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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: Moby, Seth Godin, Gabby Reece, Amanda Knox, UFC Ring Announcer Bruce Buffer, Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss ...
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What qualities set apart a legendary rock photographer whose work resonates with the soul of a generation and captures the spirit of an entire era? In the heart of rock 'n' roll's whirlwind, Michael Zagaris emerges as an iconic figure, the man behind the lens who documented the defining moments of music history. With a camera as his tool, he captur…
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On today's episode of 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 financial services industry. When the economy took a turn…
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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…
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What wisdom lies in an entrepreneur’s journey from startups to strategic business acquisitions? Robert Brooker has traversed a multifaceted career path marked by entrepreneurship, strategic business acquisitions, and a profound commitment to a fulfilling life. Starting with odd jobs worldwide, he ventured into real estate and later transitioned to …
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In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Jessica Lawson, a self-taught chef and baker. Food is her creative release and being in the kitchen keeps her centered. Jessica started a blog to share recipes, favorite gadgets, and products with her friends and family. She's fiercely passionate about good quality ingredients, healthy-…
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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…
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Ever wondered how to unleash your inner genius and transform your life? This innate desire to tap into our fullest potential often leads us on a journey of self-discovery, where we explore the depths of our abilities and aspirations. Renowned psychologist and personal development guru Gay Hendricks has dedicated much of his work to addressing preci…
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In today’s show, Darius interviews Gina Mollicone-Long, co-founder of Greatness U, a multinational training, team-building, and personal development company. Gina teaches the mechanics of the mind to help coaches and business leaders get better results faster. In today’s show, Gina gives us some interesting insights into different mechanistic mind …
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Do you find yourself grappling with the idea of exploring various opportunities versus staying committed to a single path for long-term success? In the third installment of this compelling series, join me as I focus on a crucial lesson: “The game is long, but you need to stay to win it.” Reflecting on my experiences as a CEO and entrepreneur, I dis…
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How can we foster a culture of "unreasonable hospitality" and go above and beyond conventional standards to deliver exceptional experiences? Will Guidara, a distinguished figure in the world of hospitality and fine dining, has not only earned numerous accolades but has also revolutionized the way people perceive dining experiences. His journey teac…
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Every entrepreneur will experience adversity at one time or another - that's a fact of life. Whether it be business related or personal, how we respond to the presence of these challenges is vital to determining whether we will triumph over them. In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Ben Woodward, speaker, strategist, coach…
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Have you ever stopped to ponder how the roles you play in life shape your identity and, ultimately, the mark you leave on the world? How we define our identity is a complex and ever-evolving process. It is not merely a single label or job title, but a multifaceted tapestry of experiences, roles, and characteristics that make us who we are. How we d…
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Ever wondered how million-dollar deals happen behind closed doors? CL Turner, III, Founder and Managing Partner of Crescendo Capital Partners, underlines the critical role of building personal connections with founder-owner operators in private equity transactions, making it clear that it is more than just business; it is personal. He explains how …
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Leaving an established corporate gig to branch out on your own can seem daunting, and for many, the risk remains too high. In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Jeffrey Schox, general partner at Trucks Venture Capital, and the founder of Schox Patent Group, a boutique patent firm focused on startups. Jeffrey started his car…
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Have you ever wondered if your quest for short-term gain might be hindering your long-term dreams? In the pursuit of long-term rewards, taking risks is the compass guiding us through uncharted territory. While risks can be intimidating, they also carry the potential for great rewards. It is the decision to invest in tomorrow, even if it means sacri…
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Ever wondered how to reboot your life’s operating system for boundless success and purpose? In a world filled with challenges, demands, and distractions, many of us have experienced moments when we yearn for a fresh start, a way to unleash our full potential and discover true success and purpose. But how can one truly reboot their life's operating …
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In today's episode of "To you know your "why?" Are you clear about what drives you and gets you up in the morning? he Greatness Machine," Darius talks with acclaimed speaker, best-selling author and CEO whisperer Cameron Herold about his amazing body of work, life and what his plans are now that he's retired. You'll learn a little about Cameron's j…
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Ever wondered what the path to success looks like after launching a string of business ventures? Today I am flying solo to look back and take you through how I started my entrepreneurial journey with a candy business that my brother and I launched in fourth grade, converting a one-pound block of chocolate into a lucrative enterprise. Over the years…
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Ever wondered how the most successful leaders ignite greatness in their teams? Trey Taylor, a multi-faceted leader holding titles such as Managing Director of Threadneedle, CEO of Taylor Insurance Services, Managing Director of Trinity Blue, and Founding Partner of Ascend Partners, is a living testament to the power of great leadership and the succ…
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It's a simple truth: 'business as usual' simply doesn't apply anymore... and not just because of the pandemic. In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Jay Wilkinson, entrepreneur, author, speaker, angel investor, CEO of Firespring, and self-proclaimed "geek with social skills" about the rapidly shifting world of business. Hai…
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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…
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How can a deeper understanding of sex and sexuality empower individuals to enrich their intimate lives and build healthier relationships? Developing a deeper comprehension of human sexuality and intimate connections can pave the way for more fulfilling and healthier relationships, nurturing greater emotional and physical closeness. That is why, Dr.…
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It sometimes seems as if certain people are born to be entrepreneurs. That's certainly true of Alana Winter! In today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Alana Winter, serial entrepreneur, creative thinker, founder of MI6 Academy and Stiletto Spy School and guide on the path to self-aware leadership. Her journey has taken her from…
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In this special episode of The Greatness Machine, I embark on a culinary journey with my mom, Susan, who is sharing the cherished family heirloom recipe for her remarkable red sauce pasta. This isn't just another cooking show; it's a heartwarming tale of preserving traditions and passing on a culinary legacy from one generation to another. Ingredie…
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What if there was a proven scientific approach to unleashing timeless strength and graceful aging? Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, through her latest book, Forever Strong: A New, Science-Based Strategy for Aging Well, introduces an accessible program that teaches the connection between nutrition, exercise, and self-care. She unveils an easy-to-follow food, fit…
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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 p…
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In this episode of 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 Power of One More,' changed Darius' thinking, the concept o…
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How do you free yourself from the prison of your past? How do you get up after being dragged down? Joining us today to talk about the 2007 murder case that shocked the world, Amanda Knox recalls her wrongful conviction for the death of Meredith Kercher. Fifteen years after the gruesome incident that attracted huge media attention, Amanda gets real …
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Are you aware of the tests you've had to endure throughout your life? As we move through life, leveling 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 The Greatness Machine, Darius is recording from Wahaca, Mexico to discuss …
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What if you could build an empire from scratch, navigate the world of private equity, and exit your business for millions? How would you make it happen? Imagine if you had the opportunity to earn the strategies and secrets of entrepreneurs who have successfully built empires, thrived in the competitive landscape of private equity, and eventually ex…
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On today's episode of 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, Well Inspired Travels, caters to elite athletes, enterta…
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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 The Greatness Machine, Darius goes solo to offer some insights on housing based on his past…
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Trigger Warning: Suicide Discussion This episode discusses suicide and its prevention. It may be distressing for some listeners. If you or someone you know needs help, please seek professional assistance. Listener discretion is advised. Can a single conversation save a life? Kevin Hines, a renowned mental health advocate, author, and speaker, has d…
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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 The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Ryan Levesque, CEO of The ASK Method® Company, entrepre…
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In today's episode of 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, how the Consumer Price Index factors in, why understanding inflation requires research...…
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How can you leverage the power of content creation to not only connect with your audience but also uncover new business opportunities and solve their pressing needs? Ryan Pineda, a dynamic entrepreneur and content creator, has made waves in the business world with his innovative approach to real estate and digital media. His journey from flipping c…
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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 The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with someone who has cre…
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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 of the amazing people and ideas he encountered there.…
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How can you transform your health, defy conventional wisdom, and embrace a life of vitality and purpose? Dr. Kevin Hoffarth, founder and owner of BioFIT Medicine, is a distinguished expert in the field of functional medicine and a passionate advocate for optimal health and longevity. With over two decades of experience in the medical field, Dr. Kev…
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On today's episode of 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 is designed to change your perspective. Having applied thes…
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In today's episode of 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. You'll learn what happened when he moved to San Francisc…
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Ever realized how storytelling goes beyond marketing, actually influencing product value, brand perception, and the triumph of company exits? The benefits of storytelling contribute to the long-term growth and success of a business by shaping its identity, influencing how it is perceived, and building a loyal customer base. People are drawn to stor…
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On today's episode of 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 has been credited with being the originator of the literary…
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In today's episode of 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 desire to be a leader in all his endeavors. You'll learn the …
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Is college really the only pathway to success? Shayla Gifford, entrepreneur, loan officer, Branch Manager at Guild Mortgage, VP of Sales Development, and national coach, has proven that a college diploma is not the only key to success. Leaving behind the confines of a classroom, her insatiable curiosity and unwavering ambition propelled her toward …
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On today's episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Nik Bhatia, financial researcher, CFA charterholder, 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 Securities. Previously, Nik worked the US Treasuries trading…
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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 The Greatness Machine, Darius shares the story of one of his biggest triumphs, which ultimately led to his biggest failure and the lessons he learned along t…
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What if the key to unlocking humanity’s full potential lies in embracing the unique perspectives and contributions of those who have been overlooked or undervalued throughout history? Stacy Spikes’ journey as an outsider in the tech industry is a testament to the power of resilience and determination. Recognizing that he did not fit the conventiona…
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On today's episode of 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 to the power of community. He is a business leader and expe…
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