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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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A Makeover for Bigg Success

paintIf you’re one of our regulars, you probably immediately noticed our new look. With the help of the great people at Headway, we’ve gotten a makeover!

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georgeMost people may not be surprised to hear me say this, but I’ve never had a makeover, Mary-Lynn.

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marylynnYou’ve never gone to the make-up counter for the “before” and “after” thing, huh?

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george
Oh, well now that you put it that way!

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marylynnWell, I’ve certainly had my share of makeovers. From long hair to short. Back to long. Then to medium length hair.

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georgeIf I had hair, maybe I could do that! Another popular makeover is a home makeover. Here’s the way ours works. I move the furniture to a new spot per Mary-Lynn’s order. Then I generally move it back to where it was originally per Mary-Lynn’s order!

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marylynnYou can paint your rooms to give them a new feel. And for you, George, you just clean off your desk so you can see it again!

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Planned remodeling

In the retail business, there’s an unwritten rule that you should remodel your store about every seven years.

Your web site is your online storefront whether you’re in the retail business or not. There's a rule of thumb in web design that you should update your site every two years.

Whereas you might spend tens of thousands of dollars to remodel your bricks-and-mortar store, it costs relatively little to give your virtual store a makeover.

You don’t have to make drastic changes. You can add new tools or highlight things in which your site visitors might be particularly interested.

For instance, do you have a great resource page? Is it highly visible on your home page?

Do you publish a newsletter? Is it easy for your visitors to sign up?

Why the change?

We’re almost at the two year mark so we felt it was time to remodel. The look is different but the overall feel is not.

Another reason is that more people are accessing our site via mobile devices. Our old design wasn’t very friendly to these devices. You had to scroll through a lot of extraneous information to get to our post for the day.

Thanks to our graphic designer, Liz McMillen, we have an updated logo. It incorporates our tagline – Life on Your Own Terms – into Bigg Success.

Making Headway our Theme

We also had planned to upgrade to a premium WordPress Theme anyway. Our friends at Headway came out with their fantastic product at just the right time. (In the interest of full disclosure, we are now an affiliate of Headway.)

We do business with people we know and trust. Grant and Clay Griffiths certainly fit that description. They’ve done a great job with Headway and we expect it to be a bigg success.

Other people we know and respect are using the template too. There’s nothing like social proof! Chris Cree, Michael Martine – a.k.a. Remarkablogger – and John Haydon are all using Headway now for their blogs.

Headway makes it easy make updates to any site as it continues to evolve. It is easy to customize without having to know code. That’s a bigg time saver for any business owner looking to upgrade his or her site.

They have a great support forum that is both informative and robust. Clay and other Headway users do a great job of responding to technical and design questions.

Your thoughts?
Check out the “before” if you want and compare it to now. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new design.

Do you like it? Any suggestions?

You can leave a comment, e-mail us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com or leave a voice message at 877.988.2444 (BIGG).

Thanks so much for visiting the new Bigg Success site today. Please join us next time when we’ll discuss entrepreneuring your personal finances. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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