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Easter Eggs & Special Codes
Q: Where are all the easter eggs? I cannot find all of them.
A: The eggs are hidden throughout the program. As a hint, they may be in the audio module, the video mentoring session, the workbooks, the PDF module slides, and make sure to also look through your weekly module release email updates when you receive them. Once they are found, click here to unlock your treasure.
Q: The easter egg password I think I heard is not working. What should I do?
A: Reach out to your fellow members in your private Facebook Group for help or clues. Also, make sure to check for accurate spelling and remember that some passwords are case sensitive.
Q: The Easter Egg password “motor” is not working for #5587.
A: The egg mentioned in the Big Rocks video with the password motor was corrected in the text banner.
Q: Who is Darren’s favorite author for the password to 9937?
A: The author is mentioned in this YouTube video: Darren’s top 3 Influential Books. Make sure that when you put in the password you capitalize the first letter of the first and last name with NO space between the names.
Q: Where can I find the code for the MASTERY session?
A: The code was released in the introduction video on your Member Site.
Q: If you do not have a straight 90 minutes, what do you recommend as the minimal amount of time?
A: Whatever amount of time you can do in complete single-task focus will be better than zero or any time spent multi-tasking or available to constant distraction. Shoot for a minimum of 45 minutes.
Q: If our focused “Jam Session” is 90 minutes, what is the recovery time before we can begin another 90 minute “Jam Session”?
A: 15-20 minutes at least. Rest (your mind) and do a couple of other less mentally intense activities between sessions.
Q: Would you say a little bit about the 90-minute focus time? One of the results of tuning out incoming urgencies from others is I now have almost 3,000 e-mails to process in my inbox. I check e-mail about 3x per day, scan it and either delete, open and process/respond or I leave it for later. The later isn’t happening. Maybe I should devote some 90-minute windows of time to getting through the in box?
A: I do the same. I don’t get to the later often and have found if I deemed them later to begin with they weren’t in my important and priority to begin with. I am now comfortable with NOT responding to those at all. Don’t let others needlessly obligate you. Stick to the priority of doing YOUR great and purposeful work in the world.
Q: Can workout/physical exercise time be considered your recovery time?
A: Yes, as a knowledge worker anything that relaxes your MIND is recovery. If you work construction then that is a different story. My guess is you are a knowledge worker, so anything that removes your MIND from the grid is recovery. Remember, we are talking MENTAL recovery.
Q: About the relax and do nothing. Should this be everyday? A certain amount of time you recommend?
A: Post a 90-minute Jam Session, 15-20 minutes daily/weekly, whatever it takes to restore, revitalize and rejuvenate your mind. This “do nothing” does not have to be literal. It is just your mind off the “grid." You can work out, rock climb, surf, ski, read a book, watch a movie, meditate or watch paint dry. The activity doesn’t matter, removing your brain from the frenetic energy and constant “burn” is all you are doing.
Q: What exactly is the difference between the jam sessions and power hours?
A: A Jam Session is a 90-minute focused and concentrated sprint working on a big MVP (Most Valuable Priority). Power Hours are those times of the day when you have the most power for the activities you are working on. For instance my mental Power Hours are first thing in the morning and just before shutting down for the day. My physical Power Hours are not in the morning, but in the evening. My communication Power Hours are not in the morning or in the evening, they are right after lunch. You want to find your bio-rhythm of when you are most powerful for different activities.
Q: What do you say to effectively “train” someone who is currently bigger than you and who has garnered more credibility and success than you currently have?
A: If you are the one in need, you will need to accommodate them. The objective is to have your offer so valuable that Mr. Big needs you. Until then at the end of the meeting you can ask, “Where should we meet next time so it is easier for you to get to our meeting place without complications?" This sends a message while being respectful.
Q: What tips do you have for effectively re-focusing? In other words, how do you make sure that you don’t “over-rest” when you take time off?
A: Monitor/measure your time on--as you do with your 90-minute Jam Sessions--and your time off. Whatever requires your disciplined attention, monitor and measure.
Q: In the workbook pages for Module 3, you show an example of your 3 power blocks. You also show a 30-minute “Calibration” period. Can you please explain what that is and what it entails?
A: It’s explained later in the program, but essentially it is a review of:
Goals: 5-that year, this year, this month and this week.
Success Vitals: You’ll learn more about this later.
Today’s MVPs (Most Valuable Priorities)
Think List: Those few things I am continuing to process in the back of my mind
Consistency List: Those few behaviors I am monitoring closely
Study List: That one skill I am focused on deepening.
Q: What is the main difference between Vital Functions & Vital Priorities?
A: Vital Functions are the few unique roles you perform to "make it rain” (make money, drive growth, produce revenue, etc.).
Vital Priorities are the few current most important action items of those few vital functions.
Q: I have a question about listening to music while doing focused and important work. Is that considered multitasking? Is it a distraction? Does it really help some people concentrate? Did we just train ourselves to think that?
A: Anything that breaks your concentration, that pulls you out of “REM concentration” is a distraction. Some can work with music on in the background; I cannot unless it is classical or non-lyrical music. Right now I have some sort of Spa radio station running on Pandora, no words just soft soothing instrumental music. That or complete silence, which is usually better for me if I am really mentally focusing.
Q: Are there any suggestions in how to find an accountability partner and/or a mentor?
A:Regarding mentors… 99% of my mentorship with Jim Rohn was through his materials. You do not need someone to meet with or to take to lunch. The world’s greatest mentors are at your fingertips. You can have Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Jesus of Nazareth, Eleanor Roosevelt, anyone and most everyone of great stature, their materials, ideas, philosophies and instruction has been captured in books, audio recordings and documentaries. You are surrounded by mentors. You are getting mentorship now, through INSANE PRODUCTIVITY, and directly from me through DarrenDaily . In regards to an accountability partner, just find someone equally committed to the process of growth and learning as you are. Ask folks on the Facebook group. If they are members of IP, they are achievement-minded people!
Q: Tracking Challenge – I am struggling with consistent tracking of the Weekly Rhythm Register. The days I am in my office are great, days I am out with clients, not so great. What ideas have worked for you to ensure your tracking gets done each day?
A: First, let me rant: Do it. Yes it’s hard. That’s why few succeed. Because those who do, do what’s hard. Of course you are struggling, most do. That’s why “most” end up mediocre, befuddled, perplexed and blame Obama. This is what separates the boys from the men and the girls from the women. No way around it. You gotta do it. And stick to it. Even when you don’t want to. Scratch that, MOST ESPECIALLY when you don’t want to do it. Okay, rant done. Now, in regards to insurance, set an alarm on your phone, paste it to your mirror, put it on your pillow, tell your kid to remind you every night, whatever. The method you’ll need to figure out. But the key message is: figure it out. It’s the discipline you are after, not the method.
Q: How have you managed to really crystallize your unique strength? Aside from asking yourself the question “What is my best self?”, are there any other exercises or resources that you recommend which are helpful towards really pinpointing one’s unique strengths?
A: Here are a couple of articles:
Q: How do you distinguish between “Staying in your comfort zone” and “Staying within your sphere of strength”? I have yet to clearly see the difference. It would be wonderful if you can clarify.
A: Let’s say my strength is public speaking and speaking to 5,000 is in my comfort zone, but speaking to a coliseum of 50,000 is outside my comfort zone… but still in my strength circle, while building my own website is in my comfort zone, but it is outside my strength circle.
Q: A question that relates to several of the productivity-crushing addictions: As an officer in the military (and I have feeling it is typical of many government entities), I have found that many of these addictions are deeply entrenched into peoples’ (and therefore the organization’s) behavior. In particular multitasking, diligently communicating via email and many being “crabs”. I have been focusing on “controlling the controllables” and leading my section as I desire. I guess my question is, how do others handle the situation of striving to be a “superachiever” when the environment where one operates does not lend too it?
A: Remember the fish in saltwater reference? You can be in the salt water but not be OF the saltwater.
You can be in a chaotic, dysfunctional environment without being chaotic or dysfunctional yourself. Don’t let the environment define your behavior. Let your behavior redefine the environment. Don’t be a victim of the environment, be a change agent. Don’t be a follower, be a leader (by example).
Q: I decided the new skill that could change my life would be to become a better communicator. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a book, CD or seminar that you thought was great to help you become a better communicator?
A: Same as above and Tell to Win by Peter Guber
Q: Can you recommend a book on dealing with rejection from prospects?
A: Read my book, The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster.
Q: Can you recommend a book on Sales?
A: Read my book, The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster.
Q: You mention Jim Rohn often. Which of his books would you recommend?
A: Lessons of a Lifetime. It’s really the best condensed version of his best stuff.
Q: I really try to limit time on Facebook because for me it is a rabbit hole and I can end up feeling like I waste time on FB. Darren mentions it as one of the things not to do in one of the past modules. At the same time we have this forum, and I am constantly being told elsewhere that I have to have a presence here for my business, etc. It seems like conflicting messages. Would you clarify what your thoughts are on using FB or being on FB for your business. Is it all just about discipline and just staying focused, getting in and getting out with what you want to do and not looking at anything else?
A: Watch the video that I did on this very topic. Use it as a marketing and communication channel, but don’t excuse it beyond its usefulness as being “productive." As I give you this answer I am doing it in an email sent to me by Karla who scans all my social media channels and sends me only what’s pertinent to respond to. MANAGE the channel and not the other way around.
Q: I listened to Module #11 and then went to the Success Store. I found an article about conflict management but no books or CDs on it (at least through the search box). A reference was made to books in the articles of the author of the article, but they are not available through Success. I bought one through another source. Have you considered adding material on this subject? My personality does not like conflict, but this is one area I think needs to be the focus of growth for me.
A: I’d recommend How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (read before? read again) and Jim Rohn’s Take Charge of Your Life.
Q: Do you have any recommendations for creating the knowledge bank referenced?
A: Don’t over complicate it. Just create several Word docs, or Google docs with different topic headers (i.e. Sales, Leadership, Productivity, Marketing, Communication, etc.) – whichever are relevant for you and your business. Then when an idea is important enough, add it to the appropriate document.
Q: I received the High Performance Dashboard from the Tools of Measurement video Easter Egg, but I am unable to edit or use the Google spreadsheet. It is in View Only mode. Help!
A: In order to edit the spreadsheet, you must first add it to your own Google Drive. When you open it up, click File in the menu bar, and then in that dropdown menu click “Make a copy." Choose a title for the spreadsheet and once you complete that it will be added to your Google Drive and you can edit freely as you like.
Q: In the High Performance Dashboard given, what do the xxxxx and ^/v represent?
A: The xxxx is what you will fill in for your Vital Metric. For example, let’s say you are in Sales. So one of your xxxxx’s could be # number of outgoing calls. The ^/v is what you are tracking, the change from last week compared to this week. HERE is a sample that may put it into better perspective.