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A Bold Career Move May Save Your Life

opening a new career doorWe chat with a number of entrepreneurs day to day. We’ve noticed that a number of them are tired, stressed and even burned out.

In some cases, it’s because of the economy. More often, though, they’re just ready for a new challenge.

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We often associate career moves with employees. But even small business owners sometimes need to move on.

There’s good reason to do so: study after study have shown a link between satisfaction at work and our health. Even the person at the top experiences this occasionally.

But for small business owners, it’s not just a matter of changing jobs. It may require a bold move.

Listen to The BIGG Success Show podcast to hear:

  • George share what led to his career move
  • 7 signs that it’s time to move on
  • The surprising thing that happens when entrepreneurs talk about what’s next for them

If you’re a business owner thinking about moving on, maybe we can help. Leave us a voice message at 877.988.BIGG(2444) or e-mail us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com

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Profitable Passions – Part 1

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We are privileged to have a special guest on The Bigg Success Show today. Jonathan Fields is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and author of the recently released book Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love.

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How Do I Find My Passion?

Bigg Challenge
Amy knows she’s not passionate about her career, but she doesn’t really know what she would love to do. She wants to know how to discover her passion.

Bigg Advice
We recommend that you get a notebook to write down your thoughts and answers to the following questions, Amy.


These things all revolve around one simple theme –

Look to the past to discover your future.

#1 – What did you want to be when you grew up?
Now you may think that’s a silly question to ask at this point in your life, but it’s not. Because it leads to the more important question …

Why? Why did you want to do that one thing when you grew up?

Mary-Lynn wanted to be a singing star. She wanted to be like Cher – up on stage performing in front of an audience with a microphone. Unfortunately, she couldn’t sing!

But today, she does perform in front of an audience with her very own microphone. It’s not exactly what she envisioned as a kid, but the elements are there.

#2 – What classes did you really enjoy?

You probably thrived in these classes. What were they, from grade school all the way up through college? And more importantly …

What about that particular class did you enjoy so much?

George loved philosophy – learning how to think logically and debate a subject. He’s used those skills his entire career. He has found that the work that’s most enjoyable to him often has to do with problem-solving.

#3 – What extracurricular activities did you love?

And more importantly, what did you love about that activity?

Mary-Lynn loved music. She loved being in the pep band and going to competitions. These additional benefits were a bonus to learning to play an instrument well. It appealed to her competitive nature and fulfilled her social needs.

#4 – What jobs or roles have given you the greatest satisfaction?
More importantly, what common themes were there?

George has been an entrepreneur and a teacher. As his career as a business owner advanced, he found that teaching and inspiring others was what he really enjoyed. He got great feedback about meetings he conducted. He also got positive reviews from his students. Today, Bigg Success gives him that outlet to share knowledge with others.

#5 – What is, or was, your favorite hobby?

What do you, or did you, do for free?

Mary-Lynn has loved writing since she was a kid. It taps into her creative side. That desire to be creative has guided her throughout her career. She once left a job because it didn’t offer creative freedom. Her need for creative control in her job spills over from her hobby. Being in touch with what you naturally do, even without pay, can help you discover your passion.

So as you ponder these five questions, think about the elements of the activity, rather than the activity itself, to discover your passion.

Thanks, Amy, for sharing your bigg challenge with us. We’re confident you’ll discover your passion soon!

If you have a bigg challenge, e-mail it to us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com
What advice do you have for Amy? Click on the Comment link below

Our bigg quote today is by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who said,

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”

So find your passion to uncover your greatness.

Next time, we’ll discuss what to do if working harder isn’t working anymore. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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Stop Being So Happy

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Maybe the Rolling Stones were onto something with their song, I Can’t Get No Satisfaction. We say that because a new study shows not getting satisfaction is good!

This study, called The Optimum Level of Well-Being: Can People Be Too Happy?, was recently published in Perspective on Psychological Science. Participants rated their happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most happy. Not surprisingly, the researchers found that happy people tend to:

  • stay married longer
  • be healthier
  • volunteer more often
  • get more favorable reviews at work
  • make more money

But the researchers also found that people who rated their happiness level at 10 made significantly less money than those with a happiness level of 8 or 9.

So today, we’ll offer three reasons why less happy people make more money.

#1 – Less happy people respond to changes.
If you’re too happy, you don’t adopt new technologies, new strategies, or new approaches. You’re just fine with the way things are! The problem is that things are changing faster than ever. It’s easy to fall behind.

#2 – Less happy people look for an edge.
When you move past what you know to what you don’t know, you grow personally. That’s what makes life meaningful. So they constantly test their limits, and continually improve, because they’re most comfortable on the edge of their comfort zone.

#3 – Less happy people ask, “What’s next?”
When they reach a goal, they celebrate. They should … they’ve earned it! But then, they set another goal. They look for the next highest mountain to climb. The glory comes from being on top, but the challenge of getting there is the fun part!

How do you get your appetite back?
Think back to when you were first starting out in your career. Do you remember how hungry you were? We don’t mean physically hungry, although that may apply, too! We mean hungry for knowledge, for growth, and for opportunity.

Can you go back to that time in your mind? Can you visualize it as if it were happening right now? That’s where you start – 8 visualize it] using ALL of your senses.

Now, with that same sense of hunger, answer this question:

What is one thing that you haven’t already done, but really want to do?

Visualize it, using all your senses. Keep visualizing it until you’re as hungry for this endeavor as you were when you first got started.

Take yourself to another level – for some of you, this may be a level you never thought you would achieve. Congratulations! You’re ready to go for it!

 If your next bigg thing is starting a second business,
check out our FREE special report,
Don’t Make These Mistakes When You Start Your Second Business.
You’ll learn important lessons that often trip up second-time
entrepreneurs, even those who have succeeded wildly the first time out.

Just e-mail us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.
Type “2nd business report” in the subject line.

Our bigg quote today comes from Thomas Edison, who said,

“We shall have no better conditions in the future
if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.”

So don’t worry … be happy! Just don’t be content.

Next time, we’ll ask, “Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?” It’s all about multi-tasking. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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3 Things Every Employee Wants

By Bigg Success Staff
01-11-08

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News on the job front is that employees are increasingly unhappy with their jobs. There’s an old saying:

People join companies. They leave bosses.

So if you’re the boss, you bear the brunt of the responsibility for making your employees’ work experience satisfying. Of course, some people are only happy if they’re unhappy. Hopefully, you weed those people out BEFORE you hire them!

So, we’ll assume that your 84 employees are generally happy people, which means they have the potential to be happy employees]. This may surprise you –

You are the single most important factor
in your employees’ level of job satisfaction!

That’s particularly important if your employees deal directly with customers. As you might know from The Service – Profit Chain:

Employee satisfaction⇒Customer satisfaction⇒Revenue growth⇒Profit growth

What can you do to make your employees happier? Many unseasoned managers think that people only want more money or more benefits. Give me … give me … give me!

That’s not the case, though. Check out what your good employees want from you:

    • They want to feel valued.

Your employees want to know that they aren’t just a “number” to you. That they matter! That you are genuinely interested in them. In helping them do their jobs better. Helping them build their skills. Helping them make their lives work. Show a genuine interest in your employees and you’ll be surprised what happens! Good people perform for good bosses.

    • They want to feel important.

Your employees want to understand how they make an impact. Help them understand the big picture and their role in it. Businesses and organizations serve people. Help them understand how they improve people’s lives. Share information about your business and industry. Discuss your goals and progress toward them. Make them a part of something bigger than just a job.

    • They want feedback, delivered properly.

Good employees want regular input on their job performance. You’re the person they expect to get it from. Make time for this incredibly important part of your job. When one of your employees does something exceptionally well, make a bigg deal out of it. Praise him or her as publicly as you possibly can. When they fall short of your expectations, offer constructive advice privately – one-on-one.

Don’t get so busy doing your job that you neglect your most important duty – to serve your people. Make this your top priority and you’ll find bigg success as a leader!

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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