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Work-from-Home Mom Turns $3,000 into a $740 Million Business

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This work-from-home mom wanted to contribute to her family’s finances. She did more than that – she turned a $3,000 investment into a $740 million business.

On The BIGG Success Show, we discuss the story of Doris Christopher, Founder of The Pampered Chef. With $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy, she created a business with sales of $740 million a year, at the time she sold The Pampered Chef to Warren Buffett. Here’s a summary of our discussion on the podcast.

This show is a continuation our last two shows. First, we talked about 5 easy steps to personal leadership. Then, last time, we discussed your arena of service – which is about who you serve and where you serve them. Today, we want to talk about the BIGG Success Power Triangle. We’ll use Doris Christopher’s story as an example.

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[George] One semester, my students and I, at the University of Illinois, participated in a guest lecture given by Doris, who is an alum. The information here comes from my notes of her presentation.

She also documented her story in her book, The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America’s Most Beloved Companies*.

Doris is the quintessential successful work-from-home mom. This former home economics teacher started The Pampered Chef in 1980 with $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy. At the time, she was a 34-year old wife and mother of two. She had no business experience.

Like 69% of entrepreneurs, Doris started her business from home. Her basement was the initial distribution center and headquarters for The Pampered Chef.

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Prepare to Be a Success

Presidents Day story for BIGG SuccessIt’s President’s Day here in the United States – a day dedicated to celebrating the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

It’s a holiday for the few. Most people still go to work today. We count ourselves among the masses.

We ran across an interesting story about Lincoln awhile back. It’s from the chapter entitled “Training for the Presidency” in the book Winning Out by Orison Swett Matden:

“I meant to take good care of your book, Mr. Crawford,” said the boy, “but I’ve damaged it a good deal without intending to, and now I want to make it right with you. What shall I do to make it good?”

“Why, what happened to it, Abe?” asked the rich farmer, as he took the copy of Weems’s “Life of Washington” which he had lent young Lincoln, and looked at the stained leaves and warped binding. “It looks as if it had been out through all last night’s storm. How came you to forget, and leave it out to soak?”

“It was this way, Mr. Crawford,” replied Abe. “I sat up late to read it, and when I went to bed, I put it away carefully in my bookcase, as I call it, a little opening between two logs in the wall of our cabin. I dreamed about General Washington all night. When I woke up I took it out to read a page or two before I did the chores, and you can’t imagine how I felt when I found it in this shape. It seems that the mud-daubing had got out of the weather side of that crack, and the rain must have dripped on it three or four hours before I took it out. I’m sorry, Mr. Crawford, and want to fix it up with you, if you can tell me how, for I have not got money to pay for it.’

“Well,” said Mr. Crawford, “come and shuck corn three days, and the book ‘s yours.”

Had Mr. Crawford told young Abraham Lincoln that he had fallen heir to a fortune the boy could hardly have felt more elated. Shuck corn only three days, and earn the book that told all about his greatest hero!

“I don’t intend to shuck corn, split rails, and the like always,” he told Mrs. Crawford, after he had read the volume. “I’m going to fit myself for a profession.”

“Why, what do you want to be, now?” asked Mrs. Crawford in surprise.

“Oh, I’ll be President!” said Abe with a smile.

“You’d make a pretty President with all your tricks and jokes, now, wouldn’t you?” said the farmer’s wife.

“Oh, I’ll study and get ready,” replied the boy, “and then maybe the chance will come.”

Losers think success is simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Winners invest time prepare so they’re ready when an opportunity appears.

It leads to BIGG success!

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How to Work Long and Hard and Go Nowhere

fisherman | BIGG SuccessWe were e-mailed this story some time ago. We thought about it when we talked about a bigger boat and BIGG success on The BIGG Success Show earlier this week.

There are various versions of this story floating around. We wanted to share it with you to wrap up the week.

The consultant and the fisherman

A management consultant was on vacation in a small coastal village in Mexico. After his morning stroll, he stopped by a pier to watch the activity.

Before long, a small boat docked nearby. The consultant noted a few large fish in the boat.

He complimented the fisherman on his catch and asked how long it had taken to catch them.

“Just a little while,” the fisherman replied.

“Then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?”

“It’s all I need to support my family.”

The consultant asked, “Then what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The fisherman joyfully responded, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta in the afternoon in my hammock. In the evenings, I go to my favorite watering hole to see my friends, have a few beers, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full and happy life, senor.”…..

The consultant jeered, “I can help you. I am a very well educated man. Business leaders from around the world call on me for advice. You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With this extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one. Eventually, you’ll have a large fleet. Then instead of selling your fish to the processor, you could open your own plant. You can leave this little village and move to Mexico City to run your huge enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.

“Oh, ten, maybe twenty years.”


“And after that?”


“After that? That’s when it gets really interesting,” replied the consultant with excitement. “When your business gets really large, you can sell shares in your company and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” pressed the fisherman.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, move out to a small village by the sea, sleep in late every day, spend time with your family, go fishing, take siestas in the afternoon, and spend relaxing evenings drinking and playing music with your friends.”

And after that?

By this consultant’s definition, this fisherman was already a BIGG success. Make sure you’re not working long and hard to go nowhere.

As you design and build life on your own terms, make sure you ask the same, simple question as the fisherman:

“And after that?”

If the answer leads you back where you are, you know you need to re-think your design.

Sometimes money isn’t the answer.

Sometimes bigger isn’t better.

Sometimes ambition gets in the way of BIGG success.

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Learn How to Reach Bigg Success

Back-to-School on chalkboardWe’re going Back-to-School! Well actually, we’re talking about lifelong learning. We’re in the middle of a ten-post series.

Today we’ll talk about four great places to learn how to reach BIGG success.

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90-Year Old Finishes Career On A Super High

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Can you imagine working for the same organization for sixty years?

John Johnson can!

He is (or, was) the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the New York Giants. He announced before Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the Giants and the New England Patriots that it would be his last game.

John Johnson, at 90-years young, is going out a winner!

He’s worked for the Giants for 874 regular season games and, with Super Bowl XLII, 34 post season contests. He’s been part of the Super Bowl champion team three times!

Mr. Johnson, or “Mr. J” as he is affectionately known by the players, wanted to be a doctor. But he was coming of age during the Great Depression and couldn’t afford to go to medical school.

He found physical therapy – it let him be associated with medicine, so he could help people. That’s what was important to him.

He got a $500 loan from his supervisor at his part-time job. That covered his tuition at the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy in New York City. He lived with his aunt in Brooklyn and took the subway into school.

School ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. He attended classes in the morning and worked in an area hospital in the afternoon, applying the skills he learned in class. He remembers those days with fondness as he helped many people return to a productive life after suffering from the debilitating effects of polio.

After he finished school, Mr. J got a job at the YMCA as the director of physical services. Three years later, he was drafted by the Air Force during World War II.

After the war, he heard about an opening at Manhattan College. He signed on as their head athletic trainer in 1947. The next year, he learned that the New York Giants were looking for a trainer. He joined them in 1948, working the two jobs until 2004. He retired from Manhattan College in 2004 after open-heart surgery.

He was there for 57 years, earning so much respect that they named the athletic center after him – it’s now the John “Doc” Johnson Athletic Training Center.

The players loved Mr. J because he attended to their aches and pains. He never told them “it was in their head”. As a trainer, he doesn’t diagnose their problems – that’s up to the team doctors. He administers the prescribed therapy and listens to the players to nurse them back to health.

Physical therapy today requires more education than it did back when Mr. J got started. It’s also become more specialized. However, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for physical therapy jobs is better than average.

Are you looking for a career you can love for sixty years? Find what you love to do and you’ll go out a winner, too!

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