We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
There’s a quote that really stands out to me. I’m not sure who said it first but it’s something to the effect of “you either get comfortable taking risks or you will work for someone who does”. That really sums up my view on risk taking. In order to really grow in your career, or life in general, I feel as though you have to get outside of your comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens! Taking “Calculated Risks” has been essential in my success. My approach to problem solving/risk taking is beginning with the “worst case scenario”. I look at a project or problem and try to find the worst possible outcome and either determine if I could live with that should it come to fruition OR begin finding solutions to mitigate that scenario.
One of the biggest events in my life that would be a good example is when I made the decision to quit my job in Corporate America. I spent 10 years working my way up the corporate ladder via promotions and calculated risk taking – secured a 6 figure salary – and ultimately quit to follow my passion. As you can imagine, quitting a 6 figure salary (especially a job that you genuinely enjoyed) is a scary situation. (Not to mention RISKY, lol) As I said earlier, whenever I’m taking a risk like this, I look at the worst possible outcome. In this instance, I knew I couldn’t live with the worst case scenario, so I began to solve for all of the potential problems. I used my time to secure the necessary monthly income I needed and set aside a proper savings to ultimately take a more comfortable leap of faith. BEST DECISION I’VE EVER MADE.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a self taught Home Chef with a passion for food and most importantly, a passion for getting people back in the kitchen. Food is the centerpiece of every life event (weddings, birthdays, business meetings, etc) and yet, so many of us in my generation live off take-out and fast food. Food is a Love Language and I want to be apart of the group of people that bring this important life skill back into the forefront.
I started cooking at about 18 or 19 years old. I have a bit of an addictive personality, so whenever I get into something, I want to master it. Except with food, you never really can master it 100% (I think that is why I am so obsessed lol). By my mid 20’s (I’m 31 now) I was cooking every day – feeding anyone within forks distance lol. I eventually started to post my food on social media and wanted to one day start a YouTube Channel or Food Blog. I procrastinated for years before I actually started. (If you’re reading this and have a business idea that you’ve been putting off… START NOW)
I worked in Corporate America in a Sales position for over a decade and once I finally get into content creating, it was a natural transition. I was able to apply all that I’ve learned in business to what I am most passionate about and it’s been an amazing journey. (We’re just getting started!)
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, of course I would badger them for a month before they arrived asking them what they want to eat and drink lol. I would plan a dinner menu (or 2) filled with multiple courses and cocktail/wine pairings. After I show off a little bit, then we can visit some local spots. If we are in Houston, we would stop by Thirteen and visit my good friend and Executive Chef Tobias and allow them to soak up the vibe and great food there.
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?
My Wife. Having someone in your corner to support you and be there for you during the inevitable ups and downs of business ownership has been key!
I’d also like to recognize my supporters that continued to push me and motivate me to keep going. I do my best to read all of my messages and comments – and knowing that I am making a positive impact in so many people’s lives through this journey I’ve been on, keeps me motivated.