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Take a Wrong Turn to Find Your Purpose in Life

How a soccer ball led to a woman to find her purpose in life

We caught a great feature on CBS Sunday Morning a couple of weeks ago. Their story about Luma Mufleh, highlights the BIGG difference just one person can make one they discover their purpose in life.

Her story really touched us. So we want to share part of it with you today. We highly recommend that you watch the whole segment online.

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Purpose is at the intersection

We talk a lot about finding your passion here at BIGG Success. But passion is only part of the equation if you want to make it your life’s work.

You have to find a group of people with a need for it. In other words, you need to find a market in other words.

That’s where you find your purpose in life – where your passions intersect with a market.

The secret rarely shared

But there’s something we often neglect to mention. And we’re not the only ones. Most people never talk about it. So we want to share this secret that often gets overlooked:

You may not find your purpose. It may find you.

A wrong turn leads to a BIGG discovery

You may take a wrong turn and run right into it. That’s what happened with Luma.

She was on her way home from work one day when she took a wrong turn. She wound up in the parking lot of an apartment complex. She was moved by what she saw through her car window.

A group of kids were playing soccer. Well, kind of. They were using rocks for goals. They were barefoot.

Now there’s a part of the story we haven’t told you yet. As fate would have it, she was a soccer enthusiast.

She played as a kid. She participated in intramural soccer in college. She had even coached a girls’ soccer time after graduation, according to Wikipedia.

BIGG ideas start small and simple

So she had a BIGG idea. It started small and simple as they often do.

A few days later she returned with a soccer ball. The kids rushed over to her immediately. She struck a deal – they could have the ball if she could play with them.

She knew these kids looked different. She had seen kids like this in her home country, Jordan, and other places. But never in the U.S.

She came to learn that they were children of refugees. They and their families were victims of persecution in war-torn areas of the world.

Some of them had witnessed terrible brutalities, like a mom or grandma being raped. This was one of 350 such communities the U.S. government has set up for these escapees.

These kids were poor. They were having trouble fitting in.

She realized that a soccer team would help them feel like they belonged. So she used her own money to form The Fugees, the name chosen for the team. She struck a bargain for some t-shirts that served as uniforms.

But she quickly realized that soccer wasn’t enough. These kids – many of them teenagers – couldn’t read or write. Neither could their parents.

So she quit her job and started Fugees Academy. She found her purpose in life – giving these kids an education.

The vision expands

And she still has BIGG dreams. In fact, her vision has expanded.

She purchased 19 acres that were in foreclosure. She purchased the land with donations.

Now she’s raising $5 million to build the real deal – a school for kids in Grades 6 – 12. But more than that, she hopes to be a model for educating refugee kids all over the country.

She took a wrong turn to find her purpose in life. Now she’s making a BIGG difference.

You can too. Keep your eyes and ears open to find your life’s work.

Because you may run right into your purpose, even if you’ve made a wrong turn. It may just lead you to BIGG success!

You can help. Make a donation to Fugees Academy through their website.

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How to Live Big – Part 1

We’re happy to welcome Josh Hinds back to The BIGG Success Show. Besides being one of the best people you could ever hope to meet, Josh is one of the pioneers of personal development online. He’s here today to talk about his new book – It’s Your Life, Live BIG.

The book will be released in June, but Josh gave us a sneak peak and we LOVE it. But we wanted you to hear about it straight from the man himself.

Josh’s book opens with a very frank revelation. He has Tourette’s. And of all things he could have chosen to do, he decided to be a public speaker! Not a combination most people would think of. Learn about Josh’s journey and how he overcame is fears.

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We also talk about:

  • Why his original idea was to simply be a conduit to share personal and professional resources as a hobby.
  • What he thought his only option was because of  his Tourette’s syndrome.
  • How the opportunities that came his way shaped his philosophy of “It’s Your Life, Live BIG“.
  • The revelations Josh learned at an early age working in the family business and how helped him become a pioneer of personal development online.

You can get a sneak peak of Josh’s book now for FREE here.

Next time find out why Josh says ability isn’t the reason many people don’t feel successful, and find out what is!

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Walt Disney and His Special Secret to Success

special secret to BIGG Success“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.”
~ Walt Disney

BIGG success is life on your own terms. We love Walt Disney’s terms of success. We thought we’d share a few thoughts on each of them:

Curiosity

Innovation stems from imagination. And curiosity is the source of imagination.

Walt Disney was certainly innovative. Just read his Wikipedia bio and count the number of times you see “first” associated with him.

Perhaps Disney’s secret to success lies in maintaining the child-like curiosity of his most ardent fans!

Confidence

Confidence must be built and maintained. Success breeds confidence, not success.

Confidence flows from belief. Believe in the goodness and importance of your vision. Most of all, believe in your ability to make the fairy tale come true.

Courage

For most people, the single biggest barrier to success is fear of failure. Winston Churchill said, “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

It doesn’t take courage to act when you’ve won. It takes courage to keep going when you’ve suffered a defeat.

Disney’s first studio went bankrupt. The company we know was his second attempt.

Constancy

In an uncertain world, one of the greatest traits an entrepreneurial leader can demonstrate is constancy. People crave constancy of vision and values.

And you need it too. It reminds us of our favorite quote, by B.C. Forbes:

“It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is the greatest need for having a fixed goal, for having an air castle that the outside world cannot wreck. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw from within. And the man or woman who has a star toward which to press cannot be thrown off the course, no matter how the world may try, no matter how far things seem to be wrong.”

What’s your special secret for BIGG success?

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3 Lessons From an Icon on How to Be a Success

Lessons from an icon for BIGG SuccessShe’s been a BIGG success in business.
She was also a member of a rock band and an athlete.

She is multi-talented.

She’s been a dentist, a doctor, a firefighter, a police officer, an astronaut, and even a candidate for President.

Most adults weren’t too fond of her at first. But the kids sure did love her.

Today she is considered an icon by some. But she still has her detractors.

Who is she?

Barbie!

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Two Barbies are sold every second.
In the U.S., girls between 3 and 11 own an average of ten Barbies.
Over one BILLION Barbies have been sold in over 150 countries.

If took all those Barbies and placed their 11½” body head to toe, they would circle the earth more than seven times.

The birth of a BIGG idea

But her beginnings were much more humble.

She was the brain child of Ruth Handler. Ruth, along with her husband Elliott, started Mattel – yes, that Mattel – in their garage. They had little business experience and even less capital.

The company started in 1945 as a picture frame maker. From the scrap wood, Elliott Handler began making doll house furniture.

It wasn’t until five years later that Ruth got her BIGG idea. She watched her daughter, Barbie, as she and her friends played with the paper dolls – the only option at that point.

She thought it was interesting that they preferred to play with the adult dolls. Ruth realized that there was an opportunity – a 3D doll that would help the little girls project their future.

Labor pains

So she presented the idea to her husband and the executives at Mattel. They rejected it. It would be too expensive to make. Nobody would buy such a pricey toy.

But Ruth didn’t let her BIGG idea die. On a trip to Germany, she noticed the Lilli doll. This became her model. She toned down the racy doll to create Barbie.

The birth of an icon

Her official birth was at the American Toy Fair in 1959. It takes nine months from conception to birth for a human child. Barbie’s gestation period was nearly a decade long.

The toy buyers at the fair weren’t impressed by Barbie. But the little girls who comprised her target market certainly were.

It had taken the Handlers thirteen years to get to this point. But finally, they had arrived.

And the next year, Mattel went public fueled by Barbie’s muscle in the marketplace.

3 BIGG lessons about success

  • Adaptation

    Note that the Handlers started in the picture frame business. They found their footing by making doll furniture. Finally, they created BIGG success with the birth of Barbie.

  • Observation

    Ruth wasn’t sitting at a desk trying to come up with a BIGG idea. She simply observed her daughter playing. Oftentimes, the best ideas come when you aren’t actively searching for one.

  • Perseverance

    Ruth was turned down – by her own husband among others. But she persevered and finally Barbie was born. Even then, she wasn’t a hit with the professionals in the industry. However, her market loved her.

Adaptation, observation, and perseverance – three terms that lead to BIGG success.

Do you have an idea for a business? Maybe we can help.

We’re not toying around when we say this…thanks…

Until next time…

Sources:

The Great Idea Finder

St. Joseph Catholic School

University of Virginia

Funding Universe

Wikipedia

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70,000 dollars feeds 5,000 families

How $70,000 Delivered 5,000 Families from Drought and Hunger

70,000 dollars feeds 5,000 families

Bloggers from all over the world wide web are discussing poverty today in the hopes that conversation for a cause will lead to a cure. We’ll share how $70,000 had an impact on drought and hunger.

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marylynnWe chose to participate because we believe in the cause and we believe in the power of people working together with a purpose.

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georgeWe remembered an inspiring Wall Street Journal article [pdf] written by Roger Thurow. It highlights how seemingly small things can make a bigg difference in the developing world. We love success stories and this one is awesome!

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$70,000 feeds 5,000 families

A group of farmers in Ohio raised $70,000 and sent it to another group of farmers in Kenya. The project is part of the Foods Resource Bank, an organization that fights hunger by connecting churches here with groups in need around the world.

The Ohio farmers decided to send money, rather than food, so the farmers in Kenya could decide how to use it best. They spent the money to build a number of small dams and retention ponds to catch water in the rainy season so they would have water year-round. With that water, five thousand families have been delivered from hunger.

Everybody wins

Here’s an example of the impact made by just one project. The farmers in Ohio sent $3,000 to the farmers in Kenya, who hired an engineer. With the plan in hand, the Kenyan farmers built the dam with their own labor and materials.

Now their village has water – for themselves, for their cattle, and for growing crops. The women of the village used to walk about ten miles to get water. Now their time is being used much more productively.

With the water problem solved, the village switched its focus to better roads. These roads are the link to nearby markets where the farmers can sell their surplus produce. But they had deep ruts which made them nearly impassable.

It used to take two hours to get to the market by bike, which is the main form of transportation there. Bikes cost $6 to rent. With the improved roads, it only takes a half-an-hour now to get into town and bike rents have fallen to $3.

Talk about win / win! The farmers are paying 50% less to rent a bike. But the person who rents the bikes is making 100% more, because the bikes get returned so quickly. Everybody wins!

Farmer increases income over 400%

The article also highlights one Kenyan farmer. With the water nearby thanks to the dam, he was able to dig his own water retention pond, which he uses to irrigate his crops. His income has grown from less than $100 a year to $500 per year!

That’s an increase of over 400%!

Now he’s plowing his extra profits back into his business. He bought a generator and mechanical pump to double his cultivated land. He also planted 400 mango trees.

Entrepreneurship at its finest!

How it started

All of these wonderful things started with the vision of one man – the pastor in the village. Originally, he reached out for food from the large international agencies. But he feared that his people would become dependent.

So he formed a development group that created a list of needs – water was number one on the list. He sent that list to a number of organizations, including the Foods Resource Bank. They got the farmers in Ohio involved.

Takeaways

We found this story so inspiring because it shows that a small amount of money with a large amount of focus can accomplish bigg things.

We liked how farmers here supported farmers there. We can all use our passion, knowledge, and skills to help people like us in other parts of the world.

It also shows the resourcefulness of people. Get resources to people on the scene. They will find a way to overcome their biggest obstacles with their ingenuity and industriousness. The accomplishments can be phenomenal!

You, too, can make a difference. Donate money or make microloans to people in need with good ideas. Reach out to organizations that have the infrastructure in place to help people in need.

It only takes one person.
Each of us can make a bigg difference in helping other people around the world be a bigg success.

Next time, we’ll talk with a man who left a high-paying job with a prestigious law firm to do his own thing. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

how $70,000 saved 5,000 families|Blog Action Day 2008

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