5 Cheat Codes That Hack Success

From an early age I witnessed the benefits of hard work: Men and women who were dedicated and driven to accomplish goals, which most would assume insurmountable: Individuals who — at the time — seemed to understand a secret or #humancheatcode that allowed them to make the seemingly impossible possible. As I progressed in my career I took with me a few of the lessons learned from these individuals. Lessons that have allowed me to perform at a high level under duress and compete in several different environments.

Cheat Codes

Employ the following human cheat codes to make the seemingly impossible possible:

#AlwaysBeReady

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” — Confucius

The 1st business owner I was recruited by specialized in event management. At the time — in his market — the competition was at a high level and the events management industry was cut throat. Competitors would sabotage your events and at times refuse to honor contractual agreements. Nonetheless, he always managed to stay relevant by planning his every move — with contingencies — in advance.

This high-level of preparation allowed him to pivot and adjust to adverse outcomes faster than the competition.

#RideTheWave

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” — Bert Lance

Often time’s people try to change systems that are already working. The most successful people I have interacted with — recognize a trend and find a way to compliment the things that people are already tuned in to.

I’ve seen people — with a minimal investment — turn lifestyle businesses that complimented a pre-existing trending topic into seven figure brands in less than two years.

#Location 1st

“Real estate is the key cost… That’s why there’s the old saw: location, location, location.” — Jeff Bezos

If you wear your tuxedo to a barbeque you are likely to receive some strange looks, but if you wear the same tux to a black tie event you have primed yourself for a successful evening. In short, your business model has to compliment your markets demand.

When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.” — Saint Ambrose

The one human cheat code that every one of the aforementioned people I mentioned earlier realize is — that you have to put yourself and your products in the right place to succeed on or offline.

#StayHumbleStayHungry

“Humility is the true key to success. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” — Rick Pitino

I have never run across a truly successful person who didn’t practice dignified humility. All ambitious people are driven, but the most successful people have an unquenchable thirst: A humble hunger which allows them to persevere — even in the most trying of times.

Closed mouths don’t get feed and greedy people generally get excused from the table. Find a balance between the two extremes.

#GiveBack

“As I give, I get.” — Mary McLeod Bethune

The single most successful person I have ever interacted with made it a mission to — help “up and coming” people who were humble enough to listen. From my interaction with this individual I gleaned the reciprocal value of service. On the surface you have an opportunity to assist others, but at the end of the day — the true value comes from what you learn about yourself along the way.

Some of the best ideas in the world came from everyday people who shared an interaction with an influencer.

#Be About It
@darimusBe #AboutIt
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Lead & Grow Fast with my T.L.R.R. Technique


Learn & Grow Fast

In today’s, fast-paced social media driven environment developing systems to sift through the endless flow of data is a critical factor that can determine your team’s success.

That said, I would like to share a system that has served my teams and I well.

This system encompasses some elements of the scientific method, but is not limited to the aforementioned methodology. I will discuss each section in detail below:


Test

After you have established a hypothesis, concept, playbook or approach that you would like to implement within your organization. It makes sense to test your idea before implementation. Initial test will reveal flaws in your original concept; and in the long run can be the difference between your success and failure.

Take Space X for example. Without completing multiple test to land a rocket ship on a stationary target, the space aviation industry would not have eclipsed the following milestone so rapidly:

(Testing may be expensive and / or time consuming on the front end, but in the long run it is the R&D step which will safeguard your team, products or company from future shock.)


Learn

Consider the test to be the research hand and the lessons learned and results of your testing as a call to action. Consequently, leading to new developments and / or approaches aimed at maximizing your team’s success. Both hands – research & development – will clean up the face of your systems and in turn insure that you are bringing the best plan to the table.

Revise

That said, no matter how thorough your R&D you will be forced to make adjustments. Adjustments that will either fix flawed methodology or take your performance, product or output to a new level.
I recommend revising early and often.


Resubmit

After revisions are complete it is important to bring your efforts to life and further safeguard your team’s growth by making adjustments based upon your findings. Resubmission may seem like “common sense” but often times it is the step neglected while teams balance the implementation and growth of the preexisting system.

Repeat

If you want to take your performance from good to great and foster unstoppable results: You will not rest on your laurels, in turn allowing your organization to embrace the idiom:

The world is growing at a rapid pace and the teams that are willing to keep their eyes facing tomorrow in the face of success. Will be right fitted for change and positioned to lead their industry, league, market or sales channel going forward.

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Quick Success Hacks : Ambidextrous Problem Solving

Too often distractions originate & swell from within. Our heart & mind struggle to determine how we should venture to resolve a conflict.

Do we follow passion or logic: Practicality or inspiration?

Viewing our mind & heart as diametrically opposed forces often stifles & delays the decision making process. Unnecessarily distancing us from a solution.

“One hand washes the other… Both hands wash the face.” Sam Giancana

When your head and heart — logic & passion — are at odds, I suggest that you pause to identify common ground. This act alone will help you defeat self-sabotaging internal conflicts by approaching problem solving ambidextrously. Essentially, allowing both “hands of your personality” to work cooperatively to identify a solution.

Embracing both schools of thought: left & right brain philosophy. Will align your heart & mind allowing you to make decisions quicker & further develop your brand of leadership.

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I’ve Got 99 Reasons Why Your Problems Don’t Matter

99 Reasons Why Your Problem's Don't Matter
99 Reasons Why

When I learned how to manage my emotions, I started to master my circumstance — opposed to letting the ebb and flow of my life control me. My life didn’t get any easier, but the excuses were dismissed, leaving only me to take responsibility for my peaks and valleys.

In a sense, it was like I was entering the real world for the first time: acknowledging the full weight of the decision making process without the luxury of accomplices, team mates or “fall guys” to take/share the blame. I had to be fully accountable for my actions.

“Wanting success is not enough, you have to work for it.”

I noticed a shift in how I was responding to adversity. Instead of making a list of reasons why some other person, place, or thing had caused a problem; I was owning the issues and sharing in the successes.

In short, the problems didn’t matter anymore — I had shifted my focus to finding solutions and becoming a better problem solver.

Here are 99 reasons why I suggest you make the shift too:

  1. Everyone has problems, but only a limited amount of people find solutions.
  2. I have yet to encounter a person who hasn’t experienced hardship — period.
  3. The sooner you overcome an obstacle, the sooner you get back to doing the things you enjoy.
  4. Life is unpredictable.
  5. Stress doesn’t have any positive side effects.
  6. If you look hard enough or long enough — you can always find a person worse off than you.
  7. You survived the last crisis.
  8. Problems are a teachable moment.
  9. At the end of the day, the blame game doesn’t accomplish much.
  10. Nothing new under the sun: you are facing a challenge, which others have conquered

12. No one ever said it was going to be easy.

13. If you ignore an issue you are sure to find more that follow.

14. Time is precious.

15. Your goals deserve your attention.

16. You will thank yourself later.

17. Overcoming obstacles builds character.

18. Problem Solvers are rewarded.

19. Short supply of problem solvers: High demand for problem solving.

20. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you solve a problem.

21. Focusing on your problems will make you bitter.

23. The grass is greener on the other side.

24. Focusing on solutions will make you better.

25. The road to tomorrow is paved with obstacles.

26. You can complain, but 99% of people don’t care.

27. Problems were created for a solution.

28. Tough times don’t last.

29. When you envisioned your future — problems didn’t matter.

30. Somebody said you couldn’t do it.

31. Don’t let them win.

32. Don’t allow yourself to lose.

34. Problems have an expiration date.

35. Life is a game: play to win.

36. You will be remembered by how you responded to adversity and controversy.

37. You are living a dream until you find something that challenges your reality.

38. Winners embrace the challenge of overcoming defeat.

39. Your biggest challenge in a race is yourself.

40. You have to make a choice — fight or flight.

41. The harder life pushes, the harder you will be required to push back.

42. Your problems goal is to take your attention away from your goals.

43. It is a good day to do better.

45. To get better every day you will have to overcome obstacles.

46. There will always be haters — give them something to hate.

47. Your success is the best revenge.

48. Nobody’s perfect: keep moving forward.

49. Leaders are forged during times of controversy.

50. Tests are designed to be passed.

51. You can’t win, if you quit.

52. Your plan doesn’t have a pause button.

53. You can never surrender to the problems, while you are fighting for your dreams.

54. Every great work of art required revisions.

56. While preparing for tomorrow’s challenge you are forced to overcome today’s problem.

57. The thrill of victory is the greatest form of inspiration.

58. Success is measured by the obstacles that you overcome.

59. Wanting success is not enough, you must work for it.

60. No matter how deep the hole — champions find a way to bounce back.

61. Obstacles challenge the brave to improve performance.

62. To succeed you will have to win in spite of adversity.

63. To accomplish anything worth remembering, you will have to overcome adversity.

64. The world is watching.

65. This may be your only opportunity to address the problem.

67. The world breaks everyone, but only a few take the time to complete repairs.

68. You can only unlock your full potential by overcoming adversity.

69. The next step should be better than your current mess.

70. If it hasn’t killed you: You can turn it into a stepping stone.

71. Enduring problems is the price paid for progress.

72. What doesn’t break you — makes you.

73. You are stronger than a tough problem.

74. A single step back can start a free fall.

75. If you can endure: you can succeed.

76. Great works are completed in spite of setbacks.

78. When you look for solutions you get better at identifying problems.

79. Tough people persevere in spite of problems.

80. You have to endure to succeed.

81. Survival requires adaptation.

82. Success is not easy.

83. You will never forgive yourself if you give up.

84. If you want to reach your potential you will have to persevere.

85. Remember why you started.

86. Someone is being inspired by your struggle.

87. Every good plan requires revision.

89. Adversity is as natural as success.

90. Your response to adversity is a measure of your strength.

91. Change is going to come: it is up to you to determine who is in the driver’s seat.

92. Problems arise — problem solvers go for it.

93. The hand you’re dealt or the hand you worked for? You decide.

94. An optimist see’s an opportunity in every problem.

95. The road to success is filled with problems.

96. The capacity to overcome obstacles is at the foundation of leadership.

97. Every great leader possesses the courage to own up to and overcome mistakes.

98. Practical progress requires vision and initiative in the face of adversity.