The Greatness Machine

Darius Mirshahzadeh

The Greatness Machine is on a Quest to Maximize the Human Experience! Join Award Winning CEO and Author, Darius Mirshahzadeh (pron. Mer-shaw-za-day), as he interviews some of the greatest minds in the world―turning their wisdom and experience into learnings and advice you can use in your life so that you can level up and create greatness. Join Darius as he goes deep with guests like: Amanda Knox, Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss, Jordan Harbinger, Brad Lea, Former Spy and CIA Agent Andrew Bustamante, 1-800-Got-Junk CEO Brian Scudamore, NHL Hall of Famer Chris Pronger, and so many more! Our subject matter ranges from entrepreneurial and pro athlete underdog stories, world-class leadership development, and performance development, to wealth creation and more! If you are a learner who wants to level up in your life and learn from experts who have been there and done that, hit the subscribe button. The Greatness Machine is your ticket to create Greatness in your life! This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

153 | Sam Ushio | Using Ikigai, the Japanese Concept of Living a Life of Purpose, 7 Year Cycles of Life, and Building a Business that Thrives with Engagement
4d ago
153 | Sam Ushio | Using Ikigai, the Japanese Concept of Living a Life of Purpose, 7 Year Cycles of Life, and Building a Business that Thrives with Engagement
“How can I help others?” This is the starting point for finding a sense of purpose or your reason for being. Your life purpose is your reason for getting up in the morning and what will serve as your compass in making decisions. It is what helps you focus on the things that will bring you genuine happiness and fulfillment. Sam Ushio is the Chief Ikigai Officer of Connect3x, a people platform that embeds well-being into the rhythm of business. He is joining us to talk about the Japanese concept of “Ikigai” which means your “reason for being” or something that gives a person a reason for living. By knowing your ikigai and understanding its meaning, you can align yourself with the work you've longed for and the work the world needs. In this episode, Darius and Sam talk about finding purpose, taking risks, living a life with no regrets, building wealth through well-being, and a lot more. Topics include: Sam explains the definition of the Japanese concept of “Ikigai” Difference between shareholder and stakeholder Living with regrets and how to deal with them Sam looks back on becoming an entrepreneur The 7-year cycles of life Sam talks about Connect3x and what they do Importance of employee engagement in business And other topics… Connect with Sam: Website:   LinkedIn: info@connect3x.com Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
151 | Jonathan Domsky | Create Your Greatness in the World: Using Affirmations, Declarations and Vision to Achieve the Impossible in Your Life
Nov 22 2022
151 | Jonathan Domsky | Create Your Greatness in the World: Using Affirmations, Declarations and Vision to Achieve the Impossible in Your Life
A vision without action is nothing more than a fantasy, and action is merely a means to an end without a vision.  Having a vision is imagining what life will be like after reaching your goals. Not only is it important to have one, but it is essential to communicate your vision in a way that attracts excitement and action. After all, vision is about your goals and how you plan to achieve them in the future. Jonathan Domsky, business and life coach and founder of Untangled Coaching, joins us on The Greatness Machine for the second time around to talk about vision, purpose, and the common limiting beliefs that stop most people from reaching their full potential. In this episode, Darius and Jonathan discuss the importance of transforming vision into reality, the two kinds of visions and how they differ from each other, and the reasons why some of the most hard-working people don’t achieve the life they have always dreamed of. Topics include: How Jonathan realized he wanted to become a coach Two basic kinds of visions and their definitions The difference between affirmation and declaration Why having a sense of purpose is important What motivates people to take action What is vision and why you must have it Five reasons why hard-working people don’t have to lives and businesses they want What stops people from achieving greatness in their lives And other topics… Connect with Jonathan: Website:   LinkedIn:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
149 | Daniel Murphy | The Secret To Building Liquid Death’s $700M Brand In Just 3 Years
Nov 15 2022
149 | Daniel Murphy | The Secret To Building Liquid Death’s $700M Brand In Just 3 Years
What does it take to be “authentic” when it comes to marketing? A fundamental requirement of marketing is authenticity, as consumers expect it. They demand you to communicate your brand’s message consistently, tell an honest story and provide relatable information that will capture customer attention.  Daniel Murphy, SVP of Marketing and angel investor at Liquid Death, discusses the uber-effective marketing strategy that is making Liquid Death the darling and “it brand” in the CPG space right now. With plans for global domination, the canned-water company takes pride in authentic brand-building and keeping its consumers interested.  In this episode, Darius and Daniel talk about marketing strategies, advertising, and the benefits of leveraging social media in building an audience. They also talk about cancel culture and the best ways to handle negative feedback, among other interesting topics. Topics include: How Daniel got into canned-water company Liquid Death What they do at Liquid Death How Daniel became SVP of Marketing at Liquid Death Daniel looks back at his career in advertising What Liquid Death has done in terms of marketing strategy How authentic brand-building wins over consumers Taking advantage of emerging social media platforms Cancel culture and how to handle it Daniel talks about their recent campaigns Collaborating with artists and other brands Working with Martha Stewart How Daniel found his dream job Future plans for Liquid Death And other topics… Connect with Daniel: Website:   Instagram:   LinkedIn: with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
147 | Nick Gray | The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How To Build Big Relationships With Small Gatherings
Nov 8 2022
147 | Nick Gray | The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How To Build Big Relationships With Small Gatherings
Humans are not meant to be alone all the time. But with jobs to fulfill, businesses to run, kids to look after, and loved ones to spend time with, how do you gather old and new folks to rekindle friendships and encourage new connections? What better way to bring people together than hosting a cocktail party, right? Nick Gray, the founder of Museum Hack and author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to Build Big Relationships with Small Gatherings, joins us to share how he went from helping his family’s businesses to launching his own tour operator business and then writing his very first book about the benefits of hosting social gatherings.  In this episode, Nick looks back at how he made it possible to help his family grow their business by leading their hiring, marketing, and international sales. He takes us back to when he started and grew Museum Hack and reveals why he sold and exited the company in 2018. Nick also talks about the benefits of hosting cocktail parties in widening your network and building connections. Topics include: How Nick became a museum tour guide and turned Hack the Met tours into a business How long it took Nick to launch his book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party Nick and Darius share one thing to consider before publishing a book How Nick grew Museum Hack before he stepped down and sold the company The biggest fear of a new party host and how to avoid it Nick reveals the best days to host a cocktail party The secret formula to successfully hosting parties and making new friends Nick explains why a conventional cocktail party lasts only 2 hours Tips for parents who want to host or attend a party How to leverage party hosting And other topics… Resources: How to Host a Party Website:   The 2-Hour Cocktail Party:    The 2-Hour Cocktail Party:    The Easy Way to Host or Plan a Networking Event:   How to Plan a Clothing Swap (The Easy Way):   Hosting a Happy Hour: Nick Gray’s How-to Guide:   Kids at Your Party: Get a Sitter:   Connect with Nick: Website:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
145 | Emily Balcetis | How the Ultra Successful Leverage Their Visual “Perception Gap” to Crush Their Goals and Accomplish More
Nov 1 2022
145 | Emily Balcetis | How the Ultra Successful Leverage Their Visual “Perception Gap” to Crush Their Goals and Accomplish More
The act of visualizing can help you channel your dreams. It conditions your mind and body to take the necessary steps to achieve your goals and claim the life you have always wanted. By visualizing your goals, you will have a clearer vision of what you want to achieve in each area of your life. Is it your dream to start a business? Do you want to travel the world? Do you want to get that promotion you have been eyeing for? Imagining yourself achieving these dreams is the purpose of visualization. Emily Balcetis, an award-winning social psychologist, spills the beans about the secrets of successful people through her book Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People Save The World. As a result of her rigorous research, she emphasizes the importance of taking advantage of our visual experiences in order to see the possibilities in what we can’t see now.  In this episode, Darius and Emily talk about vision as a key to achieving goals, key strategies in creating more time and being productive, and the direct connection between perception and action. Topics include: What is a behavioral psychologist and what do they do What inspired Emily to write Clearer, Closer, Better Why vision is a superpower Relationships between perception and action How to turn a big dream into actionable items How a simple exercise can create more time in your week How swapping out visual cues in your life can change your actions Why saving for retirement is so difficult and how to overcome that How to prioritize your time to achieve big goals A plan to remove any obstacles in your way of achieving your goals The explanation behind the blue and gold dress picture on social media And other topics… Connect with Emily: LinkedIn:   Instagram:   Book:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
143 | Travis Chappell | Sales Is Life - How Selling Church, Door To Door Solar And A Startup Led To Massive Success
Oct 25 2022
143 | Travis Chappell | Sales Is Life - How Selling Church, Door To Door Solar And A Startup Led To Massive Success
How does growing up in a bubble prepare you for life outside of it? Having spent his entire childhood in a church campus, it took Travis Chappell long years to realize that the path he was in at that time was not the life that he wanted to lead.  Travis, the man behind the Build Your Network podcast, looks back at how a ministry degree holder like him went from making door-to-door sales to starting a podcast and to building his own business.  Despite having to start from scratch, he persevered and used his experience making door-to-door until he finally launched his first-ever podcast in 2017. He later built his business, Guestio, where he teaches entrepreneurs how to build, grow, and monetize podcasts through interviewing. In this episode, Travis gets real about growing up in a Christian bubble and discovering his passion for podcasting. He and Darius also talk about the key strategies to build an audience, how to achieve success in the industry, and how to leverage podcasts to establish brand authority. Topics include: Travis looks back on growing up in a Fundamentalist Christian bubble How Travis started his podcast show and podcast coaching Why Travis decided to do door-to-door sales after college instead of going into ministry Podcasters that inspired Travis to get into the industry The secret formula for podcast success Leveraging podcasts to enhance brand How to get started in podcasting What Travis envisions Guestio to achieve Expanding the Build Your Network podcast for a wider reach And other topics… Connect with Travis: Website:   Website:   LinkedIn:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
141 | Larry Yatch | Leading Like A Navy SEAL
Oct 18 2022
141 | Larry Yatch | Leading Like A Navy SEAL
What does it take to be a successful Navy SEAL or entrepreneur? And how does one learn from the other? Surprisingly, entrepreneurs are no different from special operators. Just like in the Navy SEAL, entrepreneurship requires good leadership with the ability to plan, execute, and be methodical. Both require unyielding perseverance, regulation, and belief in the mission and vision.  Larry Yatch, a ten-year US Navy SEAL-turned-elite leadership strategist, has been helping senior executives optimize their personal growth and leadership strategy for superior performance. Through his book, How Leadership (Actually) Works: A Navy Seal’s Complete System For Coordinating Teams, he shares his six-pillar system that companies can use to achieve success. In this episode, Darius and Larry discuss the similarities and differences between special operators and entrepreneurs. They also talk about self-regulation, self-fulfillment, leadership, core values, confidence, ambition, and a lot more! Topics include: What inspired Larry to join the military How Larry found out about Navy SEALs in 7th grade Larry looks back at his 10-year experience as a Navy SEAL Self-regulation as a key to succeed The similarities between Navy SEALs and entrepreneurs What “hungry ghost” teach us about fulfillment How Larry led the largest Special Operations in US history What motivated Larry to start his company, SEAL Team Leaders Larry explains his book, How Leadership (Actually) Works  The benefits of values-based leadership Defining the line between ego and confidence The two tools Larry leverages for his company What separates those who want to be better from those who actually become better And other topics… Connect with Larry: Website:   Book:   LinkedIn:   Instagram:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
140 | Stephanie Paul | How To Lead Through Storytelling
Oct 14 2022
140 | Stephanie Paul | How To Lead Through Storytelling
What makes a good story? Good stories create a sense of connection and are easy to understand. They are delivered with calm confidence and keep the audience interested and engaged. The best storytellers are those who get personal and know how to incorporate their own experiences into the story.  Just like in business, good leaders share their knowledge and personal story to build trust and loyalty between themselves and their team members. With stories, leaders can be more authentic and relatable to their employees, forging deeper connections.  Stephanie Paul gives a sneak peek into her new book, Unlock the Magic of Story: How to Use Neuroscience Secrets to Engage and Influence Any Audience, where she shares tried-and-true proven techniques on why story and humor are such powerful tools in captivating and influencing an audience. In this episode, Darius and Stephanie discuss the differences between working in the entertainment world and the business industry. They also tackle the power of storytelling and why great leaders need to be great storytellers. Topics include: How Stephanie started in the performing arts at a young age Stephanie looks back on her experiences in the modeling business  How she got her start as a professional actress What it was like being a foreign actress in an American film What Stephanie realized when she shifted from entertainment to business Stephanie talks about her new book, Unlock the Magic of Story The importance of communication in effective leadership Storytelling as a form of mediation Stephanie spills her craziest experience in the entertainment industry And other topics… Connect with Stephanie: Website:   LinkedIn: Gift:   Book:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
139 | Chris Voss | Hostage Negotiation Tactics for Everyday Life
Oct 11 2022
139 | Chris Voss | Hostage Negotiation Tactics for Everyday Life
Negotiating anything in life can make even the most socially robust entrepreneurs break out in cold sweats. Many of us are not born with negotiation skills but have to learn how to persuade our audience to be on our side. Learning excellent negotiation skills can take your career to the next level by negotiating a significant raise at your annual performance review. Negotiating a raise is so much easier than negotiating hostage situations like our next guest has while working with the FBI. In this episode, we talk to Chris Voss, also known as “The Master Negotiator.” Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, is the CEO of the Black Swan Group, and is the author of the national bestseller Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It, which was one of Darius’s favorite books.   Drawing on his FBI experiences where the stakes are high, Chris Voss’s company, The Black Swan Group, specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the “black swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. The biggest surprise is learning the tactics behind negotiating a business deal are very similar to negotiating with a barricaded gunman for the lives of hostages.   Don’t miss this thrilling episode! What Darius discusses with Chris Voss: How to be an effective negotiator for anything.   How information gathering can give you an edge in the negotiation game. What it takes to subtly convince someone to have it your way. What small things make the biggest impact in negotiations.   How to diffuse a situation by calling out the negative.   How emotions drive human behavior, not logic. The Black Swan Rule: Treat others not the way you want to be treated but the way they want to be treated. Common mistakes in negotiating. Why you are 31% smarter with a positive mindset. Why curiosity is a superpower.   How to make the gunman feel empathy for you! Chris talks about his book Never Split the Difference Connect with Chris: Website:   Instagram:   Book:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
137 | Tim Elmore | How Leaders Can Bridge The Generation Gap
Oct 4 2022
137 | Tim Elmore | How Leaders Can Bridge The Generation Gap
Leadership provides a shared vision that inspires and pushes people in the right direction. A good leader is someone who communicates the policies, eliminates biases and stereotypes, builds confidence, and provides a safe work environment for the members to learn and share their ideas. A good leader understands generational differences and can engage diverse generations in the workplace. After all, great results can be achieved when individual members respect their differences in perspective and learn from each other’s ability to solve problems. Tim Elmore, who is the founder and CEO of Growing Leaders, was listed in the Top 100 Leadership Speakers in America by Inc. magazine. He has written over 35 books, including the best-selling Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, and is now set to launch his new book titled, A New Kind of Diversity. In this episode, Darius and Tim talk about the impact of generational differences on leadership styles. They also discuss reverse mentoring and how it helps in crossing generational divides in the workplace.  Topics include: What inspired Tim to write his first book at 24 years old What got Tim into teaching and leadership Founding Growing Leaders in 2003 Tim shared his experience working with Dr. John C. Maxwell Leadership by serving and solving problems Leadership metaphors and analogies Why core values are important in corporate culture Understanding the impact of the generational gap Definition of reverse mentoring and how it works Tim gives a sneak peek into his book A New Kind of Diversity coming out next month And other topics… Connect with Tim: Growing Leaders:   Website:   LinkedIn:   Twitter:   New Diversity Book: with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
135 | Nathanael Chawkin | The Art Of Conscious Leadership
Sep 27 2022
135 | Nathanael Chawkin | The Art Of Conscious Leadership
Unconscious leaders are expert decision-makers and have a clear vision of what they want to achieve regardless of how their decisions or behavior can affect others. They tend to focus on the external environment and are driven by their emotional responses. Conscious leaders, on the other hand, are those who lead with full awareness, authenticity, intentionality and hold themselves accountable. Rather than focusing on oneself, conscious leadership underlines the purpose of the organization as a whole. Nathanael Chawkin, founder and CEO of Palæstra Leadership, takes us back to when he learned about conscious leadership and how his parents played a vital role in introducing him to meditation and consciousness. He also talks about his work with Palæstra Leadership, where he specializes in transforming organizational culture by coaching executive dynamics.  In this episode, Darius and Nathanael discuss the impact of conscious leadership in an organization, the benefits of meditation, the differences between spirituality and religion, and it is important for a leader to have a greater purpose. Topics include: Nathanael looks back on how he started conscious leadership How Nathanael started working for the Stagen Leadership Academy What is conscious leadership, and why it is important How Nathanael started meditating at a young age Understanding spirituality and religion Why it matters to have a higher purpose as a leader The benefits of higher intelligence in humans The importance of self-knowledge  Palæstra Leadership and what it offers Nathanael talks about Awakening Leadership and their upcoming plant medicine retreat in Costa Rica And other topics… Resources mentioned: How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan:   Connect with Nathanael: Instagram:   LinkedIn:   Palæstra Leadership:   Awakening Leadership:   Connect with Darius: Website: The Core Value Equation more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices