The Greatness Machine

The Greatness Machine

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! This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable -


December 9, 2022 58 min

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 b...

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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 t...

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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...

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“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 ...

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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, ...

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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 a...

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November 18, 2022 24 min

Ever wondered how to land a TED talk and make your message matter?

Today, I am flying solo to walk you through the process of how I hosted a TEDx event back in 2012. With a theme of The Pursuit of Passion, the one-day event focused on the fire that drives people to pursue their passions. It was about how one finds the strength to follow their heart and intuition despite rejection, lack of support, challenges, or even outright failur...

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What does it take to be “authentic” when it comes to marketing?

A fundamental requirement of marketing is authenticity, as consumers expect it. They demand you to communicate your brand’s message consistently, tell an honest story and provide relatable information that will capture customer attention. 

Daniel Murphy, SVP of Marketing and angel investor at Liquid Death, discusses the uber-effective marketing strategy that is making Li...

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Do you often find yourself thinking about the “what ifs” of life? Are you someone who worries about the worst things that could happen?

If you are, then you are probably wondering if there are ways to stop these negative thoughts from filling your mind. The good news is that there are tools, habits, and strategies that can help you avoid anxiety spirals. 

Today, I am flying solo to share something very personal to me; my journey of d...

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Humans are not meant to be alone all the time. But with jobs to fulfill, businesses to run, kids to look after, and loved ones to spend time with, how do you gather old and new folks to rekindle friendships and encourage new connections?

What better way to bring people together than hosting a cocktail party, right?

Nick Gray, the founder of Museum Hack and author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to Build Big Relationships with Small...

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How do you exponentially increase how much you read when you have too much on your plate?

Most of us, if not all, wish there were more hours in a day to grind and make time for what brings us joy. Any business owner or entrepreneur can attest to that. Finding a balance between work and life is easier said than done. But when done right, it can make the impossible possible.

Today, I am flying solo to share a few tips on how I managed ...

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The act of visualizing can help you channel your dreams. It conditions your mind and body to take the necessary steps to achieve your goals and claim the life you have always wanted. By visualizing your goals, you will have a clearer vision of what you want to achieve in each area of your life.

Is it your dream to start a business? Do you want to travel the world? Do you want to get that promotion you have been eyeing for?

Imagining ...

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Success does not necessarily equate to happiness and contentment. We often think that it is by grinding day in and day out that we would find fulfillment. Most of us think of happiness as a destination, one that we can only truly experience when we reach a certain level in our job or hit a certain number in our business. 

Unfortunately, that is not the case. While it can be rewarding to achieve our goals, it is also true that someti...

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How does growing up in a bubble prepare you for life outside of it?

Having spent his entire childhood in a church campus, it took Travis Chappell long years to realize that the path he was in at that time was not the life that he wanted to lead. 

Travis, the man behind the Build Your Network podcast, looks back at how a ministry degree holder like him went from making door-to-door sales to starting a podcast and to building his own b...

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Where we spend our time represents what we actually care about, regardless of what we say our goals and priorities are.

Prioritizing helps you decide what you need to do, what you don’t need to do, and when you should focus. Priorities are concerns, interests, or desires that come before anything else. But what does your life look like according to your priorities? 

Unfortunately, when the thin line between need and want gets blurred...

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What does it take to be a successful Navy SEAL or entrepreneur? And how does one learn from the other?

Surprisingly, entrepreneurs are no different from special operators. Just like in the Navy SEAL, entrepreneurship requires good leadership with the ability to plan, execute, and be methodical. Both require unyielding perseverance, regulation, and belief in the mission and vision. 

Larry Yatch, a ten-year US Navy SEAL-turned-elite le...

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What makes a good story?

Good stories create a sense of connection and are easy to understand. They are delivered with calm confidence and keep the audience interested and engaged. The best storytellers are those who get personal and know how to incorporate their own experiences into the story. 

Just like in business, good leaders share their knowledge and personal story to build trust and loyalty between themselves and their team me...

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Negotiating anything in life can make even the most socially robust entrepreneurs break out in cold sweats. Many of us are not born with negotiation skills but have to learn how to persuade our audience to be on our side. Learning excellent negotiation skills can take your career to the next level by negotiating a significant raise at your annual performance review. Negotiating a raise is so much easier than negotiating hostage sit...

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What’s holding you back? What’s stopping you from achieving the life you have always wanted?

Unfortunately, many people experience regret for the things they never did. Perhaps they rejected a wonderful job offer, passed up an opportunity to expand their business, or missed the chance to travel the world. 

While there are plenty of reasons for missed opportunities, choosing to live a life in a box is what stops most people from dream...

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Leadership provides a shared vision that inspires and pushes people in the right direction. A good leader is someone who communicates the policies, eliminates biases and stereotypes, builds confidence, and provides a safe work environment for the members to learn and share their ideas.

A good leader understands generational differences and can engage diverse generations in the workplace. After all, great results can be achieved when...

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