64: Matthew Rollins – Going Up Against Giants

Matthew Rollins joins us for an Uphill Conversation on his journey from playing baseball to his current life as an entrepreneur. He is carving his own path and going up against giants in a very established industry.

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.

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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INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
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