We had the good fortune of connecting with Grant House and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grant, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me, risks are necessary to progress your life forward in any fashion. If you’re not taking many risks you’re not pushing your body or challenging yourself to adapt to something slightly beyond your current capabilities. There is a difference in calculated and uncalculated risks. Some risks will end up being harder than others in the outcome, but calculated risks allow a person to either win or learn. When either of those occur, only positive growth is achieved.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think something I’m most proud of is the amount of progressive improvement I have seen in my life thus far. It’s not always linear, but typically there seem to be annual periods of tangible improvement I can see in my life. Constantly improving takes consistent effort and in my life thus far, consistency is a trait that is highly undervalued. I don’t think it’s ever been “easy” because when we grow the most we are often the most uncomfortable or challenged the most. I’d say one of the aspects that have helped me be successful is to acknowledge this reality rather than fight it and seek out challenges or find things that push my comfort levels on many platforms. Lessons that I have learned along the way are that every experience is a learning opportunity. No experience is ever inherently good or bad unless we assign it those labels. From podcasts, swimming, acting, school, or being a friend there are so many things you can learn from that you always have to be ready and willing to accept something new you’ve never done before to get results you have never gotten before. What I want the world to know about my brand is to bring positivity onto the outlook of someone’s life. All too often we get caught up in negative feedback and self-talk that can easily be erased and stopped at a moment’s notice yet we let it linger days, weeks, and months on end. There are lots of things we don’t have complete control over, but our attitude is always a choice we can make any time of the day no matter the situation we find ourselves in
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?
If they’re one of my friends typically we are going to be active and enjoy so good food! I would take me friend to hike flat iron as it’s one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had. After that hike I’d say we’d either go for a nice steak dinner or an ACYE Sushi spot like Junn. We’d be going to at least 2-3 golfing rnages while they were in town most likely as well. A personal favorite of mine is Dobson Ranch. Enjoyable atmosphere and a fun course to play with friends. I like to take them to some of my favorite brunch locations like Daily Dose, Harlows, and First Watch. Ideally, depending on the time of the year, we’d go down to phoenix and watch a Diamondbacks or Suns game. Maybe head out to watch the cardinals or coyotes play too! IF we were downtown, I’d Definately be taking them to Pizzeria Bianco or Lou Malnati’s after the games for some high quality grub. If we are talking “best time ever” I’d utilize the weekend for more hiking. Head up to flagstaff on Friday morning, Campout under the dark zone sky, hike Mt. Humphrey’s in the morning, and use the afternoon and evening to drive to the Grand Canyon. Whichever rim we chose spend time looking at one of the finest wonders in the world and then head back to Tempe that evening for dinner, conversations, and sleep before their flight the next morning, It would be a busy week no doubt, but I find through all these experiences build a lot more in depth bonding experiences than the average hang out entails.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
it may be cliche, but truly my family! I’m immensely happy to admit some of the most predominant influences in my life have been both my parents, as well as my brother and sister. without their guidance in sport, academia, and learned experiences I doubt the levels of my life that I have reached thus far would have been attained. I know all of them have made numerous sacrifices for my well-being and success at some point in their lives. Whether I know about those sacrifices or not I know there are many more than I may be able to comrphrend. I’m grateful to have a functional and healthy family that does what they can to support one another in whatever walk of life I chose to pursue. There are so many people to mention here as it undoubtedly “takes a village”, but family always comes first in my heart.
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