We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Ortiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I feel that there are two things that separate and differentiate me from the field. The first being kindness, I always go out of my way to show kindness to whoever I am interacting with at the time. It is very important that we be intentional and in the moment with our face to face interactions. In a world that seems to be more and more distracted a little kindness goes a long way. Next I would say is my consistency, the simple act of showing up each and every day can not be understated. It is hard to beat a man who keeps showing up or picks themselves up off the canvas. This trait has allowed me to be successful in a number of different fields and cover up any talent gaps I may have. It is a trait that is far underrated and really deserves much more attention.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I dabble in a number of different fields and I believe that is what makes me special. Each part of my life plays a small part in influencing the art I create. Ultimately I am a story teller whether it is through my podcast, children’s books, public speaking, coaching, or educating. Through the art of story we can pass on important information to the people who need it the most. What makes my story telling unique is that I bring an energy and flair to the mic. I try to be personable, animated, and interactive with the audience so they feel part of the story. All of that comes across to my audience and I believe that is why I have been successful so far. Besides who wants to hear a boring and dull story anyways?
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.
Wow, this is a great question!!! First we would start off with a brisk walk at one of the many trails here in The Woodlands Texas, that way we could get caught up on what’s been going on. Then hit up Fogo De Chao for a first class meat heavy lunch that would keep us full for a good while. Finally in a perfect world there would be some type of athletic event going on in the Houston area and we could take in a ball game. Preferably a Houston Rockets game, those guys have an exciting young core and I believe we are on a fast track to winning an NBA championship in the future. A few drinks at one of the local bars wouldn’t be a bad way to end the night either, making sure to take an Uber home of course. As far as people go I would love to introduce my friend to some of my training partners at Gracie Barra The Woodlands. We have a couple of guys that fight in the UFC that would make for good conversation. Might even be cool to slide of to Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling and chat with some of the young pros over there and maybe even Booker and Sharmell.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to send this shoutout to my family, and I have a large one so bear with me here. First and most importantly my mother Anita Ortiz, that lady instilled an iron clad work ethic in me with her words and actions. If she is not the woman who gives birth to me I know that I’m not in the position that I am in now. My wife Whitney Ortiz, she keeps me on my toes and honest. I think by nature I have a strong and dominant personality but my wife is always there to remind me who is really the boss, LOL. On a serious note she is the glue that keeps our family together and running as a functional unit. I would be putting it lightly if I said she was the brains behind the operation. I love her more than she realizes and this article is a great reminder that I need to let her know that more often. My kids Tatum and Luke, both unique in their own ways. Raising them has shown me that we have zero control in what they do but have a ton of influence in what kind of people they become. Their personality types have shaped me and taught me not to try and control every aspect of life. We are better off when we guide our children versus trying to dictate our vision for their lives. I am eternally grateful for them because it is the first time in my life that I have loved something more than I love myself. That truly is the secret sauce of parenthood, to love others and put yourself second. Also a little shoutout to Carol Carter who has become quite the mother figure to me here in The Woodlands. She has taken me under her wing and treated me as her own. I love that woman and consider her blood at this point.
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