The Iceberg Effect of Success

At Agon Management Group in McLean, Virginia, our goal is to equip our people with the habits and skills necessary to be successful in their careers. Most people look at someone who is considered to be successful and they only see where they are now. They forget or fail to realize, everything that it took for the person to reach that point in their career or life. The hard work, determination, and failures along the way that helped them reach their current destination. What we refer to as the iceberg effect correlates with how people view success as they would seeing an iceberg floating in the ocean. When you see an iceberg, you only see the top that is above the surface of the water. What you don’t see is what’s below the surface, typically much bigger and deeper than you initially thought. Icebergeffect

There is no secret recipe to success, any truly successful person will tell you that. It’s the sum of many little things that someone does on a daily basis, over time, which will help them reach their goals. This is one of the reasons that we have our employees begin in an entry-level sales and marketing position at Agon Management Group. It allows them to start from scratch developing habits that will help propel them forward in their career. Some of the habits that someone develops early on at our firm are time management, discipline, self-management, honesty and dealing with rejection. Through their hard work and determination, they will earn every promotion at our company, nothing will ever be “handed” to them. These truly fundamental ideas will translate into anything and everything they do, making them not only a great employee but also a very well-rounded person.

By holding true to our merit-based structure at Agon Management Group we are forcing our employees to step out of their comfort zones and take some risks, to see the rewards. It also brings them to the harsh reality of life that if you want something bad enough, you have to be willing to work for it. These type of mentalities are what will always separate the dreamers and the doers, and our team is filled with doers! We believe that with the right attitude and consistent behaviors there is truly nothing you can’t accomplish. To learn more about our D.C. firm, be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn.


Need Some Motivation? Here’s What Works For Us

Agon-Management-Group-McleanMotivation is never in short supply at Agon Management Group. We’d be willing to bet that we’re in the rare minority of teams who take the time to write down and discuss our goals daily. Why do we do this? Its simple: because our goals are extremely important to us. Our goals are the reason we show up to work each day and work as hard as we do.

If you’ve never heard this before, we’re going to let you in on a little success secret. If your goals are bigger than your excuses, you will succeed. Considering how ginormous our goals are — not to mention our solution-oriented, entrepreneurial mindsets — there’s zero doubt in our minds that each of us is on the path to success.

We’ve decided to share the love. Today’s blog post will feature words directly from our team describing what motivates them. Get excited…


“Seeing or hearing my mother’s pride is what keeps me going! Becoming all that I can be to see her smile and glow is worth more than any monetary value. LOVE YOU MOM!!” -Jessica S.

“What motivates me everyday is one day owning a nonprofit wildlife and domestic animal sanctuary as well as taking care of my family.” -Kelly H.

“Money.” -Brendan T.

“My family is very important to me — present and future — and I would do whatever it takes to make sure that we all have a great life.” -Ray B.

“Hard work pays off in the long run, and in this race I will rest at the finish line. I know that what I do now will set me up for freedom in the future.” -Naara F.

“I may be the underdog but I have one hell of a bite…. I am hungry for success but what will bring me success is my inner peace.” -Francisco B.

“The opportunity to be financially stable.” -Nabil S.

There you have it! Hopefully you’re feeling motivated now and you’re ready to conquer all that’s in front of you! Don’t forget to check back later for some more insight from Agon Management Group.

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