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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 Bu ...
 
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In this episode we talk to Canadian gun rights activist Donald Helkaa, who explains the current state of gun laws north of the border. We also explore what this means for self-defense rights in North America overall... and the implications for students of self-defense right here at home. https://linktr.ee/philelmore…
 
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 …
 
“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 Ik…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 inves…
 
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 sp…
 
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 …
 
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 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 t…
 
Phil Elmore looks at allegedly "tactical" #EDC people supporting the likes of "Beto" O'Rourke, how the folks at Superesse Straps Paracord Bracelets reacted to being linked to the man, and whether there truly could be any such thing as "cancel culture" on the Second Amendment side of the aisle. https://linktr.ee/philelmore Please subscribe to the sh…
 
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 h…
 
"Carrying THAT will get you killed!" More often than not, this is something stupid people say, because they don't understand self-defense or force-multipliers... and they don't want to. Phil Elmore dives into the topic of tactical pens, mouseguns, and other "talismans" in self-defense in this episode of The Martial Arts Podcast with Phil Elmore. ht…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Medusa Edged Weapons System: What is it? Phil Elmore interviews the system's founder, Mike Raymond, and one of its most prominent instructors, Jason Schultz, to get the answers in this episode of The Martial Arts Podcast with Phil Elmore. https://linktr.ee/philelmore (Mike Raymond can be reached on Instagram at @medusaedgedweaponsystem. Jason Schul…
 
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 knowle…
 
I got my yellow belt in Chidokwan Karate ay back in 1993, a blue belt in Wing Chun Kung Fu in 2004, a yellow belt in Liu Seong Gung Fu (the Kuntao/Silat art of Willem Reeders) in 2006. After that I got green and gray sashes in Liu Seong in 2007 and 2008, a black belt in 2009, and an instructor rank (orange) in 2011. All told it took me about 7 year…
 
Ever since Shawn's Tactical Specialty introduced their "disposable drawpoint package" (and before that), the market has been very aware of "disposable" knives. Fruit knives, the Pioneer Woman knife... these are considered "disposable" as well, or they started out that way. But are you, a member of the "tactical knife community," setting yourself up…
 
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 p…
 
Has pikal ruined knives? It's a fact that contemporary knife instruction evolves, and it does exert some influence over the hobby of knives and those within it... but just how much influence is that? And what exactly does any of this mean? Phil Elmore explores the topic in this episode of The Martial Arts Podcast with Phil Elmore. https://linktr.ee…
 
Phil Elmore looks at a recent forum experience at mixedmartialarts.com and explains why some people seem so eager to defend frauds. Also, is Phil part of a vast conspiracy that takes place at every level of local, federal, and state government to stop martial arts personality Ron Collins from being successful? We find out in this episode. https://l…
 
Phil Elmore takes another look at crazy people in the martial arts -- people who should probably be put in jail for their own good. These include famous ninja personality Ron Collins as well as someone we'll call "Bravo Sierra," who recently started challenging multiple FMA instructors who have no idea who he is. https://linktr.ee/philelmore…
 
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 enga…
 
Are you giving yourself the gift of dreaming? Or are you only grinding hard towards your goals? Many people think that dreams will take you nowhere unless you embrace the grind and take action towards achieving them. However, they allow you to see the future with optimism and to see what’s impossible become possible. Today, I am flying solo to talk…
 
Phil Elmore explains how President Trump got him banned from TikTok. Also, we explore the sad, meaningless lives to two "men" who, years ago, got angry at Phil Elmore for having different opinions, and who apparently still talk smack about him to this day. Also, be sure to check out "Be A Martialist" on Amazon, available in paperback and on Kindle.…
 
Unconscious leaders are expert decision-makers and have a clear vision of what they want to achieve regardless of how their decisions or behavior can affect others. They tend to focus on the external environment and are driven by their emotional responses. Conscious leaders, on the other hand, are those who lead with full awareness, authenticity, i…
 
Will Democrats murder you you for being a Republican? Phil Elmore explores the case of Cayler Ellingson, a teenager murdered in cold blood by Shannon Brandt because, Brandt claims, Ellingson was a "Republican extremist." Just what IS the personal security threat to you from the Left if you find yourself on the Right? https://linktr.ee/philelmore…
 
A lot can change in just a couple short years….your dreams may be just around the corner! These changes, whether they are good or bad, can happen in a blink of an eye. It may seem like every day is the same, but when you look back, everything is different from how it used to be, and you are different from who you used to be. Change offers new oppor…
 
Phil Elmore analyzes a Yahoo News Story about William “Marc” Wilson, who was convicted this summer of involuntary manslaughter in what he says was a racist attack on a Georgia highway. Is "stand your ground" different depending on race? We find out in this special edition of the Martial Arts Podcast with Phil Elmore. https://linktr.ee/philelmore…
 
In this episode, Darius and Phil discuss wide-ranging topics such as microeconomics, capital markets, consumerism, inflation, automation, population growth, US economic forecast, and much more. Topics include: Understanding capital markets What is exponential growth, and why it matters Effects of asset inflation Phil reveals what drives him in busi…
 
Are you trying to help, or just showing off? The comments on most martial arts videos, especially short-form videos, could shake your faith in humanity. But what about the creators? Are they trying to help people with their content... or just showing off to persuade themselves of how cool they think they are? Phil Elmore explores this issues and as…
 
Why is this happening to me? Or Why is this happening for me? Do you ask yourself these questions when faced with adversities? Although both are true, what you focus on will determine how well you react when push comes to shove. After all, life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. And one of the only things we can control is our at…
 
As the popularity of podcasts continues to skyrocket, the podcast advertising industry also saw tremendous growth quarter after quarter, seeing how more consumers and marketers allocate a greater portion of their advertising budget to them. While podcast ads are said to generate higher brand awareness and effectiveness, putting money into marketing…
 
What is influence, and why do we want to have it? Influence is so much more than persuasion. The art of influence is having the ability to make an impact and affect how other people behave, think, and make decisions. Those who master the art of influence are often adept at tapping into people's emotions and motivating them to act. To put it simply,…
 
What will you leave behind? Leaving a great legacy is one of the most powerful things you can do in your career and personal life. It's about creating something enduring that has lasting and multi-generational effects. This isn't about how people will remember you; it's about creating something strong enough to make a powerful ripple impact. Mike M…
 
How do you draw the line between your business and personal life? A balanced lifestyle means having the time, resources, and motivation to do well at work and home. After all, who wouldn't want to grow their business and spend more time with their loved ones without choosing one from the other? Author of the International Best-Selling Book, Epic Bu…
 
What do you do if you're being cyberstalked? What if your family is threatened? What if your stalker implies violence against you? Phil Elmore explains the steps you should follow, in order, to deal with the situation. Phil should know, too, because over the years, he's been threatened and stalked many times... mostly because he did everything wron…
 
Anger is often viewed as a negative emotion that is typically associated with violence. While aggression is destructive, anger is a normal human emotion that is designed to promote survival, provide a sense of control, motivate us to solve problems, make us aware of injustice, drive us toward our goals, and inject optimism. Awarded the 2013 Disting…
 
Do you ever look back and think about the things that you could have done differently? Maybe you have done and said something that you wish you could take back. Maybe you wish you hadn’t worked so hard or wish you could have done better. Most of us, if not all, have regrets. It could be things you did that you hoped you hadn’t or things you wish yo…
 
Communication is complex. While most people associate it solely with talking or speaking, a good communicator must also have the ability to listen, question, and provide constructive input. The act of communicating not only allows one to convey information but also helps build relationships, enhances engagement, fuels innovation, and fosters trust.…
 
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