To kick off a monthly blog series (“A Morning With”), I’m extremely excited to share my most recent morning with one of what will be a long list of amazing influencers.
January 17, 2018 will probably go down in the history books. Or at the very least a highlight from 2018.
I always feel very blessed to work for a company that encourages growth, self improvement, and at least once a year (if not 2 or 3 times a year) brings a kick ass speaker to a company meeting. Over the past few years we’ve had the privilege to hear from a wide range of influential speakers and mentors, including Bryan Harsin (head coach of the Boise State football team), Tom Flick (former NFL quarterback), and Andy Andrews (author of The Traveler’s Gift) – I promise you’ll get to hear all about them in other months.
Until that day, I never thought I would meet Darren Hardy. He seemed a little out of my league when it comes to speakers and opportunities.
Just in case this is the first you’ve heard of Darren Hardy, he is the former publisher of Success Magazine, author of the books The Compound Effect and The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster (both I’ve read and highly recommend), motivational speaker, and you can wake up with him every day courtesy of the Darren Daily email video series (which I also highly recommend you sign up for).
After an hour and a half pep talk based off his amazing book The Compound Effect and an hour photo and signing session, it’s safe to say I would hang with this guy on a regular basis if I had the choice. Since I can’t, here’s a slice of Darren Hardy wisdom that we can all embrace each day on our way to becoming amazing humans, creatives, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs.
The big question – WHY AREN’T YOU MORE SUCCESSFUL?
SUCCESS is only earned by … HARD WORK. So, then we might ask – “how do you get there?”
“You cannot own success. The rent is due every day.”
– Darren Hardy
I came for discipline, not for fun. – Darren Hardy
Small choices compounded over time “add up to big results”. We are each 100% responsible for our lives, our actions, our choices … basically, EVERYTHING. No more placing the blame on our childhood, our poor eating, our lack of time, the people we surround ourself with, and more.
95% unconscious. – Darren Hardy
Time to change our awareness, define what we really want, who we really are, and what we need to do in order to get there. Start small – like tracking every penny you spend or every piece of food you put in your mouth. Over time, we don’t even realize we are doing it.
Good habits are hard to create, easy to lose. Will power won’t work. – Darren Hardy
We need to start building a success system with our key behaviors, our “big, hairy, audacious goals”, and then we need to TRACK IT. Hold yourself accountable, find a buddy, audit yourself daily, repeat.
The key to success is massive failure. – Thomas Watson of IBM
Be consistently consistent. Face the wall of fear and tear it down. Track your failures and turn it into fun. For every rejection post it on the wall, collect them like trophies, see how many you can get. The YES will be that much sweeter in the end.
What’s your action plan look like, aside from going to buy his book today and creating your best year ever?
For more details on Darren’s key components to the compound effect, pick up a copy of his book … The Compound Effect. There are so many goodies inside, I definitely couldn’t share them all, and it would spoil all the fun for you.
In the meantime, happy learning, growing, doing, reading, and kicking fear to the curb!