Robert “Bobby” Duran: Learning and Failing in order to Succeed

In this episode, Tom kicks off season 3 with guest Robert “Bobby” Duran. A friend of Tom’s since 2012, Bobby is a highly sought after DJ in Los Angeles and an event producer for clients such as Chick-Fil-A, Dave Ramsey, and Nike.



3 Must-Hear Takeaways from this episode

Continuing to learn is crucial for success, as is failure and growing from it.
Cultivating relationships is important, no matter what you do for a living.
Take your passion, your side hustle and turn it into a second job.

Show Notes:

While he has seen success across hosting events and his DJ career, Bobby explains that continued learning is crucial. In fact, the best thing we can do as leaders is to continue to learn. He explains there are people that do it better than him and he continues trying to learn from them.


Bobby notes that relationships are key for not only being a DJ, but if you’re in sales, an entrepreneur, or a small business owner. He talks about cultivating relationships with people and that the most important element of an event is to look at it as an opportunity to build a relationship.


Another important aspect of success is failing. He says he had the failure of having success and thinking he knew it all. He also talks about failing in relationships and keeping commitments.

Tom and Bobby discuss how failure is more common than you might think. Tom explains that failure is the common denominator for all of us, while Bobby notes that we all need to extend grace in our failures.


Bobby also tells Tom how he gets out of the mindset of failure by telling himself, “You’re more than just a DJ, you’re more than a business owner. You have been created to do something greater.”


Tom also asks Bobby how we can find our talent and purpose that will launch a business or career. Bobby points out that usually, your side hustle is the job you really want to do for a living.


He explains that if you have something you love, it’s important to reshape your view that you have two jobs, not just a side job. When you stop saying you have a side job, it takes that side hustle and shifts that into a new career.


While the steps of turning that side hustle into your main career look different for everyone, Bobby notes that when you come to a point to fully step into the unknown, but that opportunity is there because you feel called to it then it’s a great opportunity.


Tom and Bobby discuss redefining success as not a finish line, but the process. Bobby says the process is the failures that make you better and allow you to learn what matters most.


Finally, he warns that roadblocks are thinking you know everything. He says that it’s important to surround yourself with people who will sharpen you and allow people to speak into your life. He reveals how connecting someone to the right person that can help others get over their roadblocks actually allows him to see his own roadblocks more clearly.