13: YP Perspective – Underdogs + Making it to the “Bigs”

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Matthew Rollins joins us for an Uphill Conversation on his journey from playing the game of baseball to his current life as an entrepreneur and underdog in a very established industry.

Show Notes:

  • Matthew’s journey from athlete to entrepreneur
  • At some point the game will tell you “it’s enough”
  • Intentionality and time it takes to discover your passion
  • Evaluating opportunities and choosing the path your life will take
  • Anchor Bat Company’s focus on quality and design
  • Story behind the meaning of “Anchor” in the company name
  • “We’ll make a bat for anyone, but we’re not for everyone.”
  • Bravery and grit it takes to follow your heart instead of your ego – and to stick with it when times are tough
  • Learning the ins and outs of a very specific industry with strong, established competitors
  • Power in owning your decisions + your circumstance
  • Underdogs and self-belief
  • Joys and challenges of working with family
  • What it feels like to see your product in action
  • Unexpected ways your product can positively impact the lives of others
  • Your life will be tough, but it’s all worth it – so keep fighting

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Guest Bio – Matthew Rollins was a four-year starter for North Greenville University, playing centerfield and hitting leadoff the majority of his college career. After his time at NGU, he had the rare opportunity to play professionally. Though the majors never came calling, Matthew’s love for the game couldn’t deter his involvement in athletics somehow, some way. His work experience includes time with a performance research facility where he trained hundreds of professional and Division I athletes, members of U.S. Special Forces and first responders. But as the company and Matthew’s responsibilities grew, he found himself missing the baseball community, and understood a comeback was inevitable.

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12: YP Perspective – Politics + Working Towards Change

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William Timmons joins us for an Uphill Conversation on his journey as a prosecutor, entrepreneur, and South Carolina State Senator. At 33 years of age, he is committed to fixing what’s broken in Columbia, SC.

Show Notes:

  • William’s entrepreneurial endeavors: Swamp Rabbit Crossfit + Soul Yoga
  • William’s journey to become a Senator at 32 years old
  • Frustrated by inaction in the Senate, William decided to run for office to try and fix it – “Everything I do in my life, I go all in.”
  • Shocked by the ineffectiveness of the legislation in South Carolina
  • Desire to discuss issues that are most important and relevant – those that affect to peoples’ lives
  • Issues in Washington can impact peoples’ lives – freedom and safety
  • Problem is that the loudest voices are heard and often repeated
  • Need to stop thinking in terms of right and left, but need to think about how we move the country forward
  • Benefits of having a self-funded campaign – ability to do what he thinks is the right thing without conflict of interest
  • Surprising moments in his first year as Senator: how people have forgotten the difference between right and wrong
  • Stay grounded by remembering why you’re doing what you’re doing and that it’s for the right reasons
  • Make better use of your time by creating processes that streamline your life – proximity
  • Remember to slow down and be intentional in how you live your life

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Guest Bio – William Timmons is a Republican State Senator who works as an attorney and entrepreneur in Greenville. William previously served as a prosecutor in the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s office. He currently owns and operates Swamp Rabbit CrossFit, Soul Yoga, and Timmons & Company. While in the Senate, William focuses his time on economic development, ethics reform, and term limits. Learn more at votetimmons.com. 

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11: YP Perspective – Serving Others to Discover Yourself

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Chris Cloud joins us for a conversation on how he made a significant change – moving to Nepal in his early 30s – to serve others and shift the trajectory of his life. In his journey, he not only discovered his purpose, but also met his life partner and so much more.
Show Notes: 
  • Chris’s journey from tech to business development to non-profit service
  • What motivated Chris to move back to his birthplace of Nepal
  • Mentoring youth through fitness and getting active
  • How colliding events in your life can shift your perspective on what’s truly important
  • Life is a juggling act – some balls are rubber, some are glass
  • Utilizing a coach to set yourself up for success and stay accountable
  • Building community and fellowship
  • If you go with an open heart and mind to serve, it’s amazing what opens up for you
  • Being pushed, stretched and needed can lead you to realize previously undiscovered strengths
  • The problem with abundance of options – especially for millennials
  • Importance of being decisive and strong in your decisions
  • “Nobody ever built anything who was afraid to make decisions and stick with those. A decision you make today, doesn’t mean you are locked in forever.”
  • Only decision makers can call on other others to make decisions
  • Wealth means so much more than money – start with the end in mind and work backwards.
  • Difference between your vocation/calling versus your job/career

Guest Bio:

Chris Cloud is an entrepreneur who has been living and running a non-profit with his wife in Nepal over the past few years. He is passionate about helping companies and individuals identify their perceived growth ceiling, and punch through that ceiling. He is co-founder of a startup in Greenville, SC, which is building a dashboard for management teams to set up and run more effective leadership team meetings. He holds a degree in business administration, but counts his 12+ years of starting or serving in a series of fast-growing startups as his real entrepreneurial education! On a good day, you’ll find Chris running up a mountain or snowboarding down one. You can connect with him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ccloud/
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