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3 Keys to Balancing Work and Life

By Bigg Success Staff
05-06-08

Work – Life Balance

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Balance between work and home is one of the biggest challenges faced by professionals today. And perhaps no one faces as tough a course as young mothers (and fathers).

The following three keys are admittedly vague, but that is on purpose. It’s designed to let your mind wander as you consider individual solutions to the challenges you face. Once you have the outline filled in, you can look for specifics.

Define what success means to you.
This is where it starts. Only you can determine what will make you successful. Your vision of success may call for more (or less) work time. That’s fine. You’re the one who has to be happy with the result.

Determine what works for you.
With success defined, you can find out what works for you. This is also a very individual thing. What works for someone else may not work for you. It is also a process – try things and see how you like them. As you do, your vision of success may change. That’s fine, too!

Don’t let anyone dissuade you.
Along the way, you’ll probably get plenty of advice. Most of it unsolicited. It doesn’t matter. You know what you’re trying to achieve. You know how you’re going about it. Stick to your plan and revise it only when you find a better alternative!

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How Do You Define Professional

By Bigg Success Staff
02-26-08

Wynn Bigg Today

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I’ve often thought that the best definition of a professional is a person who makes his or her job look so easy that you think you could do it!

I recently realized that my definition could use a little tweaking.

Windy City blues are not-so-blue
I happened to be in the Windy City last week on business. I unexpectedly had some time to kill, so I decided to surprise one of my friends.

I’ve heard him speak on many occasions to a number of business students. I’ve heard him talk about his business. I know his business. I saw him start it.

As he shares his story, I often think how easy it’s been for him to succeed. He’s become a millionaire many times over with seemingly little effort.

After I got through all of the layers of security necessary (I chided him later that I didn’t realize how important he was), I finally got into his office. I was greeted by his executive assistant.

It turned out he was on the phone. So I had a nice conversation with his assistant while I waited. Although, our conversation was frequently interrupted by a raised voice … coming from my friend’s office. His voice.

One of his advisors had dropped the ball. It cost him a small amount of money and a large amount of aggravation. He wanted to know what happened and his advisor wasn’t forthcoming.

If he didn’t learn what happened, he couldn’t make sure it wouldn’t happen again. The conversation ended without the issue getting resolved.

But what happened next was the biggest surprise – he came out of his office with a bigg smile on his face!

So put on a happy face
I realized that’s why his talks with students always sound so good. In his mind, things ARE good. He has the ability to get off the phone, walk a few steps, and completely forget about what just happened.

We all have bad days. Or at least bad moments. Successful people just seem to get past them easier.

That’s part of what makes them successful!

It made me wonder – who is a great model of this behavior? I picked my favorite.

Donald Trump is the master at this. I’ve heard him questioned about some difficulty he’s experienced. He briefly passed over the subject at hand and then starts plugging how wonderful things are in the Trump empire.

He’s constantly selling – himself, his brand, and his products. And no one buys a bad day. We buy good experiences. Successful people exhibit those good experiences so we purchase from them.

If you want to succeed, you have to be a professional.

So what’s my new definition of a professional?

A professional is a person who makes his or her job look so easy that you think you could do it, even when it isn’t easy for them!

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Use Your Strengths To Balance Your Life

By Bigg Success Staff
01-23-08

Work-Life Balance

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Like most professionals, you probably feel pulled almost constantly. Work demands spill over to home and vice versa. You often feel pulled in several directions at once. You try to sort things out by priority, but what do you do when everything is a high priority?

There’s a great article at the Business Week site called Custom Building a Life.
Jeff Weinstein tells his story to Nick Leiber. We give a “bigg salute” to them both! We’ll give you a summary here, but you should definitely read the article.

Jeff started The Counter, a restaurant that serves custom-made burgers at a great price, in 2003. He mentions three goals for his business at that time:

  • To earn a good income
  • To satisfy his customers by serving quality food at an affordable price.
  • To have a place to have dinner with his wife

Things didn’t turn out the way Jeff planned – they turned out much better!

He attracted attention because customers loved his place so much. Soon he started franchising. Last year, sales topped the $3.5 million mark from his seven stores. Now with 125 more stores on the table, he projects $9 million in revenue this year!

Obviously, Jeff is still focused on his growing business. However, he also wants a satisfying life outside his career. That desire is not unique. It’s HOW he’s trying to fulfill it that’s interesting.

He gives his customers what they want, when they want it. Why couldn’t he apply that to his life?

He wouldn’t segment his life anymore; that was a recipe for failure.

Instead he would flow like soda from one area of his life to the other. His wife may say something that helps him at work. His co-workers may give him insight for things at home. He would pay attention to all the important people and priorities in his life all the time!

What about your work? Is there something that works in your professional life that you can use to balance your world? Your solution may be different than Jeff’s. He’s doing what he understands … what works for him.

That’s the real lesson – use YOUR strengths to find the balance you desire.
Share your solution with us! Leave a comment below.

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Is It Time For You To Rock And Roll? Signs That You Need To Change Careers

By Bigg Success Staff
01-10-08

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rock_roll_jpgPicture this – you wake up. As you begin to gain consciousness, you realize that it’s Monday morning. The weekend is over. Another week has begun. How do you feel?

This Monday morning test tells you a lot. It’s your intuition talking to you. If you’re excited about the week ahead, you’re in the right job. If you’re dreading the week ahead, you may need to think about a change. The question is:

Do you need to change your JOB or do you need to change your CAREER?

Will changing your job change how you feel on Monday morning? If that’s the case, things are much simpler. Just find a new job!

If changing jobs won’t change your outlook on Monday, it may be time for a career change. Here’s how to know how urgently you need to rock and roll.

3 signs that you should change your career NOW

  • Anxiety
  • Pat Benatar got it right: “Anxiety spoils all the fun.” Stress takes a toll – professionally and personally. Your health is more important than your career. When your career starts affecting your health, it’s time to rock and roll!

  • Burn, baby, burn
  • You’re burned out – tired of being tired. Frustrated day-to-day. When you’re dissatisfied, and beyond, it’s time to look for “a promise somewhere”, as The Trammps said. Rock and roll!

  • The thrill is gone
  • You’re a victim of your own success. You’ve gone as far as you can in your career. You don’t see any new challenges on the horizon to keep your fire burning. When “the thrill is gone”, as B.B. King said, it’s time to end the blues!

3 reasons to change careers SOON

  • Takin’ care of business
  • Industries mature. Strategies change. Outside forces prevail. You may be in a bad business. If it’s your whole industry and not just your employer, you may need to change careers. You’ll be “takin’ care of business” as Bachman – Turner Overdrive proclaimed, if you rock and roll! Maybe you should be self-employed!

  • Cool change
  • When you started your career, your personal situation was different than it is now. You’ve had a “cool change,” as The Little River Band called it. For example, maybe you were single then. Now, you have a family for which you need and want more time. Change your career so you can “breathe the air.”

  • Money, money, money, money
  • We’re “talkin’ ‘bout cash money,” as the O’Jays said. Perhaps you have reached an earnings plateau. If you change careers, you can get a significant boost in pay. This is last on our list, because being happy and getting paid more are not necessarily correlated. If you think they are for you, then rock and roll, baby!

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Cozi Calendar

By Bigg Success Staff
12-20-07 

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Cozi Calendar

We love applications that save you time, and this one is perfect for the busy professional with a family. Cozi Calendar is a calendar and so much more.

The easy set-up allows you to assign each family member with their own tab color. You can even message everyone in the family from a computer, a PDA, or a mobile phone. Other features include the ability to put your shopping list online, sync up with Outlook, and personalize your calendar page with family pictures.

Cozi was created by a group of Microsoft veterans with a vision of creating technology that would address the needs of the busy family. We think they’ve done an outstanding job!

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