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Garrett Klugh is the COO of Falk Ventures and the co-founder of Huddle Sports Management. In his role at Falk Ventures, Garrett works as right-hand man to the legendary sports agent, David Falk, who famously represented Michael Jordan and built Jordan’s marketing brand. Earlier in his post-grad life, Garrett competed on six U.S. national rowing teams as well as at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He then worked with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic committee at 4 different Olympic games. Garrett’s professional journey began as a police officer in San Diego proving that where you start your career is frequently just a first step in a long and winding road.  Garrett got a B.A. in Kinesthesiolopgy at San Diego State and his MBA from George Washington University. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Why only optimism is compatible with success (4:00)
  • Why Garrett decided to train for 4 more years to try to make the 2004 Olympic rowing team (11:49)
  • Why everyone should take advantage of their natural talents (19:09)
  • Why Garrett decided to go to grad school at age 39 (28:00)
  • Why Garrett hid that he was an Olympian in job interviews (30:26)
  • What the parallels are between building a start-up company and developing as an athlete (33:35)
  • What Garrett does as COO at Falk Ventures (34:25)
  • What start-up founders usually get wrong (39:00)
  • What qualities Garrett believes make the best great employees and how to communicate them in job interviews (42:00)

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