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The Man Who Turned a Part-Time Job into a Billion Dollar Business

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Today we have an amazing story about a guy who started out just looking for some extra income with a part-time job but ended up turning it into a billion dollar business.

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Jim McCann started out as a social worker, which didn’t pay so well. So, in the early 1970s, he got a part-time job in a floral shop to earn a little extra money. In 1976, he took the plunge and started his own flower business.

Let’s go to The Professor’s Whiteboard as we break down 5 lessons learned from the part-timer who built a billion dollar business.

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How Ray Kroc Made a Fortune from McDonald’s

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Ray Kroc made a fortune on someone else’s idea. Even then, he had to overcome many obstacles, over a number of years, to find BIGG success.

We get informed and inspired by BIGG success stories. On The BIGG Success Show, we share one of our favorites. Below, you’ll find a summary of that story. Click the player to listen to the full story.

Ray Kroc is one of the most legendary entrepreneurs in history. He built McDonald’s into one of the world’s most iconic brands. But his destiny was anything but certain. And he was no young superstar. His success came slowly.

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Did Someone Forget to Tell You?

did someone forget to tellAs we begin a New Year, we want to share a thought with you about some people you know (and some you may not). We have a question about all of them:

Did someone forget to tell them?

Did someone forget to tell Jimmy Durante that he couldn’t sing? It didn’t matter to him. He became a star, thanks in part to his gravelly voice which made him noticeable.

Did someone forget to tell Albert Einstein he wasn’t smart enough? After all, he struggled with language his whole life. He didn’t start talking until he was three. And he failed a language exam when he was sixteen. Yet he is one of the people often associated with the term “genius”.

Did someone forget to tell Helen Keller that blind people can’t become authors?

She certainly didn’t let that little challenge stop her.

And lest you think these people are just “one-off” examples, consider John Bramblitt. Did someone forget to tell him that blind people can’t paint? In fact, it was just that – going blind – which lit the path to his passion.

Did someone forget to tell Josh Hinds that a person with a stuttering problem caused by Tourette’s Syndrome couldn’t become a public speaker? It didn’t stop him. He became a pioneer of personal development online.

Did someone forget to tell Bethany Hamilton that surfers need two arms? While surfing at the age of 13, a 14-foot tiger shark bit off her left arm. Yet she still became (and still is) an award-winning professional surfer.

Did someone forget to tell J.K. Rowling that a divorced mother with no money couldn’t become a BIGG success? You know the rest of her story. She’s the first author to become a billionaire.

We’ll bet you that…

  • someone DID tell each and every one of these people not to proceed
  • someone reminded them of the reason why they shouldn’t do it
  • someone told them they would fail if they tried

But they didn’t listen! If they had, we wouldn’t be talking about them.

So don’t let people stop you from pursuing your passion – the passion which will take you to BIGG success.

What do you really want to do?

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A Parade of Failures Led to the Success of This Entrepreneur

BIGG Success from a parade of failuresHe started a store. It failed.

He started another one. It failed too.

He tried for the third time. No success.

The fourth time put him over the edge. He filed for bankruptcy protection.

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If his story ended there, we wouldn’t be talking about him today. He learned from all his failures. Then he tried for a fifth time.

His fifth attempt was a BIGG success! R.H. Macy opened the now famous department store.

Which brings us to our first point – you know about Macy’s. But did you know about the founders’ four failures? We didn’t.

Nobody cares about your failures once you are a BIGG success.

We also thought it was interesting that he opened his store way north of what was considered the retail district. If you want to be a BIGG success, find an un-served or under-served market.

Sometimes this means moving further from your competition – physically or in some other sense. In other cases, it means getting closer. For example, have you ever noticed that restaurants tend to cluster? They all attract customers to a specific area.

Outside the world of restaurants and retail, tech companies often cluster as well. Think Silicon Valley. The infrastructure is there. The people are there.

Now let’s talk about what inspired this post – the world renowned Macy’s Day Parade. The idea for this parade came from the employees.

Stay close to the front line to be a BIGG success as an entrepreneurial leader.

Many of Macy’s employees were recent immigrants. They were proud Americans but they missed some of the traditions and festivals of their homeland. So they decided to do a Thanksgiving parade to kickoff the Christmas season.

Over 250 thousand people showed up to watch it that first year. Of course, today more than 44 million people watch it on television every year.

It’s one of the best promotions anyone could ever imagine. And it reminds us all – do something BIGG if you want to get attention.

And don’t forget – this success story started with a parade of failures that led to one of the greatest parades of all. That’s BIGG success!

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Can You Believe How This Billionaire Got His Small Business Idea

a billionaire and his BIGG ideaWhere do the best business opportunities come from? Think about how Don Fisher found his.

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He was a typical 41-year old guy. He’d had some career successes and some failures.

But shopping changed his life.

He bought some jeans. But they didn’t fit. So his wife, Doris, went on a mission – find a pair of jeans for Don.

She went to several stores. All she found was limited assortments and nothing in Don’s size. Plus, the mess! They weren’t displayed nicely or set up to be easy to find what you were looking for.

As Don and Doris discussed it, they realized they had stumbled upon a great small business idea:

They would open a store which stocked all sizes, styles and colors of Levi’s.

It was the beginning of The Gap.

Their net worth climbed to $3 billion as they built their empire into over 3,000 stores serving over 134,000 customers in over 90 countries.

What can we all learn from the Fishers?

Opportunity is subtle

It often comes inadvertently, when you aren’t really looking. So stay alert all the time, even when you’re shopping.

And realize that your great small business idea may not come from a single experience. It’s more likely to present itself in a series.

As ideas float, concepts emerge. You have to connect the dots.

Innovation can be low tech

Yes, you need to bring something unique to the market. But don’t think that means you have to invent something or that innovation is only in the realm of the techie entrepreneurs.

As the Fishers demonstrate, it may be as simple as offering a broader assortment.

This is the real opportunity for small businesses. Large companies are often shallow and narrow in their offerings. For example, a big-box store may only stock the fastest selling items.

You may find your opportunity by offering a complete assortment in a given niche. Then you can expand out from there once you get traction.

Look for gaps

We couldn’t resist! But seriously, this is a great way to find your best business opportunity.

Look for gaps between what you want and what’s available. When you find one, chances are you’re not the only one looking for it.

You may be staring your BIGG opportunity in the face. You’ve discovered an unserved or under-served market. And that’s where you’ll find BIGG success!

How did you find your BIGG idea?

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