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Gift It Forward

gifts_2 It’s the day after Christmas. Here in the United States, that means the customer service lines are long as people return their gifts. In other parts of the world – Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand – it’s Boxing Day.

If you’re not familiar with it, you might suspect that there’s fist-a-cuffs over gift exchanges! But Boxing Day is a tradition of giving gifts to people who are less fortunate.

We don’t want to leave the impression that we think us Yanks are Scrooges. A lot of people here are very generous throughout the holiday season. But we think Boxing Day is an interesting tradition, truly in tune with the spirit of this time of the year.

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The son who learned to give

We found a great story about a mom who taught her son about the value of giving. We’ll hit the highlights here. It’s written from the son’s point-of-view.

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Wealth is in the Eyes of the Beholder

santa-claus This is our twist on the old saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Many people are enduring a rough holiday season. We may not be spending as much as we normally would. We see that as a bad thing. We don’t want to disappoint our kids.

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Sometimes we forget how much we already have. As we get older, we put expectations on ourselves and judge ourselves based on what we have and the gifts we can give.

The cardboard box

Have you ever seen a little kid get his or her first bigg toy – the one that comes in the bigg cardboard box? Have you ever seen a kid put the real toy aside and start playing with that cardboard box? They turn it into a fort and have fun with it for hours, playing with their friends. Through the eyes of us adults, that cardboard box is extraneous. Through the eyes of a kid, the cardboard box is a valuable toy itself.

We develop our point-of-view from our experiences. Obviously, we want to learn from them, but we need to be careful not to take away the wrong lessons. So this holiday season, try looking at the world through the eyes of a child again. Look at things as if you were seeing them for the first time. Be innocent again.

Through the eyes of a child

We want to share a touching story comparing how we perceive things as adults to how we might see them through the eyes of a child. A rich dad wants to show his daughter how less fortunate people live. So he took his daughter out to the country, where they spent a couple of days and nights on a farm with a family most people considered very poor. Here’s the conversation as they drove back to the city …

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How was the trip?

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It was great, Dad.

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Did you see how poor people live?

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girl
Oh yeah.

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So, tell me, what did you learn?

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girlI saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them. We have a staff that serves us, but they serve others. Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.

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As you might imagine, the girl’s father was speechless. He thought he would teach his daughter a lesson … it turns out that it was he who needed to learn one.

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We really appreciate you checking in on us today. Join us next time when we talk about the best present of all. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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Starting from Scratch – Part 2

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Today on The Bigg Success Show, we continued our discussion with Adam Shepard. Adam is the author of the book Scratch Beginnings, which describes his year-long real-life experiment to see if the American Dream is still alive. Last time, Adam told us about the initial stages of his experiment and what it took to begin his path toward independence. Let’s get back to the conversation …

georgeAdam, have you ever thought about becoming a Wall Street investment banker, losing all your money and turning to the government for help?

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I have not.

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The Illusion Of Wealth

By Bigg Success Staff
02-22-08

Timeless Principles

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Rich Poor is a colleague of yours. He drives a brand new Mercedes. He owns a new house in a great neighborhood. He belongs to the country club. He and his wife frequently dine out at the nicest restaurants in town. They travel extensively to the most exotic locations. Rich Poor lives a grand life!

Then there’s your friend, Rich. He drives a Ford, which he bought when it was a few years old. He still lives in the same little house he’s owned for years. He and his wife dine out occasionally, but usually it’s a pretty simple meal. Poor Rich – he just can’t catch a break.

Which Rich is rich – Rich Poor or poor Rich?

It’s quite likely that poor Rich is the one with the money!

How can that be?

Rich Poor gives the illusion of wealth, but odds are that he spends as much as he makes, if not more.

Poor Rich doesn’t appear wealthy, but he may have already built a significant nest egg.

You can’t always believe what you see!

So would you rather be wealthy or just pretend you’re wealthy?

If you want real wealth, you should emulate poor Rich. If you’re okay living in the land of make-believe, then follow Rich Poor’s example.

What you make doesn’t matter that much in creating wealth.

What’s much more important is what you do with what you don’t spend.

And it all starts with what you don’t spend. Because until you spend less than you make, you’ll never have to worry about what you’re going to do with the money you’ve saved.

Rich Poor is spending so much money, trying to look wealthy, that it’s very likely that he will never get wealthy!

Don’t succumb to the pressure to portray wealth that doesn’t exist.

Poor Rich lives frugally. Chances are he’s at least as happy as Rich Poor. But he’s also building a solid foundation for his future.

Rich Poor is in the habit of spending lavishly. And as we all know, habits are hard to change. But change he must if he wants to have the freedom that comes with financial security.

Picture a day when your money makes enough money to pay all your bills. Your money works for you so you don’t have to work for money.

Now you’re free! You can do what you want, when you want, where you want, with who you want!

Isn’t that better than pretending you’re rich now?

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