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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: Gabby Reece, Amanda Knox, Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss, Jordan Harbinger, 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.

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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: Gabby Reece, Amanda Knox, Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss, Jordan Harbinger, 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!
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    TGM Classic | Victoria Labalme | Goal-Setting, Risk-Taking, and Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

    TGM Classic | Victoria Labalme | Goal-Setting, Risk-Taking, and Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

    Feeling bogged down by your “need” to set the benchmark, higher and higher every time? On today’s show, we interview the incredible artist turned-author, Victoria Labalme who shares with us her distilled wisdom on goal-setting, risk-taking, and our flawed attitude towards achievement. 

    Victoria taps into her extensive experience in theatre, comedy clubs, and films to help out artists, entrepreneurs, and C-suite uncover their hidden genius at work, on stage, and in life, in general. Our society of today puts immense pressure on achievement and winning. 

    On today’s show, Victoria shares why we need to change this attitude and get more comfortable with the “fog of not knowing”. We also question our judgmental society where we harbor incorrect biases. As someone who straddles across different professions, Victoria calls out this flawed mindset and emphasizes the need to respect people irrespective of their professional choices. 

    Topics include:

    The idea of goal-setting 

    Risk-taking and the pressure to achieve things 

    Creating your own path and why it is important to realign 

    How to get comfortable with the “fog of not knowing” 

    Our judgemental attitudes and how to overcome our biases

    And other topics…


    Connect with Victoria:
    Website: https://www.victorialabalme.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victorialabalme/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/victorialabalme
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victorialabalme/ 

    Connect with Darius:
    Website: https://therealdarius.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoompdarius/
    YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube
    Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708
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    • 54 min
    TGM Classic | Sergey Young | Living Longer, Living Better: The Science of Longevity

    TGM Classic | Sergey Young | Living Longer, Living Better: The Science of Longevity

    Most of us would like to live longer lives, but only if those extra years are healthy and happy. 

    The science of longevity may seem relatively new, but in fact, we've been increasing our own lifespans for the last century or so. We've gone from an average age of about 35 to something closer to 70-75 years, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down. In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Sergey Young, longevity investor, speaker, and author of The Science and Technology of Growing Young about our desire to live longer and happier lives, and his mission to extend the healthy lifespans of one billion people worldwide. 

    You'll discover the origins of longevity research and what brought a longtime investor such as Sergey into this field. You'll learn five habits we should adapt to promote longevity and health in our own lives.

    You'll also learn why Sergey believes that greater longevity is inevitable, as well as a concept he calls "the near horizon of longevity innovation." Join Darius and Sergey as they discuss finding the fountain of youth, being young, and feeling young! 

    Topics include:

    The origins of longevity research and what brought Sergey to the field as an investor

    Five things we should be doing to improve our own longevity

    Creating and extending life and something Sergey calls "the near horizon of longevity innovation”

    And other topics…


    Connect with Sergey:
    Website: https://sergeyyoung.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sergeyyoung/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SergeyYoung200
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sergeyyoung200/ 

    Connect with Darius:
    Website: https://therealdarius.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoompdarius/
    YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube
    Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708
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    • 47 min
    171 | Cameron Herold | Unleashing the Power of a COO: A Look at How a Skilled Second-in-Command Can Impact a Company's Success

    171 | Cameron Herold | Unleashing the Power of a COO: A Look at How a Skilled Second-in-Command Can Impact a Company's Success

    What makes a great Chief Operating Officer (COO)?

    A Chief Operating Officer (COO) plays a crucial role in the success of a company. The COO is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. This includes managing internal operations, such as finance, human resources, and IT, as well as external operations, such as sales and marketing.

    Hiring a great COO can have a significant impact on the growth and success of a company. A strong COO will have a deep understanding of the industry and the company's operations and will be able to identify areas for improvement and implement effective strategies to drive growth. They will also be able to lead and motivate employees, and work closely with the CEO to develop and execute the company's overall strategy.

    Cameron Herold, a top business consultant, best-selling author, and speaker, joins us on the Greatness Machine for the second time around to talk about his newest book, The Second in Command: Unleash the Power of Your COO, where he shares details of the process of hiring a COO and successfully working with them.

    In this episode, Darius and Cameron lay down the characteristics that make a good COO, the roles and responsibilities of a Second in Command, and the most common mistakes entrepreneurs and CEOs make when hiring and onboarding a new COO. Cameron also talks about his decision to become a digital nomad and even shares a piece of advice to those who want to follow the same path. 

    Topics include:

    How and why Cameron was asked to leave 1800-GOT-JUNK

    The must-have traits of a great COO

    The motivation behind Cameron’s first book Double Double


    Cameron shares inspiration for writing The Second In Command


    The biggest failure point most entrepreneurs and CEOs make in looking for a second in command

    What caused Cameron to become a digital nomad and travel the world with his wife

    Cameron shares a piece of advice for those who are hesitant to travel

    And other topics...


    Resources mentioned:
    Traction by Gino Wickman: https://www.amazon.com/Traction-Get-Grip-Your-Business/dp/1936661837 
    Cameron Herold on TGM (Part 1): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/35-cameron-herold-the-power-of-a-second/id1555334180?i=1000532262742 

    Connect with Cameron:
    Website: https://cameronherold.com/ 
    Website: https://cooalliance.com/ 
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/Second-Command-Unleash-Power-Your/dp/1544537603 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/coo-alliance/ 
    Course: https://investinyourleaders.com/ 

    Connect with Darius:
    Website: https://therealdarius.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoompdarius/
    YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube
    Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    170 | The First Time I Followed My Calling When I Was 16 Years Old

    170 | The First Time I Followed My Calling When I Was 16 Years Old

    What are you meant to be doing?

    Following your calling often means pursuing a career or path that is not necessarily conventional or typical, but that aligns with your unique talents and passions. It may involve taking a leap of faith and leaving a stable job to start your own business, or leaving behind a familiar community to explore new opportunities.

    Pursuing your calling can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. It will require you to stay true to your own values, beliefs, and passions. At the same time, following your calling means being authentic which also means being honest about your strengths and weaknesses, and being willing to take risks and make mistakes.

    Today, I am flying solo to share a story of how I took a big risk to follow my calling at a young age. I will also reveal how my authenticity and determination helped me prove my doubters wrong, how I even inspired others to cherish our uniqueness, and why it’s ok to be different. 

    Topics include:

    The first time I took a very big risk in high school

    How I went viral before the internet

    What I learned from leading my class 

    How to believe in yourself and why it matters

    The importance of authenticity

    One of the greatest gifts I ever received at a young age and how I leveraged that

    And other topics…


    Connect with Darius:
    Website: https://therealdarius.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoompdarius/
    YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube
    Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708
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    • 27 min
    TGM Classic | Mike Michalowicz | Authorship: The Brutal Essence Of Entrepreneurship

    TGM Classic | Mike Michalowicz | Authorship: The Brutal Essence Of Entrepreneurship

    How do you define success?

    The entrepreneurial path is a long and difficult one, filled with risks and obstacles to be overcome. On the other hand, there are great rewards to be found along that path as well, as long as you have a clear definition of what success means to you. 

    One path taken by many entrepreneurs is authorship - leveraging their experience, successes, and failures and sharing those insights with their readers. Such a path is often far more difficult than people realize and brings with it its own set of challenges.

    In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Mike Michalowicz, entrepreneur, speaker, and author of Get Different, Fix This Next, Clockwork, Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan, and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His books have been published around the world and translated into 10 different languages, and he's passionate about connecting with entrepreneurs.

    You'll discover some of the challenges of writing, launching, and promoting a book, and why many new authors only focus on the first part of that process and forget the rest. You'll learn why "success" has almost as many definitions as those who strive for it in business and in life. You'll also discover why Mike believes that marketing is not in any way bothersome - in fact, it's the ultimate, deliberate act of kindness. 

    Join Darius and Mike as they explore the long and winding road to becoming an entrepreneur, as well as the rewards and pitfalls that can be found along the way. 

    Topics include:

    The challenges and rewards of writing, launching, and promoting a book, particularly for an entrepreneur

    How we each define success in different ways, based on our beliefs, experiences, and desires

    Why Michael believes that marketing is, in reality, a deliberate act of kindness

    And other topics…


    Connect with Mike:
    Website: https://mikemichalowicz.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemichalowicz/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikemichalowicz/

    Connect with Darius:
    Website: https://therealdarius.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoompdarius/
    YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube
    Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708
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    • 51 min
    169 | Larry Yatch | Navy SEAL Teaches Us The 6 Essential Pillars Of Successful Leadership

    169 | Larry Yatch | Navy SEAL Teaches Us The 6 Essential Pillars Of Successful Leadership

    What defines an effective leader? What are the qualities employers look for in a leader?

    In an ever-changing workplace, an effective leader is an excellent communicator and someone who empowers their team. Integrity, honesty, and authenticity are essential attributes of a good leader. Good leadership involves defining outcomes and then helping team members use their talents to achieve them.

    Larry Yatch, an elite leadership strategist and the creator of the SEAL Success programs, joins us on the Greatness Machine for the second time around to talk about his book, How Leadership (Actually) Works: A Navy SEAL’s Complete System for Coordinating Teams.

    In this episode, Darius and Larry dive deep into leadership and discuss the six-pillar system that teaches companies how to effectively structure teams, manage behavior, and maximize self-regulation. They also discuss purpose alignment and the power of language in coordinating action with others. 

    Topics include:

    Larry talks about his book How Leadership (Actually) Works


    An overview of the 6 pillars of leadership

    Why Larry used to feel unfulfilled despite his achievements

    How to produce success as an individual or as a company

    Leveraging language for building a good team

    Language as a tool to coordinate action with others

    The difference between ego and confidence

    How to align individual, team, and organizational purpose

    The effects of social media and news on a person’s self-regulation

    Larry defines culture and leadership

    And other topics…


    Resources mentioned:
    Larry Yatch (Episode 1): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/141-larry-yatch-leading-like-a-navy-seal/id1555334180?i=1000583007928&l=ru 
    Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins: https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/1544512287 

    Connect with Larry:
    Website: https://www.sealteamleaders.com/
    Book: https://www.howleadershipactuallyworks.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larry-yatch/

    Connect with Darius:
    Website: https://therealdarius.com/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusmirshahzadeh/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whoompdarius/
    YouTube: https://therealdarius.com/youtube
    Book: The Core Value Equation https://www.amazon.com/Core-Value-Equation-Framework-Limitless/dp/1544506708
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    • 1 hr 33 min

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