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Today on The Rise To The Top: The #1 Non-Boring Business Show: Want to become a thought leader and rock star in your industry? A celebrity in your niche? Maybe speak at the top events in your industry and write cool books? All sounds dandy. But, what does it take to get there? When it comes to new media and digital media there are few more influential than today’s guest Brian Solis, author of the new book, The End of Business as Usual. Today, we dive into how he got there and how you can do the same (get ready to work your butt off!). Enjoy!

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  1. I like the way you explained the new generation from the old generation. 

    I went for lunch yesterday with a friend of mine who is 65 years old.  We’re 42 years apart. He constantly asks why I don’t get an MBA and I just don’t see how an MBA replaces passion and hustle.  It’s nice to have but it’s irrelevant to my business and to  the lifestyle I have.  I can hire those people… and I do. 
    Anyway, I’ve digressed.  I wanted to be able to explain that to him yesterday but I am glad that you’ve distinguished it  for me for the future.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Hah, interesting point Shaun. One key of course is getting advice from the right people. I remember early on, sometimes I would listen to the wrong people.

      1. Well of course I disregarded his advice because his way of thinking has gotten him his results – A career he hated over his lifetime.  I listen to him on other matters such as selecting good scotches for instance. But I listen to the people (like you) who have done and are doing exactly what I want to do.

        I too can relate to listening to the wrong advice.  I question their biases now and if they’re not where I want to be, I just don’t listen.

        1. David Siteman Garland says:

           Yes my friend for sure and good and bad advice comes in sorts of shapes and size: big, small, old, young, male, female.

  2. Another great interview as usual! I like the part where Brian says “There will always be someone better than you, but no one else has the experience you do, your challenges, your hardships.” (paraphrased). This is motivating, because we often give-up far too early, we feel we aren’t “Good Enough”. Also, on Success. Ask yourself “DO YOU CREATE EASE, INTENTIONALLY FOR OTHER PEOPLE?” If the answer is YES. You win! lol =D 

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Great pick up on that quote and also anothe reason to follow what you really want to do even if it is a “crowded” space

  3. Debbie Saviano says:

    I am continually amazed that Your Interviews Inspire, Motivate and Educate.
    Yet they Do and I am most Grateful as I have Learned from each and every one.
    As a former Educator I especially appreciated Brian’s Comments on Old School.
    I have found that there when People are asked to Do Things Differently it requires for them to step out of a Comfort Zone and Change is scary for many.
    However, it is also comforting to hear him address the issues of being a Continual Learner……..Each Day is a New Day and there is SO Much to Learn and we live in Exciting Times.
    Thanks to You and Brian for another Passionate Interview…….debbie

    1. briansolis says:

       You are so right Debbie. Lead the way…we will follow! Thank you for watching!

    2. David Siteman Garland says:

       Ah yes, D. So right on. Glad you enjoyed it! Brian is the man.

  4. Niall Devitt says:

    Great great interview! I love what he had to say about “Investing in people to bring about change” 

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

       Thanks man!

  5. David:  This was a really thoughtful interview. David has some great advice and you coaxed the advice out well. Thanks for bringing him on the show. 

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