Find out how to reach optimal performance and excel in business and in life
Achieving optimal performance at work and in life involves taking your mental and physical abilities to their highest levels so that you can realize – and reach – your greatest potential.
A unique discipline called the DeRose Method is catching the attention of entrepreneurs and ambitious business people across the world by promoting a quality lifestyle that’s strengthened through well-being, culture, mindfulness, self awareness and kindness.
Originating from Brazil and this method involves physical and mental exercises and techniques. To date the lifestyles of many have been transformed through taking their lives to the next level and bringing optimal performance within their grasp.
By regularly attending classes at either of the two DeRose Method schools in Manhattan, New Yorkers can also now achieve excellence in fitness, health and business.
Already, entrepreneurs in New York’s thriving startup community are reaping its benefits and sensing perfection in their professional and personal lives to last a lifetime.
As DeRose Method practitioners they’re also striving to make the world a better place to exist in.
"We’re not trying to create something new, we’re trying to take what genuinely works in order to help others perform at their absolute best."
Here, DeRose Method instructor John Chisenhall tells Nativa World how he’s helping New York’s business community navigate the road to optimal performance…
John what does the word, ‘Enrich’ mean to you?
It represents the effort to make prosperity a lifestyle. It’s to recognize value and opportunity in everything, whether it’s in plain sight or latent. Then, what matters most, is acting on that opportunity. It’s a pro-active lifestyle in which I try to add value, or inspire value to manifest in everything and everyone I cross paths with. For example, when I was younger the sustainability concept of ‘leaving no trace behind’ really inspired me, but later on, with my DeRose Method studies, I learned that I should take it a step further and leave the space better off than when I arrived. I try to apply this concept to every moment and interaction in my work and outside of it.
There’s great power in knowing that everything happening in my life is the result of my own thoughts, words, and actions
How do you define ‘quality of life’?
Quality of life is to make your existence uncomplicated, to do what gives you pleasure, happiness, health and well-being. Quality of life is to adopt habits and behaviors that promote optimal functionality of the body, emotions and mind. Quality of life is to interact in a mindful and responsible manner towards all people, animals and nature, aspiring to think, speak and act with generosity, respect and affection.
What’s the secret to it?
On a more personal level, and beyond that, the secret to quality of life is to prioritize the alignment of my work and my relationships with my ideals, values and life mission. I’m willing to go through a rough patch, or many, as long as my intuitive sensory gland confirms that I’m on the right path. I haven’t always made the right choices, but I’ve acquired the asset of new perceptions and experience from every single mistake, and that has paid higher returns over my lifetime. There’s great power in knowing that everything happening in my life is the result of my own thoughts, words, and actions. If I’m not satisfied, I systematically evaluate and audit my thoughts, words, and actions.
What’s your background?
After graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Economics, I decided to dedicate a year to traveling Latin America and to learning Spanish before I made any concrete steps towards saving the world with my economics wisdom. So, I jumped on a Greyhound bus in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas and began my journey to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not long after I arrived I walked into a DeRose Method school. It didn’t take long to realize that the DeRose Method offered an unmatched set of tools and resources for self-development.
Our network is focused on supporting the long-term success of the individual entrepreneur.
What was its appeal?
It was everything I had expected economics to be, with regards to being a model for making the world a better place to exist in. I appreciated how no one made any promises of benefits. The benefits I walked in expecting to hear about were merely bread crumbs, side-effects of a high-performance lifestyle. The DeRose Method provided more than solutions, it offered a sustainable and long-term support structure for personal development and the enhancement of performance on a personal and professional level.
Why did you become a DeRose Method instructor?
I value how our network is focused on supporting the long-term success of the individual entrepreneur. Two unique factors of our network are our exceptional lifetime mentoring system and our global entrepreneurial community that acts more like a family than a business. I was raised in an entrepreneurial family environment; my father is the founder of Vintage Air Inc., the inventors of performance air conditioning for everything from trucks to modern supercars. I’ve seen many businesses of family members and friends fail and most of them could have been saved with the advice of an experienced and trusted mentor combined with an experienced and supportive business community. I’ve seen great ideas and even great brands go under for the most bizarre and avoidable reasons. I fully understand the importance of mentorship, and working with the right team of people and being a part of a business industry community, therefore, I immediately understood and appreciated the foundation Professor DeRose designed for our DeRose Method entrepreneurs.
We came to this solution ahead of the curve because we’re imperfect humans doing our best to practice what we teach
How does the method differ from other coaching concepts?
The DeRose Method is unique because it is extremely comprehensive, technical and pragmatic. As pioneers in the field since 1960, we offer an incredibly complete set of tools and unparalleled professional experience. Our method not only has a highly impactful theory, but we also have the most comprehensive and proven practical tools. Alone, both resources are powerful enough to create a successful methodology. Together, these resources produce a synergy that’s powerful enough to create something exceptional.
We were the first and continue to be the only method that successfully combines high-performance concepts and practices. We came to this solution ahead of the curve because we are imperfect humans doing our best to practice what we teach. We are not trying to create something new, we are trying to take what genuinely works in order to help others perform at their absolute best.
You may get a great job because you’re talented, but you keep your job (or get promoted) because of your soft skills
What are the body and mind benefits?
The DeRose Method is a proposal emphasizing quality of life, good habits and attitudes, good relationships, good nutrition, good physical fitness & health, and good culture. Our performance, quality of life, happiness and self-realization are impacted by so much more than can be captured by the concept of body and mind. In fact, our school teaches that we have several dimensions of different natures, substances and levels of subtlety, of which the most important are: physical, emotional, mental and intuitional. This pedagogic explanation describing the different dimensions of Man is interesting to the intellectually inclined but it’s not nearly as important as simply improving your behaviors, habits, attitudes, and interactions with the world you exist in.
Our techniques have a positive impact on the individual’s overall health and well-being, and although that is great, the fact remains that these results only impact the individual. On the other hand, by adopting good behaviors, habits, and attitudes that boost performance and quality of life, you become an instrument for good in all of your social circles, including your professional life and beyond. Doors of opportunity begin to open to you when your example creates shock waves that positively impact all degrees of your social circles. The benefits of this are immeasurable and often go unnoticed but make no mistake, they are as real as anything else in this world. You may get a great job because you’re talented, but you keep your job (or get promoted) because of your soft skills.
Who would best benefit from attending a DeRose class?
Our demographic varies, but they all have these things in common – they are ‘positively’ unsatisfied, in that they are overall happy, but realize that they can take their life to the next level with the right knowledge and tools. They’re also individuals who enjoy the small things in life as much as anything else. They give their best to everything they do because they want the best in life. They’re pro-active, thoughtful, kind, ambitious, and not afraid to face the challenges of a chaotic city, such as, New York. They’re people who don’t expect the world to be perfect for them yet strive for perfection as an ideal, not a destination.
Initially, I recommend no less than three small group or private activities per week. Think about how much time you would need to dedicate to learning another language or piano? If it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing well. After the first conversational lesson and practical class, you’ll begin to practice 24 hours a day. We consider the school to be a laboratory. What you learn with us is for the real world, otherwise you wasted your time and mine.
Nothing’s more frustrating than to see someone held back because they can’t commit to themselves, their ideals and objectives, but they can fully commit to working tirelessly for someone else’s, to the detriment of their physical and mental health.
To be on top of your game you need to tap into your best
What are the different types of classes?
Our schools offer a diverse collection of activities and classes geared towards developing the key pillars of human performance. These activities are available in both individual and group settings, on-site or online. The activities vary from conversational lessons about meditation, stress management or emotional competence, and practical classes that help in developing optimal utilization of the respiratory system, strength, flexibility, rejuvenation and recovery, visualization of archetypes and objectives, focus and meditation.
What are your lifestyle tips for businesswomen who travel often?
Create an adaptable routine that you can take anywhere. This is important because to be on top of your game you need to tap into your best. We create compact routines for our members that can take as little as 8 minutes.
For example, the archetype mentalization is a great technique for an entrepreneur who travels often. For this technique, first, abstract yourself from your immediate surroundings and begin to imagine, like a detailed movie scene, the key moment when you are getting the result that you desire. The more detail the better, awakening as many senses as possible, visualize the ideal body language, experience the ideal attitude and emotional state, recreating the flawless scenario for success, the archetype.
When it comes to entrepreneurs and startups, the attitude you must have is determination
What are your lifestyle tips for someone launching a startup?
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s in the best interest of your business to neglect your family life, your friends, your intimate partnership, your community, for the sake of giving 110% to your startup.
Most people who do that end up failing anyway, leaving yourself impoverished socially, emotionally and financially. Money comes and goes. If your startup fails, at least you’ll be socially and emotionally rich. If you’re a pleasant, easy going and considerate person, your friends and family will want to help if you are in a tough spot, inviting you over for dinner and a movie, or perhaps even letting you stay in their extra bedroom while you get back on your feet.
Lastly, it’s not about what happens to you, it’s about how you respond. When it comes to entrepreneurs and startups, the attitude you must have is determination. Don’t you ever give up. It’s not a problem if you fail at something. Every failure results in an acquired attribute. The problem is when you give up. The primary difference between success and failure is not talent or quality of the company’s service or product, it’s that the people who failed gave up first. I always reflect and consult other experts for advice when I struggle to reach my goals. If I fail at something I evaluate and adjust, if I fail more than about 50 times then I redirect my energy to a different project or plan of action, but I never give up on anything I believe in.
For years we have been privately using video to teach our students locally and globally.
Now we want to use YouTube to reach everyone else who is also passionate about living with purpose and being their best. After all, it's not just about you, but the community you exist in. To give your best to others it is fundamentally necessary to first be your best.
Subscribe to the DeRose Method Greenwich Village YouTube channel and join us as we bring high performance lifestyle to you wherever you are so you can live a fulfilling life!
Text by Yael Barcesat; photo by Juan Yanes
When you work with other people, which is basically all the time, you end up knowing a lot of different types of people and it is important to learn what motivates them. Talking with a friend, she said to me that discipline is not the fruit of a love for routine rather finding the motivation within the work.
There is a force, similar to discipline, that everyone who is not naturally disciplined needs to develop: find the meaning within the task. By this I mean many things, meaning can be understood as a subsequent consequence or pleasure during the actual conduct of the activity. It can also be felt in terms of other apparently more relevant causes.
As to the meaning of the acts, there are two particularly interesting parameters to consider. After a lot of contemplation searching for the right words, I think I have identified them as learning and teaching. "What do I learn" and "what do I teach" are the questions that will give or take away meaning to tasks whose indispensability has been questioned from the beginning.
This can be a useful parameter for choosing your tasks, but it does still leave out a few things ... for example: making the bed. After making my bed a few hundred times, I can not help feeling that it is something that generates no teaching or learning. Where, then, do I get the motivation for such a task? This is where personal preference and taste come into factor. The personal preference behind the argument "because I like it" is an inseparable partner to discipline. Our tasks need only to reference their utility when they don't meet our personal preference or taste.
There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heart burnings, calling to account. There is only time for loving and but an instance so to speak, for that, the good life is built with good relationships.
- Mark Twain
An important DeRose Method ideal is to be sincerely joyful. If you've spent even just a month studying at one of our schools you'll know what I'm talking about. In the video below Robert Waldinger shares the latest results from 75 years of research about happiness. I'm mostly happy I didn't need to wait that long for a study from Harvard to confirm what I learned from an insight while practicing the DeRose Method, but it's nice when Academia does catch up so I can share these excellent videos.
"What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life." Excerpt from Ted.com.
Happiness is awesome, and understanding how to cultivate it in different and difficult situations makes it all the more fascinating. When you are faced with a difficult situation it is important to have a basic understanding of yourself, how to stay on your path, and avoid making poor decisions based on shortsighted emotions.
An immense factor in happiness is the quality of relationships, with yourself, with others, and with the world you exist in (basically everything that is not human). We have evolved in groups and I we will don´t foresee that changing at anytime. Good relationships are the supporting structures for a harmonious life. By creating and fostering good relationships we are reinforcing the longevity of our organism and improving the overall experience. The foundation of a long and fulfilling life, a good life, are your good relationships.
Professor DeRose's explanation of karma provides an excellent analogy to understand how each of us are in control of our own destiny up until a certain point, after which we must accept what comes to be as a result of our choices up until that moment:
"To exemplify the flexibility of the concept of Karma in India, we can cite a parable that compares karma to an archer with his arrows. Karma has three stages: First, comparable to the moment in which the archer has his bow resting and his arrows resting in his back. Second, you have the stage in which the archer puts an arrow in the bow, pulls it back and points it at a target. Third, there is the stage where the archer releases the arrow.
According to this comparison, as much in the first state as the second, the archer has absolute control over karma. Even until the last second, he can direct the arrow at a different target, pull the bow back more or less to give the arrow more or less potential, and can even decide not to shoot. This corresponds to the dominion of two-thirds of karma, which is very reasonable when compared to our concept of inflexible destiny over which we have not control.
Beyond this, whatever might our karma be, the liberty that we have over the ways of fulfilling it are very elastic. The sensation of restriction or being impeded comes much more from our own reticence to change and from the inertia of people, rather than from the law of cause and effect itself."
It is as if the fulfillment of karma were a transatlantic journey. You are inevitably steering yourself to your destiny, however, you can take advantage of the journey in many ways. You can complete its course relating poorly or well with the companions of your journey. On board, you will have the right to sunbathe, swim, read, dance, practice sports and date. Or, you can complain about life, the monotony, the smell of the ocean, the rocking of the boat, the cabin service, the size of the cabin, the seasickness … All will arrive at their destination, one way or another. The only difference is that some will have a great time during the trajectory while others will suffer. This depends entirely on the temperament of each person, not on karma. This is the true concept of karma. The rest is a guilt complex.
On this snowy morning in Greenwich Village, New York, our existence reminds me of the water cycle. Imagine that we, like water molecules, are a transport medium. Everything we experience is imprinted into our cells and carried along for the ride until until life expires, like when a water molecule falls to the earth and begins makes contact with the hard igneous rock and absorbing some of its chemical properties before moving on to the soil or river or lake or aquifer or ocean or your cities water pipes to your faucet to your tooth brush or cooking pot of beans.
The possibilities are numerous, perhaps infinite in a mathematical sense. Water is a collection of its experiences, and that collection of experiences influence how it responds to the next experience, an ever changing identity until eventually, somehow-some way, evaporating and leaving behind most if not all of the qualities it absorbed to return to its purest form possible via evaporation. My interpretation is that this is not reincarnation, rather a pure form of energy or consciousness.
During a lifespan, somewhere between 65-55% of our body is water. Many of the phenomena that occur to water occur to us. To see another interesting study on water and how it changes in ways you've never imagined possible, check out Masaru Emoto's research on water crystals.
Similar to water molecules, you will be faced with many difficult obstacles in life. Everything you think, feel, say and do, everything that happens to you will leave it´s mark, so choose wisely.