Time to Get Vulnerable

When you hear the term leader, most likely an array of adjectives come to mind. Some may include courageous, strong, powerful, assertive, and so on.

Rarely would you think of vulnerability as a trait equating with leadership. Those within leadership positions in a company may even believe that displaying signs of vulnerability to your team is a sign of weakness. But I’m here to tell you that view is wrong. And they couldn’t be more mistaken.

In reality, vulnerability is a strength.
All great leaders have vulnerability.
So, in order to help you grow into a more powerful and courageous leader, I want you to be vulnerable.

In my interview with Patrick Lencioni in the February issue of SUCCESS, he said, “Start by coming to terms with your own vulnerability as a leader and then translate that to your team and then the rest of the organization.”

This reminds me of something Waldo Waldmen, a good friend of mine, said... CONTINUE TO POST

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Cooking Up Success

If you’ve read The Compound Effect, you know I’m a big fan of the Tortoise and the Hare fable.
Why?
Because the story is a great example of how a success principle, when applied consistently, can lead to real success.

I recently heard a fun adaptation of the story that I think you will enjoy as much as I did.

It goes like this…

The Tortoise and Hare, both known for their culinary expertise, were invited to battle it out in Iron Chef Stadium.

The race began…

Early in the competition, it was clear the Hare was significantly ahead of the Tortoise. (Are we not surprised?) The audience was amazed at the speed with which the Hare mixed ingredients and poured them into baking dishes, tossing the mixing bowls aside to move on to the next step.

The Tortoise was making progress but was, seemingly, well behind. It wasn’t that he was going slower than the Hare, but rather that he took the time to carefully clean each bowl, pan, and utensil and return them to their proper place after use. The audience agonized over his routine.

It wasn’t looking good for the Tortoise...

Then, about halfway through the competition, things began to change... CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW IT ENDS!

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Don’t Break the Chain

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A young comic asked Jerry Seinfeld if he had any tips for him starting out as a comic.

What he told that young comic would benefit him for a lifetime.

I’ll pass it onto you now, as I know it will benefit you too--for a lifetime.

Seinfeld told the comic that the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes.
And the way to create better jokes was to write every day.

But his advice went further.
He explained a technique that Jerry uses to keep himself motivated, even when he doesn’t feel like it.
He explained the calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write.

Here's how it works.
He said, get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. Maybe somewhere your family can see or your office mates.

The next step is to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day you complete the task of writing, put a big red X over that day. Seinfeld said, “After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day.

Jerry went on, he said, “You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

"Don't break the chain," he said again for emphasis.

Seinfeld understands that... CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF POST

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Find Your Keystone Habit

If you read this blog I’m going to assume you have already read my bookThe Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Business, Your Life.

By the way, the new paperback has been recently released. If you buy a copy you are invited to a private tele-workshop I am doing called: Big MO Bootcamp—Advanced Strategies to Accelerate The Compound Effect. Details here.

In the book I discuss in detail and with great passion the critical component habits play in your success. I outline 5 strategies to uproot bad habits that might continually be taking you off course (sometimes without you even knowing it!) and 7 strategies to install the success habits you need to take you in the direction of your greater goals, expanded business and multiplied income.

But you don’t have to tackle all your bad habits or install a bunch of new ones to significantly transform your life.
I want to talk about the power of ONE.
Changing just one habit can change your entire life.
It’s called a...CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF POST

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Tortoise vs. Hare. Who Wins? Think Again.


If you read The Compound Effect (hope so!) you know I am a fan of the story of the tortoise and the hare and the lesson it teaches about how hardworking, consistent and steady-paced people (or reptiles) will eventually overtake the fast, talented, experienced but complacent people (or mammals).

Someone recently shared with me an adaptation of the story that makes a poignant leadership point.

It goes like this…

After getting his hare butt kicked by the tortoise so many times, the hare finally wised up and realized it was because he was being overconfident, unfocused and inconsistent (maybe he read The Compound Effect; hey it’s possible!).

Newly enlightened he decided to make some changes and challenged the tortoise to a rematch. The tortoise accepted his challenge. This time, the hare ran with all his might and didn't stop, relentlessly and persistently until he crossed the finish line. This time the hare won!

The moral of the story? If you think focus and consistency is amazing when applied to the slow and steady, imagine what’s possible if applied to the fast and talented.

But the story doesn't end here… This time, it was the tortoise that did the soul searching and he realized that if the hare didn't stop, there is no way he could beat him…. unless! He thought. He decided on a different course and he challenged the hare to another rematch. The newly emboldened hare, of course, agreed.

With the lessons learnt from his previous failure and his new disciplines in mind, the hare kept on running once the race started and didn't stop until the route led him to the bank of a river. He was taken by surprise and he did not know what to do, since he could not swim. There were no bridges in sight and no one to ask for directions. As he racked his brain, thinking of ways to cross the river, the tortoise strolled slowly along, dived into the river, swam across it and ultimately, finished the race before the hare.

The moral of the story? Know your strengths and take on your competitors in areas of your core competency.

But that’s not the rest of the story… CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF POST

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Beating the Drum for SUCCESS

The release of hardbound version of The Compound Effect into retail has put me on a whirlwind media tour the last couple weeks. By the way, thanks to all your support it hit NY Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller! Thank you!

The two key messages I have been drumming are:
1) Don't let sensational media convince you otherwise, these are the times of great opportunity (particularly for the budding entrepreneur)--if you take responsibility for your future. Stop watching the news and start making news.

2) Don't let commercial marketing gimmickry convince you otherwise, there is no quick-fix to success, wealth and happiness. The unsexy truth is success requires hard sometimes tedious, frustrating and defeating work over a long sustained period of time. Period.

I know hard sell, right? But it's the truth. The only truth. And that's why I continue to need your help to spread this gospel of truth.

Anyway, a few places you can see me beating the drum of hope, opportunity and self-responsible prosperity are below.
Join me in the march!

Tomorrow, Tuesday November 22nd I will be on The Big Biz Show from 12noon - 2pm PACIFIC time. You can watch a live stream online and chat in real time while I'm on air.

I will also be on the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS the same night (Tues. Nov. 22nd). Check your local listings and set your DVRs, it's a fun conversation! 

Some other drum beats of inspiring ideas and useful content can be found in these fine locations:

Stop Looking For a Job, Start Looking For an Opportunity

AOL Jobs | Vault.com | Today's Working Place | Examiner.com | Gen-X | Young Up-Starts | Dallas So. News

Savvy Entrepreneurs Adopt More Good Habits

Huffington Post | Business Insider | Start-up Professionals

How to Hire Top Talent

Monster.com

Guru Review: The Compound Effect

AMEX Open Forum | Leaders Direct

Radio Shows/Audio Content:

The Real Estate Guys
Small Business Advocate
Brainstorming Online
Tavis Smiley Radio and 700 Public Radio Stations - check local listings
The Big Biz Show

Thanks again for your support of SUCCESS, The Compound Effect and me!

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Don’t Be a Hare

“It’s cool to be a tortoise.”

That’s what my friend’s son said when his father asked what he learned by reading The Compound Effect. (I just love these stories about kids. I hope you will indulge me.)

I said, “That’s neat.” My friend quickly corrected me, “No, it’s way more than neat. You don’t understand. Dillan is constantly looking for the shortcut. If he doesn’t see results almost immediately, he gets frustrated, bored or simply gives up. This book changed a critical and fundamental philosophy that will alter his future in my opinion."

I admitted, “You are right, that’s way more than ‘neat’.”

How many times have you been like Dillan? Come on, admit it, we’re amongst friends.

How many diet books, programs, schemes, creams potions, powders or pills have you bought that promised overnight results with little effort?

How many eBay, Internet riches, real estate tax lien sales, day-trading, get rich quick books, programs or courses have you bought?

Look, there is no silver-bullet, short-cut, quick-fix or SECRET to becoming successful.

It’s HARD FREAKING WORK! (someone had to say it!).

It comes down to about a half-dozen fundamentals. Master those and the world is your oyster.

That’s what you will find in The Compound Effect.

Only 48 hours left (no joke) to order during the pre-release period and receive these free gifts:

  • The Compound Effect complete audio program (MP3)—$35 value
  • Darren Hardy interview with Jim Rohn (MP3)—$9.95 value
  • Jim Rohn’s Living an Exceptional Life seminar (MP3)—$39.95 value

Order now and start kicking some hare!

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I am a tortoise. That’s why I win. http://bit.ly/buytcebook

This is the book that changed my life. New version, pre-release comes with free gifts. Check it out! http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Pre-release of the new hardback edition of The Compound Effect is now available. Awesome gift. I recommend it. See here: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Publisher @DarrenHardyFan of @SUCCESSMagazine reveals what separates superachievers from everyone else in this new book: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Success strategies of Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz and more in this awesome book: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

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What’s in There?

That was a question someone asked on Facebook about my audio program of The Compound Effect.

I thought that was a fair enough question; so let me point out a few things that are “in there”:

  • The strategy Richard Branson uses to significantly increase his luck—it’s in there!
  • Donald Trump’s answer to what his competitive advantage is—it’s in there!
  • Montel Williams’ method to easily eradicate bad habits—it’s in there!
  • How Dr. Oz keeps mental peace of mind with a crazy, hectic schedule—it’s in there!
  • Dave Ramsey’s learned technique of handling money and wealth accumulation—it’s in there!
  • Brian Tracy’s strategy on how to improve any area of your life 1,000%—it’s in there!
  • The tip Jillian Michaels’ mom taught her that keeps her consistent with her disciplines—it’s in there!
  • Donny Deutsch’s finding of the one ingredient to success after interviewing thousands of successful CEOs and entrepreneurs—it’s in there!
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s method for building a committed team culture—it’s in there!
  • Single tip a CEO I mentored used to revive his company culture and increase profits by 30% in less than 18 months—it’s in there!
  • How Cal Ripken Jr. beat Lou Gehrig’s 56-year-old record—it’s in there!
  • The mental trick Lance Armstrong uses in a competition to push himself past competitors—it’s in there!

Plus, the unique success strategies of these folks:

Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs, Oprah, Bobby Bowden, Pete Carroll, Tiger Woods, John Wooden, Jack Nicklaus, John Maxwell, Brian Tracy, Harvey Mackay, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Muhammad Ali, Michael Phelps, Greg Norman and of course Jim Rohn—they are all in there!

In The Compound Effect, I deliver all these success principles as an “operating system” for your life and business.

During this pre-release time (ends Oct. 14), you get a FREE copy of the complete The Compound Effect audio program with each book.

Plus, only during our pre-release period you also get these super great gifts:

  • The Compound Effect complete audio program (MP3)—$35 value
  • Darren Hardy interview with Jim Rohn (MP3)—$9.95 value
  • Jim Rohn’s Living an Exceptional Life seminar (MP3)—$39.95 value

Order your copy now and get what's in there!

10 Ways You Can Help Share The Compound Effect on Facebook and Twitter

The strategy Richard Branson uses to significantly increase his luck: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Donald Trump’s answer to what his competitive advantage is: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

The tip Jillian Michaels’ mom taught her that keeps her consistent with her disciplines: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

The mental trick Lance Armstrong used to push passed his competition: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Publisher @DarrenHardyFan of @SUCCESSMagazine reveals what separates superachievers from everyone else in this new book: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Success strategies of Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz and more in this awesome book: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

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MISSION: 1,000 Kids

Help Improve the Lives of 1,000 Kids. Watch video below to learn more.

a la TOM Shoes model, we are doing a one-for-one (ends October 14th).

Every hardbound copy you buy, we will buy and distribute softbound copy to a kid.

Go here to order The Compound Effect in bulk. 

Each copy = one kid... and the potential to change their life forever!

Thank you for your help! - Darren Hardy and SUCCESS Team

10 Ways You Can Help Share The Compound Effect on Facebook and Twitter

I’m helping improve the lives of 1,000 kids. How you can too: http://bit.ly/mission1000

Join me @SUCCESSmagazine Publisher @DarrenHardyFan to help improve the lives of 1,000 kids: http://bit.ly/mission1000

Help yourself and help 1,000 kids. Wonderful campaign by SUCCESS Publisher @DarrenHardyFan. I’m in. You? http://bit.ly/mission1000

Get better and do good all in one campaign. Help 1,000 kids. Join me and @DarrenHardyFan. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/mission1000

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"If you only read one book, ever… THIS is it!"

That is what Kevin Small, former president of John Maxwell’s company, founder of The Marcus Buckingham Company and owner of ResultSource said to me when we met for a quick cup of coffee together. I was taken aback. Flattered yes, but I was intrigued why.

Then Kevin explained the story of how he read

The CompoundEffect with his young son Grant.

He explained how they read the book chapter by chapter together. They each highlighted different passages and then wrote their best ideas and action plans on each flap of the book. Grant’s on the left and Kevin’s on the right.

At the end of each week, they would discuss how they did on their goals. It created discussions and a connection unlike any other experience. Kevin said, “This book (as he held up The Compound Effect) is the most treasured book in my entire library (his library is colossal!). 

He went on to say, “Because it is the only book that documents one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had with my son Grant.” And then he said what’s in the subject line, “If you only read one book, ever, with your child, this is the one.”

It’s a great idea. If you have kids, order copies to read it with them chapter by chapter. If you have some friends who have kids, buy them a copy and/or forward this post to them. Be sure to come back and tell us your story. This is why we do what we do! Buy during the pre-release period and receive (or give these) gifts too:

  • The Compound Effect complete audio program (MP3)—$35 value
  • Darren Hardy interview with Jim Rohn (MP3)—$9.95 value
  • Jim Rohn’s Living an Exceptional Life seminar (MP3)—$39.95 value

10 Ways You Can Help Share The Compound Effect on Facebook and Twitter

This is the book that changed my life. New version, pre-release comes with free gifts. Check it out! http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Pre-release of the new hardback edition of The Compound Effect is now available. Awesome gift. I recommend it. See here: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Publisher @DarrenHardyFan of @SUCCESSMagazine reveals what separates superachievers from everyone else in this new book: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

Success strategies of Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz and more in this awesome book: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

“If you only read one book, ever, THIS is it!” http://bit.ly/buytcebook

“THE most treasured book in my entire library”: http://bit.ly/buytcebook

If you have shared The Compound Effect with a young adult and it made a positive impact, I would love to hear about it!

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