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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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Achieve Your Goals With 4 Easy Questions

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It’s easier to achieve your goals if you break them down. But what does that really mean? We share a 4-step template you can use immediately.

We discuss how to achieve really BIGG, long-term goals on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

The “BIGG” in BIGG success is an acronym for:

Believing
Implementing
Goal-getting
Giving back

Today we’re focusing on the first “g”: goal-getting. Before you can achieve your goals, you have to set goals. Goal-setting precedes goal-getting.

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The Top Rural Small Business Challenges

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Learn about the biggest rural small business challenges along with solutions.

We discuss how to help shape a better future for your town on The BIGG Succees Show, and we are joined by the creators of the 2019 Rural Challenges Survey. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

We’re coming off Small Business Saturday – where the message is to shop small this holiday season to support small business and your local community.

Our guests today are 2 BIGG advocates for rural small business. They’ll share the results of their national survey on the unique challenges these businesses face.

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1,000 Podcast Episodes of The BIGG Success Show

graph that shows BIGG Success has 1000 podcast episodes compared to 279 for the Big Bang Theory and 181 episodes of Seinfeld

Today we hit 1,000 podcast episodes!

To celebrate, we’re reflecting on 12 years of podcasting by sharing our most popular show, fun themes, stand-out interviews, and more! Click the player to listen.

Here are this episode’s show notes, complete with links to all of the past shows that are mentioned today.

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Celebrating 12 Years of BIGG Success

George and Mary-Lynn are fingerspelling the numbers 1 and 2 with the blog post title: Celebrating 12 Years of BIGG Success

Our first podcast went live on November 12, 2007. Today, we celebrate 12 years of BIGG Success by answering some of the most common questions we get asked.

Today’s special podcast is a celebration of the 12 years of BIGG Success! In this 12th anniversary episode, we reveal some of the most common questions we get, give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we work together, and share some things from the heart that you’ve never heard before.

Here’s a summary of our conversation on The BIGG Success Show

Why did we start BIGG Success?

We were in the same place many of our coaching clients are in.

[George] I sold my businesses and started thinking about the next phase of my life. My encore career, so to speak.

[Mary-Lynn] I was a radio show host. Technology had both changed my industry and created new opportunities. It was time to make a change.

Yes, change creates opportunities. But it also comes with uncertainty and even turmoil. That’s why so many people hate change. Entrepreneurially-minded people realize change is where the growth is. We capitalized on it.

How can a married couple work together in peace?

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