2 Quotes About Failure That Will Give You The Confidence to Screw Up

At Agon Management Group we will be the first to tell you that failure is a normal and healthy part of the journey to success. Take a look at these two amazing quotes for some extra motivation today.

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”Napoleon Hill, Author of Think and Grow Rich

So many people give up when they’re nearing the finish line, and often it’s just because they don’t realize how close they actually are to achieving their goals. This is especially important to remember when you’re grinding and getting frustrated because you’re not where you want to be. Instead of giving up, focus on how far you’ve come. Think about the skills you’ve developed and all that you’ve accomplished thus far. If you’re failing, keep failing, because repeated failure is the secret to success. Whatever you do — just don’t throw in the towel!

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”Thomas Watson Sr., Chairman and CEO of IBM

This is without a doubt one of our favorite quotes we’ve ever heard. At Agon Management Group we like to encourage our management trainees to fail faster. We tell them that the sooner they get out of their comfort zones and start making mistakes, the faster they will learn and grow. One of the worst things any professional can do is stay inside a safe zone and become complacent. If you want to be successful sooner rather than later, you’re going to have to get super uncomfortable and screw up like crazy. As unpleasant as that may sound, it’s the very thing that all the greats have in common.

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A Star on the Rise – Tarek Beidas, Agon Management Group President

Our very own President, Tarek Beidas, was recognized as a “Rising Star” entrepreneur in the sales and marketing industry and everyone here at Agon Management Group is elated! Tarek was recognized based on the growth of his company as well as the revenue that he has generated for his clients. As a part of this elite award, he was treated to a VIP weekend in LA. And since we couldn’t all go, we made him share his experience!

Tarek left Agon Management Group (McClean, Virginia) and caught a flight out of DC on Thursday. His Spotify station of choice was “New Music Friday” and made for an enjoyable trip all the way to LAX! Once there, he headed over to the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood where he and the rest of the entrepreneurs being recognized as “Rising Stars” were staying.

“The entire weekend we were treated like celebrities,” explained Tarek. We were being followed around with cameras and being catered to.”

agon-management-group-risingstarA few highlights of the trip included a wine and paint night for as the reception party and a VIP suite at the Lakers Game. The bus ride to the Staples Center was long due to the typical LA traffic, but enjoyable getting to hang out with fellow entrepreneurs, and there were complimentary beverages. The suite was fully loaded with a buffet and a private bar. Aside from the awesome events, each attendee was even given a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and had a custom suit fitting where they were able to hand select their favorite fabrics and patterns! We look forward to seeing Tarek’s choices in the up and coming weeks!

So clearly the trip to LA was extremely fun, but Tarek made sure to add that above all, the best part of the trip was really getting to know this group of fellow entrepreneurs and learn a lot of valuable information. He told us that he gained a wealth of knowledge on entrepreneurship and how to take Agon Management Group to the next level.

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Ringing in the New Year with Another Management Promotion at Agon Management Group

Here at Agon Management Group we could not think of a better way to close out 2016 than yet another promotion to Management! After already opening a new office in Pittsburgh earlier this year, Carl Udeozor is the most recent addition to the Management team. In lieu of his promotion and the overall successful year that the company has had, the entire leadership team rented out a house in Atlantic City for a weekend to celebrate!

agon-management-group-carlpromoted1Throughout Carl’s time at Agon Management Group he has traveled across the country to help develop new sales teams for varying clients in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. With this promotion, he will be in charge of the Maryland market for a client in the energy industry and they couldn’t be in better hands. President Tarek Beidas describes Carl as someone with a great student mentality, always listening to coaching and feedback, extremely competitive, and an individual who operates with the highest integrity. He went on to say that the challenges that come with the day to day interaction with customers never bothered Carl, he always had a great attitude and never let anything stand in the way of his goals.

“Carl is extremely self-motivated. I never had to worry about motivating him myself, he just understood his opportunity here and did what he knew he had to in order to earn it,” added Tarek.

agon-management-group-carlpromoted2When we asked Tarek what was one thing that he would miss about Carl when he opened his office in Maryland he talked about the memories that he has about Carl carrying an “unnecessarily large bag” around with him wherever he went. You could tell by his friendly, joking tone that these two have developed a great biz-bromance. So what is in this unnecessarily large bag? “I don’t know, 3 different laptops, numerous changes of clothes… it looks like he is always traveling!” explained Tarek.

As a part of the Management Training program that Agon Management Group provides, Carl gained all the necessary skills to leading a marketing and sales team. During his time with the company, he also reminded Tarek a few valuable things as well.

“Carl is always building people up, giving props to those who deserve it and extremely positive all of the time. He also gives people a chance. He takes the time to coach them and won’t give up on anyone too early,” explained Tarek.

Carl will be taking a team with him as a part of the expansion to Maryland and we wanted to know what piece of advice Tarek wanted to send him off with. This is what he had to say. “Continue to lead from the front, setting the example for your team. Spend time with your guys in and out of the office to develop strong relationships and really be involved in their coaching and development.”

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Agon Management Group Trains for Success

It has been a record-breaking year in McLean, Virginia for Agon Management Group! The sales and marketing firm has received numerous awards for their performance as well as promoted a new Manager AND two Assistant Managers. This level of results is attributed to the hard work of the entire team, but especially the Trainers in the company. Why? Because it is through their examples and their ability to effectively transfer knowledge to new employees that keep the firm growing. We caught up with one of the top Trainers, Robbin Carter, to learn more about her and her success with this high-performing team.

Although Robbinagon-management-robbincarter has only been with Agon Management Group for nine months, she has quickly become a pacesetter in the company. She leads from the front when it comes to the results she brings to our clients, as well as her ability to effectively coach and train others.

President Tarek Beidas shared, “Robbin is very competitive. She is extremely goal oriented and she knows what she needs to do to accomplish her goals.”

In a firm that provides merit-based advancement opportunities, all of those qualities are extremely valuable. Robbin believes that because she genuinely cares about others she is able to naturally create a personal relationship with others. Not only does this help her with customer acquisitions, but also when it comes to coaching her team.

So what is it that motivates Robbin to continue to excel at Agon Management Group? She explained that there weren’t many opportunities in her hometown in the South — although she made sure to add that the people there are super nice! Despite having to work hard just to get by, she always maintained a great attitude and a positive mentally.

“Now that I have been given the chance at a life-changing opportunity it gives me all the more reason to work 10 times harder,” said Robbin.

If you haven’t been following Agon Management Group yet, now is the time! With their vast goals, motivated team and proven ability to succeed, they are definitely a company to keep your eye on!

From Penn State Law to Agon Management Group

Agon Management Group, located in McLean, Virginia is the ideal opportunity for recent college graduates to start their careers. With a high energy and fun work environment, coupled with career training and performance-based advancement, entry level employees have the ability to learn, grow, and have fun while doing it! The same has been true for Assistant Manager Sarah Arshad. We caught up with her again to learn more about her college experience.

Arshad joined Agon Management Group as an entry level associate after receiving her Master’s Degree in International Law from Penn State University Dickinson School of Law in 2015. Although the McLean firm does not require a specific degree as a prerequisite for an entry-level position, we were curious if Arshad felt as though she was utilizing hers. This is what she had to say: “Since I focused on international law (oil & gas law) I feel like my knowledge has been helpful in grasping the process of the campaign we are working with; my goal is to write my thesis on marketing business to business. What better way to utilize your degree than to defend the business you are working in! Moreover, there’s always a legal aspect to any kind of occupation and I just feel lucky that I have the opportunity to utilize that. Not to mention compliance, which is a significant part of this business.”

While studying at Penn State, Arshad also established an organizaagon-management-saraharshadgraduationtion within the law school to create a platform for international and national students to engage both socially and academically. “It was a GREAT success!  We had soo much fun. I’ve met people from all over the world and built life-long friendships,” explained Arshad. She also participated in Penn State Arbitration days, planned hay-rides and partook in THON which is the biggest charity event to raise money for children with cancer.

Starting your first job right out college can be intimidating, so who better to ask for advice than someone who recently went through it? Arshad worked her way up at Agon Management Group in a short period of time so we asked what her thoughts were on the matter.

“My advice is to be open-minded and not judge a job or opportunity. You never know if that is what is going to give you the growth you really looking for. Moreover, as a graduate you have very limited experience so having a potential employer offer you an opportunity: Stop thinking, just do it! Any experience is a good experience.”

Arshad told us that if she had the chance, she’d do it all over again! College that is. One of her favorite memagon-management-saraharshadwhiteoutories of Penn State was that the Law building was located right in front of Beaver Stadium (which is the 5th biggest college football stadium in the United States), so every time there was a home-game the tailgating started right outside her building! “It was insane!” she said. This is also where the WHITE-OUT game is hosted. Which is considered one of, if not the most reputable college football game of the year and everyone wears white! She wrapped up her college reminiscing with the well-known Penn State, “We are!”

Claudia Cox, Trainer at Agon Management Group, Reviews Key Lessons She’s Learned Here

At Agon Management Group few things are as important to us as providing an environment that fosters personal and professional growth for all of our employees. We are proud to work with some of the most motivated, hardworking, and talented individuals in the greater D.C. area, and it isn’t lost on us that this comes with great responsibility.

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Claudia has mastered the art of the conference selfie!

Rather than just providing a paycheck, we strive to make our McLean firm a place where our people are challenged on a daily basis. We want each member of the team to feel that he or she is moving forward in his or her career and developing the skills and mentality that are necessary for success in any business field.

The management team of Agon Management Group is happy when each person is thriving, no matter the end game. Many of our team members take part in our management training program with the intent to move up quickly into an executive-level role. Others choose to use their time here to build an extremely impressive resume. Continuous learning and growth is the name of the game no matter what.

We decided to steal some of Claudia Cox’s time to find out what her biggest takeaways have been since joining our company just four months ago. Claudia has very quickly become a key player on the team, which is not just a testament to our merit-based advancement philosophy, but Claudia’s hard work and entrepreneurial mentality. You’ll undoubtedly be impressed by the words she’s shared with us below.

Our first question for Claudia was the biggest personal lesson that she’s learned while working here at Agon Management Group. We wanted to know what takeaways would apply to her personal life and relationships, and here’s what she had to say:

“I’ve learned so much about myself while being in this management training program. The most important thing I’ve learned is that having a student mentality is necessary. It will get you very far in life and in this business. Since day one, I’ve seen my mentor and supervisor show me how important is to always be a step ahead. Learning from her student mentality has influenced me to always ask questions and want to learn more in order to be a step ahead of others. There’s something new to learn every day and I want to be ahead so that I can always be prepared, no matter what comes my way in business and in life.”

The next question we had was regarding a professional skill or mindset that she’s gained since joining the team. We wanted to know what she’s learned here that she felt would be most beneficial in her career. Claudia shared the following:

“I’ve learned that you are your biggest challenge! It’s all about a strong student mentality and a positive attitude. I’ve learned a lot about myself and have come a long way. Without my mentors teaching me that I should always challenge myself I wouldn’t be growing so quickly in this business. With a successful mentality I’m able to continue to achieve the goals I set.”

It’s clear that Claudia is not only a student of life (and business!) but a person who is extremely self-aware and emotionally intelligent. We promise to keep you updated on her success, so stay tuned!

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An Important Reminder from Agon Management: The Right Mental Attitude

Here is some insight into the record-breaking success of Agon Management Group in 2016.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
–Thomas Jefferson

agon-management-groupIt’s almost as if Thomas Jefferson was part of the leadership team at Agon Management Group! Just kidding. We’d like to think, though, that he would be proud of the core lessons we strive to impart to all of our team members.

What we love most about this quote is that it succinctly expresses an incredibly important truth: that a person’s mentality is the most important factor in whether he or she achieves success — or achieves anything for that matter.

Many people believe that they are handed a set of circumstances which block them from achieving success. They often become complacent and focused on their woes. They typically complain, make excuses and dwell in self-pity. The result is usually inaction, which does nothing for a person’s happiness or his ability to achieve his goals. This is what Jefferson means by “the wrong mental attitude.” It should hopefully go without saying that it is natural for any human being to experience sadness and emotion. However, the point here is that the only way to change one’s circumstances is to change one’s attitude. At Agon Management Group we believe that attitude is a choice that we make over and over again throughout the day.

The person with “the right mental attitude” has boundless opportunity and also enjoys a greater level of happiness. She feels empowered, rather than powerless. She accepts her less-than-ideal circumstances but doesn’t allow them to hold her back from realizing her dreams. She doesn’t make excuses and she doesn’t complain because she recognizes that those behaviors are fruitless. If she encounters an obstacle she views it as a bump in the road and not a road block. She chooses to surround herself with others with a similar positive attitude. She doesn’t care much for what naysayers have to say about her dreams because her vision is impervious. She believes that she is in control of her destiny and she is well on her way to achieving her goals.

The success of our team at Agon Management Group this year is because of the right mental attitude. This is not to say we are perfect — but we do indeed strive for excellence in this area. The right attitude starts at the top with our president, Tarek Beidas. It is modeled by our assistant managers, Carl and Sarah. It is possessed by our leadership team. And it is filtered down to every person who joins our leadership development program.

Thank you, Thomas Jefferson, for these incredible words of wisdom. For more wise and motivational quotes, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @Agon_McLean.