157 episodes

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.

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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: 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!
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    156 | Christopher Ryan | Going From Success To Significance

    156 | Christopher Ryan | Going From Success To Significance

    How do you move forward after achieving your long-sought-after goals? Where do you go next after you succeed? Wouldn’t it be great if you could do something meaningful beyond success?

    Being human is all about adding value to the lives around you, and that’s when you realize that you have moved past being merely successful to becoming significant. Bob Buford, in his book Halftime, wrote, “When all is said and done, our success will be pretty empty unless it has included a corresponding degree of significance.”

    When we live a life of significance, we focus on others rather than ourselves. Having a true understanding of the things that matter most to us is what it means to be significant.

    Christopher Ryan, former CEO of peer-to-peer mastermind organization GoAbundance, joins us to talk about the differences between success and significance.

    In this episode, Darius and Chris discuss the importance of knowing your vocation and what it feels like to move from success to significance. They also talk about the value of family and what it truly means to leave a lasting legacy.

    Topics include:

    What helped Chris find his calling and vocation

    What is success and how to measure it

    What it looks like shifting from success to significance

    Why a parent-child relationship is important

    Chris shares the secret behind the success of GoBundance

    What it means to leave a legacy

    Overcoming imposter syndrome


    Resources mentioned:
    Halftime by Bob Buford: https://www.amazon.com/Halftime-Significance-Bob-P-Buford/dp/0310344441
    More Than Money by Michael Cole: https://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Money-Sustaining-Preserving/dp/1119264707

    Connect with Christopher:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherryan2
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paredigm/
    Website: https://www.gobundance.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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    • 58 min
    155 | Gabrielle “Gabby” Reece | How to Leverage Adaptability to Become A World-Class Sports Icon, Super Model, and Fitness Thought Leader

    155 | Gabrielle “Gabby” Reece | How to Leverage Adaptability to Become A World-Class Sports Icon, Super Model, and Fitness Thought Leader

    The ability to adapt enhances your capacity to cope with change, regardless of its severity. Being adaptable helps you come up with diverse solutions to problems. It’s also about having the willingness to go the extra mile.

    Going the extra mile is not just about feeling better about yourself. It is true that the more we are engaged in activities that enable us to put in our best effort, the better we feel about ourselves. But more than the positive self-image it brings, making a special effort to do and achieve something acts as a positive influence on other people.

    Gabby Reece, former pro-volleyball player, supermodel, and co-founder and co-innovator of Laird Superfood and XPT, joins us to talk about her life as a former athlete, fashion model, actress, and as an entrepreneur.

    In this episode, Darius and Gabby talk about the ways to get better at working under pressure, how to deal with online criticisms, the importance of adaptability, and why it matters to connect with people.

    Topics include:

    How to thrive under pressure

    How Gabby got into volleyball during the early ’90s

    Gabby shares the differences in volleyball then and now

    What Gabby learned from modeling

    Best ways as a leader to leverage teams

    How to improve adaptability skills

    How Gabby handles compliments and criticisms

    Movement as a tool to protect mental health

    Why it is important to connect with other people

    Gabby talks about her marriage with Laird Hamilton

    Gabby explains XPT and what the training program offers

    And other topics…


    Resources mentioned:
    The Power of One More by Ed Mylett: https://www.amazon.com/Power-One-More-Ed-Mylett/dp/1119815363 
    Brain Energy by Christopher M. Palmer: https://www.amazon.com/Brain-Energy-Revolutionary-Understanding-Health/dp/1637741588 
    The Breathing Cure by Patrick McKeown: https://www.amazon.com/BREATHING-CURE-Develop-Healthier-Happier/dp/1630061972 

    Connect with Gabby:
    Website: https://www.gabriellereece.com/
    The Gabby Reece Show: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gabby-reece-show/id1492179907 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabbyreece/?hl=en 

    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 10 min
    154 | How I Went From HATING Meditation To Becoming Its Biggest Fan

    154 | How I Went From HATING Meditation To Becoming Its Biggest Fan

    Practicing meditation can enhance a person's mental and physical well-being in many ways. Research suggests that meditation can help ease anxiety, improve sleep quality, reduce negative emotions, and increase imagination, creativity, patience, and tolerance.

    There is also evidence that states people who meditate are more likely to be able to avoid destructive habits. 

    Today, I am flying solo to take a look back at that one moment in my life that made me a believer of meditation and its many benefits.

    In this episode, I will talk about how I went from disliking the practice of meditation to realizing its positive effects on my life. I will also discuss the effects of meditation on my mental health, decision-making, emotional reactions, and awareness of myself and others. 

    Topics include:

    How meditation helps ease my anxiety

    What I learned from practicing 100 days of meditation

    Awareness as one of the benefits of meditation

    What does “game of inches” mean in life and business

    How meditation benefits your mental health and decision-making

    And other topics…


    Sources mentioned:
    Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Habit-Being-Yourself-Create/dp/1401938094 
    The Waking Up Course: https://www.wakingup.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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    • 25 min
    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

    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: https://connect3x.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samushio/
    Email: info@connect3x.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 2 min
    152 | The Only 5 Questions That Matter In Your Business

    152 | The Only 5 Questions That Matter In Your Business

    It is common for customers to return to your brand when they feel valued and enjoy the overall experience.

    Having that culture of appreciation within your business, where your team members or your internal customers feel valued and recognized for their great work, will also reflect on your external customers’ experience. 

    Today, I am flying solo to share with you the secret to building a perfect customer experience. 

    In this episode, I will talk about the most important questions to ask your internal and external customers. I will also discuss how I have been using Net Promoter Score (NPS) to measure customers’ experience.

    Topics include:

    Differences between an internal and an external customer

    What is Net Promoter Score (NPS) and how is it calculated

    Three questions I always ask my team members

    The importance of having an appreciation culture at work

    Five questions to build a perfect customer experience

    And other topics…


    Resources mentioned:
    Net Promoter Score: https://www.netpromoter.com/
     ScaleMAP Method: https://www.dariusclass.com/training-video 

    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
    151 | Jonathan Domsky | Create Your Greatness in the World: Using Affirmations, Declarations and Vision to Achieve the Impossible in Your Life

    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: https://untangled-coaching.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/business-personal-growth-coach
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathandomsky/ 

    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 15 min

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