We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Burgett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My whole professional entrepreneurial career has been one big risk. Stubborn by nature, I knew I’d have to experience the process of becoming failure, heartache, loss, frustration, and pain until it molded me into something successful. Nobody can hold your hand in life growing up because eventually at some point they’ll have to let it go. Although early on in my digital marketing and design career, I had no idea where I was going to end up, but I knew I loved creative design, computers, digital technology, and videography. I believe that taking risks in life, especially early on, are extremely critical in developing the type of person you will become. The process is something every great success story must face and go through.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been asked this question several times in interviews and I will keep my answer consistent because I am a firm believer of the same response. I have always been a creative person. I learned this at an early age starting off by drawing marvel characters. I enjoy fashion, artwork, spirituality, sports, traveling, cooking, culture, and digital technology. I am hard-pressed on the idea and philosophy that life, although extremely cliche, is honestly and truthfully about what you make it. And once you realize this, the sooner your personal story of chasing greatness, purpose, and happiness will begin along with monetization.
I want people to know that it isn’t up to your friends, grandparents, mother, father, sister, brother or anybody else to decide what you will become, chase after, or who to love. Yes, they are great resources to the insight needed to mold yourself, but they are not you. Life and how long we have here isn’t guaranteed to anybody. It can all be taking away tomorrow. So, I encourage people to think outside of the box and press towards the outside limits of the norms. Act on those inner ambitions that may not make any sense to the love ones around you. But that’s ok. Because those very things are apart of your own path to finding out exactly who you were meant to become. And take all those feelings and lessons along the journey and love who you want to love, the process of becoming, and you’ll love what you do. Because at the end of it all, your life should be all about pursuing those things that made you happy and fulfilling those dreams inside of you heart.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had to play tour guide in Atlanta, Georgia we would probably start off with a short car ride to Athens, Georgia first and work our way back. Being a graduate of the University of Georgia and still heavily involved with the city through my digital marketing company UGA Football News, it’s only right to start on campus. We’d start by having pizza and a beer at my old late night to go spot, Little Italy, and go from there. We’d take a stroll down memory lane and walk through the iconic arches into beautiful north campus and I’d tell you some funny football stories no body else has heard along the way. I’d make a few calls and take you to Sanford stadium and inside of the new 80 million dollar football training facility in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. We’d continue on down to Jittery Joes Coffee shop, where I studied at but mostly got distracted people watching all throughout college. And then we’d make our way back towards Atlanta where I grew up.
From a young child to an adult, there’s not one area or part of the city my story wouldn’t take you through, but we’d probably start on the north side of town in Alpharetta, Georgia where I spent most of my time and work our way around I-285 and then back up through the city on 85-North. First, we’d grab a couple kayaks or rafts, whatever you prefer, my Bose speaker, some incredible Asian BBQ from Heirloom Market, some spirits and other things for our floating session, and just cruise down the Chattahoochee River enjoying the landscape, good conversation, and the warm weather.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Since “The Shoutout” series is about shouting out something or someone influential, I’d like to dedicate this interview to all the great influencers I’ve had in my lifetime a list still growing and incomplete but here it is.
Fom my mother, Grace Malinao Burgett, who I’ve never once heard complain, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Les Brown, Rick Ross, Barry Sanders, Adele, Gary Vaynerchuk, David Goggins, Champ Bailey, Chris Stapleton, Robert Kiyosaki, Bob Marley, Anthony Bourdain, George Lucas, Stan Lee, and Manny Pacquiao to start a list. I respect them all for different unique talents and reasons from creativity, artistry, on to social and civil right leadership. In order to become successful one has to study, surround, and indulge in the philosophies and characteristics of the people we respect and admire the most.
Matthew Hall Anthony Taylor