Make It BIG!: 49 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success

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PRAISE FOR MAKE IT BIG!

"In the competitive world of ultra high-end residential real estate, Frank McKinney has managed to do what I've done with projects all over the world. His groundbreaking deals and brand-making attention to detail have enabled him to make it big within his chosen field. Read his book and learn how you too can become a great success."
–– Donald J. Trump

"Frank McKinney is in the vanguard of . . . multimillion-dollar spec home builders."
–– Fortune

"Frank McKinney has always liked to live on the edge ...he likes to live dangerously."
–– The Wall Street Journal

"Frank is a real estate entrepreneur extraordinaire. The vision he applies in creating his estate homes will someday be legendary. Everyone should be interested in his compelling life story."
–– George F. Valassis, founder/former CEO Valassis Communications, Inc.

If you wish to enter the real estate profession, you will find much in these pages to help you. However, anyone can benefit from these 49 philosophies and learn from the examples Frank describes. The stories of succeeding against enormous odds, sacrificing personal comfort to put everything into your business, living according to your vision, putting in a full day's work day in and day out, contributing to others, and enjoying your life every moment, I believe can provide great inspiration no matter what your stage or status in life.
–– Rich De Vos, cofounder Amway, excerpted from the Foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471443995
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK McKINNEY, often referred to as the "rock 'n' roll developer, " is the number one developer and "spec" builder of ultra-luxurious residential real estate in the world. A recent spec home of Frank's, featured in USA Today, sold for $28.5 million after being on the market for only 128 days! Because of his incredible track record, Frank has been featured twice on Oprah, CBS's The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and Paul Harvey's radio show, to name a few. Frank makes his home in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Have a Vision for Your Passion 13
1 Recognize Your Highest Calling As Early As Possible in Life 16
2 Know Where You're Going: Create a Personal Vision or Mission Statement 22
3 Figure Yourself Out: Spend Time in Introspection 31
4 Act with Integrity: Live Up to Your Own Idea of Who You Are 35
5 Be Sensitive to Life's Lessons and Learn from Them 39
6 Don't Compromise Your Beliefs or Person, Ever! 43
7 Each of Us Has Not Only a Professional Talent but a Spiritual One As Well. Find Yours and Apply It 48
Pt. 2 Stake Your Territory: Create a Unique Brand for You and Your Life 53
8 To Live an Extraordinary Life You Must Resist an Ordinary Approach 58
9 Find and Fill a Niche - an Area That You Believe Is Missing in the Marketplace 63
10 Apply True Focus to What You Do Best. Until You Are Ready, Do Not Be Distracted Outside Your Niche 74
11 Have a Passion for What You Do, Both at Work and at Home 82
12 Don't Let Others Deter Your Entrepreneurial Passion or Enthusiasm 86
13 Learn from Highly Respected, Successful People What Makes Them Tick 93
14 Once You Are Able to Love Yourself, Don't Hesitate to Let Others Know 97
15 Set Yourself Apart and Celebrate Your Individuality, Yet Include Humility 103
Pt. 3 Take the "Lunch Pail" Approach While Answering Your Highest Calling 109
16 Do Your Job, Do It Well, and Do It Every Day 112
17 Persevere toward Your Ideal of Spiritual Fulfillment, Happiness, Dream, or Goal Each Day 116
18 Proactively and Creatively Persist, Day In and Day Out 119
19 Learn Something New Each Day and Forget the Lure of Pride. Ask Yourself, "What Can I Do Better Today Than Yesterday?" 124
20 Sit on the Other Side of the Desk First 128
21 Think Win-Win, Be Fair, Then Close the Deal 133
22 Avoid Vices and Unhealthy Temptations As They Suck the Life Out of Progress and Success 137
23 You Must Be Disciplined. Go to Bed Early and Get Up Early 141
24 Organization Is the Key to Success 145
Pt. 4 Take Risks. They're the Difference between a $30,000 Fixer-Upper and a $30 Million Mansion Built on Speculation 151
25 Gently Yet Often Exercise Your Risk Threshold like a Muscle. Eventually It Will Become Stronger and Able to Withstand Greater Pressure 156
26 Never Gamble. Calculate the Maximum Amount of Risk You Feel You Can Afford to Take 163
27 Trust in, and Act on, Your Initial Gut Feeling 169
28 Make a Commitment to Yourself to Say Yes More Than No. Don't Hesitate 174
29 Be Prepared to Fail Before You Succeed 178
30 Live in the Future instead of the Past - Use Imagination, Not Memory, When Making Decisions 182
31 Celebrate Each Humble Victory as a Triumphant Achievement - Build Confidence 186
Pt. 5 Make a Difference: Live a Life That Matters 191
32 Many of Us Are Fortunate to Be Blessed with the Ability to Succeed - Not for Our Sole Benefit, but So We May Apply the Result of Our Success to Assist Others 195
33 You Cannot Brighten Another's Path without Lighting Your Own 199
34 Be Honest and Truthful with Others As Well As Yourself 203
35 When Your Conscience Speaks, You'd Better Listen 207
36 Truly Feel What Compassion Is 211
37 Give More Than You Receive 214
38 Approach Life Knowing There Will Always Be Plenty to Go Around. Be Generous 220
39 Leave an Enduring Legacy 224
Pt. 6 Enjoy the Ride 231
40 If We Are Fortunate, 97 Percent of Our Ordinary Life Is Spent Pursuing the Extraordinary 3 Percent. Enjoy the 97 Percent, and Recognize and Adore the 3 Percent as Extraordinary Golden Moments 234
41 Take Time to Recharge Your Battery. You Won't Get the Golden Egg without First Taking Care of the Goose 237
42 Never Grow Up, and Consistently Renew 241
43 Resist the Temptation to Act like an Adult. Never Lose the Little Girl or Boy Inside 244
44 Fall in Love; Don't Hesitate to Show Your Affection; Don't Hesitate on Anything 248
45 Approach Each Day with Flair 252
46 Each Day You Are on the Concert Stage of Life, So You'd Better Make It Rock! 256
47 Laugh Often - and Make Sure You're Able to Laugh at Yourself 260
48 Live Your Life with No Regrets. When You Are Older, What Will You Say from Your Rocking Chair? 263
Pt. 7 The Last Secret: There's Always One More 269
Index 273
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Make It BIG: 49 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success

    Well first of all frank is the coolest guy I have ever had the privalage of being in contact with! He is as down to earth as he sounds. He sent me this book, and I hate to read; but couldnt put this book down! Im 16 years old, and this book will no doubt help me in my life of Extreme Success ahead of me. Thank you Frank for writing it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Make It BIG: 49 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success

    Frank is one of the most greatest guys you will ever have the privalege to read about or be in conatct with. Period! Im a 16 year old fan of Frank's work (his houses), and I emailed him about it, and he was nice enough to send me a personally autographed copy of his book! I practically look up to this man now. As I said I hate to read, but if you buy this book, like me, you will not, I repeat will not be able to put it down. This book has motivated me dramatically. And this book will help me get through the life ahead of me. Thank you Franks for writing it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    Awesome Book - A Must Read!

    Wish I would have had this book 20 years ago when I was first making my way in the world. Frank really and truly has written an excellent guideline to success - for both your business and your personal life. This book delivers way, way more than it even promises. You'd be very wise to pick this one up and read it over time and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    Make It BIG: 49 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success

    I must admit I bought it because of the cover and what was said on the inside of the jacket, but when I started to read each chapter I couldn¿t put it down! The best part is that each chapter is only about 5-6 pages long. Depending on what you want to reference, whether it¿s ¿exercising your risk threshold¿, perseverance or sharing your life¿s blessings with others you can go straight the particular section that interests you. I also loved the fact that Frank believes in giving back to those who are less fortunate than him. Frank¿s book really provides a balanced approach to life. I would recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    Spectacular Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is another speptacular Frank McKinney creation. This book is wonderfully written, insightful,and filled with principles that are truely timeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Anyone can Make It Big

    Besides the terrific, balanced approach to wealth building, Frank proves that one does not need to be born with a silver spoon--that life and success is a process of daily disciplines and focus. Moreover, one does not need to sacrifice core individuality to do so. It is wonderful!! The very best 'motivational book' I have read in terms of 'do-ability.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2002

    The most fulfilling book I have ever read!

    I have just finished reading 'Make It Big'. It is a fabulous book that I would strongly reccomend as a MUST for everyone to read. Frank tells it like it is, with tips to use, ideas to ponder, and reflections for your own life! This will be the most fulfilling book you will ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    Make It BIG: 49 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success

    Wow! Very insightful. So simple it¿s brilliant. Easy to read and even easier to apply. My life¿s perspective has been refreshed. Although Frank McKinney is quite a visionary, he seems like just an ordinary guy who applied a few of his simple philosophies to achieve extraordinary success. Yea he¿s an author, but he seems more of a doer than a motivational guy. If you want to get out there and do something big in your life I strongly suggest you buy and use Make it BIG! as your guide and compass.

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