Posts Tagged ‘The Compound Effect’

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 »

Mining Mentors

Posted in SUCCESS on September 17th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

Mining for MentorsSomeone recently asked me this question on Facebook:
“Do you have any suggestions on how we can get the most from our mentors?”

It’s a good question and I’m sure you’ve already figured out that I am a huge believer in the value of mentors.

All of my life I’ve collected mentors like others collect rare coins (or kitchy flamingo figurines). At every business I have had, at every conference I’ve ever attended, even at restaurants where I frequent—as far as I’m concerned, there could be a mentor waiting around every corner.

But here’s the difference with mining mentors and collecting rare coins—when it comes to mentors, once you find one, you are foolish if you tuck it in the pocket of some fancy collector’s book and stash it away in your safe (or put on your library shelf or only in your inbox). Unfortunately, that’s what most people do.

So, do I have any suggestions on how we can get the most from our mentors?

Ya I do; three in fact. Ready?

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Cooking Up Success

Posted in The Compound Effect on March 26th, 2013 by Darren Hardy –

If you’ve read The Compound Effect, you know I’m a big fan of the Tortoise and the Hare fable.

Because the story is a great example of how a success principle, when applied consistently, can lead to real success.

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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. read more »

Tortoise vs. Hare. Who Wins? Think Again.

Posted in The Compound Effect on September 4th, 2012 by Darren Hardy –

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…   read more »

Is Wolf Blitzer Hurting America?

Posted in SUCCESS on January 31st, 2012 by Darren Hardy –

During the media tour launching The Compound Effect, CNN asked me to submit an article for their website. So, what do I have to say to CNN? Below is the article I submitted

to my PR team. Even after they begged me to neuter it, to refocus it on 24/7 news (not just CNN and not just the Wolf man), CNN still didn’t have the backbone to publish the critical commentary. So I publish it here.

(CNN-) Disaster. Crisis. Failure. Scandal. Tragic. Devastation. Danger. Emergency. Threat. Crash… just a few words spoken by Wolf Blitzer in “The Situation Room” within only a five-minute span. If you listen to The Wolf, the world is coming to an end… every five minutes. And we wonder why people feel hopeless (giving up the belief that a job even exists), fearful (pessimistic about the future) and lack confidence (market and otherwise) when you have The Wolf & Friends spreading the gospel of fear, worry, danger and anxiety in our family rooms, offices, cars and airports 24/7.

The damage these constant and repeated messages have on our consciousness and creative potential is “devastating.” (see Media Madness video)

What controls your attention controls your life.
Where your attention goes, energy flows and so goes your life. When I interviewed racecar-driving legend Mario Andretti, I asked him for the No. 1 success tip to racecar driving. His answer, “Don’t look at the wall.” He explained, “Your car goes where your eyes go.” If you are a tightrope walker, what’s the one thing you never do? Right, look down. Why? Your body will follow your eyes. Your body (your life) also follows your eyes (your attention). If you point your eyes at Constant Negative News (there’s an acronym for that), your life will also go in that direction.

Your mind is like an empty glass. It will hold anything you put into it. You put in sensational news, salacious headlines and talk show rants and you are pouring dirty water into your glass. If you’ve got dark, dismal, worrisome water in your glass, everything you create will be filtered through that muddy mess, because that’s what you’ll be thinking about. Garbage in, garbage out.

You can flush your dirty glass with clean, clear, pure water. What is clear water? Positive, inspirational and supportive input and ideas. Stories of aspiration, people who, despite challenges, are overcoming obstacles and achieving great things. Strategies of success, prosperity, health, love and joy. Ideas to create more abundance, to grow, expand and become more. But it’s a constant battle as we are surrounded by those who want to spew dirty water into our glass constantly.

Why does The Wolf do it?

The fight for your attention has never been bloodier. Once upon a time there were only a few TV channels, a few radio stations (that came in), a few major newspapers and a handful of magazines. Now there are thousands of each, plus blogs, RSS feeds, text alerts, iPad apps, satellite radio, Pandora, tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn notifications, ad nauseam. So to compete in this bare-knuckled blood sport The Wolf has to shock you into paying attention to him (and his advertisers) and nothing gets your attention like good old-fashioned fear.

Your mind is not designed to make you happy. Did you know that? Happiness is not its job. Its main and sole concern is survival, to keep you alive, thus it is on constant watch looking out for any danger or impending threat. The Wolf knows this. The Wolf knows your mind better than you. He can’t get your attention (or the needed Nielsen audience measurement metrics) with happy feel-good stories and reports. Positive potential, abundance and optimism don’t grab your mind by the shirt collar like danger, disaster and tragedy does.

The media is crippling our creative potential.

You get in life what you create. Expectation drives the creative process. What do you expect? You expect what you are thinking about. Your thought process, the conversation in your head, is the foundation of the results you create in life. What are you thinking about? What is influencing and directing your thoughts? The answer: whatever you’re allowing yourself to hear and see. The input you are feeding your mind is what it is processing and thinking about.

If you listen to The Wolf you will be constantly reminded of, and thinking about, the tragic unemployment rate, the volatile and uncertain stock market, the gloomy state of the economy, scandals on Wall Street, gossip and shenanigans in Washington… after the relentless coverage of the latest tsunami, hurricane, car bombing, heinous murder and other calamities. Feed your mind repeated meals of that junk food and then wonder why you don’t feel very motivated to find a job or start a new business.

You can change the world—your world.

You can rid your world of all wars, murders, crimes, scandals, gossip, corruption and international disasters. You have that much power… in the palm of your hand.

How? Hit the OFF button. Turn off your TV. Turn off your radio. Cancel your newspaper subscription.

I learned an important life philosophy long ago. Control what’s controllable. What you can’t control is the national economy. What you can control is your economy. What you can’t control is what Washington does about healthcare. What you can control is the care of your own health. What you can’t control is how the president is running the country. What you can control is how you are running your business, household and life. What you can’t control is the war in Afghanistan. What you can control is the peace and harmony in your own home. Stop paying attention to what you can’t control, or it will control you and your life.

It’s time

to take back control of your mind so you can take back your life. Stop letting other people influence your attitude, your hope for the future and your potential to do something great. Focus your mind and attention on what is right with the world and what’s possible for you. At the same time The Wolf is pointing out the 12 ugly, heinous, murderous and disastrous things that happened in the world today, millions of wonderful, miraculous and beautiful things happened as well. Step out of the perverted view of the world from “The Situation Room” and into the world of abundance, splendor and the unlimited positive potential that surrounds you every day. Focus your attention on ideas, information and knowledge that can help you grow, prosper, create and contribute to making a positive difference in your world… and you might just do something to change the world.

Bio: Darren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect—Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success, is an accomplished entrepreneur, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS magazine. He’s a peak performance expert and popular keynote speaker.

Other interesting viewpoints (not saying I agree with all that is depicted):
How news media works: video
Why America is dumbed down (some great scenes from “Network” 1976): video
Television-the drug of a nation: video

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