Everything I’ve Learned from Darren Hardy

by Garrett Mickley | Last Updated: 2022-01-12

On this page, I am keeping track of everything I’ve learned from Darren Hardy.

Darren Hardy Book Notes

Darren Hardy Course Notes

10 X-Factors of the Super-Successful

  1. Relentless drive.
  2. Supersize your thinking.
  3. Massive leverage.
  4. Focus. Control your attention.
  5. Unrelenting resiliency in the face of failure.
  6. Constant pursuit of better
  7. Steadfast Consistency
  8. “Power tribe.” Seek out high achieving peers.
  9. Consummate learners.
  10. Unshakable resolve.

How to be Authentic

  1. Owning your shiitake.
  2. Being a professional.
  3. Stop the whining, moaning, and groaning.
  4. Stop taking on other people’s monkeys.
  5. Stop tolerating BS.
  6. Speak frankly.
  7. Speak deeply.
  8. Think for yourself.
  9. Stop giving a rip about what others think.

DON’T fake it till you make it. Be real. Be transparent. Be authentic. Be yourself.

You get and continue receiving what you tolerate in life.

– Darren Hardy

Skill Building

Darren’s 1-1-3-5-1-30-30-5 Plan

5 Steps for Studying

  1. Study – while reading think about current applications
  2. Extract – only look for 3 big ideas
  3. Act – implement 1 idea right now (one per month)
  4. Measure – measure your improvement
  5. Review – assess and adjust, repeat process

3 Advantages for Success

  1. Access to counsel.
  2. Connections.
  3. Strategies.

How to Get a Promotion

Comes down to two things:

1. Help the people you work for make more money.

We get paid for value, not time.

To get paid more money, become more valuable, and delivery more value.

Hitting your goals does not earn a promotion.

You have to go above and beyond your job description.

Deliver increased value in advance.

There is never a lack of promotion potential (opportunity). There is only a lack of value being proactively contributed.

You don’t wait for a promotion; you make your own.

Earn more value by bringing more value.

6 ways to provide more value:

  1. Sell more (to existing clients)
  2. Find more clients
  3. Identify more opportunity
  4. Save money
  5. Recruit talent
  6. Mentor and help others

2. Make life easier.

Be a problem solver.

Lighten the cognitive load of your leaders.

If you have a question, do research first and come up w/ three possible solutions to present.

If you know it’s going to solve the problem — just go do it!

Speak up!

Don’t wait to be called on.


Have guts!

Volunteer for tough jobs.

Be reliable.

Take extreme ownership.

Your leader shouldn’t need to follow up.

If there’s a problem (it’s going to be late, etc), let your leadership know as soon as you know so that they’re not left wondering.

Deliver excellence.

Set a reputation that your leadership knows you will do a good job without even questioning.

“Sign your name to your work” and you will stand out.

Have an ambitious, positive minded, can-do attitude.

Be positive and focus on “how do we get there?” instead of “this is what will prevent us”.

“Be an engine, not an anchor.”

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