My parents divorced when I was 18 months old. My mother didn’t want me, so my dad stepped up to raise me. He didn’t give me a lot of rules or restrictions, yet I never did drugs, never got into trouble, and got good grades.
What he did give me was a philosophy—a standard to live up to.
When I complained something wasn’t fair or thought I wasn’t good enough, my dad would say, “Circumstances don’t matter. If others are smarter, have more talent, or are more experienced, you can still win. Work harder, study longer, and push yourself further than anyone else will go—Be The Exception.”
He had me believe I could do anything and achieve anything I wanted if I simply chose to—Be The Exception.
This philosophy guided me in starting my own company at age 18. Before my 19th birthday, I was earning a six-figure income. Within 5 years it grew to more than a million dollars a year. Thirty years later, it is still my guiding force.
After interviewing, profiling, and getting to know the most successful people in the world, the one thing I know for sure is—success and achieving the extraordinary is possible for everyone when you choose to…Be The Exception.
Each of us has been gifted extraordinary capabilities. We are all here for a reason—to fulfill a special purpose. There is a voice inside you that knows this. It cries out to you. It calls you to step out of the herd of average complacency and into your grand adventure—to challenge your gifts and see all you can do with all you have been given.
To Be The Exception requires you to make a choice: Go along or go beyond. Settle for good enough or strive for better.
You cannot be normal if you want to achieve abnormal results. If you desire to live, love, and lead as others won’t, you have to do what others don’t. You have to learn more, grow more, invest more, and become more than those around you.
You can choose your better future. You can live the life you were meant to live. For you, for those you love, and for those you were destined to influence.
How to jumpstart your income, your life and your success
The truth, told straight. The real deal on what it really takes to earn success—made plain, simple and actionable. Success Mentor Darren Hardy draws from his own extraordinary journey to success, and all he has collected from interviewing the most successful people of our time, and distills it into the core fundamental principles every achiever needs to know, practice and master to obtain anything more than ordinary success. Darren outlines the operating system that underlies all significant achievement and delivers a complete action plan that anyone can start executing immediately.
-Eradicating the bad habits (some you might be unaware of!) that are constantly derailing your progress.
-Painlessly installing the few key disciplines required for a major breakthrough and lasting results.
-The real key to motivation—getting it and keeping it; how to get yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing.
-Developing and capturing the elusive but awesome force of momentum—catch it and you will be unstoppable!
-How to win—every time! The No. 1 strategy to achieve any goal and triumph over any competitor, even if they are more talented, smarter and more experienced.
-The acceleration secrets of superachievers: Do they have an unfair advantage? Yes, they do; now you will too.
Finally, an understanding there is no quick fix to success. Success is earned through hard work, discipline, key habits and the consistency of positive choices compounded over time. With the principles made clear and simple, attendees leave with a sense of clarity and belief that they can achieve extraordinary success, and knowledge about what to do to get started immediately.
Why NOW is the Time to #JoinTheRide
66 percent of small businesses fail—and it’s not for the reasons you think.
Darren set out on a mission to figure out why and to turn this statistic around.
His discovery was startling and contrary to most assumptions.
Failure was not due to outside factors—they were internal. They weren’t economic—they were emotional. The unexpected and terrifying emotional roller coaster an entrepreneur experiences is the greatest factor in why most quit and ultimately fail.
This keynote is designed to prepare your people for the wild ride of entrepreneurship. It will warn them (of forthcoming fears, doubts, and the self-defeating conditioning of your upbringing and past), inoculate you (from the naysayers, dream-stealers, and pains of rejection and failure), and guide you (as you build those under-developed skills of independence, self-motivation, and self-accountability) safely past the landmines that blow up and cause the failure of most new business owners.
You will learn the best strategies Darren has ever collected from the most successful people on the planet. You can pick from one or two of the four essential skills necessary for entrepreneurial success: Sales, Recruiting, Leadership, and Productivity.
See the Entrepreneur Success Experience for a more extended workshop covering all four essential skills.
Learning to lead, influence and empower a team to high performance in these fast-changing, ever-evolving times.
The core attributes for effective leadership have changed. How do you lead in today’s fast-moving and ever-evolving times? Learn the attributes and skills necessary to lead a dynamic team made up of five generations.
-The essential strategies to recruiting the people you want and getting them to perform as you want
-How to get extraordinary achievement from (seemingly) ordinary people
-Uprooting the legacy leadership practices and belief systems that will severely limit your ability to succeed in today’s marketplace
-The No. 1 job of every leader and your key competitive advantage in organizational development
-Successful emotional management of your people
-Becoming a leader who motivates and inspires people to peak performance
Your leaders will get a 180-degree mindset adjustment on the essential qualities of leading by example and demonstration, not lecture or conjecture. They will understand the responsibility and difference-making opportunity associated with leadership. They will leave with the tools to empower them to become influential leaders who build high-performance teams that deliver results—big results.
“Darren’s 21st Century Leadership message is EXACTLY what everyone needs to hear! This message will change your people and your company’s future.”
-Logan Stout, CEO, IDLife.
How Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett and others produce far more in less time than the rest of us.
From the thousands of printed pages and hundreds of hours of personal interviews with today’s most extraordinary achievers, Success Mentor Darren Hardy identifies the 3 distinctions that make the difference between being an overwhelmed, overworked and overscheduled overachiever and being a super-achiever who produces stunning results with less effort, less stress in less time, leaving lots of time to experience your hobbies and be with your family.
-The specific productivity strategies of Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Kenneth Cole, Richard Branson and Nike CEO Mark Parker
-Understanding your Vital Signs of strategic productivity
-Mastering your Vital Functions and core fundamentals to extraordinary achievement
-The key to staying focused and eliminating your addiction to distraction
-How to get yourself (and others) to DO what we know we should do—finally
-Developing the key success habits to dramatically increase your success
-Finding and keeping your motivation to stay consistent in the disciplines needed to succeed—long term.
Audience members will leave with some rarely known and insightful tips and strategies drawn from the most successful achievers in the world that they can immediately apply to their own business and life to significantly improve their results.
How to change your beliefs so you can change your results and your life
Our beliefs shape our destiny and ultimately determine our results. Our beliefs either burden or embolden our inner potential and the potential of our future. They control everything we are and everything we do (or don’t do).
Learn how to change your beliefs and you can change your life. Learn how to change the limiting beliefs that continually sabotages their success. Remove the barriers to their greater success—in your business and in their life.
-How our brain constructs beliefs and reinforces them (without you knowing it)
-Learning to expose and change limiting beliefs that imprison, sabotage and control your life—determining your feelings of security, worthiness, lovability, self-image, capability and competence
-Learning how to believe in yourself, your capabilities and your potential
How to create a culture of personal growth and high performance
What separates those who end up on the cover of SUCCESS magazine from everyone else? What do today’s most celebrated achievers study, practice and do that defines their extraordinary success? Success Mentor Darren Hardy reveals the three core strategies they use to outsmart, outcompete and outdo everyone else. Learn and apply these strategies and you can too!
-How high-producing leaders create a culture of performance and personal growth for themselves and within their organizations
-Productivity strategies used to multiply results in compressed time
-Understanding how to build and sustain the enigmatic and unbeatable power of momentum
-Empowering people to embrace and celebrate failure on their pathway to success
Audience members will leave understanding that to improve their results in life they need to improve themselves through a specific and actionable plan.
Overcoming the only obstacles that can stop you from being successful in building your business
Why now is the time of greatest opportunity in history—how to take advantage of it and how to avoid the potential landmines that can unexpectedly destroy your chances of success. This presentation will identify and reinforce the commitment, accountability and continual productivity necessary for success. It will also identify the emotional resilience needed to overcome the minefield of fear, doubt, rejection and the inevitable and relentless naysayers.
-Easy entry makes for easy exit; how to create the deep commitment necessary to see them through the emotional journey to success and why direct selling provides the best opportunity for entrepreneurial success
-The essential skills of being your own boss; identifying and learning to focus on the half-dozen fundamentals that earn money and produce results, with a simple accountability system that works
– The key attributes to improve in order to attract higher-quality people into your business and a simple personal-development system for doing so
-Conquering the 3 F-words: Fear, Foes and Failure
Audience members will leave emboldened with a new belief in themselves, their opportunity and their ability to be successful. They will also no longer be overwhelmed and bewildered by what they need to do to succeed. They will make a resolute commitment to consistently execute the core productive fundamentals of the business for at least a year. They will have a simple personal-development plan to help them improve their results and attract more people to their business. They will no longer be afraid of failure or defeated by rejection, but rather be emboldened and reinforced by it. They will have a new relationship with naysayers, fear, failure, and with the obstacles that empower them, rather than debilitate them.
Finding and keeping focus on the key small causes that create BIG results.
This is the single greatest success secret I have ever discovered. It was given to me by a Centenarian who immigrated with his parents from the (now known as) Ukraine and grew up in abject poverty and went on to become massively wealthy, highly respected and very well loved–the trifecta of success as far as I am concerned. This is the single insight he attributes his vast fortune and great success. In this keynote I reveal the principle and teach how to apply it, specifically into the business model of the audience.
-How a few activities produce a 16:1, 250:1 or even 4,000:1 return on effort and investment.
-Finding those few and learning to stay focused on those key activities.
-Learning to delete, diminish or delegate everything else.
While the audience might have heard about focus, the Pareto Principle and how the right small causes create the big results, after this presentation they will finally “get it”. They will understand HOW they do, what they are specifically in their business and how to stay focused on them without the distraction of all the other tempting solicitations on their time, energy and attention. They will know specifically how the uber-successful such as Richard Branson, Warrenn, Elon Musk, Joel Osteen, the late Steve Jobs, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos and other produce 16-4,000X the result of everyone else. THIS is that secret strategy… and now they will have it.
4–5-hour workshop on the leadership dynamics of building a large direct selling network.
There are two major chasms to bridge for direct selling success.
The first is the emotional hurdle of naysayers, doubt and fear one faces when they first get started. This is where 70–80% attrition is experienced as people quit before they really get started. Warning, inoculation and deepening a new person’s commitment is the purpose behind Making The Shift: Your First 7 days. Developing the Entrepreneurial Mindset and keynote trainings of Igniting The Compound Effect and The 4 Landmines of Success.
The second major chasm is the fact that typically less than 1% of representatives rise to the upper levels of leadership. There is a tremendous growth opportunity in developing those who continue to stick around, into leaders and organization builders whom finally rise in the compensation plan. This requires teaching them key people and promotional skills and educating them on the system of large organizational growth. They need to be taught the model and methodology of building a disciplined, replicable, people-based business.
Being taught by a third party (removed from the internal leadership “people politics”) with the leverage of brand credibility and a specific track record of success outside and inside direct selling is particularly effective to drive these messages home and across your entire field organization.
-The art of building, promoting and delivering productive (where business is written) meetings
-Conducting a productive Game Plan Interview (Getting Started process) that sets the pace of the new representative
-Building a specific, step-by-step 90-day build campaign
-How to build, drive and manage a large pipeline of prospects
-The Ten Core Commitments to expect and adhere to
The 27 landmines of success, including:
1. Premature full-time
2. Unrealistic expectations
3. Stop recruiting
4. Too much geography
5. The “quick fix” syndrome
6. Lack of commitment to meetings/conference calls.
7. Not using the products
8. Not developing YOU (and what specifically to develop)
9. Searching for “The Secret”
10. No written goals
11. No long-term commitment
12. Fear/self-doubt (and how to conquer)
13. Majoring in minors
14. Badmouthing other NWM companies
15. Not really serious about industry (and why you need to be)
16. Mismanaged prospects
17. Poor work habits (and what habits matter most)
18. Go rogue
19. Unwilling to take financial risk/make investment
20. Take “no” personally
21. Inability to handle changes from company
22. Easily influenced by negative comments
23. Emotional mismanagement
24. Mistake activity for productivity
26. Not teachable
27. Lack of personal accountability
Learn the Proven Methods for Achieving EXTREME Productivity
In this 4-5 hour workshop Darren reveals the productivity system, tools and strategies used by the most elite achievers of our time.
This is your exclusive window into the minds, lifestyles and daily processes of the most elite achievers of our time and the specific systems and strategies they use to create their extraordinary results.
As a business leader in the success industry for two decades Darren has had unique and direct access to today’s elite achievers. Through this exclusive training program Darren reveals their personal productivity secrets.
-Unleash your most productive and powerful self when you learn how to:
-Keep your focus
-Gain mental clarity
-10X your productivity
-Gain an “unfair” leverage
-Outperform your competition
4-5 hour workshop on the core essentials of succeeding as an entrepreneur. Darren takes your audience through the entire entrepreneur success journey covering the emotional onboarding process as well as all four essential skills necessary for success: sales, recruiting, leadership and productivity. See THE ENTREPRENEUR SUCCESS EXPERIENCE keynote above for more information.
Technology, demographics, and globalization have radically changed society, culture and the workforce. Most of what you know about leadership is wrong.
Through this intensive 4-6 hour interactive workshop, Darren will teach you the emotionally intelligent skills of modern leadership needed to motivate, influence and empower a team to high performance in today’s fast-changing, multi-generational, and intensely competitive work culture.
Uproot the legacy leadership practices and belief systems that will severely limit your ability to positively influence and succeed in today’s marketplace.
Become a leader who motivates and inspires people to peak performance.
-CREATE CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE
Align meaning and purpose to roles and goals. Build a fully engaged and motivated team that consistently delivers insane results.
Once you get everyone rowing in the same direction, you can dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time
Learn the systems that drive discipline, self-responsibility, and ongoing motivation to deliver consistent results.
Cultivating a mindset and operational systems of extreme responsibility will be your key organizational development advantage and separate you from your competition.
Learn the 12 core attributes of being an emotionally intelligent, collaborative, inspiring and pacesetting leader you need to become to achieve big goals, positively influence others and make your impact.
The bigger your dream, the more important your team… and your ability to lead them successfully in the modern marketplace.
Your leaders will get a 180-degree mindset adjustment on the essential qualities of leading by example and demonstration.
They will understand their responsibility and difference-making opportunity associated with leadership.
They will leave with the tools to become influential leaders who build high-performance teams that deliver consistent results—BIG results.
“I would highly recommend Darren as a speaker to another group. He received the highest rating of all the speakers at our event and left a lasting message with all of the attendees. Everyone was motivated to take action and had great feedback on his keynote presentation.”
“Darren was one of the best speakers we’ve ever had at any of our events in more than 18 years! His message is spot-on, his command of the material is awesome and he leaves people with clear, actionable steps to take their business and lives to the next level. We will definitely have him back at future events!”
“I’ve been hosting leadership events for several years. Darren brought the most powerful, actionable content to date with freakin’ awesome delivery! The most successful CEO’s in our region said you delivered the single greatest presentation they’ve ever heard. You killed it and they loved the massive amount of actionable content you provided. Thanks for delivering with such excellence.”
“Your level of preparation and professionalism is unmatched by any of our guest speakers, and we really appreciate the extra effort it took to give such an impactful training. It is certainly not easy to find a speaker who has global appeal; yet we have found that in you. Thank you for helping change the lives of our people.”
“No question that you knocked it out of the park. The emails that have been coming in and comments we have been getting are beyond comprehension. Your message resonated deeply with our clients. You changed people’s lives in that room. Your passion for personal development drives us to be the best we can be in life and in business. I’ve never witnessed anyone own the room like you did.”