We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Otts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote is “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” I haven’t a clue who actually said those iconic lines but I carry them with me each and every day as a simple reminder that giving up is never an option. I love how motivating these words are and how they keep me aligned and focused when the times are really tough.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It all started as a child I suppose having a deep passion for cars. I’ve just always been in love with them really. I honestly never really thought I’d be doing this and keeping people up to date on the latest car news from around the world. It certainly has not been an easy road, no pun intended, and it still continues to not be smooth paved in gold as well. I’m actually having to start all over and was practically forced to rebrand and everything due to malicious hackers but it’s all part of the story. Persistence and perseverance have gotten me through every setback and hurdle that has come my direction and they will both continue to do so just the same. One lesson I’ve learned the hard way is to “never put all your eggs in one basket.” Do not ever do this unless you can afford to lose it all. If you cannot, then diversify. Friendly tip of the day. As for what I really want people to know about CarFlixNChill is that this isn’t just another run of the mill automotive news outlet, it will become THE “go-to” automotive news outlet. Keep your eyes and ears open for the best automotive news outlet that has ever existed.
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.
When coming to the Dallas Ft. Worth metro a few things that would be on my “must see and do” list would have to be the Perot Musuem, the Ft. Worth stockyards, the Reunion Tower, the Dallas World Aquarium, and a tour of the AT&T stadium of course unless the Cowboys are playing then you catch a game obviously. Last but not least, I love riding karts myself, they’re a total blast that lets the inner child come out unleashing euphoric joy and the best places for that depends on whether you want to race indoors or outdoors. For indoors, K1 Speed is the go to spot, for outdoors go with the Dallas Karting Complex in Caddo Mills. Both are absolutely great.
As for hotels, one really unique hotel is the Omni. It has become quite iconic with the Dallas skyline. Other great hotels would be Hotel Indigo, the Ritz Carlton, and Hotel Zaza is pretty snazzy as well. The W Hotel in Dallas has a really amazing pool so if it’s summer time and you want to beat the Texas heat, the W is a win for sure.
When it’s time to grub, you simply cannot come to Texas and not get a good dose of red meat and yhe best steakhouse has to be Pappas Brothers in my opinion. As for a cool experience, a nice dinner at the Reunion tower is a definite must. For the best burgers, and that are budget friendly, Griff’s would be the spot and for some great tacos, one must venture over to the Velvet Taco.
I could name a lot more places to check out but this would be a great way to start for the DFW metro!
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?
I’d have to say the person that has inspired me, encouraged me, and believed in me the most, even when I failed to believe in myself is my Mother. Even when I was down and out, she believed that success was just around the corner and taught me early on that failure comes with success but it’s what you do when you fail that determines whether or not you end up winning. You have two choices, you can either view the failures as losses and give up or view them as lessons and move on. I chose