We had the good fortune of connecting with Philip Buchanan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Philip, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
If you want to be exceptional, you HAVE to take risks. My success all started with a major risk: I did everything I could to save up $10,000 to buy an Airbnb property. I simultaneously quit my office job and started a flooring business (which later became a full remodeling business). The key factor to risk-taking, though, is to have calculated risks. For example, if you want to become a successful musician, don’t just quit your job so you can make as much music as possible; you still need to be able to fund that career path; you need to have the money for instruments, branding, marketing, recording sessions, etc. My advice (especially to young people) is to work extremely hard, devise a well-thought-out plan, and take a calculated risk to give your plan a high chance of succeeding. In addition to that, set up “safety nets” to make sure you don’t end up completely broke and helpless if part of your plan does not work out because, trust me, not everything will go as planned.
What should our readers know about your business?
Well, I run several businesses: Airbnb host, Tiktok Creator, and Owner of a remodeling business. Starting these businesses was not easy, and ran into many failures along the way, however each failure produced a lesson that is invaluable. When faced with a failure or challenge, it is important to know you have two options: give up or push forward. If you relentlessly push forward and work hard, everything will fall into place. Don’t sit and think about your mistakes, and don’t worry about what could go wrong; fiercely strive forward. I want the world to know that you really can do anything. As cliché as the phrase, “just do it” can sound, it is shockingly effective. The biggest mistake I see, especially with younger people, is they aren’t DOING anything. Even if the thing you do at that moment isn’t your “passion,” it is important that you do it; it’s important that you wake up in the morning and work hard. You can always continuously improve your situation and make it what you want, but you have to START somewhere, so go start.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a pretty simple guy. I would probably take my friend to my favorite local bar/restaurant to play pool and get some great food and beer. My favorite bar is called “Chairs,” and it’s located in East Point, GA. I love music. so most nights would probably end up at my house playing guitar, drums. etc. and listening to music as well. I suppose if we needed to do something active, I would go to a local rock-climbing venue or the Appalachian mountains for a hike and camping trip.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, all glory goes to God! My success is first attributable to deciding to honor God and fulfill His will. If I can “open up” a bit, I used to deeply struggle with depression, anxiety, and lack of purpose. This was all during a time when I proclaimed to be an “atheist.” After some time having returned to God, I can happily say that I NEVER struggle with any of these ailments, and I wake up every day knowing I am fulfilling a great purpose, and I seriously love what I do. I would be amiss, though, if I did not mention the help and support of my wife Ashley. Before we were even married, Ashley completely designed and managed our Airbnb’s, and she got us Superhost and Airbnb Plus statuses very quickly and continues to maintain those. She also encouraged me to get on TikTok! I am now proud to say that I am a TikTok Creator with approaching 300,000 followers and earning income on the platform as well. Anyway, Ashley supports me greatly in everything I do and I would not see anywhere near the success I do today without her.