Posts Tagged ‘oprah’

Doing the Impossible

Posted in SUCCESS on December 3rd, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Hsieh-cover-DH-blog“We are. We are going to stop them.”

It was a promise, a battle cry—to end a country’s longest war. But this battle cry wasn’t bellowed by a mighty Roman general or a U.S. president. No, it was uttered in a dark room in northern Uganda, to a frightened boy, by a recent college graduate from San Diego.

And it was impossible.

The college kid was Jason Russell, founder of Invisible Children.

The war in Africa led by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and warlord Joseph Kony, the first person indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The boy was 12-year-old Jacob, who—like 30,000 other children—had been abducted by the LRA. Jacob also had watched as his brother was murdered by Kony.

Russell believed that if U.S. citizens knew about these atrocities, they would stop them. But how could Russell and his two co-founders spread the word in the United States? Well, by appearing on Oprah!

But getting on Oprah was about as easy as stopping a war. read more »

Become a Laughingstock

Posted in SUCCESS on September 8th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

Have you heard the joke about… the guy who wanted to sell water (the stuff we were used to getting for free!) for more money than sodas or even beer? Or how about the one who wanted to start a new airline, the bloodbath of competition, during the dot-com crash? Then there is the one who launched a new cola company up against Coke and Pepsi. Oh, I know, how about the one about the guy who bought 160 acres of orange groves to build what he wanted to call “the happiest place on earth.” Nut ball, right?!

Are you laughing? Most were when the Evian, Jet Blue, Virgin Cola and the Disneyland business plans were discussed. Evian gets $18.6 billion chuckles a year in revenue. Launched in 1999, Jet Blue was one of only a few airlines after 9/11 to be profitable. David Neeleman has $2 billion reasons to guffaw. People are always laughing at Richard Branson and for Virgin Cola it proved justified. But don’t laugh to hard, because Sir Richard has 360 other companies and giggles $3 billion times with his personal banker. Walt Disney has snickered 515 million times as each person has entered his happy place.

Historic revolutionaries, extraordinary achievers, and icons often were laughed at and ridiculed at first. If you believe in your dream or your vision, or a plan, don’t let the snickering and finger-pointing going on behind your back deter you.

They laughed at the young black female 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 »