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Does Playing Dumb Lead to Success as an Entrepreneur?

You can be too smart for BIGG Success

Are you too smart for your own good? It’s kind of funny how far playing dumb can go.

We have an entrepreneurial friend who hired an employee. When this employee first started, he wanted to show everyone how smart he was.

The problem was that he kept alienating people – customers, co-workers, suppliers and even our friend.

Our friend went to work. He started mentoring the employee. Our friend helped the employee understand that, in an attempt to look smart, he was coming across as arrogant.

The employee started working on it. Boy, has he come a long way in the years since. And now he’s buying our friend’s business.

After all, he was bright. It’s just that he accomplished a lot more by playing dumb! Sometimes it leads to BIGG success!

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Entrepreneurial Leadership and Power

how a true leader finds power for BIGG SuccessThere’s a misunderstanding about power by many new entrepreneurial leaders. They come by this view honestly.

Leaders are often depicted barking out orders. Willing subordinates eagerly jump at every bark. They run out and bring the ball back to the leader.

It doesn’t work that way anymore. Did it ever?

Maybe at one time – when people were relegated to a monotonous job, stamping out item after item.

All brawn, no brain. Just do, don’t think.

Success today comes from thinking and doing. You may need your people’s muscles too. But you definitely need their minds.

You need them to believe in you and your vision. You need them fully engaged. Then you’re powerful.

So one sign of power for an entrepreneurial leader is:

You don’t have to demand. You can ask.

You’re even more powerful if you don’t have to ask. They volunteer.

Real power isn’t about about squeezing every ounce of humanity out of your people. It’s not hand-to-hand combat. It’s not about conquering. It’s not warfare.

True power comes when you win hearts and minds. There’s an old saying that we just love, although we’re not sure of its origin. We keep it posted in our office so we see it every day.

Touch my mind – you have my thoughts.
Touch my heart – you have my love.
Touch my soul – you have my passion.
Touch all three and you have me.

Great entrepreneurial leaders appeal to all three. That’s how they get their voluntarily pushing to achieve the shared vision.

It’s because it’s more than a vision. It’s a cause. And it leads to BIGG success!

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Stop Giving 110 Percent to Be a Success

stop saying this to be a BIGG SuccessWe hear people say this all the time – “I gave 110 percent.”

(It’s funny – if you watch them closely, you’ll see that, most of the time, most of the people who make this claim aren’t even close. But that’s not our point today.)

This is a phrase we’d like to see just go away. It sets false expectations.

You can’t do it. You can’t give 110 percent. It’s physically impossible.

If you believe you can, you’re wrong. So stop trying.

You’re not a slacker if you don’t give 110 percent. You won’t come up short if you don’t give 110 percent.

Can you pour 8.8 ounces of liquid in a cup with an 8 ounce capacity?

Of course not. By trying, you waste valuable energy and effort.

Your capacity is 100 percent. That’s the maximum, the most you can do.

So focus on giving 100 percent to everything you do. No more. No less.

Work

Give 100 percent to your work. By the way, 100 percent still means going the extra mile, doing those things that most people don’t do.

Because most people don’t give 100 percent. To anything or anyone. Except possibly themselves.

So you’ll be a BIGG success at work if you just give 100 percent.

Relationships

Give 100 percent to your relationships. It’s the only way they’ll work.

Some people think they can build a relationship by giving 51 percent. Or 80 percent.

It won’t work. If the relationship starts to grow, it will wither up and die if both parties only give 50 or 51 or even 80 percent.

You have to give 100 percent to any relationship if you want it to bud into something beautiful. And so does the other person.

Since you can’t control them, you can only focus on your 100 percent. If you don’t get 100 percent back, then you know they aren’t committed to building a relationship with you.

Yourself

Give 100 percent to yourself. You have to. It’s a requirement if you want to be a BIGG success.

Yet most people neglect this one. They give their all at work. They give their all to others.

But they don’t have any energy left to give to themselves. Don’t make this mistake.

Make sure you give your mind, your body, and your spirit 100 percent everyday.

All you can do is all you can do. But all you can do is what you must do if you want to be a BIGG success!

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Entrepreneurs and Cave Dwellers

entrepreneurs can be cave dwellers | BIGG SuccessWe have a friend who finally got fed up. Like most entrepreneurs, he’s endured some super tough times the last three years. But he survived. And he’s done a lot for his community. By that, we mean he’s created jobs. He’s expanded the tax base – both sales taxes and property taxes.

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He told us about an incident recently which pushed him over the edge. He was serving as a volunteer on a community committee. He shared some forward-thinking ideas. He got an intense amount of pushback.

All he wanted was to be heard. And he would like to feel appreciated. Not all the time. Just once in a while. But he often doesn’t. Do you ever feel unappreciated? If you do, you’re not alone!

Your two choices

You have two choices when you start feeling this way. They are the same two options that mankind has faced since we first inhabited this planet. You can fight or you can flee. As entrepreneurs, we fight every day. We fight to meet payroll. We fight to get another customer. We fight and fight and fight. Do you ever get tired of fighting? We all do. So we flee.

That’s what our friend did. He’s an incredibly social, outgoing person. But after the incident we related earlier, he became a cave dweller. And he seems perfectly content to stay there. He’s still running his business day-to-day. But other than that, he’s really withdrawn. He has pulled back from his involvement in his community. He has stopped doing a lot of things which put him in the public eye. And that may be just the prescription to cure his ails.

3 things to know about cave dwelling

So let’s be clear – we’re not talking about quitting. We’re not talking about running away from your obligations. But as entrepreneurs, we all occasionally face situations which make us want to flee. We should note that it’s probably not just one situation. It’s an accumulation of things. But one particular thing on one particular day finally pushes you too far and you just have to get away.

So here are three things we’d like to share about entrepreneurs and cave dwelling.

  • 1st) It’s healthy to retreat to your cave now and then.

It’s not only necessary, it’s desirable.

Solitude is sweet, especially as you spend more and more time in the public’s eye, as you gain fans and followers.

You may spend time in your cave with family and friends. But make sure you also allow time for just you.

Proactively set aside time to explore the caverns of your mind, heart, and soul.

  • 2nd) Too much cave dwelling is bad.

Our Paleolithic ancestors got out of the cave. They hunted. They gathered.

You’ll starve if you never get out of your cave. Not literally, of course.

But you’ll starve your mind, your heart, and your soul.

We need more than just our businesses. We need human interaction.

So it’s okay to react to a situation and retreat to your cave to let the wounds heal.

But set a time limit. Don’t let cave dwelling become a way of life.

  • 3rd) Hang out in the caves of other entrepreneurs.

    The only people who can truly understand what entrepreneurs endure are other entrepreneurs. We need to support each other. Entrepreneuring is an emotional experience. It can bring down the strongest man or woman. It can make you feel like fleeing. We need to hang out together. We need to support each other. That’s one of the reasons we started BIGG success. It’s why we don’t just share practical tips in our posts.

Entrepreneurs ride an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes you have to flee back to your cave. But make sure you don’t hole up for too long. Reach out to your fellow entrepreneurs. Reach out to us. It will help you reach BIGG success. What gets you out of your cave?

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Even Solopreneurs Need These Two People Working in Their Business

The 2 people you need for BIGG SuccessThere are two kinds of people that EVERY business needs, even a micro-business.

You may be a coach or a consultant. You need both of these people working for you.

Self-employed sales people – like real estate brokers, insurance brokers, and others – need these two kinds of people if their business is going to be a BIGG success.

Designers, web developers, and other professional service providers have to have one of each in their business.

Even if you’re a solopreneur, you still need these two people.

Couples in business – like us – need them both. And fortunately, we came by it naturally.

Every business needs a Mess Maker and a Mess Mopper. Working together, they form a Mess Master.

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Why do you need a Mess Master alliance?

Because business is messy…at least it is if you’re doing it right.

If you never have a mess, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. You’re playing it too safe. Of course, you can make too much of a mess.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves now. Let’s come back to this after we talk about the two types in more detail.

The Mess Maker


George KruegerI’m sure this will come as no surprise to our regular readers – I’m the Mess Maker at BIGG Success.

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Mess Makers dwell in two places at the same time. They simultaneously live above and ahead of the mess.

Mess Makers are BIGG picture thinkers. That’s the above the mess part. They aren’t so focused on details; they’re all about direction.

And they are always ahead of the mess. They don’t worry so much about the present. They focus on the future.

The Mess Mopper

As you might guess, Mess Moppers clean up the mess created by the Mess Makers. While the Mess Makers are living in the future at 30,000 feet, the Mess Moppers are up to their necks in the here and now.

They work out all the details of the Mess Makers. They take the debris and make all the pieces fit together neatly.


Mary-Lynn FosterI resemble those remarks! I’m the Mess Mopper of George’s Mess Making. As we said, we came about this naturally. My thing is details. George is more directional.

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Although, we should probably note two things:

1) Most people have some balance between these two types. You’re not just one or the other.

2) But you probably lean one way or the other. Not too many people are outstanding at both.

That’s why it’s so important to find the harmony between the two types. In fact, let’s even go further – look for synergy, the BIGG idea behind BIGG success.

If you’re a Mess Mopper, you need to allow yourself to be pulled above and pushed forward by the Mess Maker.

If you’re the Mess Maker, you need to accept that the Mess Mopper is your constant reality check.

By working together, you can go further faster than you would otherwise.

What can a solopreneur do?

Okay, so we can hear some of you now. You’re a solopreneur. You’re it. You do it all.

How can solopreneurs make this work for them?

We have two suggestions. You may use one or both:

  • Develop a split personality

    We know – it sounds a little odd. But bear with us – you’re not going to have to rush off to a psychologist afterwards.

    What we mean is that you designate specific times for each of the two roles. If you’re naturally a Mess Mopper, set aside time for Mess Making and vice versa.

  • Buddy up

    For example, if you’re a Mess Making coach, find a Mess Mopping coach. Explore ways to work together. You’ll push each other to BIGG success?

Are you a Mess Maker or a Mess Mopper?

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