Posts Tagged ‘SUCCESS Magazine’

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Posted in SUCCESS on April 8th, 2014 by Darren Hardy –

May-2014-cover_DH-blogWe are all excellent storytellers. We have a story for everything.

We have a story for why we can’t lose weight, stick to our diets, jog, do pushups, get up early, eat healthy, exercise regularly and stay disciplined.

“I’m big-boned.”
“It’s bad for my knees.”
“I don’t have time.”
“I’m too old.”
“It’s impossible when I travel.”
“I deserve a reward.”
“I have PMS.”
“It’s fat-free.”
“There are starving children in China.”

Recently my friend Kerri told me a story she heard when she was six months into her pregnancy. She had gained a significant amount of weight (she was, after all, pregnant) and started to worry whether she could ever regain her previous figure. She called a mom-friend and asked, “What really happens with this baby weight after my son is born? Will it all go away?” Her friend replied, “Well, a woman once told me you keep 10 pounds per child.” Kerri nearly dropped the phone. The friend’s pronouncement deflated her hopes of returning to her pre-baby weight and shape.

Later that week, Kerri was at the spin studio where she takes fitness classes. read more »

Mind Your Own Business

Posted in SUCCESS on October 1st, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Mind Your Own BusinessThe business I had built to $50 million in revenue I sold in 1999.
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I then planned to take a year (or more) off and moved to Miami’s South Beach.

That lasted about 30 days.

I went stir crazy!

This was during the Internet boom. I was observing all these young guys and gals making fortunes and it was driving me nuts.

I flew all over the country looking for a business to buy or start. Eventually I started an Internet company with a partner called We were going to bring the age 50+ online. This was the business I talk about in The Compound Effect where I personally lost $300,000+ in cash. It was a bust.

Several ventures later (more successful, thankfully!) I am now publisher of SUCCESS. Here I am interviewing guys and gals who are billionaires who have built world-class companies. If I am being candid with you; after spending time with many of them, my walkaway conclusion was, heck if THEY can do this, no doubt I can… and I should… and I’m mad at myself for not!

I almost left SUCCESS several times for “bigger” opportunities as a result.

One key success principle is, find a model of what you want and then do what they have done.

Well, Richard Branson was my model.
The dude just read more »

Do You Have a Fat Head?

Posted in SUCCESS on August 6th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Marissa Mayer September SUCCESSNorth America has a serious obesity problem (have you noticed?)

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight, and a full third are deemed medically obese (ouch!)

What caused this?

Some say it is because our food system has become industrialized, mass-producing an overload of cheap and fatty foods constantly at our fingertips.

Nah, while it doesn’t help, that is not why people get fat.

Look, the food doesn’t fly into people’s mouths unassisted. People have to choose to pick it up and stick it into their face. They could say no thank you and walk on by, as many do—you know, those insufferable lean and fit people (damn them!).

There is another obesity problem taking place here in North America and elsewhere.

This one is less visible but may be even more toxic and deadly to one’s life and potential. read more »

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 »

The Vault Door Is Open!

Posted in SUCCESS on June 4th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –
Matt Damon, SUCCESS July 2013

Matt Damon on SUCCESS, July 2013

Until recently only the elites atop corporate ivory towers had the keys to the vault of the world’s wealth.

Power, thus wealth, was controlled by access—access to knowledge, technology, capital, resources and distribution through print publications, broadcasting, cable and store shelves.

Now the vault door has been blown off, and everyone has direct and unlimited access to all the wealth they want by becoming entrepreneurs.

I co-founded an Internet company in early 2000. We raised several million dollars to get started. Building the website, the software to run it and servers to deliver it cost nearly $1 million.

Today that website could be built for less than $5,000. We spent the other millions to hire experienced tech talent (we paid a high price because of limited supply) and on marketing in the days before Google AdWords, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

The business failed. Do you know how many times I could have launched with the same effort, time and money today? Guess. read more »