Success Interviews & Success focused blog posts from Chris Dessi

Chris Dessi Success

10 Unusual Ways to Manifest Success In Your Life

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Too many think that if it doesn't feel good - you're not following your passion. Bull. If you have a vision and you know that you have to climb a mountain to get to the top, you're taking the steps to land on your passion.
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One Simple Life Hack to Help You Create Good Habits

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I don't pretend to have all the answers. But lately I've been implementing a little trick that has helped me. I think it can help you too. My agency is growing. We have amazing clients. We also produce a world class conference. The conference and the clients are synergistic events on paper. In execution they are at odds. One takes from the other in time, energy and sweat equity. I needed to clone myself, or find a solution.
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The No. 1 Thing You Need to Do Right Now If You're Unemployed

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I have lots of experience being out of work. It happened to me three times in a two-year span. Five times total throughout my career. I'm only 40, so that's a pretty impressive streak. Also - I split up a business partnership. I didn't read the fine print of our contract. I battled my partner for almost a year. I made almost no money.
15 Tips for Introverts Networking That Will Blow Your Mind
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15 Simple Tips For Introverts Networking That Will Blow Your Mind

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Three years ago I launched the first Westchester Digital Summit. Last month Forbes magazine called us one of the "Conferences That Will Keep You Ahead of Marketing Trends This Year." We've hosted over 1000 executives in that time. I'm an extrovert, and I understand the power of networking. What hurts me is to see introverts not capitalize on the opportunity of an event like the summit. So here are 15 practical tips you can use the next time you're at an event. I hope you join us at this year's summit and test them out.
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What a Year for Silverback Social

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What a Year. A look back at 2014 for the Silverback Social team - Westchester Digital Summit, Baltimore Digital Summit, & clients like Legendary Pictures.
What No One Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur
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What No One Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur

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I've been an entrepreneur for 5 years. After being an entrepreneur for 2 years, I was broke. I had spent those first 2 years as an entrepreneur making less money than I had made when I was in my first job out of graduate school. Much less.
24 Ways Ordinary People Have Achieved Extraordinary Success

24 Ways Ordinary People Have Achieved Extraordinary Success

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Last year, I contacted the most successful people I know. I interviewed them on my blog, and then compiled those interviews into a book, Just Like You: 24 Interviews of Ordinary People Who've Achieved Extraordinary Success.
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This TED Talk Explains the 5 Reasons Why Startups Succeed

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Bill Gross loves startups. He believes the best ones can unlock human potential. Bill wanted to pin point what factors or factor accounts the most for a companies success or failure?
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Tom Shine

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Tom is a self made man. A person I admire and respect. While some of is peers are retiring. Tom Shine is just getting started.
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Jeff Pearlman

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Chris Dessi: How do you define success? Jeff Pearlman: It’s a funny question. Back when I was coming up, first at the University of Delaware, then at The Tennessean in Nashville, my answer would have been something like, “Making it to Sports Illustrated” or “having an SI cover story.”
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Bill LaRosa

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G. William LaRosa is not just my Uncle. He's my Godfather. I've idolized him for as long as I can remember. Recently, in the midst of a compelling conversation about business, I marveled how intelligent he is. He replied "I'm not that smart, I've just been around." I call that wisdom. It's my honor to share my Godfather's wisdom on this blog.
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Lisa Besserman

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Everyone has different methods that to lead to their success, especially entrepreneurs. For me, the most important daily quality is being flexible. There have been times where I’ve had to fly to a different continent on a moment’s notice, extend a trip for weeks at a time, or drop everything to solve a time sensitive issue. It’s being able to address these unexpected turns that has allowed me to become the entrepreneur I am today. I guess you can say my “rhythm” is embracing the unexpected and being flexible in times of uncertainty. I work better at night, so I generally go to bed at around 1am and start the day around 9am, answering emails in bed. Working from home has its advantages.
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John Hall

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John Hall is one of the most powerful people in media who you've never met. He's the master mind behind Influence and Co. Forbes recently listed them as one of "America's Most Promising Companies." If you want to be a thought leader, John is the gatekeeper. When meeting John in person you'd never know the power this one man can wield. He's filled with humility, and charming reverence. Get him on a stage, and he will rock you to the core. John and his team are at the tip of the "thought leader" wave. Surfing the edge where the wave of new and compelling is breaking. Crashing down on old, and dusty John's team are trailblazers.
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Tim Flannery

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The guy is an intellectual powerhouse, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Maryland. I'm proud to call the guy a friend, and I'm enjoying watching his star rise. He arguably has the best answer to my "how do you define success" question of any interviewee.
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Todd Marks

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Todd is a confident guy. He's continued to be confident throughout his career. He's built one of the most successful companies in Maryland. Which is why I thought he's be a perfect candidate to profile in these success interviews. Please welcome, Todd "Doc" Marks.