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Brad Farris & Jill Salzman tackle the most complex small business questions of our day. "Why can't I hire competent employees?" "How do I make more money without driving myself nuts?" "How do I take over the world?" They’ll get to the bottom of these mysteries with help from entrepreneurial geniuses, product pushers, brilliant branders and a ragtag team of moguls intent on magnifying profit. The soothsayers of success have arrived, and you don’t want to miss the priceless insights of these p ...
 
The Greatness Machine is about two things. We’re about people who are living their passions and those who are creating greatness in the world, despite the odds. In all of our interviews and episodes, we will be diving into the origin story, what makes people tick and why they do what they did to get to where they are going. We interview world-class speakers and people who may not even know to tell their stories and enlighten us about what it took to get them to create all the greatness in th ...
 
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Is writing a book hard? Today I’m flying solo to talk about the process of writing my first book, “The Core Value Equation,” where I tackled how core values create the ultimate decision-making engine for an organization that consistently produces spectacular results. Writing and publishing my own book has been on my bucket list for a long time unti…
 
Today I’m talking with Brad Lea, an entrepreneur, and businessman, who owns a portfolio of companies. He is the founder and CEO of LightSpeed VT, a global leader in web-based training and communication platforms that enables people to create, launch, and market their own interactive courses and training. He is the host of the Dropping Bombs Podcast…
 
Today I’m talking with Sonal Bahl, an experienced HR Director, and a Career Strategist. Over the course of nearly two decades in human resources, screening over 250,000 resumes and conducting over 5,000 interviews on three continents, she has recruited, built, and evolved highly talented teams. She has experience working with large companies like G…
 
What is a recession, and are we in one now? Today I’m flying solo to talk about the US economy, its current state, and what to expect during the second half of the year. A recession is generally characterized by negative gross domestic product (GDP), rising unemployment, falling retail prices, and contracting measures of income and manufacturing la…
 
Today I’m talking with Jesse Iwuji, the first and only active US Naval Officer to compete in NASCAR and the co-owner of NASCAR team Jesse Iwuji Motorsports, which he co-owns with HOF Former-NFL player Emmitt Smith. He's also a Keynote Speaker/Motivational Speaker and a NASCAR Driver Analyst for NBC Sports.After realizing his love for sports, partic…
 
Today I had the opportunity to appear on the Young and Profiting Podcast hosted by Hala Taha, where I talked about the entrepreneurial lessons I learned from my father, my experience working at the White House, how I built and grew my businesses through partnerships, my reason for stepping down as CEO of Money Source, and the importance of running …
 
In this episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius is flying solo during his mini-sabbatical/pseudo vacation in Mexico to discuss who's living in your emotional house and what we're doing about our past.In this episode you'll discover:- How a chance encounter with Ed Mylett and his book, 'The …
 
Sometimes, our mistakes can offer powerful revelations, which can lead to incredible success. Today's guest reveals what inspired him to start his current business, recalling how he did not get real offers from collegiate football programs, because he failed to understand the recruiting process.In this episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-great…
 
In this episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with John Jackson, the Director of Correctional Partnerships for Hustle 2.0, an evidence-based, trauma-informed curriculum used in more than 450 jails and prisons across the country. He is a co-author of ten books, a TEDx speaker, and a …
 
In this episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with SuperBowl Champion Jimmy Farris. Jimmy is a former NFL wide receiver, author, national speaker, coach and master trainer for Kaizen Unlimited, best known for his signature “Be A PRO” platform. After six seasons as a wide receiver in…
 
Are you aware of the tests you've had to endure throughout your life? As we move through life, levelling up and growing, we all experience various tests designed to help us expand and meet the new challenges the future brings, even if we're not aware of it. In this episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Ma…
 
Why are values important to succeed in business and in life? Today's guest shows us what really happens behind the scenes of a successful company and how values factor into the equation.In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius is joined by Matthew Stewart, co-founder and CEO of Na…
 
Are you living the life you want to live, or the one you want others to see? That was the question on the mind of today's guest when he hit his first year of university. At the time. life seemed good. He had an academic scholarship to a top-tier school and a dream of making the U-19 Canadian Rugby Team had become a reality. But then it all came cra…
 
Today's episode covers business, real estate investing, strategic planning, software development, adventure, and a lot more. Our guest takes us back to his teenage years and how he started breaking sales records as the #1 sales representative in a company of more than 30,000 at the age of 20.In this episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatnes…
 
It seems the economy at the moment is in turmoil. We're seeing Bitcoin under 20,000. The markets are down. The Dow Jones has reached 30,000, S&P was around 3600. On top of this volatility, there's a housing boom happening all around us.In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius goes…
 
In 2007 the world was shocked by the story of Amanda Knox, wrongfully convicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Fifteen years after the gruesome incident that attracted huge media attention, our guest gets real about the experience that turned her life upside down.In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (Th…
 
In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius does a deep dive into the concept of inflation and its effects on the economy, as well as the way it’s calculated, both now and in the past.In this episode you'll discover:- How inflation is truly calculated, and how the Consumer Price Inde…
 
For today's guest, winning at home is just as important as winning at work, maybe even moreso. He's joined Darius to discuss exactly how men can go about doing that in their everyday lives.In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Jon Vroman, speaker, author, family man …
 
Many 'rags to riches' stories are tales of average people achieving success in their chosen field. However, in the case of today's guest, the story is almost literally true. From being a homeless teenager to eventually finding her place as an Inc 5000 CEO, her story is truly inspiring.In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-ma…
 
If there's one trait common to most humans, it's curiosity. We seem to have an instinctive need to ask questions, and to explore new ideas. However, this trait is not aways distributed evenly. Some people are very curious, constantly seeking out new avenues to learn and grow, while others seem to lack the trait entirely. So what happens when you ac…
 
A marketing funnel is a fundamental part of many businesses. The concept is designed to illustrate the journey a person takes with your business, from a stranger just learning about your company, to an eventual purchase and beyond.In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats wit…
 
Are we in a housing bubble? Could the events of 2008 be happening all over again? These are questions that are being asked by both experts in the housing market and those in the media. The temptation is to assume that history is repeating itself, and the same factors that created the 2008 crash are once again at work. In today's episode of The Grea…
 
People dream about the glamorous world of spying all the time, though sadly the reality never lives up to the fantasy. However, many of the skills used by real spies could help you in your everyday life. If only there was a way for a civilian to learn those skills...In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The …
 
Welcome to the 100th episode of The Greatness Machine! Today, Darius offers up a fascinating discussion around a quote from psychiatrist Carl Jung that has rocked his world and may just change your life as well!You'll discover the quote that rocked Darius' world and how it could change your life.You'll learn what happened at his MIT event and some …
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Mario Zandstra, President and CEO Family Legacy, a faith-based, Christian, God-led organization that exists to glorify God by empowering vulnerable children in Zambia to live out their God given potential.Fueled by his sincere pa…
 
There's a "thing" that you are good at, likely better at than anyone else in your agency, and the more you do that "thing" the more you are holding back the growth of your agency. Your job is no longer "doing the thing" -- as the leader of your growing agency your job is to build the system in which "the thing" gets done. If you have to do it, your…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Daniel Marcos, the co-founder and CEO of Growth Institute, the leading online executive education company for C-level executives at fast-growing firms. He is a keynote speaker and a CEO Coach, with a mission to help 1 million ent…
 
In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius is flying solo at MIT Endicott House, outside Boston, Massachusetts. In it, he shares the story of how he launched his first company and the hustle required to make it successful.You'll discover a little about Darius' early days in business…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Derrick Kinney, CEO of Good Money Framework and host of the popular Good Money podcast, which inspires you to make more money and use it for good. Derrick's belief that money is not bad and good people should possess more of it i…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Jeremy Slate, founder of the Create Your Own Life Podcast, which studies the highest performers in the world. He studied literature at Oxford University, specializes in using podcasting and new media to create celebrity and was r…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Chris Vinson, Chief Executive Officer, Mortgage Division, Plains Commerce Bank. Chris began in 2001 and has since gone on to coach mortgage professionals across the country, and has an undeniable passion for helping others succee…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Tucker Max, co-founder of Scribe Media, a company that helps you write, publish, and market your book. He's written four New York Times Best Sellers (three that hit #1), which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. Tucker h…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Nik Bhatia, financial researcher, CFA charter holder, and Adjunct Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business where he teaches Applied Finance in Fixed Income S…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Mike Maddock, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author and growth strategy coach. He co-founded Maddock Douglas in 1991 and has been actively evolving the business since then, launching businesses, authoring books and countless arti…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Scott Groves, a loan officer, coach, author, public speaker, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner and boxer. With almost 20 years of experience, Scott has received multiple awards for his exceptional service, particularly on loan…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with David Siegel, CEO of Meetup.com, where he oversees its global business. Meetup currently has 52 million members, hosts 15,000 events daily, and has events in 193 countries. David also hosts the “Keep Connected” podcast, devoted t…
 
In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius discusses a top near and dear to his heart - leadership, and the things every leader needs to know in order to be the best leader they can be, no matter their field. You'll discover a little about Darius' background and his long-standing de…
 
On today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Tom Serres, entrepreneur, public speaker, and technology executive. He is the Co-Founder of Animal Ventures, a venture studio and consultancy focused on building startups, educating executives, and designing comprehensive strategies to help large companies, governments, and SMEs take ad…
 
In business, failure on some level is inevitable. Whether it be a small stumble or a huge mistake, often the greatest business lessons can be found in those dark moments. In today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius shares the story of one of his biggest triumphs, which ultimately led…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Jason Feifer, Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, host of the Build for Tomorrow and Problem Solvers podcasts, and the author of Mr. Nice Guy and Build for Tomorrow. He's also worked as Editor of Men's Health, Fast Company,…
 
In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius dives deep into a subject close to his heart: core values. From a bucket list item in 2010 that spoke of writing a best-selling book to today, Darius has made incorporating core values into business one of his key pieces of advice for entrepreneurs. But it wasn't always that way... You'll discover…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Cat Hoke, founder of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and Defy Ventures, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, Cat mastered the art of “breakfall:” how to prevent injury when you get taken down. C…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius is flying solo, sharing a unique story he experienced about the time a chance get-together with a friend lead to an encounter with Elon Musk... a meeting that still leaves him with deep questions. You'll discover a little of Darius' backgro…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Chris Pronger, an NHL Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup Champion, NHL MVP and 2x Olympic Gold Medalist (4x Olympian) who's building a travel company in the same mold as his professional hockey career. His boutique luxury travel company,…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius is flying solo, offering a rare glimpse into his own backstory - how he became an entrepreneur, and the moment he knew he'd never work for anyone else ever again. You'll discover a little of Darius' background and his time as a White House …
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Barry Magliarditi, a business coach, entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author, speaker, philanthropist, and spiritual guide. Over the past 18 years, Barry has launched several multi-million dollar companies, coached 1000’s of e…
 
Are you feeling bogged down by the monotony of your daily life?On today’s show, Darius talks about enjoying the journey rather than incessantly worrying about the end results. Like many of us, Darius loves his cup of morning coffee. And he obsesses about getting the right beans, the temperature, and adding the correct amount of milk. Recently, a fr…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Susie Miller, author, speaker, and catalyst for growth. She equips high performers to have less conflict, better communication, greater clarity and confidence. Susie is a fixer - a business and leadership strategist who identifie…
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Dolores Hirschmann, an internationally recognized strategist and coach who has been a remote employee and virtual business owner for over 20 years. She helps clients clarify their 'idea worth sharing,' design their communication …
 
On today's episode of https://therealdarius.com/the-greatness-machine-series/ (The Greatness Machine,) Darius chats with Derek Coburn, the author of 'Networking Is NOT Working' and the co-founder and CEO of CADRE, an un-networking community in Washington, DC, which currently supports over 100 CEOs and business leaders. Derek began his career in the…
 
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