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Success Building Blocks: Friendship

By Bigg Success Staff
06-15-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. His contributions to success literature, though, possibly exceed his accomplishments on the court. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve looked at his two cornerstones — 843 Industriousness] and 879 Enthusiasm]. This week, we’ll look at one of the three blocks that form the foundation between these two cornerstones.

Friendship
You must build on a solid foundation if you want a building to last. The same can be said for success in life – if you want long-term success, you have to build on the basics.

Friendship is one of the key blocks upon which to build success. It all comes down to people. What you know matters. Who you know matters just as much. However, how the people you know think of you matters more than anything.

People like to help people they like. If you like people, people will like you. We’re not talking about a superficial, “what’s in it for me” attitude. We mean a genuine care and concern for others.

If you take care of others, they’ll take care of you. When you give of yourself, when you provide genuine help to people, you’ll get far more in return than you can ever give.

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Network Your Way to the Movers and Shakers

By Bigg Success Staff
05-21-08

Personal Branding

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Why are race car drivers able to drive so fast? Because they’re all professionals who have been trained to drive their cars that way. So they can pretty much count on every other driver to behave in a certain way.

If you want to move up fast in your career, you need to learn how other people rose to their position. The best way to do that is to get to know them so you can find out first hand how they did it.

So how do you get to know these movers and shakers? Network your way to them!

How do you do that? Here’s a six-step plan to meet the right people.

#1 – Who are they?
You may know this already. If you don’t, it’s the first thing you’ll want to do – determine who you should get to know. Who has succeeded at what you want to do? Who are the people at the top of your chosen craft?

#2 – Do some research
What can you learn about the person you want to meet? What has been written about them? Have they written anything about themselves? What is their particular area of expertise? What are their concerns about the industry? Where do they see the opportunities? What are their strategies? How did they get where they are?

The internet is a wonderful tool for finding the answers to these questions. But don’t stop there – check out trade magazines and other industry sources that may not be fully archived on line.

#3 – Who do you know who knows them?
Once again, the internet comes into play. Are they on any social media sites? If so, do you have any common connections? If this doesn’t work, ask the people you know. Be patient and keep networking.

#4 – Ask for an introduction

Once you find someone who knows them, ask them to introduce you to the person you want to meet. This can be done in any number of ways, but most likely it will be in some form of electronic communication. Of course, if you can meet them in person (e.g. at a conference), that’s even better.

Bonus tip #1: Industry functions are a great way to meet movers and shakers. They’re leading discussions or are participating on panels about the important issues faced by your industry. Approach them after the session and exchange business cards.

#5 – Follow-up

Now you’re ready to contact them. Here’s what you want to do with this initial communication …

Ask them a good question.

Make it a question about something in which you know they’re interested. Ask for their advice. Keep it short. Make sure it doesn’t require a lengthy answer, but does beg for something more than a “yes” or “no”. By doing this, you start a conversation that can be ongoing.

#6 – Impress them
When they respond to you, the most important thing you can do is to thank them for their help. Then give it some time and report back on what you’ve learned by taking their advice or studying the issue you questioned some more.

Once again, keep it short. And ask them another question to keep building the relationship.

Bonus tip #2: If there is something you learn they’re interested in
(e.g. their hobby) and you find an interesting article, pass it on to them.
And keep it at that … no business on this go-around.

Want to be a mover and shaker? Then get to know the movers and shakers in your field.

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Prepare for Your Next Job Interview with This Great Tool

By Bigg Success Staff
04-24-08

Leading-Edge Application

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Are you a new manager conducting a job interview for the first time?

InterviewUp!

Are you in college looking for that first real-world job?

InterviewUp!

Are you a small business owner, not a human-resources pro?

InterviewUp!

InterviewUp is a great site for both employers and employees. No matter which of side of the desk you’re on, you’ll find great questions to ask and great answers to give.

So check it out before your next bigg interview!

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Plant the Seed This Spring for Your Bigg Success

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It’s the first day of spring! Before long, farmers will be planting. That got us thinking – just like a farmer, we have to plant in order to harvest.

If we want an output, we need an input. To produce a result, we have to take action. We can’t control the result, but we can control our activity.

So focus on planting, not the plant!

3 steps to planting the seed
We’re going to work backwards from the final input to the initial activity.

#3 – Plant
Unless you actually plant the seed, you won’t have anything to harvest. You have to follow through on everything that led to this step. Focus on activities that will yield the best result.

#2 – Prepare to plant
To be ready to plant, gather the needed resources together. For the farmer, that means buying the seed, getting the fertilizer, and preparing the ground for planting.

For the rest of us, it depends on your situation. You may need to do some research, prepare collateral materials (e.g. resume, business plan), make a prospect list, find potential strategic partners, or design promotional material.

These are just a few of examples. Preparing takes time and effort, but you have to do it or you won’t be ready for Step 3.

#1 – Plan to plant
If a farmer waits until the first day of spring to start planning for the upcoming season, he’ll have an uphill battle. That’s the reason we counted backwards (in addition to showing you that we could)! 

Think who, what, when, and where. And make sure you know the “why” for each of those! And also think about “what if”.

So thinking like a farmer: Who’s going to plant what crop? Where and when will it be planted?

For those of us who don’t farm, think back to Step 2 for an example. We said you may have to do some research. Are you going to do it yourself? Could you pay to have it done? In either case, what research do you need? Where will you find it (or the person who will do it)? When will the research need to be done?

A Bigg Success story
We crank out five shows / blogs and a newsletter every week. That’s our end result. As long as we focused only on the result, we struggled. Then we put into practice what we’re preaching here!

First
, we plan our work. We now use a production schedule that maps out what needs to be accomplished every DAY, not every WEEK. That’s made a huge difference.

Second, we prepare every day. What will we talk / write about? Do we have the information or do we need to get it? Where will we get it? Then we gather the required materials. Now we’re ready for the final step.

Third, we do it. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this blog!

The Bigg Goal-Getters Workbook is a great tool for implementing this process. It’s FREE when you subscribe to our FREE newsletter The Bigg Success Weekly!

Our bigg quote today is by William Arthur Ward:

“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.”

So remember, actions produce results. Belief produces actions.

Next time, we’ll discuss seven ways to tap into your creative side. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Jibber Jobber

By Bigg Success Staff
01-18-08

Leading-Edge Application

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If you are a job seeker, how easy is it to manage all of the information in your job search? It can be a time-consuming and stressful process. We have found a fantastic free tool that will make things a little bit easier for you.

The service is created by Jason Alba, author of I’m LinkedIn – Now What??? The inspiration for this organizational system came from his struggles with information management during his own job search.

It's called Jibber Jobber, and here's what it can help you keep track of:

  • Company research
  • Elevator pitches
  • Resumes submitted
  • Thankyou letters sent
  • Important contact information

Keep all of your compiled information in one convenient place!

In addition, you'll find links to websites, books, resources and guidance to help you with your job search.

Sign up for a free account and start organizing your Jibber Jobber today! 

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