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5 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From Proposing To My Girlfriend

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by David Garland in David's Blog

Ever get a little side tracked when working on your business? Raise your hand. OK, put them down.
This weekend we had a GREAT new episode of The Rise To The Top with my special guest Bill Guertin showing you how to dominate your niche and a whole slew of other business building tips and tricks.
While the show was hitting the airwaves and Internet, I had a sneaky plan in place.

I proposed to Marcie on Saturday night at our condo.

But, what does this have to do with business you might ask (asking your soul mate to marry you and growing a company…ummm make a point here, David).

Well, here are the business lessons I learned from my engagement.

Oh, she said yes by the way.

1. Planning Perfect

Engagement: When we got home from the St. Louis Blues game on Saturday night, I had our condo decorated with 50 dozen roses, plus rose petals, a chocolate fountain, candles, champagne. Sinks were filled with floating candles, etc. When we came up, I asked the very unsuspecting Marcie to marry me. As you can probably imagine, this took QUITE a bit of planning to pull off.

Business Lesson: For an entrepreneur, planning can seem like a daunting task. I know lots of us jump in and run and gun. But, a little bit of planning can have a HUGE payoff. I’m not suggesting you need a 5,000 page business plan, but if you don’t have goals and a plan to get there, how can you be successful?

2. It’s In The Details:

Engagement: Marcie likes to play Scrabble with my phone between periods at the Blues game. Potential problem: The few people that knew I was proposing could text me. Solution: Tell people to email me instead so it doesn’t pop up on the IPhone. And of course, true to form, Marcie played Scrabble on my phone.

Business Lesson: Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest differences. Your product or service could be perfect EXCEPT for one tiny little detail.

3. Helping Hands

Engagement: Jennifer Volk was a huge help making sure our condo was transformed when we were away at the game and handled a lot of the communication. Plus, we secretly communicated using “Operation Blues” via email so there would be no suspicion. Why did I chose Jennifer? Simple, she is an amazing event planner. I had the ideas and she brought in the expertise.

Business Lesson: Seriously, you can’t do it all or be in multiple places at one time. Learning how to delegate is a huge asset to any entrepreneur (I’ve always had problems with it and over the past year have committed to improving and it has increased my business 10-fold)

4. Without Execution You Are Screwed


Step #1: Create Elaborate Plan; Find Perfect Ring
Step #2: Decoy Plans So She Thought It Was Another Weekend
Step #3: Ordering
Step #4: Diversion (Blues Game)
Step #5: Execute With Ring and Tissues In Hand

Business Lesson: Planning is great…however, EXECUTING the plan is what separates the men from the boys, women from the girls, minor leaguers from major leaguers or whatever fun cliche you want to pop in there.

5. Happiness Wins Overall

Engagement: I couldn’t be happier. Period.

Business Lesson: If you aren’t having fun in your business and enjoying what you are doing, you are in the wrong business. Period.

What are your thoughts? Any stories come to mind of non-business related activities that you can relate to your business?
Lets chat about it in the comments.

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