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The Greatness Machine

Author: Darius Mirshahzadeh

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The Greatness Machine is on a Quest to Maximize the Human Experience!

Join Award Winning CEO and Author, Darius Mirshahzadeh (pron. Mer-shaw-za-day), as he interviews some of the greatest minds in the world―turning their wisdom and experience into learnings and advice you can use in your life so that you can level up and create greatness. Join Darius as he goes deep with guests like: Moby, Seth Godin, Gabby Reece, Amanda Knox, UFC Ring Announcer Bruce Buffer, Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss, BJ Fogg, Former Spy and CIA Agent Andrew Bustamante, 1-800-Got-Junk CEO Brian Scudamore, NHL Hall of Famer Chris Pronger, and so many more!

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Are you tired of falling short on your reading goal? If falling short on your reading goal is becoming a recurring pattern, it might be helpful to step back and assess your reading habits and patterns. Are you setting unrealistic goals for yourself? Are you choosing books that don’t capture your interest or challenge you enough? Today, for the third part of this series on How to Build Your Reading Superpower, I will share some more tips that helped me improve my reading habits. If you are still struggling to finish a book or make progress on your reading goal, then maybe you need to make adjustments and set more attainable goals for yourself.  One helpful strategy to stay motivated and on track with your reading goals is to create a reading schedule or routine. Another way to approach falling short on your reading goal is to see it as an opportunity for growth and learning. Use it as a chance to reflect on your reading preferences, explore new genres or authors, or deepen your understanding of the books you do read. In this episode, I will share why it is important to go deep and understand the books better if you want to improve your reading superpower. I will also reveal some tips on how to get through books a little faster. Part 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/darius-classic-how-to-build-your-reading-superpower/id1555334180?i=1000661223263   Part 2: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/darius-classic-l-how-to-build-your-reading/id1555334180?i=1000662009918  Topics include: Setting goals and going deep on books to improve reading The importance of finding narrators with interesting voices Taking notes, summarizing chapters, and discussing books with others Choosing a book you know you can finish in the time frame you set Finding the best situation that makes you more engaged And other topics… Resources mentioned: The Power of One More: How Leadership Actually Works: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In our pursuit of wealth, what lessons can we learn from stoicism? Darius Foroux, an investor, entrepreneur, blogger, podcast host, and writer, examines how to achieve lasting wealth and personal fulfillment by exploring stoicism's timeless wisdom. His newest book, The Stoic Path to Wealth: Ancient Wisdom for Enduring Prosperity, serves as a practical guide for integrating stoic principles into financial strategies. Rather than placing a heavy emphasis on external circumstances, Darius Foroux emphasizes the importance of emotional mastery in wealth-building. Through stoic teachings, he highlights moderation, gratitude, and meaningful experiences over material possessions as ways to transition from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. This episode of The Greatness Machine features Darius Foroux to give a sneak peek into his new book, The Stoic Path to Wealth: Ancient Wisdom for Enduring Prosperity, and to delve into the transformation power of stoicism in the pursuit of wealth, emphasizing the emotional resilience and mastery as foundational to financial success. This conversation will also explore the intersection of philosophy and practical financial strategies, providing a compelling framework for enduring prosperity. Topics include: Darius Foroux talks about his motivation for book writing The benefits of managing emotions to build wealth Transitioning from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset  The importance of not being overly attached to money Darius Foroux discusses living according to stoicism Prioritizing meaningful experiences over material possessions And other topics… Connect with Darius Foroux: Website: https://dariusforoux.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusforoux/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dariusforoux/ Book: https://members.dariusforoux.com/stoic-path  Connect with Darius Mirshahzadeh: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elevating your team to become a team of leaders is a crucial step in building a high-performance team. It involves empowering each team member to take ownership of their role, develop their skills, and contribute to the team's success. By creating a culture that values leadership at all levels, you can unlock the full potential of your team and achieve greater results. To build a team of leaders, it is essential to foster an environment that encourages open communication, collaboration, and innovation. Whether you're a team leader, manager, or business owner, building a team of leaders is a critical component of achieving long-term success. Robert Glazer, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Acceleration Partners, a global partner marketing agency, joins us once again on the Greatness Machine to give us a sneak peek into his newest book, titled, Elevate Your Team: Empower Your Team To Reach Their Full Potential and Build A Business That Builds Leaders. In this episode, Robert and I discuss the four areas of the “Capacity-Building” framework which are spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities. We also dive deep into the challenge of having difficult conversations at work and how new managers often fail at handling such situations.  Topics include: Robert looks back at his decision to step back from his CEO position in 2019 The role and responsibilities of a CEO Robert explains the “Capacity-Building” framework and its four areas Why recruiting based on experience often is not the right option Handling difficult conversations at work Robert talks about his new book Elevate Your Team And other topics… Resources mentioned: The Motive by Patrick Lencioni: https://www.amazon.com/Motive-Leaders-Abdicate-Important-Responsibilities/dp/1119600456 Connect with Robert: Website: https://robertglazer.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glazer  Book: https://eytbook.com/  Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/elevate-with-robert-glazer/id1454045560  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is it important to read books from different genres? Each genre offers unique insights and knowledge that can be applied to various aspects of life. Whether it is fiction, non-fiction, biographies, self-help, or any other genre, diversifying your reading choices will help you open yourself up to new and exciting stories that keep you engaged and eager to read more.  In addition, reading books from different genres can help you break out of reading ruts and challenge yourself to read outside of your comfort zone. You may even discover new authors or genres that you would have never explored before, broadening your literary horizons. Today, I am flying solo for part two of this series on How to Build Your Reading Superpower. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to finish every book you have started. That is what I learned from reading tons of books in the past. So in this episode, I will explain this helpful tip that helped me reached my reading goal last year.  Check out the first part of this series here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/darius-classic-how-to-build-your-reading-superpower/id1555334180?i=1000661223263 Topics include: The importance of reading more than one genre What books I would recommend others to read Why it is okay not to finish a book Helpful tips on reading more books And other topics… Resource mentioned: The Game by Neil Strauss: https://www.amazon.com/Game-Penetrating-Secret-Society-Artists/dp/0060554738  The Surrender Experiment by Michael Alan Singer: https://www.amazon.com/Surrender-Experiment-Journey-Lifes-Perfection/dp/080414110X The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Winning-Creative-Battle-audio-cd/dp/1501260626  Happy Money by Ken Honda: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Money-Japanese-Making-Peace/dp/1501188372 The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Money-Reclaiming-Wealth-Resources/dp/039332950X Richer, Wiser, Happier by William Green: https://www.amazon.com/Richer-Wiser-Happier-Greatest-Investors/dp/1501164856 The Storyteller by Dave Grohl: https://www.amazon.com/Storyteller-Tales-Life-Music/dp/0063076098  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoompdarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you go from corporate finance to the bright lights of America's Got Talent? To make the leap from the structured corporate world to the dazzling stage of America's Got Talent, you must shift your mindset and pursue a passion relentlessly. In Oz Pearlman's case, the journey was more than abandoning spreadsheets and boardrooms; it was about embracing a calling rooted in enchanting audiences with mentalism's inexplicable effects. Best known as “Oz the Mentalist,” Oz transitioned from working in a global technology services department to performing on one of the world's biggest talent stages, he transformed himself through courage, determination, and an unwavering belief in the power of the human mind. In this episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius is joined by Oz to talk about his early fascination with magic to becoming a renowned mentalist. They will also delve into the intricacies of this unique career path, discussing the challenges, strategies, and mindsets that have propelled Oz to success.  Topics include: Oz talks about his journey from magic enthusiast to professional mentalist Understanding the difference between a magician and a mentalist Setting quantifiable goals, seeking mentors, and providing value to others Oz reflects on his decision to leave Wall Street for mentalism The value of persistence and hard work over luck Overcoming multiple rejections and pursuing goals  Oz discusses overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome And other topics… Connect with Oz: Website: https://www.ozpearlman.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ozthementalist/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ozthementalist/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ozthementalist1405  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why do small habits make a big difference? Tiny habits are small, simple actions that can be easily integrated into your daily routine. These habits may seem insignificant on their own, but when practiced consistently over time, they can lead to significant changes in your life. One of the reasons tiny habits are so powerful is that they are easy to stick to. When starting a new habit, it can be overwhelming to think about the big picture and all the changes you need to make. Tiny habits, on the other hand, are manageable and do not require a significant amount of effort. This makes it more likely that you will follow through with them and eventually form a lasting habit. Once you establish a small habit, it can be the foundation for building other positive habits. In addition, tiny habits can be used to address specific areas of your life that you want to improve. Whether it's for personal growth, career advancement, or physical health, small habits can be tailored to your specific goals. BJ Fogg, a behavior scientist and founder of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, joins us on the Greatness Machine to talk about his new book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything. In this episode, Darius and BJ talk about habit formation and how to create big changes by starting small. They also discuss the various applications of Tiny Habits in areas such as personal development, health, and business. Topics include: BJ explains the Fogg Behavior Model and Tiny Habits Method BJ reveals one habit he had to get rid of Effects of disruptive behavior and how to manage them Homeostasis and change Setting the bar low as a key to behavior change Creating action prompts and anchors for new habits Why it is important to celebrate successes How tiny habits can lead to big changes And other topics… Connect with BJ: Website: https://www.bjfogg.com/ Website: https://tinyhabits.com/  Website: https://behaviormodel.org/  Website: https://www.foggmethod.com/  Book: https://tinyhabits.com/book/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bjfogg/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bjfogg/  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you find time to read when you’re extremely busy? Reading one book per week is an achievable goal that can lead to significant benefits. By committing to reading consistently, you can expand your knowledge, improve your focus, and enhance your critical thinking abilities. This reading habit can also improve your vocabulary and writing skills, which can be beneficial in various aspects of life.  Additionally, exploring different genres and topics can broaden your perspective and help you see the world in new ways. If you're having trouble reading regularly, start with shorter books or audiobooks, and gradually build up your reading stamina. However, it's important to remember that the quality of the reading experience is more important than the number of books you read. Today, I am flying solo to kick off the series How to Build Your Reading Superpower. In this episode, I will share a few tips on how I manage to read books despite my busy schedule. I will also talk about some of the books that helped me improve my mindset and lifestyle.  Check out the previous episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/187-the-worlds-most-important-superpower-you-can-get/id1555334180?i=1000606724968  Topics include: What I learned from reading books about the Holocaust Why I prefer audiobooks over physical books One simple tip to help you read more books Apps to help you read more And other topics… Resources mentioned: The Tattooist of Auschwitz: https://www.amazon.com/Tattooist-Auschwitz-Novel-Heather-Morris/dp/0062797158  The Happiest Man on Earth: https://www.amazon.com/Happiest-Man-Earth-Beautiful-Auschwitz/dp/0063097680  The Miracle Morning: https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Morning-Not-So-Obvious-Guaranteed-Transform/dp/0979019710  Younger Next Year: https://www.amazon.com/Younger-Next-Year-Strong-Beyond/dp/076114773X  Atomic Habits: https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break/dp/0735211299 Tiny Habits: https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Habits-Changes-Change-Everything/dp/0358003326  Can’t Hurt Me: https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/1544512287  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What does it take to transform a single business purchase into a $300 million enterprise? Creating a $300 million enterprise from a single business purchase requires both strategic vision and effective management. Dave Lamont's journey exemplifies the key elements necessary for such a transformation.  As the CEO of Renfrew Business Group and president of Renfrew Chrysler, Dave emphasizes that success in business starts with mastering the fundamentals. This means understanding the basics of sales, operations, and financial management. For him, running a car dealership successfully involved creating a strong sales organization and not just reacting to market conditions. In this episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius sits down with Dave to talk about the importance of mastering business fundamentals, the power of mentorship, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge. They will also discuss Dave’s book, Crank It!: A Playbook for Succeeding in Business and Life, where readers will find actionable steps and resources to help them succeed professionally and personally.  Topics include: Dave talks about his background and passion for automotive Acquiring Renfrew Chrysler and thriving through the 2008 economic challenges The importance of being a management-driven rather than market-driven The evolving landscape of the automotive industry  The value of continuous learning and growth at any age Dave discusses his book “Crank It!” and the inspiration behind it Dave shares the challenges of having a learning disability in his youth And other topics… Connect with Dave: Website: https://renfrewchrysler.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-lamont-851a93aa/  Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Crank-Playbook-Succeeding-Business-Life/dp/1544543921  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What should be the next step? In uncertain times, it can be tempting to stand still and wait for things to clear up before making a decision on what your best step forward should be. However, it's important to remember that uncertainty is a natural part of life, and it can also present opportunities for growth and self-discovery. To help you through these times, it is important to practice mindfulness, create a supportive network, remain flexible, focus on progress, seek out new experiences, and maintain a positive outlook. Jeff Henderson, an entrepreneur, speaker, pastor, and business leader, joins us on the Greatness Machine to talk about his newest book, What to Do Next: Taking Your Best Step When Life is Uncertain. In this episode, Darius and Jeff talk about the power of language in leadership, the importance of networking for your career, and pursuing more meaning and purpose in life and work.  Topics include: What drove Jeff to write his new book What to Do Next The story behind building FOR Gwinnett The power of language to improve leadership Effective steps before taking a big leap Why networking is essential for your career Why it is important to leave your employers on good terms And other topics… Resources mentioned: Traction by Gino Wickman: https://www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837 Connect with Jeff: Website: https://jeffhenderson.com/ Book: https://www.whattodonextbook.com/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefferyehenderson/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jefferyhenderson/  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? While the ability to fly or have super strength might be exciting and thrilling, these powers are not necessarily practical or applicable to our everyday lives. So, what could it be? Reading is often referred to as a superpower because it has the potential to transform our lives in many positive ways. It is an incredible tool that can enable us to access knowledge, gain new perspectives, and open ourselves up to new experiences. One of the reasons reading is a superpower is that it allows us to learn from others. When we read books, articles, and other written materials, we are exposed to the thoughts, ideas, and experiences of others. We can learn about different cultures, explore new topics, and gain insights into complex concepts. Today, I am flying solo to talk about what I learned from reading James Altucher’s Skip the Line and how that book made me realize the life-changing benefits of reading. I will also discuss what motivated me to read more and how I actually find time for reading.  Topics include: The key takeaway Darius got from reading Skip the Line by James Altucher The life-changing benefits of reading books How to actually read more books  And other topics… Resource mentioned: Skip the Line by James Altucher: https://www.amazon.com/Skip-Line-Experiments-Surprising-Reaching-ebook/dp/B08BLLF3RD  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Burnout and stress seem like inevitable companions of success in today's fast-paced world. But what if there was a way to navigate the entrepreneurial roller coaster with greater ease and resilience? Meditation and mindfulness are ancient practices that have tremendous benefits on well-being and performance in the modern business landscape. Oksana Esberard, a seasoned expert in mindfulness and meditation, shares invaluable insights into how these practices can revolutionize your approach to work and life. Drawing from her own experiences and client interactions, she highlights the transformative power of mindfulness in managing stress, fostering emotional intelligence, and enhancing overall well-being. In this episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius is joined by Oksana to uncover practical strategies for seamlessly integrating mindfulness into one’s daily routine, unlocking the potential for a more balanced and fulfilling life. Together, they will share valuable insights into the power of breath work, the art of self-awareness, and the profound impact of these ancient practices on personal growth and holistic well-being. Topics include: Oksana talks about her personal journey to exploring mindfulness and meditation The importance of integrating holistic well-being practices into the business world Taking personal responsibility for creating moments of stillness and self-reflection The value of meditation as a way to disconnect from one’s current state of being The role of mantras in meditation The power of breathwork in meditation and mindfulness Developing awareness and emotional regulation The impact of collective consciousness and culture on individual behavior Implementing mindfulness in organizations And other topics… Connect with Oksana: Website: https://oksanaesberard.com/  Website: https://sattva.me/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mindfulness-meditation-wellness  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sattvame/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanaesberard/  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Sponsors: Check out Demostack at https://sponsr.is/demostack_thegreatnessmachine and find out how Demostack can transform your entire demos operation! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What are the attributes that define an effective leader? Becoming an effective CEO requires a combination of strategic thinking, strong leadership skills, and a deep understanding of the industry and market you operate in. An effective CEO is a visionary who sets clear goals for the company and inspires their team to work together to achieve them. They are also able to make difficult decisions and navigate challenges with grace and confidence.  To become an effective CEO, it is important to continuously learn and grow, seeking out opportunities to improve your skills and stay ahead of industry trends. Building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders, including employees, customers, and partners, is also critical to success. Ultimately, an effective CEO is a dynamic leader who inspires success in their organization and drives positive change in their industry. Michael Caito, owner and CEO of Management Action Programs, Inc. (MAP), joins us on the Greatness Machine to talk about the lessons he learned on the journey of becoming an effective leader. In this episode, Darius and Michael discuss what it takes to be a good CEO and what are the challenges that come with the job. Michael also reveals how having a business coach has helped him become the leader that he is right now.  Topics include: What Mike did to become a better CEO of Restaurants on the Run The power of focus in running a business The benefits of having a business coach The six mistakes that companies need to get right Mike shares the story behind buying MAP in 2017 And other topics… Connect with Mike: Website: https://www.mapconsulting.com/ Email: mc@mapconsulting.com  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcaitomap/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mapcaito/  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are you showing up? Showing up for yourself is crucial for personal growth, self-awareness, and well-being. It means prioritizing your needs, desires, and goals, and taking intentional actions toward them. When you show up for yourself, you acknowledge your worth, and you create a foundation of self-love and self-respect.  It also means taking responsibility for your life, and not relying on others to fulfill your needs or make you happy. By showing up for yourself, you cultivate a sense of empowerment and agency, and you become more resilient and adaptable to life's challenges. So make it a habit to show up for yourself every day, in big and small ways, and watch how your life transforms for the better. Today I am flying solo to talk about who I am trying to be in the world and what I do to become that version of myself. In this episode, I will share a few tips I learned on how to become the best version of yourself and why it matters to show up and take action. I will also discuss the things I learned from two books I recently read, Atomic Habits by James Clear and The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Topics include: My biggest takeaway from reading Atomic Habits The three things I’m trying to be in the world The importance of showing up And other topics… Resources mentioned: Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod: https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Morning-Not-So-Obvious-Guaranteed-Transform/dp/0979019710  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What motivates someone to turn their personal challenges into moments of laughter for thousands? For Sara Weinshenk, it was about turning darkness into light, creating punchlines out of pain, and transforming adversity into avenues of connection. Through her comedic lens, she not only navigates her own struggles but also invites others to laugh along with her, sharing in the universal experience of overcoming life’s obstacles.  As a stand-up comedian, writer, and podcaster, Sara managed to transform her trials into triumphs motivated by the catharsis of laughter, the power of storytelling, and the innate human desire to find joy amidst hardship.  This episode of The Greatness Machine will dive into the inspiring journey of Sara Weinshenk, who has mastered the art of turning struggles into motivation to pursue her passions. Darius and Sara will also talk about the relentless grind of stand-up comedy, the importance of repetition and refinement in perfecting their craft, and the highs and lows of the comedy world. Topics include: The importance of following one's passion despite setbacks and societal expectations Sara recalls the challenges of shifting from an unfulfilling job to pursuing comedy How the evolution of social media transformed the landscape for comedians Sara talks about her initial struggles when she began her stand-up career The migration of comedians to Austin during the pandemic Sara shares how her podcasting journey started And other topics… Connect with Sara: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/princessshenk/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/princessshenk/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@sweinshenk  Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shenk/id1396153950  Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-bitch/id1593036777  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 This episode is sponsored by Demostack. To learn more about Demostack or see it in action, visit demostack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How does one pull themselves up from struggling through addiction to become one of the top connectors in the World? Is it possible to break the link between pain and addiction? Joe Polish, Founder of Genius Network and considered one of the most influential connectors in the world, joins us on the Greatness Machine to talk about his new book, What’s In It For Them? 9 Genius Networking Principles To Get What You Want By Helping Others Get What They Want. In this episode, Darius and Joe explore the complex relationship between trauma, pain, and addiction. They delve into the concept of givers and takers and the importance of being someone who always gives. They also discuss the world of entrepreneurship, emphasizing the crucial role that mastering fundamental business skills plays in the industry. Topics include: Reasons why people resort to addiction as a solution to pain Joe looks back on how he battled drug addiction at such a young age What got Joe into entrepreneurship  The importance of learning the fundamental business skills Joe shares how Genius Network started Why you need to pay attention to what people complain about Ethics in life and business H.A.L.F. (Hard, Annoying, Lame, and Frustrating) versus E.L.F. (Easy, Lucrative, Fun) Joe explains what his new book What’s In It For Them is all about And other topics… Resources mentioned: The Five Love Languages: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Languages-Secret-that-Lasts/dp/080241270X Connect with Joe: Website: https://joepolish.com/  Book: https://whatsinitforthem.com/  Book: https://joesfreebook.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joepolish  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joepolish/  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ever wonder why some of the most successful people seem unfazed by rejection? Today I am flying solo to talk about the concept of “collecting nos” – a powerful mindset shift that can transform how you can approach challenges and opportunities. Discover why every “no” is a valuable step towards a “yes” and how it can fuel your growth and resilience.  This episode of The Greatness Machine will highlight the importance of seeking out rejection as a sign that you are pushing the limits of your comfort zone and striving for more. Join me as I share personal anecdotes and practical insights on how embracing the “nos” in life can lead you to unexpected yeses and monumental success. Topics include: The importance of learning how to embrace rejection Pushing your boundaries versus staying in your comfort zone The process of asking and receiving both “yeses” and “nos” Achieving success through persistence And other topics… Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What if the darkest moments of your life could become the foundation for your greatest transformations? Imagine feeling hopeless, lost, and overwhelmed by the shadows of your own choices. Now, imagine that these very shadows, the darkest moments of your life, could be the foundation for your greatest transformations. A story such as Garrain Jones vividly illustrates the transformative power of adversity. His life took a dramatic turn when he found himself imprisoned in France for drug smuggling. At the time, Garrain was torn between a bright public image and a shadowy private life full of poor decisions and misguided priorities. But instead of succumbing to despair, he used his incarceration to reflect on his life. This episode of The Greatness Machine will delve into Garrain’s extraordinary journey from the depths of imprisonment in a foreign land to becoming a beacon of hope and empowerment. Through his harrowing experiences and transformative insights, Garrain shares how he turned his darkest moments into the foundation for his greatest transformations. Topics include: The disparity between appearance and actual success in the entertainment industry The lasting effects of childhood trauma in terms of decision-making and worldview The importance of building grit and resilience The impact of intergenerational trauma and the power of individual choice in breaking such cycles The concept of mindset and behavioral change Honoring one’s true self and addressing unmet needs from childhood Garrain reflects on his experiences of imprisonment in France Garrain talks about his company Artist Power and what they offer And other topics… Connect with Garrain: Website: https://garrainjones.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garrain.jones/  Membership: https://go.garrainjones.com/apply-artist-power-expressed LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garrainjones  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What makes a great Chief Operating Officer (COO)? A Chief Operating Officer (COO) plays a crucial role in the success of a company. The COO is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. This includes managing internal operations, such as finance, human resources, and IT, as well as external operations, such as sales and marketing. Hiring a great COO can have a significant impact on the growth and success of a company. A strong COO will have a deep understanding of the industry and the company's operations and will be able to identify areas for improvement and implement effective strategies to drive growth. They will also be able to lead and motivate employees, and work closely with the CEO to develop and execute the company's overall strategy. Cameron Herold, a top business consultant, best-selling author, and speaker, joins us on the Greatness Machine for the second time around to talk about his newest book, The Second in Command: Unleash the Power of Your COO, where he shares details of the process of hiring a COO and successfully working with them. In this episode, Darius and Cameron lay down the characteristics that make a good COO, the roles and responsibilities of a Second in Command, and the most common mistakes entrepreneurs and CEOs make when hiring and onboarding a new COO. Cameron also talks about his decision to become a digital nomad and even shares a piece of advice to those who want to follow the same path.  Topics include: How and why Cameron was asked to leave 1800-GOT-JUNK The must-have traits of a great COO The motivation behind Cameron’s first book Double Double Cameron shares inspiration for writing The Second In Command The biggest failure point most entrepreneurs and CEOs make in looking for a second in command What caused Cameron to become a digital nomad and travel the world with his wife Cameron shares a piece of advice for those who are hesitant to travel And other topics... Resources mentioned: Traction by Gino Wickman: https://www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837  Cameron Herold on TGM (Part 1): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/35-cameron-herold-the-power-of-a-second/id1555334180?i=1000532262742  Connect with Cameron: Website: https://cameronherold.com/  Website: https://cooalliance.com/  Book: https://www.amazon.com/Second-Command-Unleash-Power-Your/dp/1544537603  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/coo-alliance/  Course: https://investinyourleaders.com/  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is it true that maintaining a habit of going to bed and waking up early can result in good health, wealth, and wisdom? Waking up early can be a powerful tool to boost productivity throughout the day. By starting your day earlier, you give yourself extra time to accomplish important tasks, prioritize your to-do list, and set a positive tone for the rest of the day. One of the key benefits of waking up early for productivity is that it allows you to establish a routine. When you wake up at the same time every day, your body becomes accustomed to the schedule and you can train yourself to be more productive during your waking hours. This can lead to increased efficiency and focus throughout the day, as you're already in the mindset of getting things done. Waking up early also allows you to tackle your most important tasks when you're at your freshest and most alert. This is because you're able to start your day with a clear mind and fewer distractions, allowing you to focus your energy on the tasks that require the most brainpower and creativity. Today, I am flying solo to talk about Hal Elrod’s book, The Miracle Morning, and how it changed me to become a morning person.  In this episode, I will talk about my morning routine and what my day looks like after learning about the SAVERS productivity routine. I will also share my manifestations and what I do to achieve them. Topics include: How Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning changed my life Practical steps to becoming a morning person How the SAVERS routine help boosts my productivity How to visualize and manifest what you want The benefits of having an accountability partner And other topics… Resources mentioned: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod: https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Morning-Not-So-Obvious-Guaranteed-Transform/dp/0979019710  The Self-Aware Leader by John Maxwell: https://www.amazon.com/Self-Aware-Leader-Play-Strengths-Unleash/dp/078526664X  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you navigate the steepest slopes of mental health challenge and merge stronger than ever? Just like traversing a mountain, overcoming mental health obstacles requires preparation, resilience, and a solid support system.  Drew Petersen, a professional skier and mental health advocate, has faced some of the most treacherous terrains, but his toughest battles were fought within his own mind. His journey is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the importance of addressing mental health with the same dedication and care as any physical challenge. In this episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius is joined by Drew to open up about his struggles with mental health, his near-suicidal experiences, and the pivotal moments that led him to seek help and ultimately, find a path to recovery. Drew will also talk about his newest film, “Feel It All,” which documents his successful ultramarathon attempt.  Topics include: Drew talks about his professional journey and becoming a skier at 15 Breaking the stigma around mental health and suicide through films Raising awareness and promoting mental health within the outdoor sports community Drew shares how his passion for storytelling started The importance of teamwork in creative endeavors Drew discusses his short film “Ups & Downs” and the message it aims to convey The importance of embracing the continuous cycle of ups and downs in life Drew gives a sneak peek into his newest film “Feel It All” And other topics… Connect with Drew: Website: https://drew-petersen.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drewpeterski/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drewpeterski/ Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1786995813/feel-it-all/  Connect with Darius: Website: https://therealdarius.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imthedarius/ YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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