We had the good fortune of connecting with Damon D’Amore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Damon, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Goal setting. I have a very specific process developed over the years for setting, measuring and taking steps towards accomplishing goals. In order for a goal to be worthy of pursuing and therefore worthy of your time, energy, and whatever tradeoffs you will need to make in pursuit of that goal it should meet three fundamental criteria. Is the goal: * Binary – Is there a definite and specific outcome? If you accomplish or fail will it be clear without question? * Measurable – Are there ways to measure your progress along the way? Can the goal be broken into smaller steps to both allow for accountability to yourself or a mentor/stakeholder and keep you motivated as you progress through the steps? * Actionable – Are you capable of accomplishing or at least beginning the work to accomplish that goal? Do you currently have the necessary resources? And, if not, are you able to acquire those resources? Finally I think about the consequences of NOT accomplishing a goal. If the potential feelings of regret outweigh the potential feelings of accomplishment then it is a goal worth pursuing and making tradeoffs in work and life to accomplish.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I work with leaders on psychological performance (mindset, building resilience, identity, Impostor Syndrome, tradeoff management and other emotional/soft skills. A large part of what I do is enable leaders with storytelling skills with the goal of securing engagement and advocacy from their stakeholders – professional and personal. More than half of my clients are female leaders in the C-Suite. I have been mentoring high-level executives for the past six years. Prior to that I had several entrepreneurial ventures ranging from technology to consumer products to starting a venture fund. I am fortunate to have connected the dots in my career over the past three decades having worked in a broad range of industries (Wall Street, Hollywood, Entrepreneurship) but always for a 5 to 7 year stretch, going deep and building a strong network that followed me to the next stage of my life, regardless if that stage was a professional success or failure. One of the main ways I overcame and continue to meet challenges is a love for learning. I read and digest knowledge constantly and always take notes using a personal system, so that anything actionable for me, my clients or a future interest is noted specifically. I love sharing that knowledge and every week publish a ‘reading/listening list’ on my blog of the top articles or podcasts I digested that were helpful to myself and/or my clients. The biggest lesson I learned is simple to DO THE WORK. There is no magic system, no hack or short cut to increased performance or accomplishing goals that actually matter. The vast majority of people stop moving towards a goal when they meet resistance. If you have measured and decided that a goal is worthy of your pursuit then your only responsibility moving forward is to do whatever you can – in a healthy way – to increase the potential for positive results and minimize the potential for regrets. Myself and my company Legacy Mentor have an earned reputation for empowering individuals who either lack a system that works for them – mentally, emotionally, strategically and tactically – to perform at their highest level and accomplish what matters most to them, their stakeholders and their ultimate legacy. I am proud of that and continue to work in service of that reputation and the measurable results of those I can help improve their lives and businesses.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Lots of hiking – Westridge Trail, Solstice Canyon, also some great trails in Glendale. Vito’s Santa Monica for pizza and Mr. Chow’s for delicious Chinese food and star sighting. I would also find a list of whatever the best food trucks were that week and find some fun activities in those neighborhoods.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield is a book that changed my worldview and approach towards work. The premise of the book is that the world is divided into two camps of people: Amateurs and Professionals. Amateurs make up the bulk of society. They bow to resistance at every turn when confronted with challenges on the journey to finding their bliss in life, true meaning and most productive offerings to others. They are fearful, seek external validation from the crowd and do not believe they are deserving of great accomplishments. Professionals are willing to do the hard work – internally and externally – in committing to fight any and resistance daily. They create and sustain habits, they self-validate and see themselves as a hero in the story of their lives. They know that resistance can never be completely overcome but instead a battle each and every day of life, and the professional re-commits to that battle daily.
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