About The Rise To The Top
(see also About David Siteman Garland)
The Mission & What To Expect
Training, resources, awesome content & more for mediapreneurs
Welcome my friends. Here’s the deal.
The Rise To The Top is all about helping mediapreneurs grow their biz & have success created by me (Hi, I’m David Siteman Garland) for you.
What is a mediapreneur you ask? Good question, my friend! Mediapreneurs (a term I came up with in the shower a few years ago) are bloggers, podcasters, personal brands, coaches, speakers, experts, etc.
I’m super passionate about helping you grow your audience & generate big time revenue.
And create epic freedom for yourself (all while actually helping people…that’s what it is all about in this industry!)
Here at The Rise To The Top you are going to find all kinds of delicious awesomeness just for badass mediapreneurs like you including the latest training, quick videos, tips, advice, uncensored conversations with top mediapreneurs and and more.
I’d DEFINITELY recommend signing up for the free RISE VIP list below. I love my VIPs! As a VIP subscriber, I normally will send you about 1-2 emails a week on (on average) full of delicious training, content and other cool stuff. Every Thursday morning I send out a new training video or uncensored conversation with a top mediapreneur.
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Products & Programs
I’m super passionate about helping mediapreneurs generate revenue (the bling bling…the right way!) & grow their audience like a weed through my products and programs including:
Create Awesome Online Courses: The proven step-by-step system for creating, promoting & profiting from your own online course. Nab the free video series: How to turn your ONLINE PLATFORM (blog, web show, podcast, etc.) into REVENUE by creating your own ONLINE COURSE right here.
Create Awesome Interviews the #1 program to help folks create their own interview-based web TV show with hundreds of graduates creating shows on everything from inspired travel to car racing to healthy living. These are all my secrets to interviewing and exactly the steps I took to gain credibility and ‘put myself on the map’ so to speak.
The Rise To The Top Story:
The Story Behind The Story Behind The Story – Why I Do This
I actually CAN pinpoint that exact moment when I decided to become a mediapreneur (I know weird, right?). It was August of 2008 and I was at a coffee shop when I started “discovering” people that were making a living online via something they were passionate about.
Fitness. Health. Clothing. Business. Whatever.
And we aren’t talking about setting up 384858585.5 niche websites that each make 1 cent or other weird businesses. I’m talking about people that developed an expertise and turned it into revenue…all while actually helping people.
They worked from anywhere.
They wore what they wanted.
They were celebrities in their niche and spoke at events.
They wrote, blogged, created videos, web shows, podcasts, etc.
They were full of personality and weren’t afraid to show it.
They had really cool products, training and other neat (yes, neat!) stuff for sale.
They always popped up everywhere in the media. Online. Offline. New. Old. Everywhere.
They had very little overhead.
They were KNOWN.
They didn’t have a huge amount of employees to manage all day (in fact, many had no employees at all). Instead, they focused on their expertise and business.
They were making REAL MONEY (6 and 7 figures) talking about, writing about and teach on subjects they loved and knew a lot about…and a ton of this money was being deposited in their bank account as they slept. How freaking cool is that?
They lived life with passion and had incredible lifestyles (I’ve interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs and I gotta say the happiest, most fulfilled and just “people you want to be around” all fell into this tribe of entrepreneurship).
So with no experience, I got started and I figured what better way than to interview people who were doing exactly what I wanted to do and take action on what I learned.
And here are some of the results in just a few years (Shameless bragging? You betcha. Just kidding. I wanted to let you know about my results because I want you to have the same or BETTER).
- A passionate community of over 250,000 awesome people tuning in every month.
- A profit (not gross sales…profit) well into the six figures with multiple direct and indirect revenue streams years (and has grown exponentially every year!).
- Multiple best-selling programs and trainings with thousands of customers worldwide getting big time results (this makes me a proud “papa”!)
- The chance to interview (and perhaps more importantly form a relationship with) over 300 of the world’s top experts, personal brands, authors and big thinkers ranging from “The Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger to the author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body Tim Ferriss.
- A major book deal where I was approached by Wiley Publishing. Meaning, I didn’t do anything, they came to me and Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business came out to a big response in 2010.
- Even though I don’t do it anymore, Big companies (as well as individuals) that I would have no business with if I hadn’t created my show have called me to help them with special projects and consulting such as Google (yes, THAT Google) for top dollar.
- Incredible speaking, emceeing and live event opportunities at conferences, events and organizations (both online and off) where I’ve received high “celebrity-like” fees.
- Regular columns and appearances on a variety of traditional media and new media sources (over 100 in less than two years) including ABC, CNN, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many more.
- I get to work when I want for how long I want where I want which is pretty darn cool. This has allowed me ridiculous freedom to really enjoy the heck out of life be it a mid-day pick up hockey game with friends, a spontaneous trip to Costa Rica or kidnapping (not literally) my wife for a romantic day of fun including massages, wine and cheese. And, with my newfound freedom I completely transformed my body from soft-ish to super fit.
- Possibly what I’m most proud of (other than my customers/students results), is being able to hire my dad full time in the fall of 2012. Randy “Tron” Garland is now the VP of The Rise To The Top.
The fun (yes, business should be fun, right?) continues and evolves and I my mission is to help you do the same.
More importantly, I’m the most proud of you guys. RISE nation. Folks who I’m lucky enough to help, teach, mentor, inspire and/or entertain in some small or big way.
Cool, right? Now let’s go dominate.
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