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How to Be Successful Like a Super Bowl Pro

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Hear George & Mary-Lynn share 13 lessons on how to be successful. Click play to listen to this episode of the BIGG Success Show.

Super Bowl champs know how to be successful. We take away some “How to be Successful” Lessons from the two teams in this year’s Super Bowl: the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

How to be successful like the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots lost their first game of the season, something they hadn’t done for over a decade. Worse yet, all the other teams in their Division won. So they started the season in last place.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 1: Winners start in last place sometimes.

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This kick-in-the-seat propelled them to a decisive victory in their second game. But they weren’t able to sustain the momentum.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 2: Do everything you can to maintain momentum once you get it.

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They eked out a victory in their third game, but it was a close call. Late in the game, their opponents scored a touchdown to tie the score. Fortunately for the Patriots, it was called back due to a holding penalty.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 3: Sometimes winning isn’t about what you do right; it comes from what your competition does wrong.

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Next up, a Monday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The crowd in Kansas set a record for noise level. The large TV audience watched the Chiefs thump the Patriots 41 – 14. It was the second largest loss Bill Belichick had experienced in his time as the Patriots’ Head Coach.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 4: Even winners face embarrassing losses from time to time.

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In what may have been a precursor to #DeflateGate, Patriots’ Quarterback Tom Brady couldn’t keep his hands on the ball. He fumbled twice, one which the Chiefs recovered. He threw two interceptions.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 5: Even legends have bad days. They reboot and recover, instead of crashing and crying.

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Brady was benched in the fourth quarter. His rookie replacement quickly marched the team down the field for a touchdown.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 6: Accept that others will shine at times (usually on your worst days).

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The Monday Night massacre created speculation that the Bellichick-Brady era was over. It had been a good run: five straight Division titles, three consecutive Conference Championship appearances, and three Super Bowl victories.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 7: It doesn’t matter what the critics believe. Your belief will make the difference.

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During the post-game interview, Belichick was asked if his time had passed. He simply replied, “We’re on to Cincinnati,” referring to their next game. The Patriots won their next seven games.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 8: If you lose, shake it off and focus exclusively on your next game. Your lowest low often precedes the beginning of your run to BIGG success.

How to be successful like the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks started their season as defending Super Bowl champs. It was their first in the 38-year history of the franchise.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 9: Recognize that there’s a long, winding, bumpy road to BIGG success. But you don’t have to take 38 years!

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They opened the season with a decisive victory, but they struggled to a 3-3 record, including a rare loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys. The press wrote the Seahawks off. They didn’t listen. They finished the season with a 9-1 run.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 10: Contrary to the popular saying, success does NOT breed success. It creates fertile ground for failure OR success. You determine which way it goes.

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The Seahawks breezed through their first playoff game. It was quite a feat. In the preceding decade, no defending Super Bowl champ had won a post-season game. Four of them hadn’t even made the playoffs.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 11: When you’re the market leader, your competition brings its A-game.

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The Seahawks faced the Green Bay Packers for the Conference Championship. Interestingly, like the Patriots, the Packers had a slow start to their season, creating angst in their fans.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 12: Winners lose, but they don’t quit. They adapt quickly and push harder.

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The Packers dominated the first half and held their own for most of the second. With just three minutes left, the Seahawks were down 19-7. The Seahawks made one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. They tied the score to send the game into overtime. Then scored the game-winning touchdown on their first possession.

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Keep these thirteen lessons in mind for your BIGG success!

What “how to be successful” lessons have you learned from watching sports?

Getting banged up for BIGG Success

Why Getting Banged Up is a Good Thing

Getting banged up for BIGG Success

Getting banged up is a part of life as a kid! Hear George & Mary-Lynn share their stories on The BIGG Success Show Podcast (Duration 5:40)

We probably all have stories of getting banged up during recess: A fall from the monkey bars, a touch football game that got a little rough, or the sting of catching a line drive during kickball. But boo-boos come with growing up. Or at least they used to.

One school thinks recess can be dangerous, so they’ve banned footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, or anything that might hurt someone on school grounds. Oh, rough games of tag, or cartwheels are out too unless supervised by a coach – all to prevent injuries.

Some might argue the real injury the school is trying to prevent is one to the pocketbook via frivolous lawsuit. But we’ll go with the reason that they say which is they want to protect the kids from getting banged up. But are they protecting, or hindering?

Getting Banged Up to Overcome Fear

Think back to a game you played as a kid: baseball, football, soccer. In every case, you probably got hurt in some way.

[ML] I played 3rd base for a softball team, and took a hard grounder to the shin. It hurt and made me fearful of the ball coming at me. My coach pointed out that I hadn’t placed my glove correctly to stop the ball and worked with me to overcome that fear and become a better defensive infielder.

[GK] I made the winning catch during a football game right at the end of recess, but I had to dive to catch it head first into a fence. After I stood up to celebrate, one of my friends told me I was bleeding. I had a cut just above my eye and still have the scar today! But hey, sometimes it hurts to be a success.

Getting hurt can provide an opportunity to learn. If kids are “protected’ from this, they’ll only know the fear, therefore they won’t try.

Getting Banged Up Makes You Stronger Mentally

We live in a rough and tumble grown-up world filled with highs and lows, wins and losses, acceptance and rejection. It’s important to know who you are and what you want so you can keep your chin up.

Isn’t it amazing how those games played during recess as a child taught you things about yourself? What kind of role did you play on the team? How did you feel after a win or a loss? What strategies did you come up with for the next game? Who did you look up to, and why?

There’s a lot to learn from a good competitive game. When the game was on the line, and the quarterback threw a pass to you and you (unlike George) dropped it, how did you handle it? How did you get over it? These things happen. We all drop the ball from time to time in life.

We think you’d agree that it’s nice to have experienced this feeling as a child, and not for the first time as an adult!

The playground isn’t just a place for kids to run around and let loose. It’s also one of the first places where through games, and occasionally getting banged up, that they begin to learn important life lessons that lead to BIGG Success.

What did you learn on the playground as a kid?

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The Coming Age of Small Business-Part 2

small-businessMalcolm Gladwell wrote a great article for The New Yorker a while ago. He talks about how David beats Goliath. It’s a great read full of stories about underdogs.

The main story is about a girl’s basketball team that made the national championships when they shouldn’t have won a game. The other stories – from David to Lawrence of Arabia – all support why these girls were able to achieve what they did.

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He cites a study that showed that small armies beat superior opponents a little over one-fourth of the time (28.5%). However, when these underdogs ignored the conventions of war and fought on their own terms, they won nearly two-thirds of the time (63.6%)!

So you’re two times more likely to win if you set the rules of the game!

Set your terms to get your terms

Bigg success is life on your own terms. So it turns out that it’s a circle. You set the terms (your strategy) so you get the terms you desire (your mission).

You are the entrepreneur of your life. You’re in charge. Set the terms for the battles you engage in so you’re more likely to win those battles.

Small businesses, the Davids of the business world, can trump the Goliaths. Not by trying to compete head on. Not by following the conventions.

By crafting strategies that may fly in the face of wisdom and engaging the Goliaths in unfamiliar ways, Davids can be victorious.

The price for bigg success

If you plan to go head-to-head with the Goliaths, there’s a price you must be willing to pay.

It takes effort. You have to be willing to work longer. You have to work harder. As Gladwell says, effort trumps ability.

He cites the girls’ basketball team. Their secret? A full court press. Not just when the game was in its final minutes like a lot of teams do. These girls used a full court press for the entire game.

It rattled their opponents who hadn’t practiced for a full court press. Their standard plays started at half court. By engaging their opponents on the whole court, these girls put them on unfamiliar turf.

There are many ways today for small businesses – even solopreneurs – to trump large competitors. In many cases, they don’t involve money. They involve time. But that’s okay because you know that effort trumps ability if you focus that effort on unconventional tactics.

That’s how to make your small business a bigg success!

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Take Me Out to the Free Ball Game

george_marylynn_baseball.jpbA one. A two. A three. Take me out to the ball game …

We can hear Harry Carey singing it right now! (We’ll warn you: If you listen to our show today, you can hear why we could never be on American Idol!)

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Bigg success is life on your own terms. There are five elements of bigg success – money, time, growth, work and play. Today we’ll focus on play.

If you’re a regular reader, you know we’ve confessed that play is the thing we struggle with the most. We love our work. We’ve found that thinking about the five elements of bigg success helpful because we make sure we schedule some play time.

We love baseball, but going to a Major League Baseball game can be a real budget-bender. By the time you buy the tickets, pay for parking, and grab a hot dog, you can spend some serious smack!

You don’t have to throw your budget a curve ball to have fun at the old ball game

We feel fortunate to live in a University town. We have some bigg time sporting events, including a baseball team that is doing very well this year. Go Illini!

Last year, we kept talking about going to a game but never made it. They start early when it’s too cold for us to watch a game outside.

This year we made a commitment to go, so we were keeping an eye on their schedule. Lo and behold, they ran a bigg promotion – you could get into the game for free (it normally costs $5) and you could even get free food.

Now that’s a bigg deal!

And the promotion was a bigg success! They had a record attendance. In fact, so many people showed up, we decided it was worth buying food from the concession stand instead of waiting for the free stuff.

It was a great game. We had lots of fun and some good time together as a couple (see pictures on our Flickr page). That’s the best part. The second best part was that Illinois came back to win in the ninth inning!

But what if you don’t have a University team in your area? Can you still take in a ball game on the cheap? Baseball, you bet!

Summer college baseball leagues. College baseball players finish their collegiate schedules early. They want to keep playing without jeopardizing their amateur status. So college leagues have sprung up. We have a team about thirty miles from us (ticket prices are $6 – $9). Check the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball site for the team closest to you.

Minor leagues. Future professional baseball players have to train somewhere. There are minor league teams all over the country. We have a AAA team fairly close to us ($6 – $10 for a ticket). If you don’t know of one in your area, check out the Minor League Baseball site.

Amateur leagues. We have several teams in our area like this. You can take in a game for a few bucks plus any food and drinks you may want.

Little Leagues. We love watching the Little League World Series on television. Check out the raw talent in your area to a Little League game. You can’t beat the price and there are games all over. We have a field within walking distance of our house.

So what’s the bigg idea? Tap into your local community and have a bigg day out at the ball park!

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Learn to Play to Learn

playing.jpg We recently did a show on the tradeoff between work and play. We said that it was important to make time for both productive play and pure play – things you do just for fun. We said it really is true – we do seem to get more done when we’re busy.

Ryan left a great comment on that topic. He’s one of our regulars and he often leaves comments. We love the feedback!

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Pre-paying for play plans improves productivity

He said that he’s learned that it’s good to keep busy with his downtime. So he goes to a sporting event or a concert just about every week. Because he’s paid for the ticket in advance, he feels compelled to go. That’s his secret – it forces him to work more efficiently to get his work done.

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georgeI had never thought of that little trick! We schedule fun activities of course. But I had never thought about purposefully and routinely scheduling an activity that I paid for in advance as a way to ramp up my time at work.

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marylynnIt’s a great suggestion. It’s easy to get so busy working that I fail to recharge myself by doing something that gets my mind off of work. By committing my money, I’m more likely to commit my time!

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georgeI’m one of those people who can go and go and go. But at some point, my body and my mind start saying, “Enough already! What are you doing to us? We need a break!” Ryan’s suggestion helps make sure that doesn’t happen.

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marylynnFortunately, and maybe unfortunately, George and I are very similar in that respect. I’m a bit of a workaholic myself. So we work very well together. But I agree – it would be helpful to schedule more time for fun knowing that I’ll be more productive at work.

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It’s about living with purpose on purpose. After all, we’re only human. We should live on human time! Plan something fun and pay for it in advance. You’ll be more likely to do it!

Ramp up your downtime

Ryan also said that when he was in college, he got better grades when he took eighteen credit hours than when he only had twelve in a semester. His personal observation sparked a thought for us …

… we should always be a student!

It pays bigg dividends to be curious about everything with which you come in contact, not just your area of expertise.

Since Ryan brought up sporting events, you can learn from studying the players – when they’re warming up, idle, in the middle of a play, or when the game’s on the line.

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georgeThis is something I do. It’s interesting to see the differences among players when the game’s on the line. I’ve learned a lot about operating under pressure by watching sports.

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marylynnAt concerts, there are a lot of details. The artist’s stage presence, the lighting, the way musicians play together, and even their hair! If it’s a symphony, study the conductor and how he or she leads. They’re masters of their craft and we can learn lessons that we can apply to our crafts.

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georgeOne of my favorite things to do is to be a student when I’m talking to people in social settings. I can read a book or an article, but there’s nothing like learning about someone’s occupation and interests first-hand. You get to ask questions and go deeper into a subject with a real person who is living it.

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marylynnWe have a friend who made a great suggestion that has forever changed how I watch movies. He said to think of yourself as a director. When the movie is over, ask yourself what you would have done differently. It gets my creative juices flowing and makes for great conversation afterwards.

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Always be a student. It helps keep your mind young. It expands your imagination. It will help you reach bigg success even faster!

Of what are you a student in your downtime?

Share that with us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 888.455.BIGG or sending us an e-mail at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.

Thanks Ryan for your thought-provoking comment. And thank you for reading our post today.

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Please join us next time when we talk about how to get to the greener grass on the other side of the fence.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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