We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Hutchings and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
The idea of giving up has such a negative context to it. In my life, I have chosen to ‘give up on many things and believe I’m a better person, father, and business owner because of it. To put this idea into context you can think of the words giving up in two ways: One, for an alcoholic to ‘give up’ alcohol would be a good thing but, for a person to ‘give up’ on their dreams would almost undoubtedly be a very bad thing.
How to know whether to keep going or to give up? For me has always been simplified down to one question. Does this thing I’m considering giving up HELP me achieve my lifelong goals or HURT me. Looking at the situation before you as a yes or no question it gives me the ability to trust my instincts on the decision. One step further even is knowing your core values as a person and as a business leader. If you don’t know your WHY in life/business and you don’t have any core values that you live by you leave yourself subject to “fall for anything”.
When I have a situation I’m considering giving up on and going another direction, I ask myself “Does this thing help push me towards my right goal OR hurt me from getting there”. If I decide no this actually will not help me then the decision is easy for me, no I will not continue down this path.
I’ll give a real-world example for you. When I was 23 years old fresh out of college with a degree in Communications I was looking for any job that would let me do just that, communicate. I’d worked my way through college in plenty of jobs that never let me effectively communicate the way I wanted to:
Construction, painting, and landscaping to name a few. I was looking for the opportunity to lead a team, change lives, and accomplish more than just what the 9-5 positions I’ve been working held for me. I found my dream job! Working front desk at Intermountain Audiology I thought man, I’d really made it working with this team. Then the opportunity came for me to join the phones team in the clinic and I thought Man, now I’ve really made it. Next came the opportunity for me to actually be a Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) in my field. To get licensed to actually fit patients with technology and change their life! Can you imagine my excitement as a young man with these promotions and opportunities before me? Until one day during my licensing process, I failed the state exam. Boy did that hit me like a freight train. Suddenly I had a choice, take the exam again and have the chance to fail again OR give up. Well, my decision even at that time was easy. See I didn’t set out to become a healthcare professional treating patients every day. I set out to communicate to the best of my ability and lead a team. So I did just that. Eventually, I became the manager of the clinics, and after that, the Director of Operations for the highest-rated Audiology clinic in the country!
All of this came to me by ‘giving up’ on something I knew in my gut wasn’t what I was made to be. Sometimes giving up is the exact thing you should do. But, you can only make that decision when you know your own truth in life and stick to it.
As my mother always told me, Listen to your heart but Trust your Gut.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m most proud of the book I wrote last year called ‘Why They Thrive’. I wrote the book after my own experience in the workforce from being a young janitor in middle school to working at one of the largest construction companies in Northern Utah. After years of experience in different industries, I knew exactly what I DID NOT want to do with my life. Still yet to understand what I was really destined for in this life I went to college like so many others. It wasn’t until I discovered communications class that I connected the dots about what I didn’t like about any of my other jobs. It didn’t have anything to do with their business it was all to do with ME. As an induvial, I had the need for details and understanding that past employers just weren’t willing to give. Once I understood what was holding me back from finding passion in this life was my inability to understand myself I set out to try and help as many people as I possibly could understand themselves so they didn’t have to go through years of bad bosses and wrong fit careers.
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?
Start with some morning pickleball and a Starbucks down at Herberger park, seriously watch your face they have some amazing players there daily. Lunch at Craft 64 for some pizza. Sit poolside for the afternoon until we have had enough and finish the day at Hand Cut Chophouse for a delicious dinner.
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 real success story and mentor in life for over 6 years now has been Jared Brader. I’m extremely lucky to find him and wish more people in this world had Jared in their life. From owning the highest-rated Audiology clinic in the country to writing a book, and even starting the coaching program. He has shown me time and time again that we are all capable of exactly what we believe, so BELIEVE you can do something greater. Without him in my life there is no Morgan of today, no books were I’ve written, and no teams all around the country I have collaborated with. Thank you for showing me the path AND for letting me find mine!