How To Know You've Become A Maverick

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If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ll notice that I address my entire community as “Mavericks.” I use that term to describe a top performer. Mavericks are at the top of their game, but they still have a desire and a drive to move forward, to do more, to achieve more, and to be more.  Now some of you will read that description and say “YES! That’s totally me.” But then there are also some of you who will inhale sharply and say “Marlo… I haven’t slept in three days and I missed my sales goal by ten dollars last month. I wouldn’t call that ‘top of my game.”

Well, in fact, I’m talking to you too.

No matter where you’re at in the journey to becoming, I will always address you as a Maverick because I see you in your full potential.  It’s the Maverick Vision I have for you. 

When I say “full potential,” I’m talking platinum-level success. Whatever it is your heart says is your purpose, as long as you’re taking actions to move forward, I have 100% confidence that you will get there. I believe it with every fiber of my being. James Wedmore, a talented and innovative course creator shared on his podcast a truth that really resonated with me. He said that the greatest gift you could ever give to anyone is to believe in someone when don’t believe in themselves.

I’ve been fortunate to have a lifetime of solid believers around me.  My mom was the first, who as a single-parent carried the sole responsibility to provide constant notes of encouragement throughout my life. She believed in me and supported what she deemed my ‘unbridled spirit’.  Even though we didn’t always agree, the consistency of support and encouragement is priceless even today.

As an entrepreneur I’ve sought out that similar energy, knowing that I thrive with supportive people around me. My ‘wing-woman’ Amanda has been by my side, assisting me as our brand continues to develop and grow.  Amanda always supports and encourages any decisions I make, again, not always agreeing, but supporting it with unbridled support and helping me see it from different vantage points of possibility.


Speaking your potential is so important that I developed a mindset strategy around the topic. Choosing to focus on your own potential and addressing yourself as a Maverick aligns with the strategy ‘speak what you want to see.’  Saying what’s possible out loud allows you to speak your vision in greater detail, ultimately making the goal easier to achieve.

Referring to your Maverick potential is one of the reasons I call myself a Chief Inspirational Officer.  I inspire others through vision to achieve results.  It’s that simple.  I speak with my clients in terms of what’s possible and that gets the energy flowing for greater performance and achievements.

Think back to a time in your life or career where you had someone believing in you so ferociously that you just couldn’t help but show up bigger and better because you had their extra support and encouragement.  This is why I refer to you as a Maverick.

History shows that there are levels of performance within organizations.  Every level has its assets and it’s important to define these to ensure you embrace and impact in the most effective way for each.

This is what I’ve written about in my book The Making of a Maverick, Building Champions in Business and in Life.  You can click this link and snag your copy here.

Maverick:  Mavericks are at the top of their game, but they still have a desire and a drive to move forward, to do more, to achieve more, and to be more.

They need these 3-key fundamentals to perform at their best: Inspiration, Validation and Recognition.

Champion:  Champions have a strong desire to move up in rank and improve but they don’t know how, or they don’t have a clear plan and are seeking clarity to the types of actions necessary to move forward or get ahead.

 Champions need these 3-fundamentals to perform at their best:

Clarity, a Plan, and to be shown the way.

Player: Players are awesome, we need them on the team to complete us.  Players are comfortable within their performance level.  They are the most important asset because Players are the ones who raise up the Champions and Mavericks.  They are the greatest supporters and encouragers for others.  They are the foundation to a high-performance team. 

Look as them as the Cheerleaders for your team.


This is why I share this with you and why I developed the Maverick Philosophy.  In order to make an impact and lead others we have to have an awareness of where they stand on our team.

As leaders we are called to speak at the level in which our team members are seeking. If I’m challenging, motivating and driving a Player with Maverick language and challenges they’ll shut me out, similar to when we listen to a radio station that has static - it’s annoying and it’s not clear or does not resonate so we change the channel to something more in tune to what we desire.  The same problem happens in leadership.  If you are speaking to someone at a different level of execution, vision and drive it’s harder to make an impact.  You spend so much time trying to get them to understand what you need or why you need it because it’s not ‘their language’.  Much like the 5-love languages that was developed by Dr Gary Chapman.  In order for your tank to be filled and feel no failure, you’ve got to be spoken to in YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE.  The same goes for performers.  They need different things that is why people are my product and my relatable strength feeds this.  I meet others where they are but also invite them to move forward by challenging, stretching and inspiring them. 

If you’re here today, learning and growing as a leader, you are a Maverick. You have the desire and are taking the actions to move yourself forward and I believe that you have not only the power to accomplish your goals, but also to ignite performance within others.

If you’d like to have a more in-depth conversation around this, let’s hop on a call and discuss.  I’ll share more about this knowledge and system with you.

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Here’s to you Maverick!