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On the Right Track

Wondering what the first year of startup is like? Get an insider's view as we follow one entrepreneur's journey.

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This story appears in the April 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

While popular culture has a voyeuristic enthusiasm for reality TV, there is something intriguing about possessing unfettered access to someone's experience. For the next year, I'll be tracking one man's quest to build a thriving business in its very first year. Beginning with this month's introduction to Scott Duffy, 33, and his path to starting Self Storage Capital Group, each installment will offer an insider's look into Duffy's life as an entrepreneur, complete with the ups and downs that path invariably includes.

Traveling Man

It was a car accident in the fall of 1990-Duffy's junior year-that forced him to drop out of the University of San Diego. Recovering from two brain hemorrhages and only able to listen to music and tapes, this speech communications major was so excited by the Anthony Robbins program that he sought an internship with the bestselling author and speaker. After impressing the company in interviews, Duffy landed a job with Robbins Research, traveling and promoting Robbins' books and workshops.

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