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The Big Business “Mistake” I Made (Very Few People Know About This)

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by David Garland in David's Blog

OK, so wow. Last week’s response to DSG TV was freakin’ awesome and it seems you guys definitely want more of my “behind-the-scenes David chronicles crazy stories”.

I’ve got a good one today with a heck of a lesson. And it isn’t something I’ve shared very often at all.

Now, before we get to it, let me preface that I’m not a big believer in mistakes. I’m a believer in learning lessons and everything we all do leads somewhere interesting. Meaning, WITHOUT making the mistake I’m about to share with you….The Rise To The Top might have never, ever happened. How about them apples?

Want to know the story of my big mistake? Watch today’s DSG TV below.

By the way, hope you continue to enjoy the personal stories. I’ve got more to tell. If you want more, make sure to let me know in the comments.

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  1. David Newman says:

    You’re going behind the scenes – but I liked it when you were behind the couch, too… good to see you at your desk :o)

    — Newman

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Glad you enjoyed my friend 🙂 #behindthecomputer 🙂

  2. Thanks for your openness David! I actually just left my position as co-founder of a profitable business because I came to the realization that it was not my passion. I’m sure glad I went through the experience though as I learned more in the past two years than in any venture before it. Keep the videos comin’!

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Will do my friend 🙂

  3. SImilar to my issue with real estate. I helped women, minorities and young couples invest in real estate. I loved my clients, but hated the game people played (on the other side) when money was on the table. It drained me all of the time, especially once I realized that I was the brand. I didn’t want to be the face of my company, but had to meet people every day and put myself out there, which was tough for an introvert.

    Shut it down in 2008, started over, got married, started a family. Now, since 2012 I’m finally doing the part that I loved most, which was branding and marketing. My goal is to go full time with that business in 2014.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Awesome, Dee. Go get ’em.

  4. I’m one that’s loving the behind the scenes goodness at RTTT, …you failed fast and went to the next thing, so did you not want to wait a bit longer to see if you learn to love the sponsorship/agency or you knew immediately that you were going to hate it.

    Love how you didn’t get discouraged but kept taking action to move to the next thing, love it!

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Always staying in motion. Glad you enjoyed!

  5. Mariah Elizabeth Hu says:

    So glad to hear this.
    After digging your “Create Awesome Interviews”, I finally launch my web show and now have some more confirmed guest 🙂

    If you never launch your site and this course, I will need more time to figure this things out.
    So, huge thanks to you.

    I love this behind the scene. Keep them coming David 🙂

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Great to hear. Congrats on the launch!

  6. Nice, David! But I have to do stuff I’m not passionate about to fund my project.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      There will ALWAYS be unpleasant things with your biz…the key is that the actual biz and end goal are things you are excited about.

      1. Thank you for the comment, David!

  7. Mike says:

    I’m really enjoying this series. Keep it up! One thing I love about working my own project is that it is helping me find my passion! Sitting on the sidelines thinking about your passion is not nearly as effective as wading in and just trying things until you know with certainty.

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