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The Surprising Obstacle to Getting Rich in Your Own Small Business

Don't think about getting rich to be a BIGG SuccessWhat is the main reason many people fail at their own small business before they even get started? The answer may surprise you.

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We hear a recurring tune as we talk with many starry-eyed wanna-be entrepreneurs. It forms a chorus.

“I’m going to get rich!”

They’re enthusiastic. They’re excited. They’re full of ideas. The world is their oyster.

They’ve run the numbers. They are going to take over a market. They’re going to rule the world. Remember, they think…

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4 Factors for Successfully Starting Up a Small Business

will you swim in an ocean or pond for BIGG Success“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
~ Author unknown

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This quote is often attributed to the man whose name is synonymous with genius – Albert Einstein.

But our research couldn’t uncover a credible source that gave him credit. However, we did learn about a fish that climbs!

BIGG success is life on your own terms. One of the terms of BIGG success is alignment.

You’ll want to align four factors to successfully start up a small business.

Passion

We hear a lot of talk these days about passion. Find your passion. Do what you love. Love what you do.

Passion is wonderful. But it isn’t enough. All the passion in the world won’t make you a BIGG success.

Sure, it helps. But passion isn’t enough.

Talent

In the nature versus nurture debate, we lean mostly toward nurture. However, you should recognize that you probably have certain natural gifts.

You have two choices: (1) You can discover and develop these innate abilities or (2) you can start from scratch.

As you might guess, you will be more likely to be a BIGG success if you work on your natural talents.

But talent alone won’t get you genius status.

Place

You have to find the best environment to showcase your talents. In business, this means you need to find a market.

Even artists and musicians can’t afford to ignore the market. But the internet has made it possible to be a star within a genre (or niche as we say in the business world).

Oceans are for the large guys. However, you may want to swim in a river that flows into an ocean.

You can make a lot of money supplying the large fish in the ocean. Just be sure you don’t get swallowed up!

A better strategy may be to find a pond where you can be one of the biggest fish. Look for a problem which you can solve better than any other fish.

When your passions and talents align with a place, you’re a long way toward being a BIGG success. But you’re not quite there yet.

Timing

Timing is everything. You’ve probably heard that statement too many times to remember.

We disagree. Timing is only part of the equation. But it is an important component.

If you get to the right place too early, you will have to invest more money to educate your prospective customers. If you’re late, your competitors will have already staked out the best treasures.

If that’s the case, you may have to be a fish that climbs a tree. It’s the only way to get to another pond.

No one may have done it before. Some people may think you’re stupid. But that’s often the case.

Once you prove yourself right by building a successful small business, those same people will call you a genius. And that’s BIGG success!

Have you ever had to find another pond?

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5 Reasons for Starting Up a Small Business

startup your small business for BIGG SuccessIt’s National Small Business Week here in the United States. It has us thinking about the state of small business.

According to an article on Portfolio.com, small businesses failed at record rates from 2008 – 2010. Interestingly though, startup rates have been climbing since 2006. In fact, the number of new businesses hit highs not seen for a decade in 2009 and 2010.

It’s an interesting paradox. Why would so many people start a business when so many others are failing?

Many people get stuck. They want to start their own business. But the key word is “start” – they just can’t seem to do it.

You need a reason to start and it has to be one that will push you over the edge. So let’s look at five reasons for starting up a small business.

1) You’re driven by a dream

You know what you want to do. You’ve thought about it and thought about it. You’re tired of just thinking about it. You have to do it. If you vision is compelling enough, it will push you off the fence.

2) You want to take control

We live in a tumultuous world. Companies hire…Companies fire. Your fate may be in the hands of someone hundreds or thousands of miles away who doesn’t even know you. Your desire for control may help you make the leap.

3) You know you have so much more potential

You feel stagnant. You know you’re stuck. You’ve gone as far as you can with your company and in your industry. But it’s beyond that – it’s not just about career advancement. It’s also about personal growth. You know you could do so much more. It’s time to show the world your true potential.

4) You have a cause

A vision is one thing. A mission is another. You have a compelling “why”. You feel it with every ounce and inch of your being. It’s ingrained in your soul.

You have a cause and you’re afraid that if you don’t work for it, no one will. So you must start today to do the good work you were born to do.

5) You have “winner’s fear”

Losers are afraid to fail. So they can’t bring themselves to risk being embarrassed or hearing “I told you so.” On the other hand, winners are afraid of not trying. They just can’t accept not knowing if they could have done something more and been something greater. This winner’s fear drives them to move forward.

These are a just a few of the reasons for starting a business. What’s yours?

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Chris Brogan on Google+ for Business – Part 3

Google+ for Business Book Cover | Interview with Chris BroganWe wrapped up our discussion with
Chris Brogan today on The BIGG Success Show. Chris is the President of
Human Business Works, a media and
education company.

He is the New York Times best-selling author of Trust Agents, Social Media 101, and his latest Google+ for Business.

In Part 1, Chris shared why small businesses & entrepreneurs should get on board with Google+. Last time, he talked about the primary difference between Google+ and Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Listen to this show to discover:

  • what a “warm” sell is
  • why it converts.
  • how social media helps you build relationships for your “warm” sell
  • why social media is such a great way for your customers to share their good buying experiences with you

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We’ve followed Chris’ work since before we started BIGG success. He influences our thinking almost daily.

He’s done it again with Google+ for Business. We know you’ll benefit greatly from reading this book.

We thank Chris for sharing his wisdom with us. And we thank you for the gift or your time. Until tomorrow, here’s to your BIGG success!

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Chris Brogan on Google+ for Business – Part 2

Google+ for Business Book Cover | Interview with Chris BroganOn The BIGG Success Show today, we continued our conversation with Chris Brogan. He is the President of Human Business Works, a media and education company.

He is the New York Times best-selling author of Trust Agents, Social Media 101, and his latest Google+ for Business.

Last time, we discussed why small businesses & entrepreneurs should get on board with Google+. In this session, you’ll hear:

  • why Google+ is “more open than Facebook, more deep than Twitter, more rounded than LinkedIn”
  • what Circles are and how they work
  • why segmenting your Circles is such a valuable tool
  • a unique way to distribute “how-to” information to your customers using Google+
  • content marketing strategies that keep people engaged with your business
  • how to combine your personal & professional lives on any social media channel

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Google+ for Business is a fantastic book which we highly recommend to you.

Please check back tomorrow when Chris tells us what a “warm” sell is.

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