business.

The thought is that you may come to hate your passion and your business. You need a hobby and a business, so the thinking goes.

But we’re very happy combining the two.


George KruegerI love to write. I love learning new things. I love helping others learn, too. BIGG Success is my outlet for all those things. The thought that maybe something we say may make a BIGG difference in someone’s life drives me.



Mary-Lynn FosterAnd I love audio production. Creating a high quality production. Bringing all the elements together to make it fun to listen to in addition to helping people reach BIGG success on their own terms.


Don’t mix business with pleasure

The rule is to keep your personal and professional worlds separate. We break this rule all the time.

We do business with friends. In fact, I prefer it that way. I think the social web is changing this rule for a lot of people.

When we travel – even if it’s just a day trip – we often carve out a little time for ourselves. For example, when we’re in Chicago, we’ll go for a walk along the shores of Lake Michigan.

There are more, but we’ll stop for now. The key thing is to remember this – no matter what anyone says, no matter what the rule is – if it works for you, it works.

That’s life on your own terms. That’s BIGG success!

What rules have you broken?

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Passion at Work and the Two Types of People

should you do what you love | BIGG SuccessWe hear it all the time. Follow your passion.

Of course, before you can follow it, you have to find your passion.

Michael Martine (a.k.a. Remarkablogger) published a great guest post by Liz McGowen a while back.

She says you’ll be miserable if you follow your passion. If you turn your hobby into a business or even a career, you’ll come to hate all of them. You can’t combine work and play.

Liz also says you shouldn’t marry your best friend. Now we can debate the wisdom of following your passion, but we fiercely object to this nonsense about not marrying your best friend! It’s worked out very well for us.

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The question you should ask

So should you do what you love?

An unequivocal yes.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Pursuing your passion is an essential part of BIGG success.

But that’s not really the question. The question really is:

Should your passion be your career or business?

The answer is one of the best answers anyone can ever give:

It depends.

It depends on what type of person you are.

Full Tilt People

Full Tilt People have a passion that borders on obsession. A magnificent obsession.

And it’s not a bad thing. In fact, quite the opposite. It’s a BIGG plus.

Full Tilt People love what they do so much that it consumes them. They live, breathe, eat, and sleep it.

If you’re a Full Tilt Person, you should try to build a career or business around your passion.

Of course, there has to be a market for it. At an absolute minimum, you have to make a good living at it today while setting aside money for your future.

Seesaw People

Most people still relish some balance between their personal and professional lives. At any point in time, one side may be up while the other is down. But on average, they are pretty balanced.

If you’re a Seesaw Person, you shouldn’t mix career and hobby.

You can and should love what you do. But you should choose a career that gives you time to do what you love in your spare time.

We’re definitely full tilt people. It doesn’t mean we don’t play. It means we love our work so much that we’re almost always on.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about discovering yourself so you can design and build a life that fits you perfectly. If it works for you, it works. And it leads to BIGG success.

Are you a Full Tilt Person or a Seesaw Person?

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The Biggest Failure of All is Silent

The biggest failure of all is silent | BIGG SuccessIt’s kind of funny in an ironic sense. Yet it is so very sad.

The biggest failure of all is silent.

You can experience this failure and never even realize it.

Day after day, same old same old.

The drudgery. A life of ho-hum.

Breathing, but not living.

Sure, you’re satisfied. But you’re not happy.

Because you choose to do nothing.

Doing nothing – the biggest failure of all.

You may argue with that last statement.

You didn’t choose to do nothing.

To some extent, you’re right.

You didn’t actively choose to do nothing.

It just happened.

But deep down inside, you know that you let it happen.

By not rocking the boat. By settling for the status quo.

By not sticking your neck out. By not trying.

By being so afraid of failure that failure is the only possible outcome.

By doing all these things passively, you actively choose to fail.

You will never know the potential within you.

You will never see the impact that you could have made.

You will never experience the elation of living your passion.

And we all suffer.

We’ll never know how great you could have been either.

BIGG success if life on your own terms.

Today, you can choose to exist or you can choose to live.

You can change careers.

You can start your own small business.

You can do anything you want to do.

You just have to choose to do something.

Sure, it’s scary.

Sure, it’s not easy.

Maybe we can help.

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Find Your Passion with the Can’t Fail Option

The No Fail Option | BIGG SuccessHere’s a question to ask yourself: If you absolutely, positively knew you would not fail, what would you do?

Would you do what you’re doing now? If so, you can quit reading. But check in next time – we’ll have something just for you, assuming you want to take it to the next level.

Now back to those of you who would do something different. What’s holding you back?

In most cases, it’s fear. Pure and simple. And rightly so. As our friend Jim Bouchard says, “The absence of fear is stupidity!”

How do you overcome it? Here are two suggestions:

Do your due diligence

Passion is great. However, if it’s not combined with evidence, you may find yourself passionately unhappy. Prove out your idea. Remember, where there’s growth, there’s opportunity. Whether you’re thinking of starting a business or changing careers, is the industry growing?

A great resource for this is the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Services. It’s available online and it’s free.

Mitigate the risk

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. Contrary to popular lore, entrepreneurs are NOT risk lovers. However, successful entrepreneurs are excellent risk managers.

They mitigate risk by managing it, sharing it and by seeing it differently.

  • Risk management

Can you manage the risk by saving extra now and storing it away?

  • Risk sharing

    If you’re thinking of launching a business, could you share the risk with a partner?

  • Risk perception

    Is there something you know that most people don’t? Because of your unique knowledge and experiences, you may be able to look at a situation differently than most people.

As you keep finding ways to mitigate the risk, you’ll reach a point where what you’re contemplating doesn’t seem so risky. You realize you can’t fail. You’re ready for BIGG success!

If you’re contemplating a career change and still have questions, maybe we can help. Check out our coaching programs.

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Get a Vision for Life

get a vision for your life | BIGG SuccessWe recently saw a great post by Bob Burg about Paul Allen’s book, Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft.

As he often is, Bob was profound and elegant. He was impressed by the passion Paul Allen displayed in the book.

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The one thing to expect when you act on an idea

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Bob says for Paul Allen, it was about the fulfillment of ideas.

A lot of people have a lot of ideas.

Guess what they do with them?

Absolutely nothing.

Some people execute upon an idea and it doesn’t work out as expected. Here’s the one thing you can expect when you act upon an idea:

It won’t go as expected.

It’s not the idea

But many people never stop to think about that. So when they run into the inevitable roadblock, they quit.

Paul Allen didn’t quit. He knew it was part of the journey. He had to see the outcome of his ideas.

It’s his definition of life on his own terms. What is life on your own terms for you?

Our term

You’re in control of a very special enterprise – your life. What will you do with it?

Our term is philanthropreneuring together.

We want to be able to continue being partners in life and business. That’s the together part.

And we want BIGG Success to be such a BIGG success that we can help worthy causes be a BIGG success.

That’s a lot of BIGG success!

But do you see what we did with our terms?

We made up a word – philanthropreneuring. Well, we weren’t the first to use the term philanthropreneur. But we didn’t know that when we came up with it.

You often see people limit themselves by the terms they use to describe themselves. Your terms should be empowering. Your terms should be rich – multi-layered words that invoke meaning for you.

A vision, not just an idea

When we think of philanthropreneuring together, we can see ourselves talking with people who we have helped.

We can picture customers who are thrilled with our cause and our work.

We can see us traveling together for both fun and work. We can feel the thrill of experiencing new cultures firsthand.

Notice the word choice in that last sentence. We said “feel” instead of see. Your terms should get all five of your senses going like crazy!

You might have a little trouble with taste and smell sometimes. But try to put yourself in the place right now mentally.

You know what you want. Get a clear picture of it in your mind. Then go for it and keep going until you get it. That’s BIGG success!

What does life on your own terms mean to you?

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