I’m honored to feature this guest post from my friend, Harrison Burchett. Harrison is one of my favorite bloggers who writes about motivation, inspiration, and success. He has creative ideas, a great mindset, and helps those around him to make this world a better place. I hope you all get as much value from this as I did.
P.S. Check out my answer’s to Harrison’s Q&A over at his blog!
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
— RW Emerson
Hi Successful Steps readers!
My name is Harrison Burchett and I am super excited to be writing this guest Q&A for my friend Andrew. I really enjoy reading Andrew’s content – as I frequently find myself sifting through the archives after reading a new post.
Like Andrew, I write a blog that focuses on success and leadership.
A few other quick details about me: I’m 20 years old. My hobbies outside of blogging include exercising and spending time outdoors, creating and capturing visual content, and enjoying time with my close friends and family.
I’m really not the best at describing myself – especially in a piece of writing. I think I’ve always felt that way. As a kid, I remember having to write descriptively in the first-person and I couldn’t ever really wrap my mind around it.
I’ve always felt that people were much too complex and unique to capture in a short, constrained amount of time.
It’s much more doable over an extended period through observation. I’m sure most of you have an opinion and an idea of who and what Andrew is.
I’ll swerve left and throw a hook for my Instagram right now; as I’d love for you guys to come learn and grow alongside me on my journey.
BUT, because Andrew asked me to share my story. I’ll do my best to do that now (in a couple of sentences).
As a kid growing up, I was always in a weird spot. I was popular (sports, girls, and when I was older, parties), but, looking back, I always felt out of place. I really felt like I was playing a role; always trying too hard to fit in.
It wasn’t until a trying situation in college that I was prompted to make a change in my life. Without going into too much detail, I’ll just say that I made a complete 180.
I’ve since been on a journey to discover my passion and make a positive impact on the world.
- What message do you hope people gain from your blog?
I hope that I can inspire people to live their life with minimal “I wish…A, B, & C” stories when they are 85 and in the nursing home. I want people to know that by pursuing their passion they are putting themselves in the best position possible to succeed. I always ask people, “If money was no object, what would you do?” In my opinion, one’s answer to that question is what one should do.
- What’re your top five priorities or values that you try to live by?
The five values that I live my life by are as follows:
1. Honesty – I’ve found that it’s just the best approach in every situation.
2. Kindness – Doing the right thing, because it’s the right thing, is always the right thing. J
3. Perspective – It’s maybe THE most important trait that one can have.
4. Empathy – I believe that the genuine interest in others wellbeing is a major positive.
5. Hard work – To build, create, or achieve any business, market, or goal it takes hundreds – scratch that, thousands of hours – learning, preparing, and executing.
- If you had one message to tell the world, what would it be?
It would depend on the day of the week. Today, I would want the world to know that they still have time. I hate thinking about the number of 30, 40, and 50-year-olds who have, for the most part, given up on their dreams. I often tell people I talk to the story of Simon Cowell, the American Idol guy. At age 32, Cowell used his last £5.26 to pay for a Taxi fare to his parent’s house. He moved back in permanently with his parents, refocused, and pursued his passion in the music industry.
Today, Cowell is worth over £300,000,000.
I’m certainly not implying that happens for everyone. But if only a 300th of that happened to you, wouldn’t it change your life forever?
I want everyone to believe in their hearts that they are capable of the same kind of greatness – not necessarily monetarily, but with regards to their industry. You can leave a legacy, and you can make an impact.
- What’s your favorite personal mantra that you try to live by?
To steal a number from my favorite internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk – You are going to die.
It’s crude and some people might not like it. But it’s an undisputable fact. I live my life to the fullest, and try to make the most of every single day.
In fact, it’s one of my favorite blog posts that I’ve ever written – and you should most definitely go check that out here.
- What’s your version of success, and how do you plan to get there?
My version of success is knowing that I gave life my all when my time is up. I might win, or I might lose. But by giving my best effort I know that I did everything in my power to reach my dreams.
- Why did you start writing?
I started writing because of my interest in politics. I started a political blog in February of 2016 and kept at that for probably 2 months. At the time, I was posting daily – which quickly led to my burning out.
After that, I started a group blog site with two friends, “CommonSenseNews”. And while CSN (as we called it) started out as a political/news blog, I soon found myself writing different kinds of content – content that surrounded the many books I was consuming at the time – authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Covey, and John Maxwell.
CSN continued on throughout 2016 but started to die off as authors became busier and started posting less regularly.
I started my current website earlier this year. I tell myself that I chose to use my own name, Harrison Burchett, as the site name because of my goal to build a personal brand; but it’s just as much the case that I suck at coming up with creative site names. (Jealous of you Andrew!)
- If there is one lesson you’d want to teach the people who come into your life, what would it be?
I would teach a message of perspective. It’s one of the most primary lessons that we teach children: try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
I think perspective translates to so many positive things. But most importantly, it helps to build self-esteem. If you can understand why someone is a “hater” or a “bully” you aren’t knocked off your game by their opinion and you can genuinely, and I mean genuinely, combat that negativity in a positive way.
- What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be Peyton Manning as a kid. I loved football, and Peyton was my favorite player, but it wasn’t just Peyton’s play on the field I admired. Peyton’s character off the field and his commitment to building relationships with other players was something that made a huge impact on me. I think that a lot of that admiration for Peyton and his character was the beginning of many seeds that are blooming within me today.
- Who inspires you?
I thought about this question for a long period of time. I think that I’m most inspired by the up-and-comer: the 40-year-old entrepreneur that is pursuing her passion against the odds; the 16-year-old who starts an Amazon FBA business and first notices a profit. I’m motivated by the small successes – by people who are still climbing the mountain.
- What is your proudest achievement so far?
I don’t know that I have a proudest achievement at this point in my life. I’m proud that I’ve learned not to care what most people think about me. I know who I am, and I think that at any age in life that’s a great accomplishment.
- What dream do you want to fulfill?
I’d love to give a TED talk. I’m a huge fan of TED events and have been watching them for 4 or 5 years now. I had the idea of giving a TED talk around a year ago when I was thinking about how the Appalachian region of America (my home) can progress forward and – not that it directly improves the quality of life in an area – realized that I was not aware of any TED events that had ever focused on this area of the country.
I have a long way to go, but it’s something for me to work toward.
- If you knew you could do anything without failure, what would you do?
So, I would do two things. First, I would start my own sports talk-show in a similar format to ESPN’s “First Take” or Fox Sport’s “Undisputed”. That would be my fun project – my “me” time. When I wasn’t occupied with the sports talk-show, I would travel around the world and speak to young people.
I also want to throw a huge shout-out to Andrew for making this possible in the first place. He’s extremely talented; but more importantly, he really cares about this community and the overall quality of others’ lives.
You rock man!
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