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Work-from-Home Mom Turns $3,000 into a $740 Million Business

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This work-from-home mom wanted to contribute to her family’s finances. She did more than that – she turned a $3,000 investment into a $740 million business.

On The BIGG Success Show, we discuss the story of Doris Christopher, Founder of The Pampered Chef. With $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy, she created a business with sales of $740 million a year, at the time she sold The Pampered Chef to Warren Buffett. Here’s a summary of our discussion on the podcast.

This show is a continuation our last two shows. First, we talked about 5 easy steps to personal leadership. Then, last time, we discussed your arena of service – which is about who you serve and where you serve them. Today, we want to talk about the BIGG Success Power Triangle. We’ll use Doris Christopher’s story as an example.

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[George] One semester, my students and I, at the University of Illinois, participated in a guest lecture given by Doris, who is an alum. The information here comes from my notes of her presentation.

She also documented her story in her book, The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America’s Most Beloved Companies*.

Doris is the quintessential successful work-from-home mom. This former home economics teacher started The Pampered Chef in 1980 with $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy. At the time, she was a 34-year old wife and mother of two. She had no business experience.

Like 69% of entrepreneurs, Doris started her business from home. Her basement was the initial distribution center and headquarters for The Pampered Chef.

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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!

George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
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Co-Founders, BIGG Success

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Transition Tips for New Leaders–Part 2

From Bud to Boss Book Cover | BIGG SuccessToday on The BIGG Success Show, we continued our conversation with Kevin Eikenberry about his fantastic book,
From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership.

Last time, we talked about the questions to ask when you’re considering a promotion and why leading others is so much more complex than personal leadership.

Hear Kevin talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Click a player below to listen.

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Listen to this session to learn:

  • the realization that leads to greater efficiency as a leader
  • the most important communication tool for leaders
  • what you must give your people if you want them to achieve goals
  • the mistake many leaders make which keeps goals from being reached
  • a technique to keep you on track for your goals

We highly recommend this book to you. It’s a must read if you’re considering a promotion to leadership and especially if you’re rising from within the ranks. Go to to learn more or check out the Bud to Boss Community.

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Transition Tips for New Leaders–Part 1

From Bud to Boss Book Cover | BIGG SuccessWe were thrilled to talk with Kevin Eikenberry today on The BIGG Success Show. Kevin is the Chief Potential Officer of the Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting company. He is also an internationally acclaimed leadership expert, speaker and best-selling author.

We asked Kevin to chat with us about his latest book – another great one –
From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership.

Click a player to hear Kevin talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.

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Listen to the show to discover:

  • 2 things that are happening to create more promotions from within
  • the questions to ask when you’re considering going from bud to boss
  • the thing not to worry about and what you should realize about the offer
  • the question to ask if you think you want to say no to the promotion
  • reasons that now may not be the right time
  • why leading others is so much more complex than personal leadership
  • two simple techniques to work through a tough decision

Check in next time to learn the most effective ways for new leaders to communicate and set goals.

In the meantime, you can learn more about this phenomenal book at or by visiting the From Bud to Boss Community.

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The Question to Ask About Poor Performance

Back to School on chalkboard imageIt’s Back-to-School time and we’re doing ten posts on lifelong learning. It’s hard to believe but we’re already at Post #9.

Today, we want to discuss leadership. It pertains to personal leadership, but we’re going to focus on leading others. We’ve been looking at learning opportunities; we’ll discuss this subject as a teaching opportunity.

When the performance of someone in your charge falls short of expectations, there’s a very important question to ask. You start with this because the answer determines your next move. The question is:

Have I done everything in my power to help this person perform up to expectations?

If the answer is no, determine what else you can do. Then do it.

If the answer is yes, then you may have to take more drastic measures.

Start with yourself for two reasons:
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