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My Little Goof Up: A Lesson Learned In Announcing Things Too Early

 

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A little lesson in announcing things too early. What is your take?

  • Deb

    David,
    Your HONESTY is what draws people to you.
     I have learned so much from you and this is just another worthy example. I think that you have a good point that we need to remember to do what our heart tells us…………stephen covey said “when you say No to one thing you are saying YES to something else”.
    So I will be on the lookout for the “something else”….hugs…deb

    • David Siteman Garland

      Thanks, Deb. So glad it resonated with you.

  • Tim Bickers

    Yeah, man. I think there’s no harm in testing ideas out there. I’ve found I’ve got to filter HOW I present the ideas – like you’re saying here. I don’t think tossing the idea out there is an issue at all, but totally agree with the fact that putting your word out there that “this will be my next book” is where things get a little iffy.

    I just recently committed to a new project with a client and we agreed to price and contract details, then I had a spin of an idea I wanted to try with the client. However, because we had already nailed everything down in the agreement, I couldn’t tweak the pricing structure – but I had already made the promise to do the work!

    So now I’m doing the work, but not getting paid what it’s worth. I’ve learned from it and am going to use this long term as an advantage, but it hurts right now cause I should have BIT MY TONGUE and not made any promises, but rather re-negotiated first. Silly me.

    • David Siteman Garland

      I think the key, as you mentioned Tim, is continuing to push forward and learning from everything. Hard to lose that way, you know? Sure beats trying *not* to make mistakes which we know will never happen.

  • Geordie Wardman

    Hey – no worries Dave. I was looking forward to the second book, but I understand that it’s a big commitment, especially since it sounds like you’re now running the business and you don’t want to jump back into the stress-fest of writing another book. We will look forward to hearing you how tell the story, and perhaps in doing so, you’ll be writing the first few chapters of the book.

    Geordie

    • David Siteman Garland

      G- I’m thinking maybe a video series. The messaging is super important. Thanks for the support!

  • Lib :-)

    Hi David. I believe that whatever you announce to another person is what you advertise about yourself. If you’re ready to commit to your idea, by all means announce your idea and go with it. However, if the idea is good, and it gets you pumped and emotional and seems like the best idea ever, first write it down, maybe keep a book of ideas. Put the idea away for a day or two and move on to something else before disclosing it to anyone. Sure, think about it, but don’t advertise it by announcing it or telling someone. Just give it time to brew or stew or whatever. At a point where you are relaxed, during morning coffee or after dinner, go back and read your idea, or book of ideas. Give yourself a chance to take a  fresh look.  Does the idea still excite? Chances are questions will arise and flaws with your idea will surface, because now you’re in an objective mode.
    I’ve been keeping a book of ideas for a few years now. It’s a great tool because it helps to clear your mind by capturing good ideas on paper before they fade from memory and it also is a reputation saver because when you do commit to your ideas and advertise them people see you as a doer. Everyone has great ideas. Give them a chance to simmer and if they’re worth doing, the time will come when they’re worth doing.
    Thanks David. I enjoyed the video clip. I’m a fan, keep up the great work.
    Lib 🙂

    • David Siteman Garland

      Fantastic points, Lib.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry David, I am now going to be following The Rise to The Top by David Siteman Garland’s Mom.  Seriously, that was ghandi-esque that advice.  LOVE IT!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Haha, I emailed her some of the comments on this page. It made her night!

  • Wow, great advice from your Mom!  When do we see your interview with her??

    • David Siteman Garland

      LOL!

  • Moms always have the right answer…;)

  • Anonymous

    Hey David I remember seeing the post last week. Im intrested in the story no matter the medium. Great advise from mom! Look forward to the content.

    • David Siteman Garland

      Sounds good! And will do.

  • I would just love to hear about that story on turning RTTT from a stress fest to streamlined. 

    Instead of an ebook (they are getting cliche), how about an EPIC blog post: video and article in one. Huge legendary post. Bring tons of value to people and bring tons of eyeballs and new fans to you.

    • David Siteman Garland

      It might go down, Anthony, it might go down 🙂 I have some ideas about it.

 

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