Workaholics Anonymous

Practicing the Preach

Posted in Workaholics Anonymous on August 25th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

I always find it incredibly ironic and a bit comical when I see a fat fitness instructor, or a financial advisor who drives a Yugo, or a realtor who doesn’t own a house.

Warren Buffet once said, “Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls-Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”

A great piece of wisdom is: don’t listen to what people say; watch what they do and who they are. People display their values and philosophy through their actions and behaviors, not their words.

To that end I am practicing Step 11 of the Workaholics Anonymous program this week. Give that step a review, it’s a good one:

Ciao for now!

Workaholics Anonymous—A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation (Step 12)

Posted in Workaholics Anonymous on June 9th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

[Index: INTRO, Step 11b233b4566b7899b1010b1112]

Learn Less. Study More.

As the chief champion of self-education and continual learning, this probably sounds like an odd statement, but here is the conundrum I think we find ourselves in. For any SUCCESS reader, and certainly anyone reading this blog, learning is not what we lack; in fact, it might be what’s bottlenecking us.

Beyond CDs, DVDs and books, we also live in an age of e-zines, blogs, RSS feeds, personalized readers, Digg, Facebook, Twitter, et al. We have a never-ending flow of ideas, tips, quotes, suggestions and advice being constantly pumped at us. Swimming in a sea of infinite information, we paddle like crazy just to keep our nose above water. It can be exhausting, right?

We read an article and then move on to the next. We listen to an audio and then seek the next. We finish a book and then start the next….

Therein lies the problem: We are reading a lot, seemingly learning a lot, but never really stopping long enough to digest, contemplate, act, review and improve on anything we have just learned.

As you know, knowledge is not power; it is the potential of power. What you do with knowledge is where the power lies. Never before have we had a society filled with so many knowledgeable failures. read more »

Workaholics Anonymous—A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation (Step 11)

Posted in Workaholics Anonymous on May 26th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

[Index: INTRO, Step 11b233b4566b7899b1010b1112]

Refueling the jets… Learning to Value Time Off

How does America regain its supremacy in the productive world? How do you improve your personal productivity?

ANSWER: Go on vacation.

438 million. That is the number of vacation days American’s failed to take in 2007 according to Harris Interactive research group. More than any other industrialized nation.

Here is the result: America ranks #1 in depression and mental health problems. Americans are experiencing burnout, reduced productivity, diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress or stress-related ailments such as depression, heart disease or stomach ulcers in record levels.

Our entrenched puritanical conditioning, being valued on how “hard” we work, fear of being replaced or left behind, and our addiction to always being “busy” are actually not only destroying our mental and physical health, but also destroying our creative productivity.

This is especially true in our new global economy where our advantage and future is as knowledge workers, not laborers. Our future, your future lies between your ears – your mind and your ability to think: creatively, innovatively and productively.

When you are working 80 hours a week, your mind gets cluttered and stale. Like a pressure cooker, if you don’t give your mind some time to clear some steam out, it will boil over causing the ailments above and loss of effectiveness and real productivity.

I am not suggesting you need to take a vacation to better “enjoy life,” “find your bliss” or have “life balance.”

I am telling you time off is an important component of hardcore achievement and productivity.

Benefits of taking time off:   read more »

Workaholics Anonymous—A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation (Step 10: How To)

Posted in Workaholics Anonymous on May 18th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

[Index: INTRO, Step 11b233b4566b7899b1010b1112]

How to Qualify, Hire, Manage and Empower Virtual Assistants

In Step 10 we discussed how you can get 2-10X more done in the same amount of time, if you stop trying to do it all yourself.

Your ability to delegate and manage important tasks outside your few vital functions is the key to you rising above your current performance, thus income level.

This post is to outline the best practices I have learned in hiring virtual and local assistants to help me stay focused on high-value functions in my unique strength zone.

Benefits of hiring virtual assistants

  • Offload non-core functions
  • Free yourself and executive team from day-to-day process problems
  • Focus on strategic thinking, process re-engineering and managing trading partner relationships
  • Control operating costs
  • Improve speed and service
  • Level out cyclical or seasonal fluctuations
  • Eliminate peak staffing problems
  • Provide value-added services
  • Acquire access to best practices and proven methodologies
  • Increase efficiency by consolidating and centralizing functions
  • Reduce overheads, free up resources
  • Minimize capital expenditure
  • Get access to specialized skills
  • Save on manpower and training costs
  • Have access to a larger pool of talents
  • Avoid paying employee tax
  • Get more out of the man-hours you pay for
  • Build a virtual team and have a global delivery model

Tasks you can delegate read more »

Workaholics Anonymous—A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation (Step 10)

Posted in Workaholics Anonymous on May 11th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

[Index: INTRO, Step 11b233b4566b7899b1010b1112]

Promote Yourself from Soldier to General of Your Own Life

As stated in Step 7 we all have exactly the same number of days in a week and number of hours in a day. Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump and the checker at the grocery store have exactly the same amount of time each day. It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, black, white, Canadian, American, male, female—it’s all equal.

In this step I am going to share a success tip that could not only significantly reduce the stress in your life, but also make you far more productive and successful.

How would you like to get 2X, 5X, 10X or more done each day in half the time?

Sound good? OK, here is all you have to do…

One of the greatest success disciplines of superachievers and enlightened Zen masters is delegation. Learn to ask for help. Learn to trust and empower others to accomplish what needs to be done.

Let me give you two examples, one that relates specifically to stress reduction and the other to increased productivity. read more »