Be a Success Faster

build synergy for your BIGG SuccessBigg success is life on your own terms. There are five elements of bigg success – money, time, growth, work and play.

The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is to create synergy so we reach bigg success faster. We do that by finding ways to get the five elements working together rather than against each other.

One way we do that is by building trust. Today, we’ll discuss four ways to build this critical element for BIGG success.

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Your interests = my interests

It begins with an attitude – placing the interests of another person equal to your own. This equal consideration of interests allows the two of you to search for win/win alternatives.

You won’t accept losing so the other person will gain. At least you shouldn’t. To create synergy, you also shouldn’t accept winning at the expense of the other person either.

This attitude forms the foundation of trust in any relationship. Now we can start bringing the attitude to life.

What you see is what you get

To build trust, you must practice authenticity and transparency. Be your true self because you can’t fool most of the people most of the time.

Who wants to fool people anyway? That’s not a BIGG goal-getter mindset! Always align your actions with your attitudes.

Transparency means putting your vision and your values out there. If the other person does the same, you are more likely to reach the solution that works best for both of you in the shortest amount of time.

Anything short of this leads to disappointing results for at least one of you. When you’re operating with an equal consideration of interests, that means it doesn’t work for either of you.

Easier said than done

Say what you’ll do and then do what you say. This old saying packs some punch when it comes to building trust.

If you say it, you better do it.
Write it down.
Put it in your billfold or purse.
Stick it on your mirror.
Stamp it on your forehead!

Do whatever it takes to do what you say you will do.

Otherwise, shut up!
Don’t say it at all.

You may have good intentions, but good intentions without the actions to support them tear down trust.

Follow-through, follow-through, follow-through.
It’s easy to say, but not always easy to do. But it’s one of the secrets to building trust.

Building takes time, imploding doesn’t

Picture the construction of a skyscraper. It takes a lot of time to build floor after floor until the building is ready for occupants.

Now picture blowing up a tall building. You’ve probably seen the implosion as layer after layer falls one on top of the other.

It may take several years to build a skyscraper. It takes seconds to tear it down. If you’re not careful, it may even damage buildings around it.

That’s how trust works. You built it by doing a lot of little things right over a long period of time. It can be destroyed by a single silly act which may spread to relationships with other people.

Trust is one of the most precious assets you can have. Once you’ve built it, be sure to maintain it.

Trust leads to BIGG success faster

So what does trust have to do with synergy? You can capitalize on your strengths because you trust the person who fills in the gap created by your weaknesses.

Trust leads to accomplishing more with your work. All of these things, working together, may lead to more time and money for play.

We have a business that’s built on strategic alliances. We have a great deal of trust in, and with, our partners.

As we’ve responded to the current economic situation, we’ve been able to adapt quickly because of the trust that exists between us.

We’ve arrived at solutions that are much better than we could have found on our own. Trust creates synergy which leads to BIGG success faster!

How do you build trust?

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Is There Room for God in BIGG Success?

Is there room for God in your definition of success | BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. We were talking with a friend recently who asked an interesting question…

Is there room for God in our definition of BIGG success?

She said she strives to live on God’s terms. She seeks to understand God’s will for her life and live accordingly.

So did we get it wrong?

Did we unknowingly exclude God from our definition of BIGG success?

We don’t think so.

Did we accidentally exclude a whole segment of people who feel just like our friend?

We hope not. It certainly wasn’t our intention.

You choose your life

We don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. The point to our definition of BIGG success – life on your own terms – is that you, and you alone, make choices about how you live your life.

Your choices, along with the actions you take in line with those choices, largely determine whether or not you will be a BIGG success.

We believe that God leaves the choice up to you. Our friend has done that.

She is living her life on her own terms. She chooses terms that coincide with God’s terms. She is a BIGG success!

Now, don’t take this discussion as us trying to proselytize you. As we said, it’s your choice.

The paradox of your choices

Your choices are made individually. But they are usually not individual choices.

Sure, they all affect you. They affect your outcomes. They affect whether or not you will be a BIGG success.

But, in many cases, they also affect other people.

The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is synergy.

BIGG success comes when you improve the lives of other people. In doing so, you’ll reap the rewards yourself.

That’s win-win. That’s BIGG success!

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Interdependence Leads to BIGG Success

interconnected | BIGG SuccessWe’re celebrating Independence Day here in the States on Monday. We learned something interesting from author and historian Jane Hampton Cook.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. When the Declaration of Independence was written, the terms were incredibly important.

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The power of terms

For example, Thomas Jefferson originally wrote “subjects” before crossing it off heavily. He replaced “subjects” with “citizens.”

Do you see the power in that simple change?

The terms you use to define yourself can limit you or empower you. The same is true for entrepreneurial leaders – how do you see your people?

The lens through which you view them determines, in large part, whether you will have a team that just does what they have to do or a team that goes beyond the call of duty.

The power in interdependence

Another interesting tidbit we picked up from Jane Hampton Cook is that the word “colonies” was replaced by the term “states.”

Once again, we see the power of terms. Colonies are subject to the rule of a mother country. States are independent.

Even beyond independent, the States were equal to the government they replaced; they were equal to the country ruled by the King.

But they weren’t establishing a bunch of independent states. They formed the United States – a group of interconnected main governing bodies.

They moved beyond independence. They were interdependent. And one of the many lessons our Founding Fathers taught us is this:

Independence may lead to success.

But interdependence leads to BIGG success!

It’s the BIGG idea behind BIGG success.

You can find synergy by understanding interdependence: interdependence between the five elements of BIGG success – money, time, growth, work and play – and interdependence with other people.

How to get started

Think about the people in your network. Reach out to see if they might be interested in working together.

Initiate a conversation. If it goes well, schedule another one.

Each time you meet, the level of conversation will get more specific and deeper. Here’s a progression of questions you might discuss:

  • How could we work together?
  • How should we work together?
  • How will we work together?
  • How did we do?
  • How could we do better?
  • What’s next?

Depending on your answers, these questions may get asked over a period of weeks, months or even years.

These six questions help you find synergy in your relationships – you and one or more people working together to achieve more than you possibly could independently.

So make a declaration of interdependence. It leads to BIGG success!

How could we work together?

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5 Activities to Be Healthy Wealthy and Wise

Back-to-School on chalkboardThis is the final show in our ten-show series on lifelong learning. Today we’ll discuss five activities that will make you healthy, wealthy and wise all at the same time.

Now we’ll warn you – these activities require some multi-tasking. We usually suggest less multi-tasking but these are things ideally suited for doing more than one thing at a time.
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Investments That Always Pay Off

pay-offBigg success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today we’ll focus on money.

You may have noticed that the market is up year-to-date. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we’re still off quite a bit from the top.



The main market indicator, the S&P 500, hit its highest level in history on October 9, 2007. The good old day, we guess you could call that.

It hit its most recent low on March 9, 2009, off 57% (excluding dividends) from that high nearly one-and-a-half years earlier. Of course, now we’re up over 49% from that March low but we’re still off about 35% from the high if we factor out dividends.

The bottom line is that our portfolios have still taken quite a hit. It made us wonder …

Are there investments that don’t lose value?

It depends on your goal.

Your investment goal

Why do you invest? Obviously, you want more money. Why?

For some people, it’s the end. However, the end is pretty empty. For most of us, it’s a means to an end. Instead of financial returns, we really want emotional returns.

We want to be happier!

If that’s the case, research shows there may be a more direct path to happiness, assuming that basic needs — food, shelter and clothing – have been met.

Invest time in work you love

We tend to follow an indirect path to happiness. For example, many people strive to build a portfolio that allows them to retire when they want.

One direct path to happiness is to do the work you love. Bea Arthur, the late-great actress, said:

“Actors don’t retire. People who work in jobs they don’t like retire.”

Invest time to find the work you love. Invest time doing the work you love. It’s an investment with returns beyond your wildest dreams.

Invest time in relationships

Some people want more money so they can buy things. There is a more proven path to happiness.

Invest your time in relationships. Research shows this delivers higher returns on the happiness scale than having more money.

The direct path creates synergy

Bigg success is life on your own terms. The bigg idea behind bigg success is synergy. One place to search for synergy is between the five elements of bigg success.

Let’s look at two of the five elements of bigg success – money and work. You don’t need as much money to be happy if you’re doing work you love.

The funny thing, though, is that research shows that doing the work you love often leads to more money. If you put first things first, you end up better off all the way around. That’s synergy!

Now let’s look at money and play. Research shows that strong relationships lead to greater happiness than more possessions. You can save money by having friends.

It’s also interesting that, in our interconnected world, those relationships may very well lead to more money if you don’t force the issue. Put the relationship first and let the money follow.

Invest directly in happiness by investing time doing what you love with people you love. That’s bigg success!


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Thank you so much for checking in with us today. Please join us next time when we discuss mixing business with pleasure. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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