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The Thieves in Your Office

Posted in SUCCESS on July 30th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Office ThiefIf you saw someone in your office grab a pile of $100 bills from the petty cash drawer and light it on fire, you'd call the cops, right?

Yet people are robbing you all day, every day.
And your employees/team members are robbing each other.
And you are letting them get away with it!

Studies show that businesses lose nearly $10,000 per employee/team member per year due to distractions.

In a company/team of 100 people, that adds up to over $1 million a year.

On average, we are interrupted every 3 minutes* by digital or human factors. What's worse is it takes 11 minutes to regain concentration and focus.

See anything wrong with that math?
It’s likely we are never concentrating or in a state of focus!

To give you a sobering wake-up call, calculate your hourly rate and what it is worth in 5-minute increments. Then calculate the cost of every distraction and take that amount out of your wallet—every time you are distracted.

Example: Income $200,000 = $8.33/5 minutes. If you are distracted once every 15 minutes (not 3 minutes), it costs you $66,666/year.

Distractions not only cause massive losses in productivity, but they also increase stress and decrease motivation.  Even short interruptions can have a huge effect on one's ability to complete a task. A 3-second interruption can double** the error rate when an employee's attention is shifted from one task to another.

Here are five thieves in your office to watch out for and how to stop them:

1. The Door Knocking Thief: Favorite line of this thief is, “Hey, you got a minute?” and then stays for 15 minutes talking about the weather, sports or other whines, moans and groans.

Stop Thief! Shut your door. Put a sign on the door notifying the time you will be available next so people don’t freak out thinking you are never emerging again.

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Be More Selfish

Posted in SUCCESS on July 16th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Be SelfishYou are on a plane.

It suddenly loses cabin pressure.
The oxygen masks drop down.

The elderly woman next to you panics.
You help her put her mask on.

Then you see the little kid behind you crying.
You help him, then his mother, then his little sister…

Then, nothing. You're dead.
It's great to be a hero.
But a dead hero? Not so much.

Sometimes being selfish is the most selfless thing you can do. We are taught this every time we board a plane. But still, it seems we just aren’t getting it.

If you want to achieve the highest level of performance in business or your personal buy tamoxifen citrate without a precription life, you need to know that it's okay to be selfish, it’s essential. It’s a matter of life or death!

One of my favorite quotes from my mentor Jim Rohn is, “You take care of you for me and I’ll take care of me for you.” Selfishness can be the most serving thing you can do for another.

“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.”

― Ayn Rand

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Those we present on the cover of SUCCESS are some of the most positively impacting, society-improving and humanity-advancing people on the planet. People like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Peter Diamandis, Michael Bloomberg, Mehmet Oz, Howard Schultz, Maria Shriver and Joel Osteen come to mind.

What you might be surprised to know is the common trait of today's most successful achievers and “universe denters” is selfishness—not in abusing or violating others, but in putting themselves and their goals first. They take care of their minds, bodies and souls. They know that you cannot achieve greatness if you are tired, uninspired, angry or wound up.

To operate at high-performance levels, you have to prepare and protect yourself from all that doesn’t support your most important goals, objectives and vision.

So here are 5 Rules to Being Selfish, in reverse order: read more »

Be the Eye of the Storm

Posted in SUCCESS on July 9th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Be the eye of the storm.You see this person on the streets, in the boardroom, on the battlefield, at family functions.

The one who remains perfectly calm while everyone else is freaking out or running for cover.

In April, we saw dozens of these souls at the Boston Marathon.

As the bombs exploded, hundreds of spectators ran away from the scene, while others—calm, composed and determined to help—ran into the chaos and carnage.

It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as bombs (actually) exploding around you. It could be a website crash, a call from an irate client, the loss of a big account or a PR attack. Maybe it’s bad news delivered by your banker, the IRS or your attorney.

Typically when situations get intense, people tense up. They panic or they bear down.

Both responses diminish performance and credibility.

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I Challenge You to a Duel!

Posted in SUCCESS on July 2nd, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Hugh JackmanI challenge you to a duel…

If that’s what it takes to finally unleash the Big Idea that’s buried inside you.

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That’s what it took for Évariste Galois.

Galois was born in France in 1811. During his teens he showed extraordinary brilliance as a mathematician, particularly in algebra. For years he struggled obsessively with a set of algebraic equations.

Then at age 20, he fell in love with a young woman who unfortunately was the fiancée of an artillery officer. When the officer found out about his affections, he challenged Galois to a duel.

Being mightier with his No. 2 pencil (they had those then, right?) than with a pistol, Galois felt certain he’d be killed.

The night before the fateful duel, Galois wrote a summary of all his thoughts on algebraic equations. He poured out ideas, some that he had struggled with for years and many new ones that occurred to him in the hours leading up to the duel.

He wrote with great vigor, nonstop all throughout the night until the final minute before reaching for his dueling weapon. read more »

Leading (Way More!) Productive Meetings

Posted in SUCCESS on June 25th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

CEO Time CrunchNotice the graph on the left.

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Meetings account for ONE-THIRD of a CEO’s entire work life.

This says two things:

  1. Meetings are critical to running an organization.
  2. Improving this one activity can have a huge impact on results.

3-Point Game Plan to (Way More!) Productive Meetings

I think it would be frightening to know exactly how much productive life force is squashed in unproductive, rudderless, meandering, ineffective, blathering, brain-numbing meetings.

Yet, well-organized gatherings of prepared and fully engaged minds can be the most productive activity of your workday.

Here is how to have more victorious meetings: read more »