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How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

Posted By: jerminix October 17, 2017

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

Are you an innovator? Do you have revolutionary and radical ways of thinking? Do you have zero tolerance for ignorant people? If you answered yes to these three questions then you are most likely a Maverick.

Mavericks are essential to top performing organizations. They think differently, act differently, and often times piss people off. Think of some of the most successful people in the world, they are typically Mavericks. Think Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs. However, we will look at three people you might not have thought about when you think of Mavericks. These three completely buck the status quo and disregard traditional ways of thinking.

So, let’s take a look at what a Maverick is, how you can embrace a Maverick mindset, and why you should protect the Mavericks in your organization.

Do What You Can’t!

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

“The haters, the doubters are all drinking champagne on the top deck of the Titanic and we are the f***ing Iceberg” – Casey Neistat

If you have ever been told you can’t do something, then you must do that thing. Casey Neistat is a fascinating person with a strong message. There is no question Neistat possesses a Maverick mindset.

“Keep your head down, follow the rules, do as you’re told, play it safe, wait your turn, ask permission, learn to compromise… This is Terrible Advice!” [1]

Neistat suggests we should do what we can’t. A simple rule here is to pay attention to people when they tell you that you can’t do something. The rule… do that thing.

Mavericks do not play well with others, yet this is not a bad thing. Why should we play well with others? Should you compromise with a person who seeks to hold you back, NO!

Neistat provides the perfect analogy for Maverick thinking in a short video. Here is a brief description of the video:

  • Life is like going the wrong way on a moving sidewalk.
  • Walk and you stay put.
  • Stand still and you go backwards.
  • To get ahead… you have to hustle!

Got Beat? Good!

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

“You want to improve your mental toughness? Try this: Be Tougher.” – Jocko Willink

Former Navy Seal and author of Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win is the perfect example of a Maverick. John Eagan nicely sums up an interview between Jocko and Echo Charles during a Q&A in 2015. [2]

Echo Charles: “How do you deal with setbacks, failures, delays, defeats, or other disasters?”
Jocko: “Good.”

What a perfect response! Let’s take a deeper look at what Jocko meant by his simple response—Good.

Oh, the mission got cancelled? Good. We can focus on the other one.
Didn’t get promoted? Good. More time to get better.
Didn’t get funded? Good. We own more of the company.
Didn’t get the job you wanted? Good. You can get more experience and build a better resume.
Got injured? Good. Needed a break from training.
Got tapped out? Good. It’s better to tap out in training, then tap out on the street.
Got beat? Good. You learned.
Unexpected problems? Good. We have the opportunity to figure out a solution.

“When things are going bad, there’s going to be some good that is going to come from it.”

Protect Your Mavericks

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

“What keeps you awake at night? Nothing… I keep other people awake at night.” – James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, 26th United States Secretary of Defense

As I mentioned before, Mavericks typically do not play well with others. They create conflict and generally make people feel uncomfortable. Yet, they play a critical role to success in an organization and senior leaders must protect them. [3] Bob and Gregg Vanourek provide the following advice,

“Mavericks are essential to innovation. Senior executives play a critical role: leaders must protect the Mavericks in their organizations. They must step up and give Mavericks space to operate, providing organizational cover for Mavericks to work their magic and keep the flame of innovation alight.”

United States Secretary of Defense James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is a believer in this credo and is a Maverick himself. Look no further than the following three powerful quotes from the Mad Dog.

  1. “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
  2. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
  3. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

Carnivores Eat Herbivores

So, how can you adopt a Maverick mindset? It’s actually pretty simple. Become a Carnivore. Let’s end with these five simple tips to becoming a Maverick.

  1. Do what you can’t. If someone says you can’t do something, do that exact thing.
  2. Be tougher. If you get beat or fail at something, remember Jocko’s advice. Good.
  3. Become a hunter. Confront the brutal facts of the world and decide to be a hunter.
  4. Don’t be afraid to give people a piece of your mind. Don’t allow yourself or others to be bullied, in essence, bully the bully!
  5. Use sage advice from Cornell Professor and author of Systems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems Derek Cabrera and ask, “What pisses you off the most?” Your answer will be what you are most passionate about, go after it!

Finally, remember there is no easy path to success. To become a Maverick, you have to work hard. There is no magic formula or magic pill. People are not born to be a Maverick, they must embrace it and work for it.

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist. We are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented. I am obsessed.” – Conor McGregor

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How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

What Is A Maverick – The Top 10 Traits of Being A Maverick

The top 10 core traits of being a maverick and creating greatness. These traits can be found in famous leaders like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Here are the top 10 core traits of being a maverick.

1. They are innovative , independent-minded, individualistic.
2. They are completely goal-focused .
3. They achieve success through risk-taking
4. They break the rules
5. They are open to experience
6. They are willing to stand their ground
7. They will move forward regardless of criticism
8. They have a low worries factor
9. They are highly creative
10. They persevere

Those are the top 10 that I have experienced and that I have seen, that help me to be a maverick, and might help all of you to do the same. Not only embrace this for yourself, also look for it in your team members, because the more of us there are, the more we have a chance of changing the world.

About Paul Finck, The Maverick Millionaire ®

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • International Trainer
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Best Selling Author
  • Multi-level Marketing Leader
  • Life and Business coach
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • International Trainer
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Best Selling Author
  • Multi-level Marketing Leader
  • Life and Business coach

His unique combination of business expertise coupled with a psychology education make Paul the ideal mentor to work with no matter what is holding you back. With more than 30 years being an entrepreneur, he knows what it takes to build a business with sustainable success. As a husband and father of three sets of twins, he knows how to keep it all in balance and perspective. His untraditional methods have brought not only personal success, he has worked with individuals and companies all over the world on finding unconventional answers to everyday challenges.

His unique combination of business expertise coupled with a psychology education make Paul the ideal mentor to work with no matter what is holding you back. With more than 30 years being an entrepreneur, he knows what it takes to build a business with sustainable success. As a husband and father of three sets of twins, he knows how to keep it all in balance and perspective. His untraditional methods have brought not only personal success, he has worked with individuals and companies all over the world on finding unconventional answers to everyday challenges.

The Maverick Mindset

Fear is a powerful emotion. It can stop you dead in your tracks; it can keep your entrepreneurial dreams forever shelved. Forcing yourself down the path of most resistance, on the other hand, is the act of a truly courageous person. Or, to use authors Doug Hall and David Wecker’s lexicon, mastering one’s fear is the attainment of the maverick mindset.

“The Maverick Mindset is the highest order of courage,” write Hall and Wecker in The Maverick Mindset: Finding the Courage to Journey From Fear to Freedom (Simon & Schuster, $22 cloth). “It’s having the courage to live free from conformity and the grit to stand alone.”

Although entrepreneurs aren’t famous for conformity, don’t assume Hall and Wecker have nothing to teach you. The path of most resistance is, after all, best walked prepared.

Being Direct

As a direct marketing pioneer, Lester Wunderman has pushed the envelope of advertising. Not only was he the brains behind the Columbia Record Club, but Wunderman has also engineered the marketing efforts of top-name magazines, credit cards and automobiles. Even if you don’t recognize his name, you surely know his work.

Which is one reason to read Being Direct: Making Advertising Pay (Random House, $25 cloth). As the title suggests, Being Direct is filled with insights from the man who is described as the Bill Gates of his industry.

“I am not sure whether I discovered direct marketing or it discovered me. I found its components one by one during a lifetime of trial and error,” Wunderman explains. “And only recently did I realize that there was a pattern to successful direct marketing–19 things all successful direct-marketing companies know. Those that fail or fall short of realizing their full potential neglect one or more of these fundamental rules.”

Clearly, Wunderman knows a thing or two about potential fulfilled. From his shaky beginnings as the founder of his own advertising agency–complete with a first client whose life was literally saved by Wunderman–to his shaping of an entire industry, this direct-mail wizard has scaled the heights of accomplishment. In a sense, you could say Being Direct is the view from the top.

The Tao Of Personal Leadership

West meets East in Diane Dreher’s intriguing The Tao of Personal Leadership (HarperBusiness, $13 paper). Yes, the title alone may raise your skepticism barometer a few degrees–but The Tao of Personal Leadership is genuinely rewarding.

“In contrast to modern books on leadership that focus on power plays, one-minute solutions, clever strategies and game plans, the Tao Te Ching affirms personal leadership, the enduring power of character,” writes Dreher of the 2,000-year-old Chinese classic in which sage Lao-tzu illuminated the Taoist philosophy of life.

And, truly, character is what lies at the heart of this book. “Becoming a Tao leader means daring to take risks,” Dreher asserts. “It means making mistakes and then returning to the music. It is the courage to live with integrity, to be honest, to live what we believe–in the dozens of small choices we make every day.”

As you might imagine, Dreher quotes liberally from the Tao Te Ching throughout The Tao of Personal Leadership. As you might not imagine, the quotes themselves are fairly easy to understand and infinitely relevant to modern-day leadership.

Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf

In The Morningstar Approach to Investing: Wiring Into the Mutual Fund Revolution (Warner Books, $24 cloth), Andrew Leckey reveals how Morningstar separates Wall Street’s winners from the losers, and shares secrets you can use to improve your own portfolio.

Let Me Show You The Maverick Way™

Do It Different
Be A Maverick

Let Me Show You The Maverick Way™

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

What Is A Maverick – The Top 10 Traits of Being A Maverick

The top 10 core traits of being a maverick and creating greatness. These traits can be found in famous leaders like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Here are the top 10 core traits of being a maverick.

1. They are innovative , independent-minded, individualistic.
2. They are completely goal-focused .
3. They achieve success through risk-taking
4. They break the rules
5. They are open to experience
6. They are willing to stand their ground
7. They will move forward regardless of criticism
8. They have a low worries factor
9. They are highly creative
10. They persevere

Those are the top 10 that I have experienced and that I have seen, that help me to be a maverick, and might help all of you to do the same. Not only embrace this for yourself, also look for it in your team members, because the more of us there are, the more we have a chance of changing the world.

About Paul Finck, The Maverick Millionaire ®

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • International Trainer
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Best Selling Author
  • Multi-level Marketing Leader
  • Life and Business coach
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • International Trainer
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Best Selling Author
  • Multi-level Marketing Leader
  • Life and Business coach

His unique combination of business expertise coupled with a psychology education make Paul the ideal mentor to work with no matter what is holding you back. With more than 30 years being an entrepreneur, he knows what it takes to build a business with sustainable success. As a husband and father of three sets of twins, he knows how to keep it all in balance and perspective. His untraditional methods have brought not only personal success, he has worked with individuals and companies all over the world on finding unconventional answers to everyday challenges.

His unique combination of business expertise coupled with a psychology education make Paul the ideal mentor to work with no matter what is holding you back. With more than 30 years being an entrepreneur, he knows what it takes to build a business with sustainable success. As a husband and father of three sets of twins, he knows how to keep it all in balance and perspective. His untraditional methods have brought not only personal success, he has worked with individuals and companies all over the world on finding unconventional answers to everyday challenges.

AUTISM OR THE MAVERICK MIND

As printed in Simply The Best – South Florida + life + style
March/April 2013 Issue
By Cheri L. Florance, Ph.D, Brain Scientist

Are you confused about how your child’s brain is developing? Confused about how to best help your child succeed at school? Distraught about your child’s future?

The Visual Thinker and School

About 20 percent of the population is born with a dominant visual thinking system that can cause problems with processing language. More MIT alumni have children with learning disabilities than other universities. Why is that? Because school is a verbal game. Those who have strong verbal brains succeed. But visual children may not pay attention-remember — or process as expected. The visual brain can process data as much as 30,000 times faster than the verbal, which can lead to disengagement at school. As a result, withdrawal, which leads to depression, misbehavior leading to getting in trouble or becoming the class clown which can alienate others.

Brain Re-engineering

But the brain can be re-engineered to use both the visual and the verbal systems fluently. Exciting brain discoveries have lead us to understand how to use the strong visual brain to train the weak verbal brain so that they work in harmony. Children who are highly visual are often thought to have a learning disability, oppositional-defiant or attention deficit disorder or even autism. Examples of highly visual thinkers with subsequent processing problems are Albert Einstein, Bruce Willis, Leonardo Di Vinci, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Charles Schwab and James Earle Jones.

Autism and The Maverick Mind

Whitney was thought to be born deaf and could not utter a word till he was six. Experts declared him mentally retarded and suffering from autism.

Words had no meaning for him. “He didn’t know we were people. His problems were so severe that doctors and educators felt that prognosis was poor.

He started taking college classes at age 14 and had 2 years of college completed while in high school. He lettered in football and wresting, won speech contests and danced in 42nd street. Today he is a chemical engineer.

Whitney was not autistic. He is a Maverick Mind. A highly visual thinker with a communication disorder.

How Do You Know If You Have A Maverick In Your Family?

What distinguishes a Maverick from others is:

  1. Highly visually thinkers in the family tree: doctors, engineers, computer experts, architects, pilots, artists
  2. 50 very specific attention-memoryprocessing symptoms
  3. Top 3 goals for improvement

If your child has great attention playing videos games, but inconsistent attention at school, good at puzzles but trouble with friendships, studies but does poorly on tests, you may have a maverick mind.

With the correct diagnosis and proper intervention, a Maverick child can show improvement quickly often in the first week of training and nearly always in the first month.

What is The Maverick Paradox Stable? In 2005 I decided to leave corporate life to begin developing Maverick Leaders (utilising my own theories and strategies), and I have had a variety of websites since this time! This current one began in 2016! If you have been following me all this time then you will know […]

In this episode Judith Germain speaks with Lubna Forzley on why leaders need to have a purpose, and why storytelling is imperative for all businesses. Authenticity is important and purpose can be hard to find. This is an interesting conversation about how culture, values and purpose intersect. Her LinkedIn profile is here. You can find out […]

In this episode on The Maverick Paradox Podcast, Judith Germain speaks to Devin Halliday about Leadership Belongingness. They discuss the Belogingness Factor which is the 5 shared characteristics of the greatest bands and most successful leaders. They also discuss how leadership can be honed, cognitive diversity and the need to be confident in your leadership. […]

In this episode on The Maverick Paradox Podcast, Judith Germain speaks to Lee Rowley on how to copybrand like a maverick. He sees copybranding as a connection forging, personal approach to brand marketing. They discuss how Socialised Mavericks believe in ethical persuasion and the need to cultivate trust. Lee explains how that can be done, […]

Mavericks within the workplace In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Glenn Wallis again. This time they speak about why companies would want to have Mavericks within them. They also discuss the relation between Emotional Intelligence and Socialised Mavericks. Listen Up to this and other conversation about Mavericks within the workplace. Dr Glenn P […]

In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Stella Scott about female leadership – seen from a maverick perspective. Stella believes that leaders can’t forget who they are when they try to lead; and that it is destructive to put a mask on past pain. Judith explains why Maverick leaders assimilate information quicker than others and how […]

In this episode on The Maverick Paradox Podcast, Judith Germain speaks to Rajan Shankara where they discuss his Warrior Monk journey to becoming a Socialised Maverick, from the depths of Extreme Maverickism. Rajan was a drug dealer, entrepreneur and monk, all before the age of 21. Judith and Rajan discuss his maverick journey and the […]

In this episode Judith Germain speaks with Mark Struczewksi about how leaders can enable productivity. They discuss the common rules of productivity and whether it is possible to have a productivity mindset. Mark helps people be productive in a distracted world. He works with executives to help them gain control of their time by taming distractions […]

In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Stacey Kehoe on how to cultivate a growth mindset for a business. They discuss why mavericks do not desire perfection and what the consequences of this could be. During the discussion they talk about how to get out of your own way and how to become a more flexible leader. […]

In this short ‘Alone with Judith’ episode Judith Germain looks at how you can find your spark and ponders when was the last time that you felt fulfilled at work or when you were running your business. She asks whether you are one of the ‘dead people’ who are listless about the things that they […]

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Achieve a financial metamorphosis by transforming your life.

Was ordering my favourite coffee, freddo espresso no sugar (if you’ve never tried it, you should give it a go, being Greek I can’t live without it especially, in the summertime) and I couldn’t help it but overhear another customer talking with the barista. He was working his whole life to pay debts and save money for retirement only to see all his savings vanish during the 2008 recession and now, being further hit by the coronavirus and devastated that what he has been working for his whole life is all gone…completely gone. I’ll never forget how desperate this guy sounded. It was in that moment that I realised that the coronavirus is the death of the economy as we know it. Due to the coronavirus crisis, jobless claims have hit crazy records. We’ve never seen anything like it before. For generations, we’ve been raised to go to school, get a job, pay our debts and save for retirement. It has all been about job security. This has been our ultimate goal. Suddenly, the concept of job security is no longer relevant. It simply, cannot be guaranteed. Employees are fired or furloughed and companies are seeking for more cost effective ways to run using artificial intelligence. We’re entering a new era where financial freedom is more important than job security and the only way forward is to transform our lives by moving from an employee mindset to an entrepreneurial one.

Employee mindset and job security vs. Entrepreneurial mindset and financial freedom

Childhood friends of mine are looking for a job. Volleyball teammates are looking for a job. Everywhere you turn, people are looking for a job.

If I asked you whether you would want to transform financially, I bet your answer would be hell yes. Chances are, my friends above, would answer yes too. But why aren’t you? Why aren’t you becoming an entrepreneur to transform yourself financially? Because job security is ingrained in your mind. Becoming an entrepreneur seems risky to you. You would rather get a job that provides you with safety and security.

I’ll be blunt with you. There is no such thing as a safe and secure job. The coronavirus crisis has made this clearer than ever. Being an employee is the riskiest decision you could ever make.

Once upon a time, I was in your shoes. Got good grades in school, got a degree, got a safe and secure job as a personal trainer. My life path shifted however, when I opened my own gym. It shifted from a path focused on job security to a path focused on financial freedom. It was hard and often, I wanted to give up but I learned the most important skill to create the freedom lifestyle I deserved.

I transformed my life choosing growth over safety and security and do not regret it at all.

The economy has changed fundamentally and the coronavirus crisis is here to stay. I’m glad I’m an entrepreneur in control of my own destiny something an employee can simply not do.

Why people adopt an employee mindset and seek for job security.

People seek for job security because this is what they are taught at home and school. We are conditioned to aim for job security rather than financial freedom. We aren’t taught the slightest thing about money so it is natural to reach for job security and not financial freedom.

Most would want financial freedom but have not been trained to reach for it. As a result, they reach for job security.

In order to reach for financial freedom, you need to transform your life. You need to adopt a new attitude and begin a new educational process.

How to transform your life and reach for financial freedom.

You need a major shift in your mindset about money. Shifting from the employee mindset to the entrepreneur mindset is crucial. The first thing you need to do is take advantage of the free time that you have due to the coronavirus crisis. Consider this as an opportunity to think differently and learn something new. Start a side business and become an entrepreneur.

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Introduction

Dear Maverick users, we are extremely happy to announce a new release of Maverick Studio and Indie with native support for Substance SBSAR files.

We have been blessed by Adobe/Allegorithmic with the chance to develop an integration with Substance’s procedural map & material SBSAR file format, which is now supported natively within Maverick.

As you know, both Maverick Studio and Indie already provide one-click workflows with Substance Painter models and Substance Designer PBR texture sets. But these workflows are static in the sense that maps need to be pre-baked in Substance before they are imported into our light simulation engine. Native support for SBSAR means that you can now drop an SBSAR file directly on an object in Maverick, and dynamically change its exposed attributes and see the engine react in real-time.

It follows that native support for SBSAR makes Maverick compatible with all the maps in the Substance Source library. In you are not familiar with Substance Source yet, we encourage you to visit their website and explore their ever-expanding collection of carefully crafted procedural materials.

This animation below presents some SBSAR examples with some variations for each. And below, there is a much more verbose introduction video that will teach you about the integration with SBSAR that we have created in Maverick.

Featured SBSAR files

Adobe/Allegorithmic have also kindly contributed 10 SBSAR files from their Substance Source library for us to include in the Maverick Studio/Indie installer.

Below you can sneak-peak our selection. We encourage you to drop these on your objects and play with their attributes and presets to see the amazing degree of flexibility that each SBSAR brings. It is important to stress the fact that SBSAR files are entirely procedural, so you can create an unlimited range of high-resolution tileable variations of the same material by tweaking the exposed attributes in each file.

A real case of use

The possibilities of SBSAR technology and the Substance Source library in the world of industrial design, marketing imagery, luxury goods visualization, etc… are endless. In the video below we have focused on a jewelry setup, as many of our customers come from this field. The video starts with 2 rings on a simple backdrop and dresses each object with an SBSAR-based material. SBSAR and Maverick are a killer combo: Fantastic results with little effort!

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To wrap this post up, let’s not forget that our 2020 SUMMER promotion (coupon code: 2020SUMMER15) is still running. Grab your yearly or perpetual license of Maverick Studio or Indie before the summer ends!

How to be a maverick and develop a maverick mindset

Global bag-in-box packaging machine provider Maverick today announced growing sales expansion into Lithuania. The Maverick single lane Dream Machine is being sold to AZ PACK, based in Kaunas, Lithuania. The installation of the new Maverick bag-in-box equipment is slated to begin later this summer in AZ Packs manufacturing facility.

This new single-lane Dream Machine will deliver increased capacity, improved operational efficiency and quality to AZ Pack’s growing business.

Maverick was founded in 1999 with the vision to be the leading equipment provider for bag-in-box making machinery globally. “We’ve seen growth in demand for our bag-in-box machines since Maverick was founded” stated Andrew Slater, General Manager at Maverick, “and it’s fantastic to see demand for our innovative bag-in-box machines continue to grow in emerging markets around the world. We develop every Maverick machine with features that compliment our customers production demands.” continued Mr. Slater.

When Sergej Trestin, CEO at AZ Pack started looking for an equipment supplier to support the companies growing needs it didn’t take him long to settle on Maverick as the selected supplier. “ The team at Maverick exhibited a very high level of professionalism“ said Mr. Trestin, “The expertise in machinery for bag-in-box set Maverick apart as an innovation leader in a highly specialized market.“

Mr Trestin continued, “There is a very high level of professionalism and accuracy when working with the Maverick team, while also creating an atmosphere that is very friendly and inviting throughout the project. The investment in Maverick machinery will give us an opportunity to produce higher quality products and a chance to provide our products to clients from all over the world.“