Darren Hardy was the visionary force behind the rebirth of SUCCESS Magazine, as it’s publisher and founding editor. He sat in the “esteemed chair” once occupied by the early pioneers in the personal development field; Orison Swett Marden, W. Clement Stone, Napoleon Hill and Og Mandino.
He has had the unique and unprecedented access to the most successful people on the planet to interview, and publish their stories of success, including people like Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Howard Schultz, Steve Wynn, Jack Welch and many many more.
Darren is one of the most distinguished keynote speakers in the world today, He was awarded the ‘Master of Influence’ designation by the National Speakers Association (NSA). This is an honor shared by only 22 other luminaries in the history of the industry. Other such notables are Jim Rohn, Og Mandino, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar and Deepak Chopra.
Darren Hardy delivers a powerful short message for the ages. Short and sweet may appear too simple, until examined over a period of time. Steve Jobs gave a speech in which he said that the future appears as a mist and we may not understand it all. We only see it clearly, after we have passed through time, and that’s when we connect the dots to see how far we have come. Trials and tribulations are stepping stones to learning experiences.
The first time I heard that it’s just a ‘few things’ you need, to be successful in life was when I was listening to a Jim Rohn CD lecture in which he was discussing the “Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.” Before he got into the list of the Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, he talked about the formula he got from his mentor Earl Shoaff.
Earl said “There are only a half dozen things that make 80 % of the difference as to how your life turns out”. Keep looking for the few things that make the most difference for YOU. A few healthy things you do every day, is all you need to do to have a healthy life. The challenge is to do them every day, which requires discipline. It’s eating an apple a day, not eating seven apples at the end of the week. A walk around the block and a push-a -way from the table takes discipline. It’s easy to do the things you like, and it’s harder to do the things you must, unless it becomes habit.
Time management is the secret to success. Successful people have learned to do more in their 24 hours than others, by focusing on the few things that make the major difference. Many people don’t do well because they spend major time on minor things. They also spend major spend money on minor things to impress others, but don’t spend time and the money on their personal development.
In a world made smaller with technology it’s easy to be distracted. With the mobile phone and the internet, the whole world is just a finger tap away. Many wake up to read their email before they brush their teeth and read their email before they go to sleep. I remember when that there was a time that the TV ended at a certain time of the night. Now there is 24 programming and you can watch a lot of it from a smart phone.
It’s a special treat to reach 100 years of age. To reach that age and being wealthy, respected and loved, is even more rare. Darren Hardy as the publisher of Success Magazine reminds me of another individual, who spoke to a lot of the most influential people of his time. His name was Napoleon Hill and because he took on the challenge from Andrew Carnegie, he interview the most powerful and rich during his time.
I was personally in the audience at a convention when Darren said that SUCCESS Magazine was coming back. I donated a lot of my old magazines to ‘The Mighty Writers’, a youth organization here in the city but I kept my favorite – Jun/July 2008 – 50 Greatest Entrepreneurs of All Time. The FREE Dual Disc (DVD/CD) inside introduced me to the Legend- Jim Rohn. He became the grand father I never knew – full of timely wisdom.
Here are some additional Darren Hardy resources
DarrenDaily.com /TheCompoundEffect.com/ DarrenHardy.com/LYBYE/ RollerCoasterBook.com/InsaneProductivity.com/High-PerformanceForum.com